The visualization today will begin with a quote from the philosopher and poet Suzy Kassem. Then we will explore a ponderosa pine forest before discovering a secret, thermal springs waterfall.
"Everybody has a little bit of the sun and moon in them. Everybody has a little bit of man, woman, and animal in them. Darks and lights in them. Everyone is part of a connected cosmic system. Part earth and sea, wind and fire, with some salt and dust swimming in them. We have a universe within ourselves that mimics the universe outside. None of us are just black or white, or never wrong and always right. No one. No one exists without polarities. Everybody has good and bad forces working with them, against them, and within them."
You find yourself walking through a ponderosa pine forest on the Eastern Edge of the Great Basin.
The pine trees tower overhead. Growing in between their tall, straight trunks are brushwood and quaking aspen. Sunlight illuminates their golden leaves, and they appear to glow from within. Their leaves scatter and are carried everywhere by the soft wind.
The wildlife is keeping hidden. The quietness interrupted by the sound of crickets and occasionally by a woodpecker in the distance. The air carries a scent of butterscotch, unique to the ponderosa tree.
Among the wild grasses that line the sandy pathway, you see purple and white asters, yellow rabbitbrush, bush sunflower and horsemint.
After a while, the trail begins to curve through a narrow slot canyon next to a creek strewn with massive granite boulders. Where the rocks block the flow, rapids form and tumble down into shallow pools.
As the ravine walls become steeper, the terrain becomes wilder. You can almost feel the canyon b