The Journey. V1
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Explanation of this Guided Experience
This experience aims at producing the kind of sensations that accompany great personal discoveries of internal reality, sensations such as those related to a transcendental meaning in life. This is not an exercise that tries to enhance our understanding of a certain subject, situation or fear. Rather, it is an experience that will allow us to recognize or produce important new internal registers.
I’m climbing along a mountain path, and stop briefly to look behind me. In the distance I see the thin line of a river and what could be a grove of trees. Farther off, the reddish desert disappears into the haze of the late afternoon.
I walk a few more steps, and the path narrows until it disappears. I know that I still have the last and most difficult stretch ahead of me before I reach the plateau on top. The snow on the ground scarcely hinders my steps, and I continue my ascent.
I come to a rock wall. Studying it carefully, I discover a large crevice that I think I can climb. I begin to climb it, wedging my hiking boots into the footholds. Pressing my back against one side, I lever myself up with one elbow and my other arm. Slowly I inch higher.
Now the crevice has narrowed. I look up and I look down. I’ve reached an impasse—it’s impossible to move in either direction.
I shift my position, flattening myself against the slippery rock face. Planting both feet firmly, I slowly stretch one arm upward. I can feel my moist breath reflecting from the smooth rock. I keep groping with my fingers, not knowing whether I’ll find some small handhold. Gingerly I stretch out my other arm. Suddenly I feel myself swaying, and my head falls slowly away from the rock. My whole body follows, until I’m on the verge of falling backwards—but at the last second, I find a tiny crack and grasp it tightly with my fingers. Recovering my balance I continue the ascent, making the final assault on the top without difficulty.
At last I reach the plateau. I stand up, and an endless prairie stretches before me. Taking a few steps forward I turn around. Toward the abyss it is already night. Toward the plain the last rays of the sun escape in varied hues. As I compare these two spaces, suddenly I hear a piercing sound. Looking up, I see a luminous disk hovering high overhead. Circling around, it begins to descend.
The disk lands close by. Moved by some inner call, I approach it without hesitation. As I enter the luminous object, it feels as if I’m passing through a curtain of warm air. I find myself inside a transparent bubble that’s flattened on its base, and immediately my body feels lighter.
As though propelled by a giant slingshot, we shoot straight upward into the sky. I think we’re heading toward the star Beta Hydris, or perhaps the galaxy NGC 3621.
Fleetingly I see the late afternoon light on the prairie below. We climb at great speed as the sky turns black and the Earth slips away.
I can feel our velocity steadily increasing, and the clear white light of the stars changes color until all the stars have disappeared in total darkness.
Directly ahead I see a single point of golden light, which steadily grows larger. As we approach, I see it is a vast ring that continues into a very long transparent tube. We enter the tube, and after a while come to a sudden stop, landing in an open area. Passing through the curtain of warm air, I leave the bubble.
I find myself between transparent walls, which shimmer in musical variations of color as I pass through them.
I walk onward until I come to a flat area. In the center I see a large object, alive with movement, and impossible to capture with my eye as it flows endlessly into itself; regardless of which direction I look on its surface, my gaze always ends up immersed, drawn deep into the object’s interior. Feeling dizzy, I look away.
Now I encounter a figure, apparently human, whose face I cannot see. This being extends a hand toward me, in which I see a radiant sphere. I begin to approach, and in an act of complete acceptance, I take the sphere and place it on my forehead. (*)
In total silence I feel something new coming to life within me. A growing force bathes my body in successive waves as a profound joy fills my being. (*)
Somehow I know that even without words this figure is speaking to me, saying, “Return to the world with your forehead and your hands luminous.” (*)
And so I accept my destiny, returning to the bubble, and through the vast ring to the stars, and the prairie, and the rock wall below. (*)
Finally I am back on the mountain path, a humble pilgrim returning to my people. (*)
Filled with light, I return to the hours, to the daily routine, to the pain of humanity, and to its simple joys.
I, who give with my hands what I can, who receive both insults and the warmest of greetings, sing to the heart, which from the darkest abyss is reborn in the light of Meaning.
Notice whether you were able to adequately reproduce the images of the humanoid figure and the sphere the figure gives you in your experience. The only sensations you need to consider are those described when the sphere is placed against your forehead. The important resistances to overcome are those that prevent this sensation from taking place.