Originally Posted by Acting Like Godot
It's not going to be as vivid as something you see in broad daylight with your two eyes wide open. But it will get (a lot) more vivid, with practice.
Okay, you try something like this, play around and see what happens. Close your eyes, relax, breathe etc etc, then pull up an actual memory. For example, the memory of the house you lived in when you were a kid.
Now, an image will pop into your mind. It could be something like the way your house looked, from the outside. Hold the image gently ... gently .... gently.
Now start visualising it in greater detail. The colour of the walls. The colour of the door. The design of the gate. The position of the tree in the garden, relative to the rose bushes. The texture of the pathway leading to the front door. The bicycle on the right hand side of the porch.
The problem here is that if I close my eyes and try to visualize something like, lets say, my bathroom upstairs (just to pick something fresh in my mind), I don't actually "see" the bathroom. Do you know what I mean?
Anyway, so if I try to visualize the bathroom, I simply think of it and I think of lets say the architectural layout of where the toilet is and where the sink is and where the tub is for example. Now, if you tell me to start focus on details like lets say the fact that the mirrors are such that you can put them at different angles and see the side of your face, not just stationary like some mirrors are then I focus on that in my mind (like thinking about it), but then I am no longer thinking about the architectural layout anymore.
Do you know what I mean? It's like I'm THINKING and FEELING the bathroom, but not seeing it, which means that I can only focus on one detail at a time.
However, when I go into the world of holographic visualization, it's almost like I don't have to put any effort into it. The world is there in front of my (closed) eyes and I can see it. When I rotate my head by 100 degrees to my left, everything rotates, just like in a video game and I see what's to my left. I don't have to "think" of the light being on in the room, I don't have to think about what color the walls are, and what's on the floor, and what time of day it is, and what color the ceiling is etc. it's all just there presented to me.
It's kind of like dreaming.
Now that I think about it, I think it all has to do with going to a place where your conscious mind is not in control anymore. It just becomes a silent witness. Because if you're trying to "visualize" with your conscious mind, it's way too slow. It's like describing a strip show over the phone - just isn't the same
Maybe I need to stop trying to picture or think about every detail, but rather just pick a single word and relax into it and let my subconscious "visualize". Maybe my conscious mind is too stupid/slow to visualize a world as vivid as the one I see with my eyes open.