When carrying out intention, many people believe that you must ‘see’ the exact object of your desire clearly in your mind’s eye. But for an intention it isn’t necessary to have a sharp internal image or, indeed, any image at all. It is enough to just think about an intention, without a mental picture, and simply to create an impression, a feeling or a thought.
Some of us think in images, others through words, still others through sounds, touch or the spatial relationship between objects. Your mental rehearsal will depend on which senses are most developed in your brain.
Nevertheless, you can sharpen up your intention and ability to visualize a result by getting into a meditative state and imagining the following, while recalling or imagining as much as you can about the sight and smells, and your feelings about them:
- A favourite recent meal (can you remember some of the smells and tastes you really enjoyed?)
- Your bedroom. Walk yourself mentally through it, remembering certain details – the feel of your bedspread, the curtains or carpet. You do not have to see the entire room, just get a detail or impression.
- A recent happy moment (with a loved one, or a child). Remember the most vivid sensations and images.
- Yourself performing an activity such as running, riding a bike, swimming or working out at the gym. Try to feel what it is like for your body to be moving that way.
- Your favourite music (try to ‘hear’ the music internally).
- A recent experience with an intense physical sensation (such as plunging into a pool or the ocean, having a steam bath, feeling snow or rain, or making love). Try to relive all of the physical sensations.