To and From. V1
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Explanation of this Guided Experience
The difficulties one encounters in this exercise reflect a current disorientation in one’s life. Very rapid movements reveal a similar impulsiveness and lack of control in everyday life. “Breaks” in the sequences coincide with interruptions or uncompleted activities in everyday life. Any disorder in the sequence reflects disorder in one’s actions. By mastering this practice one may achieve important positive changes in one’s behavior and one’s everyday activities.
In a large, well-lit room, I walk a few steps to the door, open it, and go slowly down a hallway. Entering a door on my right, I discover a new hallway and begin walking down it. Entering a door on my left, I continue on. Entering a new door on my left, I continue walking. Then I go through still another door on my left and continue on.
Slowly retracing my steps, I return to the room where I began. (*)
On the right side of the room is a large sliding-glass door that opens onto a garden. Opening the door, I step outside.On the ground is a device that supports a steel wire, suspending it a short distance off the ground. The wire follows an erratic, zigzag path. Stepping onto the wire, I balance myself, taking one step, then another; without difficulty I walk along the straight sections, as well as the wire’s twists and turns.
Walking backwards, I retrace my steps to the starting point. (*)
Stepping down from the wire, I return to the large room, where I find a full-length mirror. As I walk slowly toward the mirror, I observe that logically my image comes toward me. I keep going until I can touch the mirror. Then, still facing the mirror, I back away from it, observing that my image also moves away.
Again I approach the mirror until I can touch it, but this time discover that my image is moving away from me, until it disappears. Then I see my image coming toward me, walking backwards. It stops before reaching the mirror, turns on its heel, and comes the rest of the way toward me.
I go outside onto a courtyard made up of large tiles. In the center of the courtyard is a large armchair positioned precisely on top of a black tile. All the other tiles are white. Somehow I know that this chair has the power to move by itself—always facing the same way—in any of the four directions. Settling into the chair I say, “Three tiles forward.” The chair moves three tiles forward. Then I say, “Four to the right. Two back. Two to the left. One back. Two to the left.” And we end up on the black tile.
Now I say, “Three back. One to the right. One back. Four to the right. Four forward. Five to the left.” We end up on the black tile.
Finally I say, “Three to the left. Two back. One forward. Two to the right. Three back. One to the right. Four forward.” Again we end up where we started.
Getting up from the chair, I leave the house. As I stand in the middle of a large highway without a car in sight, I see someone I like very much coming straight toward me, until we’re so close we’re almost touching. (*)
The person then moves away, receding into the distance and finally disappearing. (*)
I see someone I dislike intensely coming toward me until we’re very close to each other. (*)
This person also moves away, receding into the distance and finally disappearing. (*)
Sitting down, I recall a very unpleasant scene in which I’m in front of other people. I walk away from them. (*)
Finally I recall a situation in which I’m having a lot of fun. I walk away from this situation, too. (*)
Study the relationship between the resistances you observe in this experience and the kinds of difficulties you encounter in your everyday behavior. And conversely, as you overcome the resistances in this experience (or when repeating it), compare this change with the corresponding progress in conducting your everyday affairs.