This series is about moving beyond visualization, to gain better control of your energy and learn new techniques more easily.

We’ve covered step by step visualizations, and feeling your energy as it moves both externally and internally. This post brings it all together, so make sure you’re comfortable with each part on its own first.

Bringing It All Together

We’re going to guide energy by feel, rather than visualization, using both external and internal senses of energy.

Start by engaging your energy. If visualizing energy is the most comfortable way to get started, do that. The goal isn’t to abandon visualization all at once, it’s to gradually grow beyond visualization, to where other tools just work better. (In the “Next Steps” section below, there are resources for engaging your energy without a visualization.)

Then, just like with the other exercises, move your energy a bit, and tune in to how it feels. Except now, tune in to the external sense of energy (the tingling or heat in your body) and the internal sense (the proprioception of energy). At first, tune in to one at a time, swapping your attention back and forth. With experience, you’ll be able to notice both.

And, just like before, do one step, then feel both sensations, then do the next step.

How do you do each step? It’s OK to visualize for now. Over time, you’ll notice how it feels to move the energy, and you’ll find yourself focusing more on those feelings, and less on the visualization. Eventually, the visualization will fade, or become so simplified that you’re primarily focused on the feeling of your energy as you guide the energy techniques.

Again, the goal isn’t to not visualize. It’s not like visualization is uncool. The goal is to shift your focus to the sensations of energy, so you can feel what you energy does in response to your intent, and adjust it accordingly. To develop that 2-way interaction, where you’re guiding your energy and also feeling how your energy responds. So focus on developing that awareness of energy, not on abandoning visualization.

Next Steps

Here are some intermediate topics to increase your skills as you move beyond visualization:

Sensory connections, which let you observe a far more detail when you sense energy. (The external sense of energy, not the internal proprioception.) This greater detail makes it even more valuable when you abandon visualization and adjust your energy in real time. Sensory connections is key to most intermediate techniques I teach. It’s a large topic, start with these three posts.

The other technique is mental posture, to engage your energy consciously. This lets you sense energy without building energy, maintain your awareness of energy intentionally (and recover quickly if you get distracted), and make sure your ethereal muscles are fully engaged before you start using energy. I discuss mental posture in these four posts.

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