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Thank you once again to everyone who joined in for last week’s Weekly Witchy Challenge - Sacred Books
It’s time to close our Books and close our eyes- in order to better open the “eye” within! This week we are going beyond what the naked eye can see by exploring our inner gateway to limitless worlds beyond.
The theme for this week’s challenge is…
The Art of Visualization
What does it mean to “visualize” and how can one train their ability to do so?
At its core, visualization is the art of creating something within your mind. This may be anything from a picture or scene to a belief- it can mean experiencing a sensation that your physical senses aren’t actually receiving in the physical world, but that you have conjured with the power of your mind.
Visualization is an important part of the Craft. In order to manifest your will, you must have absolute faith that your intention will come to fruition. Visualizing the goal is crucial for casting effective spells. We are able to effortlessly manifest our needs using faith, visualization and affirmations.
From Spells8: Crystal Clear Visualizations
In magick, visualization can be anything from imagining with absolute faith that your spell manifests successfully to embarking on a grand adventure through a distant world. While the process often involves “seeing” mental images in the mindspace, visualization evokes many sensations and senses such as feelings, beliefs, and desires. As such, it can be possible even for those with aphantasia (a rare inability to see pictures within the mind that affects 1-3% of the population).
Although similar in some ways to Lucid Dreaming, visualization occurs while fully awake- the things one experiences during a visualization are guided by the conscious waking mind. Unless working with a deity or higher power, the visualizer has complete control over what they conjure in their minds and how scenarios play out.
Like all skills, prowess with visualization varies from one individual to the next. And at any stage of your magickal journey, one’s ability to visualize can be continuously improved through study, training, and practice
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This week’s challenge is all about visualizations - but as always, how you do so is up to you!
So are you ready? Because it’s…
This challenge is about visualization- but how you choose to take on this theme is up to you!
Still not sure where to begin? To help you get started, here are a few ways in which a witch might approach this challenge.
Give your mind a healthy workout and train your visualization skills through practice. If you have a favorite exercise, feel free to share it. If you’re not sure where to get started, here are a few exercises and visualizations spells you can try.
Related topics about visualization:
- Find Your Happiness: A Visualization Technique
- Easy Visualization Exercise
- Witch Exercises for Beginners
- Healing From Within Visualization
Associated with the Inner Sight and intuition, unblocking and training the Third Eye can aid one in their visualization practice. If you are struggling with visualization or wish to approach it from a different angle, consider working with your Third Eye Chakra this week
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Like all skills, visualization can take time and practice to build up your ability. If you have any tips, tricks, advice, or experience about visualizing that you’d like to share with the Coven, feel free to share your wisdom as your entry this week!
Do you use visualization in your practice?
What are your favorite things to visualize (inner temple, meditative situations, etc)?
What things help or inhibit your ability to visualize?
Related discussions about visualizations:
- (Visualizations and spells) The more I learn, the more questions I have
- Creating inner temples or spaces
- Meditations that are NOT visual based
- Do you think someone can be Head Blind?
- Aphantasia can’t see with mind’s eye
The suggestions above are just a few ideas to help kickstart your creativity- if you feel called to explore visualizations in another way, please feel free to do so!
As always, all witches are encouraged to embrace their own unique practice with how they explore the challenge theme
From Forbes: New to Visualization? 5 Steps to Get You Started
Click here for a note about challenge inclusivity
Everyone is welcome to join the challenge by practicing magick in line with the current theme. For lurkers and those who don’t feel comfortable sharing, it is absolutely okay to follow along with the challenge but keep your entry personal. Feel free to join in spirit and do what feels most comfortable for you!
That being said, please know that if you would like to receive a prize and a public shout-out, it is required that you share your experience.
In order for your entry to be counted, all you have to do is write/share about your experience and label it as your challenge entry. There is a lot of chatting here (which is awesome- chatting and discussion are very welcome!) so please clearly write that it is your entry so I know to count it!
Click here to learn where to share your challenge entry
You are welcome to post it right here- just click “reply” to this post and write your experience in the text box that pops up!
Alternatively, you could create a new post in the forum (this is good for when you have a lot to share and/or would like to discuss aspects of your entry not related to the current theme)
Note : If you do choose to create a new thread, please add the “challenge-entry” tag and/or add a hyperlink back to this post so that it can be easily found- thank you!
To join in, please share your experience by:
Tuesday, August 1 at 7:00 AM EDT (Eastern US Time)
(Note that the time zone is ET- if you don’t see your time displayed above, you can use this time zone calculator to check for your time zone!)
For their efforts, all participants will receive a special shout-out and a small prize!
Acknowledgments will be given in a Props and Presents Post that will appear in the forums on Tuesday.
After the challenge closes, you are still very welcome to post but please be aware that no additional prizes will be given. This discussion will remain open for about a week after the challenge finishes.
A warm reminder that the challenges are designed to be very open- everyone is encouraged to participate in a way that honors and reflects their unique practice
And for those new to challenges- welcome! Know that the goal of these activities is to help you further diversify and strengthen your abilities and to bring together the Spells8 forum family to inspire and support one another in creative ways
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Close your eyes and open your heart
With intention and focus you’re ready to start
To conjure wonders and reach the sky-
There are worlds waiting within your mind’s eye!
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