Realization through visualization
Here is an interesting comparison of three versions of the Buddhist concept of “realization through visualization”.
(I-1) Visualize human suffering to realize the emptiness of human life.
(I-2) Visualize the inhumanity of humans to realize sympathy and charity.
(I-3) Visualize the falsehood of evil thoughts to realize true Buddhist wisdom.
(I-4) Visualize human immorality to realize moral conscience.
(II-1) Visualize the uncleanliness of the physical body to realize the unholiness of the mundane physical being.
Some Buddhist masters use this to teach self discipline in sexual promiscuity.
(II-2) Visualize the suffering of human beings to realize the unholiness of the mundane physical world.
Some Buddhist masters use this to teach people not to fear death.
(II-3) Visualize the inconstancy of the mundane physical world to realize the fleeting nature of human existence.
(II-4) Visualize selflessness to realize universality.
[Master Chen says]
I have already given brief explanations of the first version in “Fake and foul monk gives false and foul advice” [April 19, 2015, Isotonic Rehabilitation]. Both of these versions are based on visualizing the undesirable aspects of human existence to realize the holiness of the non-physical realm.
My version of realization through visualization is based on directly visualizing one’s positive aspects to realize the non-physical realm. It is this version that I taught in my meditation classes.
(III-1) Directly visualize the Holy White Light at the end of the tunnel in near death experiences through meditation to realize the holiness of the non-physical realm.
(III-2) Focus directly on raising one’s inner energy to realize astral projection, healing touch, reiki, telepathy, and extrasensory energy projection.
(III-3) Directly visualize raising and projecting outwardly one’s inner energy to attain the realization that one’s projected inner energy now exists outside of one’s physical body.
(III-4) Meditate to clear the mind of all thoughts to realize selflessness.
The emphasis here is on realization of the non-physical realm by achieving emptiness of mind.
This is actually the reverse of visualization to achieve realization. It is achieving realization through non-visualization.