An Essay on
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.Seeing with the Mind's Eye
Dynamic Visualization is not a part of Raja Yoga. Although dharana (concentration on a single object) may involve visualization, the earlier-viewed items (tatwas) are static and non-moving. In what we call Visualization, a scenario unfolds, just like watching a motion picture.
Visualization has also been called Reverie and Guided Meditation. Do not confuse it with "daydreaming," althout there are some similar characteristics.
The idea is that one either listens to a guide, who describes the scenario aloud and the student follows along in his or her "mind's eye," or one memorizes the guide's scenario (or a written scenario) and then enacts it the "mind's eye."
For some reason, most people are able to easily follow along in a dynamic visualization exercise, whereas many of these same people have absolutely no control over fixed objects (dharana).
Ideally, these visualizations would actually be carried out on the astral plane (with vision interaction) and not merely a passive imagining (like watching television). See "astral projection" in Chapter 5 - Exceptional Practices.
There are several, detailed Visualization Exercises to be found in Appendix BB.