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It can be helpful to assemble a palette of visualization objects. as an example, if your desire is to open a gate, well, go to an actual gate and open it. Pay attention to the wall the gate is built in. See the bricks in their entirety. Touch them, get a sense of their mass and coolness. Get a sense of what the moss on them feels like. If the gate is made of , say, wrought iron (not an impossible thing in New Orleans!) feel the weight of the iron, notice if it squeals, being in need of oil. Notice how it wants to keep moving when it's swinging and the sound it makes when opening and closing. Instead of brick, pick up some marble and see how its smoothness and coldness changes your feeling for this kind of stone. Build up in your mind a whole list of things you can assemble to make your mind picture so much more real because you have actually touched, scented, tasted, or in some way really experienced it.