Posted 01/29/2008 05:24
Improving Vividness of Mental Images:
On page 54 the GMS manual (public) says, “…a person can imagine…images only vaguely, as if in shadow or through a fog.” I completely agree with that statement and have wanted to improve the vividness of my imagined visual images for years, and further the manual says, “ … when you are imagining a visual image, you need to imagine it as detailed as possible and try to notice its tiny details. As the result of such an exercise, you will soon learn to imagine vividly.”
My question is how vivid does it get. Currently, my imagined images seem to be at an almost subliminal level. If my images were the reflection off a mirror, they would probably only be reflecting some very trivial amount of the light back, like under 1 %, because when my eyes are shut I basically only see blackness. In contrast, my hypnogogic images when falling asleep might sometimes represent a 10% reflection of light back, but they’re still usually transparent, like the reflections off a window at night. I am wondering if the teachings of the course will reliably allow me to increase my waking controlled visualizations (with eyes shut) so they are more vivid than even my hypnogogic images.
I’ve read on the forum that using visual thinking is actually foreign to some people, especially the type of person who goes into law or accounting and believes thinking is something that is entirely done with words and numbers. I want to let you know that this is not me, visual thinking is already a big part of my life. I spend a great deal of time thinking about things visually like the mechanisms of machines. For over 20 years (since high school), I’ve wanted to improve the vividness of my imagery. I suspect that my subliminal images in the blackness will be good enough for using this course to improve my memory. After all, I remember the images presented in the GMS manual well and can play with them in my mind. But I would like to improve my vividness.
However, I have some doubt as to whether the course will do this. My current images have so little vividness that I can’t really get any feedback to use to strengthen them. In other words, it’s like trying to strengthen a muscle that you can’t move (or at least tell that you’re moving). It’s like someone telling you to control the acid level in your stomach, such a thing could easily be done via biofeedback if a sensor were in your stomach, but without a sensor there’s no feedback or control. I tried to follow the manual’s advice and notice more detail in my images, but I’m still seeing blackness even as I consider the details.
1. Could you clarify what the manual means by “learn to imagine vividly,” for example, if the “vivid” mental images were a mirror what percentage of light would they reflect (with eyes closed), say nearly 100%, 50%, 10% or some trivial percentage that looks black?
2. How likely is it that the techniques in the course will enable this level of vividness for someone who starts off with blackness?
3. Does the course include some crucial advice other than just “try to notice its [an image’s] tiny details” because that by itself isn’t working for me?