"We're going to do some visualization. If you do
not feel you can keep your eyes closed, I have scarves that you may use to
blindfold yourself. It's entirely up to you. However, it is important to
eliminate the noise of sight so that you may see the music of soul."
"Metaphysical mumbo jumbo," someone quipped.
Unfazed, Elara continued. "Visualization is as real as you allow it to be. The
body chemistry—the release of neurotransmitters, hormones—is virtually identical
to that involving the experience you are contemplating. For the skeptical, there
is even research—the 'scientific' kind—using MRI to compare the chemical
reaction in the brain during visualization to that which occurs during the
actual event. The epinephrine produced while watching a horror movie is of the
exact same chemical composition as that produced when truly in danger. The
stress on the body is the same.
"Similarly, the oxytocin released during this visualization is the same as that
released during orgasm. I'm not saying you'll experience orgasm—although it has
been known to happen—only that afterward you'll feel as if you did. The
imagination is an intensely powerful tool, and there are those who argue that
perception is reality.
"However, the objective of this course is not to persuade you, but simply to
inform you. I've found that most people respond favorably to experiential
learning. So, you're about to experience some learning.
"Let's get started. I'm going to pass out these scarves. I recommend using them
if for no other reason than to free yourself of having to think about keeping
your eyes closed. The fewer distractions, the better."