The Clouds. V1
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Explanation of this Guided Experience
This experience allows the participant to develop and use images that correspond to free and unrestricted physical movements, and at the same time to recognize and appreciate pleasurable and gratifying sensations. It is a simple work that gives one registers of releasing mental tension, and allows one to look at one's everyday problems from a calmer and broader point of view. This allows one to find interesting solutions while in this new, positive state.
In total darkness I hear a voice that says, “In the beginning there was neither being nor nonbeing. There was neither air nor sky above, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. There were neither human beings nor animals, not even one bird, fish, or crab, no stones, caves, or cliffs, no prairies or forests. There were neither galaxies nor atoms—nor were there department stores. Then you were born, and sound and light began, and heat and cold, and rough and smooth.”
The voice falls silent, and I become aware that I’m going up the escalator in a huge department store.
I pass by several floors, and then I see the roof of the building opening above me. Slowly and effortlessly the escalator carries me up into the clear sky.
Down below I can see the building, looking very small. The sky is a deep blue. I feel the pleasant rippling of my clothes in the breeze, and with great serenity I take deep breaths of the fresh air.
Passing through a layer of fine mist, I encounter a sea of very white clouds.
The escalator gradually levels out, and I begin to walk on it as if it were a sidewalk. I move forward, and realize I’m walking on a floor of clouds.
I can walk without effort, and gravity is so weak that I can leap long distances. Taking advantage of this, I flip head over heels, landing on my back and rebounding as if bouncing on a huge trampoline. I seem to move in slow motion, with perfect freedom. (*)
I hear the voice of an old friend greeting me, and see my friend running gracefully toward me. Coming together in an embrace, we roll over and over, bouncing and tumbling, laughing and singing. (*)
Finally we sit down, and my friend takes out a retractable fishing rod and extends it. For tackle, instead of a hook we tie on a horseshoe-shaped magnet. Then we let out the line, and the magnet descends through the floor of clouds.
After a while the pole begins to jerk and my friend exclaims, “I think we’ve caught something good!” Immediately we begin to reel in the line, and soon a large tray emerges, stuck to the magnet. The tray is filled with all kinds of food and drink, and everything is exquisitely arranged. Setting down the tray, we prepare for a great feast.
Every dish I taste has a delicious flavor. Even more remarkably, we can eat everything we want without gaining weight, and the food never runs out. All we have to do is wish, and new dishes appear to replace any we have eaten. I begin helping myself to all my favorite kinds of food, savoring every mouthful. (*)
At last, completely satisfied, we lie back on the soft mattress of clouds, enjoying an incredible sensation of well-being. (*)
My body feels warm and soft and completely relaxed, as gentle thoughts wander through my mind. (*)
I notice that I feel no sense of hurry or restlessness or any desire at all. I feel I have all the time in the world for myself. (*)
In this state of complete fulfillment and well-being, I recall the problems I had in everyday life. I feel able to handle these problems without undue tension, and clear objective solutions appear to me. (*)
After a while I hear my friend say, “It’s time for us to return.”
Standing up and taking a few steps, I realize I’m on the escalator again. It begins to slope gently downward, passing through the floor of clouds. I feel a fine mist as I begin going back down to the earth.
Approaching the building, the escalator enters the roof. As I descend past the different floors of the department store, all around me I see people worriedly trying to choose which objects they will buy.
I close my eyes and hear a voice say, “Then there was no fear, no worry, no desire, for time did not exist.” (*)
Observe any difficulties in your freedom of movement that occurred during this experience. Compare them with your everyday problems of the same type, or with limitations in your bodily expression. Notice whether, in the state you achieved during this experience, you could look at your everyday problems more accurately. If you repeat the experience and overcome the resistances, notice the corresponding results in your daily life.