Aphantasia, high sensitivity and spiritual practice


Dear all,

I would like to know if here are other Aphants with high sensitivity. I found out my high sensitivity more than five years ago. For me it is a gift, but still not easy to handle. After that I started with meditation and spiritual practice. Although I tried a lot of techniques and in the end meditated every day, I never made it to visualize. That was frustrating, but on the other hand I had extreme body reactions during trance or holographic breathing: During one course in 2019 with more than 80 persons, other HSP included, I had the heaviest body reactions within this group, but still no vision. When I discovered my inner blindness two month ago I was stunned… So if here are other HSP without a mind´s eye – please let me know. I’m searching for a solution how to work more with my body instead of visualization.

Best regards from Germany

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Hi! I am a HSP without a mind’s eye. I have been interested in secular buddhism for a bit and have noticed my inability to visualize through that. The way I look at it is that due to my high sensitivity I need less extreme methods to feel and understand the concepts that meditation techniques teach. I keep my meditation very minimalistic. I focus on my breath or some concept (for example love), not hoping for some vivid experience. These practices are not a performance, you don’t need to have the heaviest experiences. My emotions/experiences are strong enough on it’s own and induce the feeling of awe without the need for very extreme techniques. I often find elaborate techniques more disctracting than helping (like they give me a sense of mental clutter). I don’t know how it works for you though. Best from the Netherlands!

Hi Dayenne,

I’ve just written an article for staging-aphantasia-staging.kinsta.cloud on meditation with aphantasia. Stay tuned. 

Hello. With apologies – what do you mean by “high sensitivity”?