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I See You’re Having Trouble Visualising

It’s happened again. You’ve got together, done some relaxation exercises to prepare for the main event of the evening - a guided visualisation. It seems straightforward enough, but why are you struggling to get the picture?

Maybe you’re not cosmic enough, but more likely, the visualisation failed for you because it is biased to visual experience at the expense of other perceptions. A full experience of the world needs all our senses, including kinaesthetic and auditory inputs and to a lesser extent, taste and smell.

For whatever reasons, we tend to favour one of the three main senses in preference to the others, with profound effects on the way we experience the world. Listen closely to the language you and other people use to work out your dominant reference system. Visual people ‘see’ things getting clearer, get an ‘overview’ and need new ‘perspectives’. Kinaesthetic people get to ‘grips’ with things to get a ‘solid’ understanding. Auditory people ‘hear’ where you’re coming from and are all ‘ears’ to ideas that sound good.

Sounds simplistic? Try it, and then utilise what you learn to communicate with people. I’ve been in situations with people I normally have trouble communicating with, but after learning what their dominant reference system is and talking back to them in the same terms, have got on with them a lot better. I’ve also known one or two people who essentially agreed about an issue, but because one of them was strongly kinaesthetic, they had a lot of difficulty talking and each perceived the other as awkward, obstinate, and at odds with their own point of view. What they were saying was basically the same. How they said it was very different. Once I realised what was happening it was almost comical, but communication problems like that are occurring all the time.

How can knowing this help you construct better pathworkings? Well, once you’ve realised you’re not just visualising things, but trying to hear, feel, smell and even taste them, it’s quite simple. With a well-structured pathworking, everyone will be fully drawn into the experience and discover that perceptions they are normally weak in become fully as powerful as their primary ones. Next time then, don’t just see that doorway, feel the warp in the wood, hear the squeak as it opens, and smell what’s on the other side before you see it.