You've heard it before: Describe, don't identify.
As a remote viewing instructor, I hear my own voice repeating that mantra frequently.
And every now and then, I will come across a student for whom that mantra is frustrating.
If you have ever wondered, "Why can't I use nouns and just say what the target is??!!" -- keep reading...
"Mommy, where do movies come from?"
I still remember when my boys dragged me to see The Matrix. "Mom! You gotta see this movie!!!! It is AMAZING!!! You will LOVE it!!!" And in spite of my initial reluctance, I sat on the edge of my seat for the entire movie.
Do you like movies? Which movies really grab your attention the most? And where do good movies originate?
All movies, both good and bad, originate from a story told well in writing, first. Whether from a screenplay or a best selling novel, someone had to use written language to tell a story.
From Boring to Exciting
Read the following sentence:A soft crimson blush spread across her cheeks as Rob's unrelenting gaze pierced deep into the chasm of Marcy's loneliness...
Compare that to:
Rob looked at Marcy.
Which sentence drew you in? If this were a book, which sentence would make you want to read more? Remember, writers are artists who paint pictures with words.
Now before you cry, "But Lori, I am not a good writer!" know that you don't have to be a good writer to be a good remote viewer. But you can vastly improve your abilities as a remote viewer by simply improving your ability to use words in your day-to-day actions to describe what is happening around you.
3 Steps to Better Sessions
To get started, try this simple 3-Step exercise while on a walk:
- Focusing on sounds, begin to listen as you walk.
- At first, you will notice the obvious sounds, such as horns honking, dogs barking, etc. Try to describe all the sounds you hear. For example:
- I hear the sound of my sneakers on the gravel driveway.
- I hear the piercing, insistent, high-pitched bark of my neighbor's Chihuahua.
- I hear the gentle sound of the breeze as it passes my ears.
- I hear the low droning of a plane passing overhead.
- I hear the cheerfully musical sound of playful birds in the trees.
- Now just describe the sounds, and leave out the identifying words:
- Crunch, crunch, crunch
- Arf! Arf! Arfarfarfarf!!!
- ... shussssh....
- ... rumble....
- Tweet-chirp! Tweet tweet tweet! Chirp! Tweedle-chirp!
You have just made the leap from identifying the sounds to describing them. (That is what I do whenever I take my car to the mechanic, and it gets pretty hilarious! "The car was going 'clomp bump BING!' every time I turned right...")
After you have explored all the obvious sounds, your awareness will increase and you will begin noticing more subtle sounds that you would normally ignore without meaning to. Your ability to uncover layers of sounds around you on a day-to-day basis will improve your overall awareness when you are remote viewing.
You can do this exercise anywhere, any time. Try it while waiting in line to check out at the grocery store, or while making your way to your gate at the airport.
In the upcoming blogs in this series, we will explore how to use this exercise to improve your other senses -- both in your life and at the target!
I like this, describe, don't name, and then go to the next, deeper level...will practice my sounds this week!! Thx C
Thank you...will try it. Normally i wear ear muffs or listen to music because i go stark raving mad from the noise of our society. Lived in forest as hermit and in silence and solitude...now i feel like i'm turning into a motor from cars, motorcycles, jets, gardeners etc. Keep longing for Africa a d to get put of the industrial world. I watched The Matrix in Thailand and my guru was communicating with me telepathically and i was shsring it with my hostess. She said: "You don't really want to watch this, do you? Let's turn it off!
Thanks for this. Going to start straight away.
thank you again !!!!
To have a better understanding of dimensions I used to play PC games ( GTA) in wireframe mode that really made me better understand the dimensions from various angles and distance.
This is great advice! Thank you!!
Thank you, Lori! This makes me think of Foley artists in Film. Foley artists recreate immersive, natural-sounding audio using unexpected methods. In a typical recording session, foley artists break down a scene into the individual sounds they need to capture, then recreate and record them one by one.
That sounds like your exercise. I'm doing this starting now.
I believe you mentioned (in another post?) that reading fiction can be a great way to build a better descriptor vocabulary. I read almost exclusively non-fiction books most of the time but picked up a novel last night based on that advice because I’ve found myself having difficulty describing stuff. I’ll have to bring this mindfulness descriptor exercise into use as well. Thanks!
Wonderful, Nekussa! I am excited to hear more of your progress. Keep us posted!