Step Two Visualization Exercises:
Dealing with residual after-images when eyes are closed.
>> For step 2, I've gotten to the point where my focus on my mental I is strong enough to be able to pick out details in objects, but I'm having a really hard time focusing less on my physical eyes. The reason is that I keep seeing these bright clouds that remind me of after-images which obscure what I'm trying to see with my mental eye. As I continue to meditate, they seem to solidify and brighten, further hindering visualization. Does anyone know what these are and how I can use/get rid of these clouds in my visualizations and focus more on the mental images? <<
These are normal effects that occur when most humans close their eyes and actually take notice. These are just physiological phenomena.
Here is my two-step recommendation:
#1) Close your eyes and concentrate just on these images. Don't worry about controlling your mind, just enjoy the experience of these floating colors, etc. Explore their full range of effects. The reason I suggest this is that this particular phenomenon is very enticing, it draws your attention. Pretty much the only way to disempower their attractiveness is to explore them thoroughly so that they hold nothing new for you to be attracted to. Get my drift?
#2) Once you've explored to your satisfaction, begin renewing your efforts at learning to ignore them. Set them into the background, turn your attention away from them, and focus your attention upon the matter at hand.
You want to use your astra-mental eyes for this Step Two exercise, not your physical eyes. The plastic visualization is produced astra-mentally, not physically.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
01 Dec 2001