The guided visualisation this week was inspired by the experience of walking to a hidden waterfall in the jungle.
First, I will begin with a Pueblo blessing:
"Hold on to what is good, even if it is a handful of earth. Hold on to what you believe, even if it is a tree which stands by itself. Hold on to what you must do, even if it is a long way from here. Hold on to life, even when it is easier, letting go. Hold on to my hand, even when I have gone away from you."
You turn left off the dirt road at a trail marked with a worn-out wooden sign that says "Cascada".
As soon as you turn left, you leave the daylight behind and plunge into another realm. The track leads into a hidden tunnel made of forest.
The path is well-groomed, but the riot of foliage on either side is so impenetrable the trees look like they have been woven together into a tapestry of different leaves with variations of a blending of one colour: green.
There is an infinite number of greens, made greener by splashes of purple and white orchids, poinsettias, wild ginger and hibiscus. Unfamiliar seeds litter the ground, discarded by monkeys you can hear howling somewhere in the distance.
Huge tree trunks run up high out of the jungle floor like massive smooth columns. A few have peculiar buttresses around the base. Vines wind every which way. Some have twisted ropey festoons hanging from the branches, while others drape down to the ground with delicate tendrils.
Darting about overhead are macaws and toucans and other colourful, mysterious birds you don't know the names of — clouds of small brilliant blue butterflies hover above your path.
You feel disconcerted because you aren't used to such an abundance of life in one place.
In the distance, you can hear the sound of a waterfall, and soon you arrive at a small pool surrounded by flat rocks. The waterfall is a perfect size-- not too large or too small. Shafts of sunlight filter through the canopy here to light up certain areas of the water and the area surrounding the pool.
The air is still with a slight fragrance like jasmine or frangipani.
You can't resist the desire to go in the water.
You take your clothes off and jump into the pool. The water is lukewarm. Later you learn it's warmed by flowing over a lava field from a distant volcano. The pool itself is the colour of jade, and the water feels soft on your skin. You float cradled by the super buoyancy of the water, gazing up at the forest canopy.
You stand under the waterfall, enjoying the powerful force of the water like a massage.
After a while, you get out of the pool and relax on a large, flat rock nearby. The sound of the water is soothing. An emerald green hummingbird hovers near your face, then darts away and disappears. You close your eyes and allow the sound of the water to relax and soothe you.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.