Do you have trouble visualizing pictures in your mind? When you read or someone tells you to see your body in perfect health, does it leave you frustrated, feeling like you can’t do intuitive healing because you can’t visualize? Perhaps you are more auditory in the way you process information, or maybe cognitive, where ideas make more sense than images. Whatever your strength, if you want to try your hand at intuitive healing, your perception will play a key role, because the way we perceive the world has a lot to do with how it shows up.

Why visualization? Esoterically speaking, visualization activates the throat chakra, called Visuddha in Sanskrit, which means purgation. When we introduce a divine image to our subconscious mind, that image will displace the secular images generated by the ego. This enables us to experience our inner world without the constraints of our limited sense of self.

Like the voice, the throat chakra is the interface between our inner subjective world and the outer objective world. If we are too caught up in the sensory world of things and circumstances, the throat chakra starts to shut down, and we begin to lose the ability to speak authentically. We choke up — we lose our “voice.”

When we lose touch with our inner reality, we lose the ability to speak up and be heard. The outer world speaks for us and makes all of our decisions, throwing us into the rut of the anonymous “THEY,” as in “they say.” And one of the things they say is that illness is inevitable. It stands to reason that if we want to learn intuitive healing, we have to disengage with the outer world and interface with the origins of ourspirituality, our true voice, the wellspring of our authenticity. How do we do this? We activate the throat chakra through the practice of visualization.

Trouble with visualization

The trouble with visualization is that not everyone can do it. This doesn’t necessarily mean, however, that their throat chakra is undeveloped. It means that the word visualization itself is the problem, because “sight” is not well understood. We erroneously equate vision with eyesight; therefore, we expect our inner world to “look” like the outer, which it does not.

If we applied this narrow view of the act of seeing to our everyday eyesight, the world would appear flat, without depth, like a photograph. Our inner world is alive and multi-dimensional. It is in constant motion, always tending toward this or that state of becoming. Our normal way of seeing, whether inner or outer, is not attuned to this wider scope of the real world. We need to see like an artist, hear like a musician, and feel like a sculptor. This will activate the throat chakra and carry us deep within where health and wholeness live.

What is seeing?

At its root, seeing has to do with space/time relationships. If there were no space or time to separate things, we would not “see” anything. But vision is not restricted to the visual. A blind person does not need eyes to distinguish spatial relationships, and we sometimes feel blind when we look within. I do not need to look in a mirror to know how tall I am. I can feel it. Similarly, I can tell roughly how far away you are by the sound of your voice, especially if you are emotionally distant, a dimension of space invisible to the eyes. When we let go of our concepts of what it means to “see” and extend our senses into our inner world, we can acquire true vision. If, however, we do not believe that our inner world is real, we won’t even bother to look there, and we will be cut off from the source of our beingness and the rich world it inhabits.

Unfortunately, we allow ourselves to be swallowed up by the externals of our life and we lose awareness of our own inner space. It collapses into a shapeless unknown, a crowded closet we label “God” where we throw everything we don’t understand. Our throat chakra shuts down, and we live our life in strict accordance with what they say. As we lose our effectiveness in the world, we become more and more susceptible to the ills of the world, and our health starts to suffer. To one degree or another, this is why we get sick. We get well by reconnecting with our inner world, the source of our vitality and our own true nature.

Source of healing

Intuitive healing originates in our inner world. Nothing moves in the outer world unless the Spirit within moves, so learning how It functions is crucial to the practice of intuitive healing. Healing becomes a matter of motivating that movement. Put another way: Prayer is the art of creating a vacuum. We learn to function in both worlds, between the intentionality of Spirit and the automatic world of nature. This is what it means to be an intuitive healer.

If you’re one of those people who “can’t visualize,” try this exercise. Sit in a darkened room with a lighted candle on the table in front of you. Actively think about what the candle is doing, how the process of combustion produces the light, and the way in which the light propagates throughout the room. Don’t let yourself get mesmerized by the glow. Rather, keep your mind active, continuing to ask yourself, “What is the candleDOING?” Insights will come, but the object is to experience theACTION. Thoughts focus awareness, and awareness leads to experience. It’s the experience that leaves its mark.

Remember that in Spirit nothing is static; everything is in action. Our eyes (and our brain) want to see “things,” not processes. In Spirit, the focus is on the processes rather than the things. Spirit, or Being, lives in the world of action. As we learn to focus our attention there, we attune ourselves with the Power of Life, and our healing immediately begins to manifest.

Do you see?

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Michael Maciel
Michael Maciel is the author of the website The Mystical Christ (mysticalchrist.org) and two books on contemporary Christian mysticism--The Five Vows and World Priest. Michael lives and writes in Redwood City, California. Contact Michael at michaelmaciel@me.com.

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