Your goal is to learn to hold those mental pictures for at least two minutes without losing them or getting tired. But now I seem to be slipping backwards and I’ve lost all of the tiny amount of progress I made in the first 5 days. You don’t have to reply, I can only imagine how busy you are. Repeat this exercise over and over again… until you can reproduce the shape clearly.You will, sooner or later, Once you’re able to deal with simple shapes, try this exercise with a more complex shape (like a star or a letter of the alphabet.). If you followed my exercises and you made any progress at all… Would you please leave me a comment about your exact experience? By the way, you don’t need to watch these videos on YouTube. Its like we see the exact colours and stuff after closing the eyelid the same we see through our eyes open ? How to visualize: the easiest guide you’ve ever seen. This is my second day. How would one know if they had a strength or weakness in mental rotation before a mental image could be conjured up., Thanks for your reply though on my last question as I am a troubleshooter by nature and I always am interested in information that could better help with these things. A book cover will do or you can use the images below. Dear Kathy, The other night I could VIVIDLY smell freshly made bread and feel its crispy texture. “Redesign Ability” Take the images you already got and merge, rearrange, redesign them to your liking. As if I’m seeing with my eyes open? I think, it took me about 3 weeks to retain an afterimage. Like you, I’m be delighted to hear from him, whether he made some more progress. It was originally only 5-10 seconds. But is there really a way to see it behind closed eyelids? After you get well accustomed to this idea, everything tends to go on just fine. I have never trained properly (hence my visit to your blog today to know more about it), but since I’m a kid I always created scenarii in my head about situations or people. Again, thank you so much! Continuing with 45 minutes of image streaming every day, and once a week doing the guided meditation/hypnosis I mentioned previously. I also practice a lot on stationary objects. Critical to open your mind’s eye is deep relaxation. I feel that SOMETHING must be going on subconsciously…. It will take you into a very deep relaxation and you’ll be guided through an exercise to enhance your visual perception and your visual memory. If you’ve read his book, you know he asks you to imagine your goals in your mind as clearly as possible. 3. After 2 months and 3 days i still have visualisation skill like at the begin. Take a blank sheet of paper and draw a simple geometric shape on it, such as a circle. Did you try to visualize with open eyes? Use an imaginary pen and retrace details (outlines, sub-shapes, light reflections, colors, …) while observing. The problem was that most images disappeared after a very short time and others I couldn’t control. Black dot on white paper. This time, definetly my brain remembered the last night “training” because the image faded in ~2 seconds (first try), not milliseconds like in the beggining. In your imagination, with your eyes closed, imagine a black rectangular screen. One bit of encouragement was a beautiful lucid dream last week. This demands a high level of concentration and control and you’ll quickly register progress. Also, I go 5 days a week to the gym – so I know how slowly muscles are built. I’m getting just enough out of it to keep me from giving up. Personally, I think I had the biggest breakthrough with the videos from the HonestGuys. My question is, which of these two after images am I supposed to try and hold onto? you see a meadow – now, how does a piece of grass look like? – After 15-20 minutes, I see the screen (very blurry) for ~1 second. So in this driving scenario that I gav eyou above I am guessing that in order to successfully dirvie in very complicated situations you would not only need to be able to conjur up static images but constantly be rotating them as well in your minds eye is that correct. # — 4. Especially in the beginning, you may find it easier to keep your eyes opened. If you’re having trouble to imagine the right colors then you may want try working with solid colors only. This one stays for a lot longer and I can focus on it. It motivated me to spend more time practicing visualization. On a related subject, last night I had lucid dream with a tactile component. Eyes Opened & Eyes Closed If you really get bored with any of these exercises, try to get some variation. Click on this link here: Btw., (and you haven’t heard this from me!) In this scene, the main character wants to "see" his girlfriend but he is blind so he can't see with his eyes. I learned hardly to visualize some blurry fast images, but i can’t stop them or see them in detail. I appreciate your efforts here and believe it will help some who are mildly different. To anyone reading this with aphantasia who gained some false hope only to be let down when all their effort was rewarded with nothing; don’t worry about it. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. We’ll later……. Calm Eyes So when I try and visualise, for example walking through my front door, my brain won’t let me do it, it’s like there is an invisible force stopping me or sometimes when I try to imagine myself in a scenery, in my minds eye, the scenery keeps spinning round and round and it’s like I’m fighting with my brain to visualise what I want? 3. Take a deep breath and release any muscular tension. You don’t need to close your eyes to make it effective. I can do it while asleep, so I know my brain can do it. Today it’s a circle, tomorrow a square, then a triangle, and so on. #– Anyway, yeah, I just wanted to know if doing the afterimage exercises led to being able to create mental images at will? You can reach into all directions. It’s true, I gave up easily, I thought it will come naturally one day. They’ve been practicing and nurturing this skill naturally. May I ask, how have you been practicing? Find photos from magazines or the Internet that reflect how you want to look and feel…the closest thing you can find to the ideal you. 5. I don’t want to believe that… my dreams are based on visualisation. Just started the visualization technique. But later, the more you do it consciously, the more you run your ‘visualization-software’ on autopilot. But Marko how would you even have the skills of mental rotation before you had the static image to rotate. I’d suggest you pick 2-3 exercises you feel comfortable with. In a month (or so) I will also start “image streaming” technique. Tonight I was able to see traffic driving on roads (vaguely), it was amazing, the first image I had seen in my mind in years. #2. If you start keeping a dream journal you will begin to remember more dreams (up to 5-7 per night) every single morning. I’ll try to stick with one repeatedly and see if I can start filling in detail. “Could you sense that without having to tell your self that I was going North driving straight now I am going west, in order to get back going north I must make a right.”, “Did you have to talk yourself through those things before you begin “imaging” in your mind or is mental rotation nd mental imaging a different skill and not something where you have to have the mental image before mental rotation”. Maybe it happens more often or more forcefully to those that struggle with visualising. Your first few steps will be shaky and unstable. Even if it’s fading instantly, fact is, you will be able to see something. Next, shut your eyes. Where did you start from? I first realized I couldn’t create any mental images when read the classic Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Go ahead and apply gentle but persistent effort. Here’s one of my favortie videos. I can resize them a little bit and I can rotate them. Please try practicing with some ‘real’ but simple objects (spoon, dice, perfume bottle, …). DAY #1 (1,5 hours): First 10-15 minutes I had no results. If I meditate more than 15-25 minutes, swirlings you describe appear and if I focus on that movement trying to see patterns/shapes, at some point clips are comming, like are hidden on those patterns (I see many clips, as long as I keep meditating; I also open my eyes from time to time (for 2-3 seconds) and clips are comming when I close my eyes back – looks like the brain remains in the same state but opening your eyes from time to time will keep you more aware, without that sleepy sensation). Well, you get the idea. I’ve explained this, likening it to telling a person with no arms to try to pick up a penny off of the table. Unwrinkle your brow. To only issue: I have to be deeply relaxed (that’s why I meditate 1h in the evening – first 30 minutes I use to get that relaxed state and the other 30 minutes to have as many flashes as I can – more than 10, on average). I also was able visualize a teacup “on command” recently (it even had a floral pattern!) Especially if you start from scratch, images will be hard to tame and you have to gently fight for stability and control. But the candle and solid color exercises sound interesting, I’ve never tried them before. I think my brain degeneration would become aphantasic if i’d live without awareness of my disease. The stop light that just turned red – Use this website to convert any video to MP3: OnlineVideoConverter. When this happens, don’t get annoyed and don’t start the exercise from the beginning. Can I follow you? Another exercise, I did for quite some time, is to imagine toy blocks, turning them, stacking them on top of each other, and so on. It’s nice to read your conversation with Brandon as well, and I would love to get an update on where the two of you are in your progress. Omg i wrote that long comment inside message, this is the proof of my brain degeneration by hashimoto xddddd I personally know that this is frustrating but it’s merely a matter of endurance and persistent practice. Thank you for your website. Which each session attempt to access your imagination seeing the visuals described in the audio. Since then I haven’t really been able to visualise very well at all. 1. The “video clips” are back. I have some questions, again: this exercise that i’m practising works only for memory or also to increase visualization skills? It looks just like the candle and I’m aware it’s there, but it fades too quickly to hold onto, sometimes I can barely see it. Wait. Daily activities don’t require it, because of this it has become harder to manipulate objects in my head, but thankfully I can still do it to some extent; but the objects have never really been clear, bright, and sometimes the objects become in visible but I can still see them in a sort of way in my head, but not with my eyes. If so, then you know mental images. I also purchased the $14 “self hypnosis” from the link – same effect but feels like I’m falling asleep (I’m not very present in the moment – is more like a trance, at some point I don’t hear the voice anymore). Another method you can use, which has been introduced as Image Streaming, can also help you a great deal with ability to observe details. Just make sure to relax your eyes and your eyelids when closing them. What I described above I see on the backs of my eyelids. While awake I can think only in words and concepts. It’s heartwarming for me to read that you and others prove it to themselves that, in fact, yes, you can cure aphantasia. The subliminal visualization video didn’t seem to work for me; I am focusing on image streaming now (30 to 60 minutes a day). (I spell it "visualise" because I'm from the UK!) Or you could try to make it smaller and smaller, until it turns into a dot and then completely disappears. For the purpose of manifesting, it’s useful to create a movie where you are an active participant engaged in the experience that you want to see happening in your life. However, a large reason why I am depressed right now is because I cannot visualize, and keep failing school consequently. Am on my second day of trying these excersizes the first day i could see absolutely nothing today i can see the shapes contained in a small rectangle in the centre of my closed eyes but very small sized. You’re at work taking a sip of coffee? Not even when I was a child. Many of us can only see pure blackness. But I’m also a fan of memorizing long texts, so I can’t say clearly if my memory improvement enhanced in particular through training my mind’s eye. Some people may say, they don’t see a thing in their mind, but rather sense things and even have control over those sensations. when you visualise something, does it show up in the same place as those weird swirly patterns do when you rub your eyes too hard? What you’ve heard, I think is very natural. I do feel I’m heading the right way. Which will, at some point, give you contradicting answers. So, with persistent training you will be able to keep the images firmly in your mind and even recall and recreate then from scratch. I would love to hear about your progress. It messes up the flow when I practice. Am I am doing correctly ? You have no idea the hope you just gave me! Afterimages are an optical illusion and are caused by the eyes continuing to send signals to the brain after staring at an image for too long, and are not created by the mind itself. Read a line and internally replay it on your mental screen. It seems to be a rare case to lose your ability to visualize completely. I think it may be a dissociative symptom of clinical depression and depersonalization. So, because I didn’t want to accept my fate, I did a lot of research on Google. This is what I mean by not controlling images as a child. I’m super confused , please help me . Practice periodically during your day. Progress report: First, I’d like to thank Dorin for sharing their experiences. Believe me, I know it’s hard to visualize happy thoughts when you can’t pay the bills. (better 30min) every single day. AMAZING! Marko, let me just say that I am happy to have found this site! I’m determined to get back to my “normal self”, and I will keep you all updated. On a scale of 1-10 (with 11 meaning conjuring HD images) I have always been at 1. If your feet are 9 inches (22.9 cm), that's about two of your feet for either side of the table. My visuals are just as vague and distant as when I started. It was like seeing clouds part revealing a black sky with stars in the infinite distance. Start with a tiny part of it. Yet I doubt that you’ll be able to control your mental images 100% at all times… which is probably a natural mechanism of our subconscious minds. It makes me very happy I’m going to keep practicing, until I can visualize everything. I hope you’ll get better, i’m really curious to know your improvements. And while my enthusiasm may have dropped I’ll keep going. I have tried to visualize with open eyes as well, but without much luck. Just like going to the gym, it’ll take considerable time and dedication to build a strong physique. Because if I close my eyes all I see is blackness and the focus shift to seeing through the eye instead of recalling image from the mind so is this normal ? Keep your eyes open as if you’re daydreaming and let your mind wander over its entire surface for a minute. I really haven’t touched it much in past years except for a few times. Begin with the very first thing you did when you woke up and go through your whole day in sequence. I must find a way to focus on visualizing in a conscious way. First of all: thank you for this article. I’ve discovered this while doing some research on “mind’s eye training” and “aphantasia”. A car in front of you The most vivid memory in that short period of time was music blaring and a colorful dancing stereo. I have Hypothyroidism – hashimoto, so that means i have antibodies which are destroying my thyrosis. They just assumed I’d know how to do this. In each session, try gaining clarity by mentally filling in missing details. Not occasional practice. Think about it as taking a snapshot. In your case (and this applies to probably thousands of other successful, happy people, too) writing is a perfectly effective substitute to get clarity, direction and drive in life. I’ve already begun using my mind’s eye every single night, I listen to a couple songs and imagine the lip movements and dancing of the band-members. However, after all these years, I am still here, incapable of see anything whatsoever. Stop touching your eyes and begin describing what you see (out loud). I will try the conversation’s exercise and i will continue to train visualiation and i will let you know my progress. Was the very concept of visualizing completely foreign to you? I can now guess that persistence and determination is probably the (only) key. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du3MQPwoUkw If you want to take the principle of ‘picturing what you read’ to the next level (for clarity, speed, and comprehension) then I’d suggest check out the content preview of the book “Reading with the Right Brain” by David Butler, on Amazon. But one thing all of that information has in common is the concept of visualizing correctly. F.e. Thanks again. Now, observe that shape calmly for a moment. Don’t Visualize What You Can’t See! It turns out, there’s this hypnotherapist called Mark Tyrell and he’s recorded this professional hypnosis session specifically designed to improve visualization. Thank you! I did the exercises for a while and nothing. You know I’m teaching chess and it’s very often when during the lesson I calculate the line or a combination together with my student, and I can visualize the board and pieces’ moves, but my student can’t. Progress depends of person, for my stone brain it can take very long time, for you maybe not. That’s something i think about myself! For example if I am driving in the country where their are not lots of information to process I feel more at ease then in the city because I must manually process all the different scenarios that are possible. 1. Candle on night – When the after-image is gone, a greenish spot remains (again, vague). But yeah, going into a dark cave for a period of time was, like, a rite of passage in some cultures and it totally makes sense. Yes, you can enhance your reading experience dramatically when you consciously envision a story. They are still not where I want them to be but I’ve found progress (e.g observing keys, shampoo bottles and whatnot and..actually getting the outlines). What did your friends wear? – Use an add-on for Firefox: Youtube MP3 I started to see a line (vague, but it’s there) in complete darkness (including my eyes closed). DO NOT STOP! Consciously sit down and drastically enhance the tool you’ve already developed: So yeah… definitely it’s possible, and I know I have more work to do. Using the technique, I was able to change the after-image of a flashlight into a purple fog in my mind’s eye. The thing is that the volume knob was in 10-20 cm lower than in reality. I plan on trying out the techniques you listed for a couple of months, I have a question and would like to hear if you think this could help my visualization process. It can be hard to “see” beyond what you have or what you’ve created in the past. My favorite response to the question about how I "see" energy is to reference a scene from the movie, "Daredevil" with Ben Affleck. Sometimes I try to go for 30-40 sec and make a blinking motion (like snapshot) every 3 sec. 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