Scrying, sometimes called `crystal gazing'
is a technique by which a person "gazes" into anything
reflective. However, most people use a crystal ball or a scrying
mirror. Scrying mirrors are concave opaque pieces of glass. They
are very beautiful. However, you can scry on just about any reflective
surface; a bowl of water, a piece of metal, a mirror, etc. Some
people can even scry in smoke, flames, etc.
purpose of scrying is to gain information. Some people believe
this information is given clairvoyantly or psychically. Others
believe the scrying technique simply clears the mind so information
from the Universe or the Source can flow more freely. The information
given can be used to answer a whole host of questions and concerns.
Sometimes the information given is very literal; the scryer will
see visions of real people, places and events. Other times the
information is symbolic, like dreams, and must be interpreted.
my experience, open eye scrying takes concentration and regular
practice. I have found it difficult to focus my attention with
my eyes open. I have met people who are natural scryers. They
can focus and images begin to appear almost immediately. However,
I was never quite got the hang of it. I had, however, been able
to gain images, in a relaxed state, on my eyelids, with my eyes
shut. It wasn't until I met another person who used the same technique
that I realized this was a form of scrying. I'm sure many people
would not consider this technique scrying since it does not involve
a "tool" outside of the person, such as a crystal or
a mirror. However, I have found this to be an effective way to
practice scrying technique with my eyes shut. It helps me focus
and relax and receive meaningful images.
I begin, let me just say that I have been scrying on my eyelids
for most of my life. It began spontaneously when I was a child.
However, for people who have tried the open-eyed method and easily
become distracted or frustrated this may be a way that is easier
you begin for the first time, you may want to light a candle or
incense. Whatever you do to "clear the air" of any negative
energies that may be around. If you have a prayer or an incantation
that you like, you can say it as you begin to focus. This little
ritual of lighting a candle and saying a prayer will often help
focus the beginner. Find a darkened place. Try as I might, I cannot
scry in bright light. Get in a position that feels comfortable.
I do best lying down or reclined. However, if you feel you will
fall asleep, sit upright or just slightly reclined. Try a few
positions until one feels best for you. As you practice, you will
find a position where it is easy to relax and you receive the
are going to want to record your images for future reference,
interpretive purposes and to check back for accuracy in interpretation,
so make sure you have a dedicated journal near by.
you are in a position that feels very comfortable, start relaxing
your body and your mind. This is the same as meditation techniques.
You will want your body to be in a very relaxed state and your
mind in a very alert, yet relaxed state. There are some good relaxation
and meditation tapes out there by various companies. You may want
to practice relaxation and meditation until you get used to it
before you try closed-eye scrying.
caution you not to use music when closed-eye scrying. The reason
for this is that music can often influence the visions and information
you will receive. If you need to use some sort of sound to block
out noise, I suggest using "white noise" such as a fan.
A fan will block out background noise but will not interfere with
the visions or information you are receiving.
you are in a relaxed state turn your attention to your vision
with your eyes closed. At first, all you may see are flashes of
light. Or you may have an "imprint" of the last thing
you looked at before you closed your eyes. In the beginning, it
may take a while for the flashes of light or the "imprint"
to fade. The most important thing is to not really think about
these images. Stay relaxed and alert. Begin to "look"
with your eyes closed to see if, in the background, you are starting
to see any images appear that are not associated with the undefined
images of light you saw when you first closed your eyes. Don't
stress, just simply relax and observe.
those old Polaroid cameras? You took a picture and then slowly
an image began to appear. This is what it will be like. In the
beginning, you may only see a shadow of an image. That's ok. Just
continue to relax and see if it develops into a more distinct
image. Make sure you are recording what you see.
scrying is very similar to "people watching" in the
park. When you are people watching, you are sitting, relaxed on
a park bench simply watching the people and events around you.
You are alert, but you are not involved with what is going on
around you. When you are closed-eye scrying, you should feel the
same way. You are relaxed and alert. You are simply observing.
the beginning, try your closed-eye scrying for fifteen minutes.
When you are done, write down any images you saw, even if they
are shadowy. Eventually, the images will start to become clearer
and more distinct. Then the images will start to move, and you
will begin to see scenes.
have had only a few experiences of clear clairaudience, that is,
the ability to actually hear what is being said in the images
I am observing. However, I do know clairvoyantly what people are
saying in the scenes I am watching. I get an inner sense.
you find a scene unfolding in a manner that feels uncomfortable
to you, simply open your eyes. You will probably note you are
breathing heavier and no longer relaxed. Allow your breathing
to return to a relaxed state and then get up and do another activity.
Do not return to an uncomfortable scene. Don't over intellectualize.
Don't ask yourself, "Am I really seeing this or is it just
my imagination?" If you find yourself doing that you are
not a relaxed observer. Just let the images appear as they come.
Try not to make judgments about yourself or the images. Above
all, don't worry if you are doing it "right". There
is no "right" or "wrong" way to scry.
the information you receive is an art, just like closed-eye scrying
is. It will take time for you to learn to interpret the information
you receive. Remember, often times you will get information symbolically.
I use a very simple technique I learned at the Association for
Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I attended
a lecture at their visitor's center about dream interpretation.
This technique is very easy to use and gives very good results.
Fold a piece of paper in half long ways
On the left hand of the paper write down the elements of the scene
you experienced during your closed-eye scrying.
On the right side of the paper, write down what you think those
symbols may mean.
say, you saw a black dog come out of the woods at your grandmother's
house and eat her prized flowers. Consider first, what does a
"black dog" mean? It could mean something dangerous,
particularly if you don't like dogs or the dog seemed mean. Next,
consider grandmother's house. Perhaps, you always felt safe and
secure at grandmother's house. Lastly, the prized flowers. Those
are something grandmother spent time and energy on. Those were
something very important to your grandmother. Now, synthesize
the symbolism. In this scene, you may feel something is threatening
your grandmother's or your own sense of well-being. This type
of interpretation will take practice and review. Go back and review
your interpretations. Often times, once you are scrying on a regular
basis, some symbols may repeat themselves, for example, every
time you see a rose that could mean love. Remember, occasionally,
you will receive a disturbing image. For example, maybe you saw
a friend killed in a car accident. If you keep in mind, that most
of the images will be symbolic, you won't call your friend crying
hysterically. You may want to call your friend and say, "I've
been thinking of you." You might find out something is happening
in his/her life that could be symbolized by a car accident.
you will want to focus your scrying. Maybe you will do this for
yourself, your family or friends. This will take more practice.
As you light your candle and say your prayer, think about the
purpose of your scrying.
also use scrying to communicate with people on an astral level.
As I relax, I think of the person and the purpose for the communication.
I find this very useful when I have had an argument with someone
and we are unable to communicate because we are angry. I can communicate
my side to the person and listen to his/her side as well. When
you do this, note particularly the surrounding. The surroundings
can tell you a lot about what the other person is feeling. If
the person meets you in a barren field, he/she may still have
harsh feelings for you. If he/she meets you a lush garden he/she
may be willing to listen. Please do not try to "invade"
the images you see. Just relax, be there and speak your heart.
Do not try to manipulate the images you receive. Often times,
the other person will not even speak.
now have the basics of closed-eye scrying. Remember, it will take
some practice to get the "hang" of it. The two most
important things you can do are; consistent practice and record
everything in a journal. Practice is the only thing that will
help you get better. Recording everything will let you know what
is working and what is not. There is no one correct way to scry
using the closed-eye method.