Pure imagination at work
This exercise does not differ from the previous one, except for the prominent use of the creative imagination at the expense of memory; it is therefore not necessary to provide further information on its implementation. It will be sufficient to replace the visualisation of people from your circle of friends or relatives with unknown individuals, imagining their features, speech, movements, etc.
As already explained, the aim is to give more space to the imagination, which can express its full potential no longer bound by mnemonic constraints. Many will judge the execution of this exercise as more effortless than the previous one; this is entirely natural since the “dependence” on memory is missing. However, one should not make the mistake of underestimating the value of the mnemonic tool. The purpose of a tool consists in perfecting an ability inherent in ourselves, up to amplifying its effect; for this to happen, it must become an integral part of our nature. The same goes for memory; at the end of the training, it ceases to be an obstacle to become a vehicle of the imagination.
Upon completing this series of concentrations, willpower and attention will be improved, along with the ability to obtain vivid representations of the imagined scenes. Bardon, in providing a conclusive picture of the Third Step mental practices, emphasises the need to carefully cultivate their execution, a necessary preliminary action to face the much more demanding objectives of the subsequent Steps, such as thought transfer, mental wandering, remote viewing, etc.
This exercise concludes the mental training for Step Three.