Several simple exercises can help you develop your ability to image and explore the inner realm of the imagination. Some people find that reporting to another person — a designated guide for the journey — helps them focus on images and ignore the rational thought intrusions that can disrupt the process. Here is a simple way to practice.

See yourself in a meadow, at the seashore, in a forest, or on a mountain top ledge. Describe the view in front of you. Turn and continue describing until you have made a complete rotation. Notice where the sun is in the scene (if it is daytime). Describe what you are wearing and how you are feeling.

To expand the exercise, you might find yourself at the entrance to a cave, a garden, a chapel, or a temple. Go inside and describe what you find there.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat in Spiritual Rx