Using Scrying To See How A
John L. Waters
Scrying is a technique used by a trained person to see an image
which he or she interprets to be the image of a lost item, a
future event, or some other important item which can't be found by
using any other method.
To help scrying work, a person learns to gaze blankly at a
featureless object such as a black mirror, the surface of a water
pool, or a crystal ball. When the scryer is successful, images
appear in the visual field. Each image grows out of a light which
the scryer sees in the visual field. The scryer may report what is
seen to a note-taker or tape record his or her own vocal report.
In a dream or in a vision a scryer may see images which pertain to
his own special problem. How he relates these dream images depends
on his prior knowledge and his intuition. The images he receives
may need to be interpreted. If not, the images depict an actual
physical reality removed in space or in time.
Scrying and dreaming are not by themselves intuition.
In a dream and in a vision a person hallucinates visual or
auditory sensations. Later, intuition may use the dream material
to get some new idea.
Intuition associates old ideas in a new and useful way. The dream
itself usually requires intuition to understand.
One example of using a dream to get a new and useful idea comes
from the pioneer German chemist August Kekule's dream of fiery
serpents biting their tails.
The brightness and the intensity of Kekule's dream made it
memorable to him. Several days later Kekule intuited that the
benzene molecule might not be a long chain shape but instead might
be a hexagonal shape.
Later Kekule told people how this dream of fiery serpents biting
their tails helped him overcome his mental block and solve this
Kekule had assumed that the structure of the benzene molecule was
linear. So his experimental laboratory results perplexed him
greatly. Kekule really needed his dreaming mind to help him solve
You might dream of, or see in a vision some event which transpired
later. But you have other dreams or visions which are not
prophetic. So how can you tell which one of your inner pictures is
prophetic, and how can you convince other people that your
prophetic dream is worth paying attention to? And what good is
having prophetic visions or dreams, if no one makes any use of
Kekule's dream came when he was very perplexed. There was a
solution to his problem and his problem was clearly defined to
him. His many years of training and experience in chemistry had
prepared him to study the molecular structure of benzene.
But to function better, Kekule's creative intelligence required
his dreaming intelligence. And the chemist's effective intuition
enabled him to use the dream material to solve his problem. If
Kekule hadn't been so intuitive, he never would have connected his
dream material with the solution to his problem of defining the
molecular structure of benzene.
One naturally might think that the individuals recognized by many
people as "true prophets" have often proven to many credible
adults that they have developed their ability to scry or dream of
events which later occured. In this way ones talent as a prophet
would be proven. Otherwise, how can people accept the so-called
prophet is truly a prophet?
But if we search the literature on prophets, we don't find this
much scrutiny in people. We only find the people's blind faith in
a charismatic person who claims to be a prophet or who is said to
be a prophet.
Even so, it ought to be intuitively obvious that having a special
talent for dreaming and visualizing and a talent for intuition is
something very different from having a special talent for charming
or fooling people.
A scryer's dreams and visions come as he is gazing into a black
mirror, a crystal ball, the shining surface of water, or some
other relatively featureless surface. The scryer has been trained
to use some traditional "occult" technique to see or hear what
others can't see or hear. This can be an aid to creativity, as
when Leonardo Da Vinci often gazed at a familiar rock wall to get
new ideas for his paintings.
Scrying helps a person access his own subconscious mind or
unconscious mind. By regularly practicing scrying a person
regularly accesses his or her usually latent or hidden unconscious
ability. However scrying has often been associated with casting
spells and other efforts to produce negative results.
In reality scrying is used by an adept to witch, divine, or find
the answer to a perplexing problem, such as the subject for your
next painting, or the solution to your difficult problem, as
Kekule used his unconscious mind to help him solve a difficult
problem in chemistry. And because he was so successful in
pioneering organic chemistry, a great many people said that August
Kekule was a genius. But how did the man learn how to so
gracefully coordinate his many mental faculties?
By associating scrying with witchcraft and giving witchcraft such
a negative image, the scientific cultures have prevented progress
in the clear understanding of developing and using more creative
inspiration. Furthermore, children who naturally scry are taught
that gazing blankly isn't socially acceptible. The result is that
very few young people ever are taught anything positive about
scrying and the process of inspiration and creative genius remains
a mystery even the most honored medical scientists don't actually
know how to solve.