Visualizing Indra's Net
Indra's Net is a beautiful metaphor for the non-dualistic nature of reality, and drives home in a visually powerful way how interconnected we all are at the deepest of levels. One of the most exciting discoveries I found when creating an Indra's Net meditation for VR was how much more powerfully I was able to vividly visualize the net and feel the meaning it represents during my "normal" meditation once I had spent some time with the VR version.
* Song written by Ila Cantor, performed by Ila Cantor, Lauren Arrow, and Robert James Ryan III
Exploring VR Somatic Therapy
Movement linked with intent combined with the visualization power that VR gives us is proving to be an extremely compelling path.. In this experience, you find yourself underwater, exploring the depths of your subconscious as negative emotions like fear, doubt, and worry bubble up. But by simply reaching out you can release these emotions and send them flying through the ocean. Similarly to my experience with Indra's Net, I noticed that during an evening (non-VR) Qi Gong session after creating this module, I was able to see and feel myself dissolving these emotions as I moved through the poses in a more visceral way than any I'd ever experienced previously. Rather than dampening the imagination and powers of visualization, meditative VR experiences seem to be enhancing these abilities significantly.
Metta Loving Kindness, Mantras, and a Universal Perspective
I've been imagining a mantra detection system for VR for a while now but haven't gotten around to prototyping it. Finally I took some time to explore this and it's feeling really interesting. So much of personal transformation and changing limiting beliefs has to do with the intent we put on the things we say and how often we say them. The quote by Gandhi below sums it up well. By choosing your words and repeating them you can shape your actions, habits and values.