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To exist today, you have come from twelve previous generations or four thousand and ninety-four ancestors over the past four hundred years. Sadly many of us do not know who relatives are going back even a couple of generations.
Who were our ancestors? What sort of struggles, challenges, happiness, relationships and lives did they experience? We can never know. But one thing is for sure, we are connected to them.
This episode is based on an extraordinary ancestral place. But first I will begin the visualization with a quote from Jerry Spinelli,
"It's in the morning, for most of us. It's that time, those few seconds when we're coming out of sleep but we're not really awake yet. For those few seconds we're something more primitive than what we are about to become. We have just slept the sleep of our most distant ancestors, and something of them and their world still clings to us. For those few moments, we are unformed, uncivilized. We are not the people we know as ourselves, but creatures more in tune with a tree than a keyboard. We are untitled, unnamed, natural, suspended between was and will be, the tadpole before the frog, the worm before the butterfly. We are for a few brief moments, anything and everything we could be. And then...and then -- ah -- we open our eyes and the day is before us and ... we become ourselves."
You are voyaging on a small boat, hanging over the edge watching as the bow of the ship slices through the inky blue waves. Occasionally cold water from the sea gently splashes your face and bare arms.
The woman with the long black hair is at the helm of the boat, wearing a dress which is the same shade of blue as the cloudless sky.
The boat moves slowly along a jagged coastline, scattered with rocky inlets.
A small fishing village with white houses and tiled roofs perch on top of a cliff gleaming in the sunshine. A steep stone stairway carved out of the rocks descends to a protected cove where several brightly painted fishing boats are moored.
A flying fish startles you by landing at your feet inside the boat. It is the size of a small bird with iridescent wings. It feels cold when you place it back into the water.
The woman begins to steer the boat towards the shore, and soon you arrive at deserted bay.
Here in the shallows, the seawater is clear, emerald green. It feels cold and refreshing—a relief from the blazing hot sun. You climb out of the boat and begin walking inland toward some nearby hills surrounded by a sheer rock wall.
Away from the beach, the landscape changes to patchy grass mixed with tall agave plants. There is a chorus of crickets and cicadas.
You arrive at the base of a ridge. The cool from the shade seeps out of the rock. As you walk along, you discover a vast cavern.
The cavern envelopes you with complete shelter, and the heat from the day seems like it is being sucked right back into the sky.
As your eyes to adjust to the dim light, Strange animals emerge out of the darkness. Spread all over the wall are prehistoric cave paintings. You have stepped back into the story of an earlier time surrounded by a herd of raging bison, woolly rhinoceros, deer with massive antlers aand a mammoth boldly rendered in faded red and black strokes.
Below the animals are a pair handprints that you imagine are the artist's signature made thousands of years before.
You stand in awe of the unfathomable mystery of this place.
You breathe in the spirit of this connection to the past.
It is time to leave the cave now, and slowly you walk back down to your friend waiting in the boat.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.