by Jeffrey Goldberg
So far we have discussed chanting mantra and witnessing thoughts as forms of meditation. In this article, we talk about visualization techniques as a way to cultivate your body and mind to prepare it for higher states of consciousness.
There are many forms of visualization, from concentrating upon an image of a deity or master, to guided meditations, visualizing images within the chakras, and other imagination exercises. The goal of meditation is to raise the prana from the lower centers to the higher centers and the use of imagination facilitates the movement of prana.
By concentrating upon an image with one-pointed focus, we train the mind so thoughts quiet down. Use an image of Buddhas, Yoga Masters, deities or angels so that you do not cause yourself subconscious issues. Simply gaze at the image, then create the image in your mind’s eye.
With practice thoughts will settle down, the mind will become pure awareness, and the prana will begin to rise and circulate in order to purify the mind and body in preparation for receiving higher levels of consciousness.
Our advanced (300-hour) yoga training for advanced students and 200-hr yoga teachers is coming soon. This is just one of 108 “sadhanas” (yoga spiritual practices) we will learn and practice in the training.
In our next article in this series, we will discuss pranayama techniques of meditation.