Date: 2012-09-28 10:13 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] mesh_mask
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I'm often fussing about how words that mean one thing have been narrowed/altered by common assumptions to mean something else, and one can no longer use them without baggage-- but this is an example of almost the opposite thing. I don't think I'd ever use the term "visualize" if I were leaning only on the etymology, but almost everyone understands that it's a metaphor for other senses as well. And it's always getting used in magical/spiritual contexts to mean what I want to mean, so it works for me (provided I'm talking to people who are familiar with that kind of use, and know that I mean to sharply visualize, not just to imagine something in any old vague way.)

I suppose one of the problems with it is that it has a connotation of being deliberately initiated by the visualizer-- but then again, I tend to find that one does have to try to pay attention to things like that or they'll go away anyhow, so there may be some subtle element of that in any such experience...
I'm not familiar enough with magical/spiritual contexts to know much about how these words are typically used. D: Is there a vocabulary list somewhere that might be able to help me understand this?

I think that visualization could be important starting point to initiate a broader perliminal experience. I mention in my entry about perlminal location that one might want to start out by visualizing an entrance to another world. I guess it's kind of like saying, "I'm ready," and then letting go.

And visualization is important for what I'm beginning to think of as spells--techniques to lessen the divide with the divine, if that makes sense.

Still, it may come as no surprise that the reason I'm hesitant to use the word "visualization" is that it does imply intentional perliminal manifestation, whereas the most important perliminal experiences to me are those that simply happen. (Wow, speaking of vocabularly: "Intentional perliminal manifestation". That has a really cool ring to it!) Even studying an element of a perliminal landscape isn't quite the same as visualizing, at least to me. Instead of purposefully imagining details it's kind of a silent waiting, and coaxing for more. Usually...
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