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Before we begin the visualization, which is based on the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, please find a comfortable place to relax. Take a few moments to completely clear your mind of all thoughts, and focus on your breathing.
You are walking in an antique land.
Few people venture this far out into the desert.
In the distance, a few goats, camels and sheep graze on the dusty grass that struggles to grow between the rocks of the parched earth.
Their bells break the silence of the empty landscape.
Banks of clouds cast long shadows over you while you walk—providing shelter from the heat of the sun.
A mirage on the horizon lures you further into the desert. Tempting you with the notion of an oasis or something else.
Underneath your feet, blue glazed tiles with designs of dragons and bulls decorate the road recently exposed by the desert wind.
The mirage materializes into a structure. Before long, you arrive at a massive cedar gate set inside thick crumbling walls.
They open easily into an enormous courtyard filled with an overgrown date grove. In the centre of the place are the ruins of a tiered pyramid, encircled by a shallow lagoon.
Patches of papyrus, wild iris and lily pads bloom in the clear water. Multi-coloured carp swim lazily in the shallow depths—specks of gold glitter from the bottom of the pool.
You cross over the lagoon by oblong stepping stones.
On this side is a wild orchard of pomegranate, orange and fig-trees probably as old as the monument.
Tangles of blooming roses and jasmine cover the decaying walls.
A broad set of cracked stone stairs lead to another level. At the top, you discover a fountain encircled by broken columns, a fractured obelisk and other debris. The roof has collapsed. Chunks of stone carved with parts of lions, horses and other mythical creatures are scattered throughout the dense grass and wildflowers.
As you start walking towards the fountain, a light desert rain begins to fall, and you find shelter under the only part remaining of the roof.
Where you sit, pottery shards of tablets inscribed with lettering strewn are all over the ground. One of them has an astronomical map of planets.
You imagine the people who created this place and the others who were here so long ago.
The sound of the rain and the fountain are peaceful.
The slight desert breeze carries and intoxicating scent of the earth that mingles with the aroma of the flowers from the forgotten garden.
You decide to stay here for a while longer and to always keep the place a secret and forever remain a mystery.
You close your eyes and breathe.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.