A good way to nurture your child’s after imaging capability is to practice afterimage training using the Orange Card. This activity is suitable for children 4 years and above or any child who can verbalise his/her thoughts.
What you will need:
An orange card with a blue dot in the center that is 2cm in diameter. You can make this easily with a piece of orange paper or cardboard and a blue circle sticker in the center.
- Ask your child to close his eyes and relax.
- Take a deep breath out first slowly and deeply, then inhale for eight seconds, then exhale deeply for eight seconds.
- Repeat step 2, three times. Then return to normal breathing.
- Ask your child to place the orange card 30cm from his eyes.
- Ask your child to stare intently at the card for 30 seconds.
- Then ask your child to close his eyes. He will see an afterimage behind his closed eyes.
There are four levels to achieve with the afterimage:
- Complementary colours: initially, your child should be aiming to see the afterimage in complementary colours. In other words, the blue dot will appear orange and the orange background will appear blue.
- Primary colours: after achieving step one, the next step will be to see an afterimage in primary colours. In other words, the blue dot will appear blue and the orange background orange.
- Altered colours and shapes: after achieving step two, the next step will be to see the blue dot in any other colour, shape and size.
- Free image: the final step will be to see the blue dot and be able to change it into any arbitrary image.
Ultimately, your child should be aiming to see himself in an image. Once he can visualise himself in the image, he has achieved this function. He will then be able to visualise himself achieving whatever he desires in life – perfect exam scores, a hole in one in golf, etc.