You know imagining, like when you daydream, or when you imagine what it would be like if you won the lottery or if you married the person you’re crushing on or if someone dropped a piano on that guy you hate at work? That’s what visualization is.
Who says I can’t write a short blog post?
Kidding aside, that’s not all visualization is, but it’s a good start. Visualization has three parts, imagining something, focusing on it, and your intent. But before we get into that, let’s talk about some basic theory.
Energy, and What It Is
For purposes of visualization theory I like to think of energy as a goop. If you’re doing energy manipulation that’s not a good way to think about energy, because when you’re manipulating energy you want to think of it as something that moves and flows, but for now imagine it as a bunch of goop.
Imagine it as goop because that’s sort of what it is. Energy is proto-matter. It’s what matter was before it achieved physicality. If you get enough energy together, under the right conditions, you’ll have created the physical universe.
When energy’s not becoming matter, it’s just surrounding us being energy. Where does it come from? The short explanation is anytime anything is ever done, an action, that action creates, as a consequence, an emotion. Some of those emotions, like anger and happiness, you’re probably familiar with because most humans can feel them. Other emotions, like the emotion of driving over the speed limit or being a cat, are things most people don’t normally feel, but with magic you can feel them and even identify them if you really want to.
We’re getting a bit off-track with energy theory, but anytime an action is taken an emotion happens as a consequence, and that emotion creates some energy. The form that energy takes, at least initially, is based on the emotion that created it.
Of course you can do all sorts of crap with that energy through energy manipulation, but we’re not talking about energy manipulation, we’re going to talk about what you can do with visualization, and keep in mind there’s some cross-over.
So this energy, the goop that’s everywhere, is naturally shaped by thought. If you have a thought, it will shape the energy around you. So for instance if you think about a clock, which you are because I just suggested it, the energy around you will create a clock out of energy. You could be creating a wall clock, or a grandfather clock, or an alarm clock, or whatever, it’s whatever image you’re imagining as I’m talking about a clock.
Does your energy clock actually work and track time? Probably not, but maybe. It depends on how good you made it. Most likely when you stop thinking about the clock, which hasn’t happened yet because I haven’t stopped writing about it, the energy clock will poof away and cease to be. There are, however, ways to make the clock more permanent. Just thinking about the clock more and more over time will create a clock that lasts longer. If you manage to really focus on that clock, or if a lot of people start thinking about that clock, all of these things will give the clock more time before it ceases to be a clock.
There are currently billions of people in the world, and there are even more animals and spirits. All of these people and animals and spirits spend every day thinking about stuff and concentrating on it. All of these thoughts they’re having are creating things out of energy, just like your clock. Most of these things that are created cease to exist within a few seconds or at best hours of being created. However with so much stuff being created and so much mental thought being expended on these creations, there’s still a significant amount of stuff being created that will last more than a few hours. Some of this stuff will last for years or even decades or longer. All of this leftover stuff that doesn’t cease to exist right away collectively makes up the astral plane, which is a plane of energy without physical matter that has taken form according to people’s thoughts. The stuff we create out of energy with our thoughts we call thought forms.
So there’s this other plane of existence, the astral plane, and it’s full of all this stuff that people have thought about and imagined and obsessed about. Now is a good time to freak out about the fact that the last time you had “naughty thoughts” you created a thought form other people could potentially see, and that thought form may still be out there and people could be looking at it right now and you don’t even know. Be sure to come back and finish reading this article once you stop freaking out because you realized there’s nothing you can do about that fact and this is your life now and you just have to live with it.
The Clock Exercise
Let’s go back to the clock thought form and try out some of the things we can do with visualization. Instead of any old clock though, this time we’re specifically going to make a grandfather clock. There’s a couple reasons we’re going with a grandfather clock. For one thing, larger thought forms are easier to make and manipulate than smaller ones. I know it seems like that shouldn’t be the case, because obviously bigger things require more energy and concentration to make, but it is. Bigger things do need more energy and concentration, but they don’t need so much more that it makes much of a difference until you get into scales much larger than normal-sized grandfather clocks. However larger things are bigger targets with bigger parts, and ultimately that’s what makes a grandfather clock thought form so much easier to work with than a stopwatch thought form. Secondly a grandfather clock is a mechanical device full of moving parts, and most people can easily understand and imagine how those moving parts work and interact with each other. If the clock could only work because of electrical components, or worse if it were digital, most people don’t understand how those things physically work, and that’s going to be an issue making thought forms. If you have a degree in electrical engineering and are well versed in computer programming it might not be that hard for you to make a digital alarm clock thought form, but it’s beyond what most people, myself included, are capable of. To be honest I barely understand how a grandfather clock works.
Pick a spot in the room you’re in and make a grandfather clock thought form. All you have to do is imagine there’s a grandfather clock in that spot, and it will appear on the astral.
We’re going to want this grandfather clock to stay around for a while, so focus some of your thoughts and attention on the clock.
Some of you are going to read that previous statement, and your interpretation is going to be that I want you to think really hard at the clock. Then you will think about the clock while acting like a cartoon character trying to do telekinesis, and you’ll probably scrunch up your face. Don’t do that. If you do that you’re just expanding additional effort for no additional gain. Instead just focus your attention on your grandfather clock thought form and think about it. Grandfather clock. Grandfather clock. Grandfather clock.
I know casually thinking about the grandfather clock while you read this article may not seem like much, but its enough. This is a simple exercise, and you don’t need to feel like you’re exerting yourself or doing strenuous mental activity to make it work. All you have to do is continue to think about your grandfather clock.
Now that we’ve made a grandfather clock, let’s try focusing on it even more. We’re going to do this by thinking about the specific details of our grandfather clock. I’m going to ask some questions about your clock. You should read them, think about them, think about your grandfather clock, and then think about what the answers to those questions are in regards to your specific grandfather clock.
Exactly how big is your grandfather clock? What are the different parts made out of? Wood? Glass? Metal? Plastic? What color are all the different parts? What does the hour hand and the minute hand look like? Does it have Roman numerals or Arabic numerals?
Next let’s add an audio element to our visualization. What kind of sound does your grandfather clock make? It should make some sort of ticking sound. Imagine what that sound is and what it’s tempo is. Imagine your grandfather clock making that sound, and imagine the sound coming from the spot where you put your grandfather clock. Now look at your grandfather clock, think about it, and listen to it go tick tick tick tick tick tick.
After that let’s use the power of our imagination to move the hands around the clock. You know how on TV sometimes it shows the passage of time by focusing the camera on a clock and the minute hand spins really fast? That’s what we want our clock to do.
Focus on your grandfather clock, and also specifically on the minute hand, and just imagine the minute hand going around in a circle kind of fast. Just imagine it going around the clock, and the minute hand on the thought form will move. Continue imagining it going around in circles until its done at least a few dozen revolutions. And by a few dozen revolutions I mean estimate how many revolutions the minute hand has done, don’t actually count them.
Once you’ve done a few dozen revolutions, give the hour hand a try. Every time the minute hand goes past the twelve, the hour hand should move forward to the next number. So concentrate on your clock, also concentrate on the minute hand and how it’s moving around the clock, and concentrate on the hour hand and imagine it moving forward one number every time the minute hand passes the twelve. Continue to focus on your clock like this until the hour hand has done about three revolutions.
Was your clock ticking the entire time? Remember the ticking? The grandfather clock is supposed to be ticking. If you didn’t hear ticking, go back and do another three revolutions of the hour hand but this time make sure the clock is ticking as well.
For our last trick, you’re probably imagining the minute hand doing every part of its rotation, and the hour hand specifically moving forward when the minute hand goes past the twelve. Instead try imagining the minute hand being in motion and doing revolutions. It’s kind of hard to explain, but instead of imaging every single thing the minute hand is doing, just imagine it perpetually doing the process and going around and around. Then do the same for the hour hand. Instead of specifically imagining it moving forward every single time the minute hand goes past the twelve, just imagine that it does move forward every time the minute hand goes past the twelve. What we’re doing is, instead of imagining the actual movement, which can be taxing after just a few revolutions, we’re giving the hands instructions to follow, and imagining that they will follow their instructions. The instruction for the minute hand is that it will move clockwise at a fast speed. The instruction for the hour hand is that it will move forward one every time the minute hand passes the twelve. The instruction for the grandfather clock is that it will exist, and also it will make a ticking sound.
Imbuing thought forms with instructions to follow rather than imagining them doing things makes them far more useful, because now you don’t have to sit there controlling everything the thought form does and expending mental power to make it work. Instead you can just tell the thought form what to do and forget about it, and the thought form will do what it’s supposed to do until it finishes the job or runs out of energy and ceases to exist,
If you’re able to do all of the parts of the clock exercise, you have visualization down. I didn’t specifically talk about intent, but if you made the clock and made it do all of the things you wanted it to, that’s intent. If, for instance, you instead made a digital alarm clock, even though you weren’t supposed to and didn’t want to, but you couldn’t get the idea of a digital alarm clock out of your head after I talked about it, then you failed intent.
If you weren’t able to complete the clock exercise, that’s okay too, it’s actually a fairly complex exercise and making a stable clock, making its two hands move, and making it tick all at the same time requires quite a bit of mental multitasking. Most likely you just need a little bit of practice and you’ll have it down.
Of course, even if you can do the clock exercise flawlessly, there’s still room to improve visualization, and you should still practice it, but you’re at a point where your visualization is fairly strong and can already do quite a lot. Visualization is one of the three pillars of magic, along with meditation and energy manipulation. I call them pillars because whenever you improve one of those three things, you’ll become stronger in every other type of magic you try to do.
Making an astral clock might not seem like strong magic, but it is. Let’s go over some of the things you can do with visualization if you can complete the clock exericise.
Visualization & Energy Manipulation
Visualization is key to learning energy manipulation. When you made the clock that was a form of energy manipulation, since you moved energy into the shape of a clock. With visualization you can move energy around and change it simply by imagining it. As you get better at energy manipulation you’ll start using visualization less and you’ll be able to move energy more easily and instinctively, kind of like how you can move your limbs without thinking about the movement, but visualization is usually very important when you’re first learning energy manipulation.
You can also use energy manipulation to enhance your visualizations. If you’re good at energy manipulation, visualize a brick wall in front of you. Focus on the brick wall to give it some longevity. Do the thing where you think about it’s color, it’s height, and the pattern of the bricks to increase your focus on it. Once you have your wall, start pushing more and more energy into it. If you’re capable of doing so, make the energy hard and thick.
You’ve just created a basic shield. If someone were to send a magic attack at you and it hit the shield on it’s way to you, assuming the attack isn’t too powerful, there’s a good chance it won’t make it through the brick wall. It’s a crappy shield though since someone can defeat it just by lobbing an attack over it.
In fact all shields suck so you should just get rid of that one. What you want to do is put your hand up in front of you at chest level with your palm open and facing the wall. Quickly jerk your hand back towards your chest. As you do this, visualize strings of energy attached to your hand and the brick wall. As you pull back suddenly, visualize those strings pulling on the bricks and pulling apart the entire wall. You’ve just used energy manipulation and visualization together to do a shield-break.
In fact there are a lot of basic, yet solid, magical attacks and self-defense techniques that can be done with basic energy manipulation and visualization. You can, for instance, tear apart and break most spells, including curses and even direct attacks if you’re quick enough.
Visualization & Spellwork
I love adding visualization into my spellwork. Spells that incorporate visualization into their rituals are usually a lot more successful, and I find that’s even true when I’m giving a spell to someone who is fairly new to magic and may not be very experienced with spellwork or visualization. In fact a lot of the folk magic spellwork I’ve found that is largely used by non-practitioners tends to make heavy use of visualization.
Another really powerful use of visualization with spellwork is visualizing a ritual aspect of the spell so that you can do that part of it in your head. Suppose a spell requires you to light a candle. Instead of lighting a physical candle you could visualize a candle and then visualize yourself lighting it. You can take this further and remove more and more bits of the spell every time you cast it and replace those bits with visualizations, or in some cases energy manipulation, until there’s no longer any ritual aspects left and you’re doing the entire spell in your head. You can then work on doing the spell faster and faster in your head until you’re able to do it in a fraction of a second. Now you have a powerful spell that you’re able to do just by thinking about it.
In fact one of the things you have to be careful with once you become good at visualization is accidentally casting spells. If you read instructions to a spell, or even think about a spell too much, you could accidentally cast it even without intent.
Decoys & Redirects
Visualization creates thought forms, and one of the most effective and basic self-defense techniques is using decoys and redirects. You wouldn’t think that decoys and redirects would be so effective, but people who maliciously attack others with magic are often stupid and not very powerful, and they usually don’t have a lot of experience fighting capable practitioners.
A decoy requires some energy manipulation, since you have to make the decoy’s energy seem like yours. You should also make them a little more conspicuous than yourself, usually you do this by putting some sort of draw or a lure on the decoy. The whole point of the decoy is if someone tries to attack you, or does something else you may not want like dreamwalking into your dreams while you’re trying to sleep, they’ll target the decoy thinking it’s you.
Redirects are used in tandem with decoys. A redirect is a thought form that takes a thing, like a magical attack or a dreamwalking magician, and moves them somewhere else.
So if a magician tries to cast a death spell on you, but you have a decoy and redirect up, the death spell will instead hit the decoy at which point the redirect will move the death spell on to someone else.
You can get really creative with where a redirect will take something, and that’s where the fun of this defense comes from. One common trick is to have the redirect take the attack back to the person who made it. Often the attacker won’t realize their attack got redirected and will instead think they are being retaliated against. They’ll respond with another attack, and it too will get redirected back. Your attacker will end up having a magical fight with themselves, and you don’t have to do anything.
Another common use is in protecting other people. Suppose you have a friend and they’ve picked up a magician stalker. The magician stalker has been stalking them on the astral, walking into their dreams, and harassing them any way they can, and you want to help your friend. What you can do is make a decoy of your friend, and a redirect so that when their stalker astrals or dreamwalks to them they’re redirected to you so you can deal with them directly.
Visualization & The Law of Attraction
The Law of Attraction, which I’ve talked about in other places, says Like Attracts Like. So that grandfather clock you made on the astral should be attracting other clocks to itself, or at least things that are like clocks, like pocket watches or something. Imagine if you were constantly creating thought forms of you getting money or falling in love. In theory you should start attracting that stuff towards you.
I say in theory because, as I’ve talked about in other articles, there’s a lot more nuance to Like Attracts Like than most New Thought authors would like you to believe. Still, visualizing the things you want and positive events happening to you will make it more likely that these things, or other similar good things, will come to you.
Visualization and the Astral Plane
If you astral project, visualization is going to be a powerful tool on the astral plane. Earlier you made a grandfather clock on the astral plane. The next time you astral project you’ll be able to make grandfather clocks whenever you need them. You can also make anything else imaginable, including things that will be far more useful to you than grandfather clocks.
You don’t even need to astral project in order to take advantage of your new found powers of astral creation. The astral plane is not some separate faraway place. It’s intimately connected into the material plane, and the astral plane and material plane are more accurately thought of as two parts of one singular plane, and not as two separate places. Things you do and create on the astral plane can affect the material plane, and everyone on the material plane also has an astral body that’s affected by what’s going on in the astral plane. There’s lots of magic you can do with just astral creation through visualization.
Visualization and Manifestation
Manifestation Magic is the magic of making things happen just by thinking about them, and it’s largely reliant on visualization.
Have you ever had a nightmare where a murderer or monster or something was chasing you, and as you’re running away you suddenly think, ‘I really hope I don’t fall down right now’, and as soon as you think that you trip and fall down?
If you haven’t had that exact scenario happen in a dream, you’ve probably had something similar. That’s pretty much manifestation magic.
The example I gave was something that happens when you dream, but manifestation magic works exactly the same in the physical world when you’re awake, it’s just a lot more difficult to do. If you can get manifestation magic down, you can make anything happen in the physical world just by visualizing it, the same way you made it happen in the dream and the same way you can already make things happen in the astral plane.
BONUS: Making Longer Lasting Thought Forms
This is a super short related bonus article about making longer lasting thought forms. If you can do the clock exercise you can probably already make thought forms that can last a few hours and even a few days. You can always continually re-energize a thought form by focusing on it a bit every so often so it stays around, and as you get more and more experienced with thought forms you can make some that will last a pretty long time even without being re-energized. However if you want to make a truly long lasting thought form here are some common methods that magicians have developed:
1. Group thought forms – One option to make a long lasting and powerful thought form is to work with a group of magicians, the larger the better, and all of you contribute to creating and energizing the thought form. This sort of thought form is sometimes called an egregor. The big issue with this method is you have to be part of a group, preferably a large group, to make it work, and you also need to get the group to agree to make the thought form with you.
2. Battery packed thought form – Another method is to give the thought form a battery. You can get something like a crystal and charge it with a lot of energy, and then tie the crystal to the thought form. It’s a lot easier to store energy in a crystal than a thought form, and the crystal will replenish some of the energy taken out of it after a period of time. You can also re-energize the crystal as needed. The downside to using the crystal method is you still have to personally expend all the energy. Also even though the thought form will last longer than if it was empowered directly, it still will have a relatively limited lifespan.
3. Tie the thought form to a large energy source – There are sources of energy that are so vast and replenish so quickly they will never tapped out. The earth is one such energy source, and the sun is another. If you tie the thought form to one of these energy sources they will never run out of energy. Unfortunately the energy from these vast pools is a bit muddy, and that muds going to affect the thought form and change it. Eventually it will either cause the thought form to cease to exist and turn into pure energy, or the thought form will be changed so much it will no longer do the task you originally created it to do.
4. Tie the thought form to the energy of a cycle – Cycles have energy attached to them, and you can tie things into cycles to recharge energy every time the cycle happens or completes. Some common cycles are the day-night cycle and the cycle of the seasons. You can also tie things to irregular cycles, like the thunderstorm cycle or the cycle of every time a particular ritual is done. The main advantage of this method is even though the energy is still a bit muddy, it’s not nearly as muddy as energy from a vast source, so the thought form will last longer before it changes. The main disadvantages to using a cycle are that even though the thought form will last longer, it will eventually get to muddied to do what it was intended to do, and if the cycle doesn’t come for a long time the thought form could run out of energy and poof out.
5. Create an imaginary elemental – Notice how you don’t need someone energizing you or your astral body so you don’t cease to exist? That’s because you have a soul and you’re connected to a higher source and you constantly receive energy from there. If you give a thought form a soul and connect it to a higher source it can potentially continue to exist forever. When you do that to a thought form we call it an imaginary elemental or artificial elemental. An artificial elemental however is a sentient being with its own spiritual path, ability to grow and learn, and freewill. Although you will have a hand in the creation of the imaginary elemental, you won’t have any ability to control what it does or wants to do with itself, and it may end up going off and doing something completely different than what you intended it to do.
6. Create a vampiric spirit – You can make a thought form that draws energy from things around it. You can even make the thought form so it finds suitable energy sources to take energy from when one isn’t available. If you do this you will have created a vampiric spirit. Just don’t create vampiric spirits. They’re fucking horrible, and everyone will hate you. Seriously most spiritual beings and most of the magic community look down on people who work with vampiric spirits. The thought form will also get muddied fairly quickly and will probably turn into something that does nothing but attempt to feed itself.