This week's visualization will begin with a quote from Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Then we will walk through an ancient olive grove before ending up in a vast purple field of lavender.
Lavender flowers are known to symbolize purity, silence, devotion serenity, grace and calmness. Lavender essential oil is the most commonly used essential oil today. Also, it is well known for its soothing, calming and antidepressive properties. Lavender oil has been used for over 3,000 years. The Egyptians used lavender for mummification and as a perfume. When King Tut's tomb was discovered and opened in 1923, the air inside was said to possess the faint scent of lavender.
**For additional relaxation, listen to the visualization with a diffuser of lavender oil, or a lavender pillow
The doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is a door, if you have an old, old story, that is a door. If you love the sky and the water so much, you almost cannot bear it, that is a door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, that is a door.”
You find yourself in an ancient Olive Grove in the south of France. The sun is glowing, and a faint aroma of earth and thyme float on the soft, salty breeze that has been carried inland from the nearby Mediterranean Sea.
The cicadas have recently surfaced from deep within the limestone soil after two years of dormancy. Their collective song permeates the air like a primitive concerto interspersed with the collective bells of sheep or goats grazing in the scrub oak hills surrounding the olive grove.
The olive trees have been standing together in this grove for years. They have witnessed civilizations rise and collapse. Their ancient trunks are broad, and their gnarled branches twist and reach for each other overhead. The small green fruits on the branches are ripening for the harvest time as they have for numerous seasons before
The ground is dry with patchy tufts of coarse grass. The branches of the olive trees provide relief from the afternoon sun by the road maps of shadows they spill onto the ground. The leaves and twigs they have shed crunch and snap under your feet.
As you walk along, you notice the herd of sheep are strolling through the olive grove too. The sheep have thick, ridged perfectly curved horns. They are followed closely by a couple of large white sheepdogs who pay no attention to you.
Your path ends at an ancient stone wall with wrought iron and wooden gate. When you turn the handle and open the gate, the landscape opens up into fields upon fields of purple lavender. Rows upon rows stretch as far as your eyes can see rolling into the distant hills. The perfume of the lavender is suddenly all around you; curling and diffused in the air with a sweet warmth and subtlety. You begin to walk through the field.
The lavender bushes are alive with bees and white butterflies. You pick one of the lavender stalks and touched the tiny violet-blue blossoms, and bring your scented fingertips to your throat.
You decide to slowly wander over to a small stone barn with a tiled roof you can see in the distance.
When you reach it, you can see the swifts flying overhead. They dip and dance around the barn. Some of them are soaring high up on the thermals. You notice a nest under the eaves by the doorway.
The door is ajar and creaks when you gently push it open. The interior is whitewashed and light-filled — bunches of harvested lavender hang from wooden beams across the ceiling.
In the corner are some huge burlap sacks filled with the dried lavender. You walk over to them and sit down beside them, cross-legged on the floor. You close your eyes, and breath deeply in and out, and with each breath, a more profound sense of peace and calm overwhelm you. You appreciate your tranquil mood until you almost feel as if you could fall asleep.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.