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 breathe with pockets of warm air in the small patches of sun and cooler air in the shade.
The cliff walls are smooth, the colour of vermillion. In places small grasses and other plants pushing the possibilities of life, growing out of the sheer rock face.
The canyon ends at little waterfalls cascading gently into several deep natural pools. You walk over to feel the water with your hand, surprisingly, the water is perfectly warm. You realize you have discovered hot spring nirvana. You take off your clothes and step into one of the pool, and then float on your back. You gaze up at rock walls and a puffy white bank of clouds beyond. A feeling of tranquillity engulfs you.
After some time has passed, you decide to go to a shallower pool. It isn't as hot as the one you were in before.
The water is crystal clear. You wade in and then stretch out on the flat smooth stones that line the base of it. You can support your head and neck on a large flat rock.
You relax like this for a long time, allowing your body and soul to breath in dreams like air.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.