Thanks Grim for that insightful visualization! Another method is to go into a very dimly lit room (by indirect light) and relax, gazing out-of-focus on your hand(s). After a short while you will begin to notice a thin bluish-grey 'film' surrounding your hand(s). This is the etheric envelope that surrounds ALL living things (and some more as well)!!! As you train your sight you will soon be able to perceive another 'envelope' extending up to a number of inches away from the body. You are now noticing the auric sheathe and you will be able to notice colours...further training will, ultimately, reveal more of our energy body. Another way of looking at things is a way that some healers use and that is the perception of the nerve energies that sparkle along the neural pathways of the body. When you can sense this AND see the auric sheathe you are well on your way to deciphering energy flow and blockage in your body as well as other living things! Organic tissue isn't the only thing with an energy signature. Crystals and some metals can also produce aura. Not all will gain clear sight with these things as not everyone can or will have the ability to dowse! All of us have some psionic potential...even those with a distinct LACK of perceptions fall so far below average that they are also manifesting SOMETHING!??
The example you gave was/is very insightful and I think that those who need a 'boost' to their encouragement factor could stand to gain much by such visualization exercises! Remember, we, as humans, are creators!