The visualization today will begin with a quote from the philosopher and poet Suzy Kassem. Then we will explore a ponderosa pine forest before walking up to the hidden, hot 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.
A soft wind whispers through the trees, and the stillness of the place is broken only by the sound of crickets and a few birds in the distance. The breeze carries with it a hint of butterscotch aroma, which is unique to the ponderosa forest.
The footpath is well travelled.
The pine trees tower overhead. Growing in between their tall, straight trunks are brushwood and quaking aspen with lush spring growth.
Among the wild grasses that line the sandy pathway, you see purple woolly loco-weed, musk thistle, vermillion Indian paintbrush and sunflowers.
After a while, the trail begins to curve tightly through a slot canyon beside a swiftly running creek strewn with massive granite boulders. Here and there the rocks hinder the flow, and the rapids drop down into small pools.
Above the noise of the water, you hear a soft rustling in the trees overlooking the trail. You glance upwards and notice a porcupine quietly watching you from the branches of a ponderosa tree. The porcupine has gentle, soft eyes, and even though it looks kind enough, you understand how dangerous those quills could be if you were to upset it.
The deeper into the canyon you go, the steeper the walls of the canyon become, and the wilder the terrain. You can almost feel the canyon breathe with pockets of warm air in the sun and cold air in the shade.
The canyon walls are smooth and soft red. In places you see small grasses and other plants pushing the possibilities of life, growing out of the sheer rock face.
The canyon ends at a spring cascading jewel-blue water gently into several deep rocky pools. You walk over to feel the water with your hand, and to your surprise, the water is perfectly warm. You realize you have found some hot springs. You take off your clothes and step into the pool, and then float on your back. You gaze up at the puffy white bank of clouds. A feeling of tranquillity engulfs you.
You relax like this for a long time. Breathing in and out-- Weightless.
After some time has passed, you see another smaller pool you decide to try. It isn't as hot or as deep as the pool you were in before. The color of the water is a bright shade of blue. You wade in and then stretch out on the flat cobblestones lining the base of the pool. You can support your head and neck with a smooth rock. Here you decide to relax until it is time to return down the trail.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.