Do this exercise to develop mental imagery

There are people in the world including this person [referring to submitted question] who have the inability to see our mind’s eye and can’t create mental imagery. Can you discuss why this happens? What would cause this?

Case by case basis, but the idea in general is that some people may not need mental imagery. They may function in a different way. They may have auditory experiences, tactile experiences, that serve the same function for them. They may be experimenting with the idea of not necessarily having one ability and replacing it with another.

But the idea also can be that there may be a belief system that is preventing them from having that. So if that is the case, we can suggest a particular exercise where they actually choose different objects, doesn’t matter really what they are, if it’s an object of interest to them, that they’re attracted to use, that’s fine. And stare at that object for a period of about 15 minutes. That can rewire the brain to always call up a mental image of that object after that point, if they so desire.

But that can be an exercise that can help some people allow themselves to feel or see or experience a mental image of an object. And with practice, they can start sharing that with other objects whether they’ve actually stared at the object or not. So it just depends on what the person is using it for. But that’s one exercise that they could perform.

Bashar - Persistence of Vision - May 2023