Many of you have asked me for ways of expanding mental and sense abilities - like developing the ability to communicate with spirits, build empathy, etc. The strongest of gifts seem to be naturally given - sometimes to the point that a person must block it out or go nuts. But this does not mean you can not work on developing keener senses.
As most of you know my strongest tool is meditation and visualization. In the archives you'll see a guide to basic meditation. Once you are able to clear the mind and develop the environments you can begin with the next steps to developing your psychic, mental and senses strength and clarity. All of the below use a "Thought" choose which you want to develop - developing empathy, lets say (Thats what I'll use in the below examples - but you could replace with what you wish to develop).
STEP 1: BREATHING:
Pick a thought [ie. developing greater empathy]. Concentrate on that [developing greater empathy] alone. Feel the thought fill the air around you. Breathe in the thought [inhaling the broad spectrum of emotions, dreams and fears] with each inhalation. Repeat several times a day for 1 to 5 minutes.
STEP 2: FOOD CONSUMPRION:
Visualize your food being saturated with the single thoguth [the tangle of feelings soaking into each spoon-ful]. Chew the spoon-ful and swallow all the while visualizing the thought [sensativity to emotion] soaking into your body internally from the food - spreading from your stomach to your veins and out to your whole body. Repeat with each meal for 2 weeks.
STEP 3: LIQUID CONSUMPTION:
Repeat STEP 2 using a consumable liquid instead of food.Repeat for another 2 weeks.
STEP 4: MENTAL RETENTION:
Gather 5 or 6 household items. Place them on a table in front of you. Close your eyes and visualize only one of the items in perfect detail. Hold the image in your minds eye for up to 5 minutes.Repeat 2 times a day up to 5 minutes a day
STEP 5: VISUAL RETENTION:
This is similar to STEP 4. This time stare into the air above the table, with your eyes open. The goal is to see the image so vividly it hangs in the air in front of you. Repeat several times a day from 1 to 5 minutes.
STEP 6: SENSORY RETENTION:
A) HEARING: Hear the sound of a siren in your mind, focus to make the sound loud enough to actually be in the room with you. It is easiest to focus on loud sounds at first, but you want to move to quieter ones as well, focusing on the sound of the wind and waves and birds, etc.
B) TOUCH: Focus on a feelings - hot, cold, hunger, thirsdt, gravity, etc.
C) TASTE: Focus on tastes - focus on tasting the following vividly: Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Lemon. Start with 1 minute and work up to 5.
D) OLFACTORY: Focus on smells - focus on smelling each of the following distinctly: Roses, Cinnamon, Wet Dog, Furnature Polish. Start with 1 minute and work up to 5.
Repeat each several times a day for 1 to 5 minutes
STEP 7: PORE BREATHING
Lie down on a sofa, bed or floor and relax every muscle in your body. I start at my feel and concentrate on the sensation of each muscle relaxing one at a time. Feel all tensions in your body lift, dissipate and evaporate. Concentrate on deep breathes, slow and even. Concentrate on a single thought, proceed to repeat STEP 1. Feel the thought filling the air around you - Feel the thought [ie. a senseativity of others feelings] absorbing in throught your pores.Repeat several times a day for up to 5 min.
STEP 8: FAMILIAR OBJECTS: (AUTO SUGGESTION)
Sit comfortably and stare at a blank spot on the wall. Visualize a clock hanging there. Listen to it tick, See it. Hold the image for up to 5 min, then repeat with each of the following objects: Brook, Forest, Busy Street.Repeat 2 times a day for up to 5 min.
STEP 9: FAMILIAR PLACES
Sit comfortably and visualize in full detail a place that is both a comfort and familiar. Hear the sounds, see the images, smell the scents, etc. Repeat daily holding the image for up to 5 min.
STEP 10: UNFAMILIAR PLACES
Sit comfortably and repeat STEP 9 only this time visualize a place you have never been. Repeat daily for up to 5 min.
STEP 11: WILLPOWER
This step in all about learning to control your mind and body. If you feel hunger - push it from your mind for 5 min - NO thinking about it. If your tired, push any exhaustion from your mind, etc. Repeat several times a day up to 5 minutes
STEP 12: ANIMALS
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and visualize an animal. Watch how it moves, smell its fur/skin, feel it move against you, try to sense the animals emotions, try to connect.Repeat daily for up to 10 minutes
STEP 13: PEOPLE
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and visualize a person - friends and family alive or dead. Observe how they move, hear their voice - try to sense their emotions, try to connect.Repeat daily for up to 10 minutes
STEP 14: CONSCIOUS VISUALIZATION
Repeat steps 11 & 12 with your eyes open
Try to hold the visual for up to 5 minutes.