Our visualization today will begin with a Maori blessing.
"May the peace of the sky above and the earth below and the all-embracing universe rest upon us. Behold, it is life."
You find yourself walking in the middle of a vast forest, and you have a sensation that you have travelled back to prehistoric time. A luminous gauzy fog floats like a whisper around the trees — the smell of moisture in the fern forest like an elixir.
The ferns adorn every tree-trunk and cover the floor of the forest. You notice all the ones you have seen in books with names such as "adder's tongue," "moonwort," "maidenhair" and "spleenwort". You admire the natural elegance of their curving fronds and at the ends of some fresh uncoiling fiddle-head.
When you look upwards, you notice the foliage of the trees also resemble long fronds of ferns and form such a dense canopy over your head that you cannot see the sky.
The carpet of moss you are walking on muffles your footsteps. Your footsteps are so soft you startle some small birds in the undergrowth. At first, you imagine you have disturbed a kiwi, but then you see three quail run away quickly and melt into the clusters of ferns lining the path.
The path crosses a small stream. You hesitate for a few moments to listen to the sound the water makes, before carefully walking over some stepping stones and continuing along the trail.
You disturb a cloud of red cardinal butterflies. They hover closely around your legs and your face for a few moments on wings of jet black and red before flying away.
The trail begins to open up, and you see the ocean and then a cove with a volcanic stone beach. There is a striking contrast between the aquamarine water, black rock, and the lacy foam on the edge of the waves. The surface of the rocks has been worn smooth by the tides. You take off your shoes and walk along the curve of the bay until you reach some large rocks that block your path and prevent you from going any farther.
Tucked away here is a perfectly round, clear rock pool, that has also been carved and etched out by the waves. You dip your toe in the shallow water and decide to take a soak.
The temperature of the water is perfect. The pool is long enough for you to stretch out pleasantly. The high clouds look like layers of gauzy cobwebs. You feel relaxed by the remoteness of this place, the sound of the surf and the gentle ocean breeze.
Someone has recently carved a small Maori twist design into the smooth black rock by the side of the pool, and you trace the shape with your fingers. You understand the traditional knot symbolizes the bond between two people-- it could be between friends, or family or lovers. The knot represents drawing the relationship together across space and time. Like the unbroken, eternal shape of the twist, life for both people will continue no matter unexpected twists and turns may occur, inevitably bringing them back together again as the knot travels full circle.
You notice the sun has shifted lower in the sky and it's time to dry yourself off and retrace your steps through the fern forest.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.