Seeing Ones Own Self as a Buddha
In this exercise, we deconstruct our ordinary selves, and then reconstruct ourselves as an enlightened being, with the associated self-esteem, wisdom, compassion, blissful peacefulness, and so forth. We imagine that we are what we wish to become. For instance, we can visualize a buddha, a goddess, or any enlightened deity. We see ourselves as that being, in the center of a mandala, or sacred circle, surrounded by beauty and in the company of other enlightened beings. This is usually done by visualizing the enlightened being in front of us. Lights flow from him or her to us and then the deity merges with us and we take on the deity's attributes. Then we imagine our sacred surroundings.
The relaxed and integrated body that can be cultivated through Tantra is used as a support for the "empty" mind when practicing Mindfulness, Dzogchen, or really any, type of meditation.
Nature of Mind
The fundamental nature of our mind is clear and space-like. Conventional ego mind tries to project other things onto this, but such projections are distorted and momentary. In this type of visualization we can imagine our small ego-centered mind transforming into our clear, non-conceptual mind which expands in every direction and encompasses everything. Then we are everywhere at once; there is no conceptualizing, no-self and other, just pure space/consciousness. We rest in this for a while. Then we can imagine our space-selves solidifying and contracting and we become like a bar of light We have form but no density. Here we are starting to come back to the physical world, but we are different now, because we have experienced the non-dual mind. In some versions of this visualization, we imaging that from this bar of light, we can reemerge into the world as our chosen deity.