Close your eyes and relax. Now take three deep breaths: one for body, one for mind, and one for spirit. Take one last very deep breath and hold it. Just when you think you cannot hold the breath any longer, pull in just a bit more air. Again, when you feel as if you cannot continue holding the breath, pull in just a little more. When you finally do release your breath, do so very slowly in a long continuous exhale until you have released all that you were holding. Breathe slowly and deeply as you continue to relax. Relax all the muscles of your body: your legs, your arms, your shoulders, and your jaw. Completely relax.
Imagine that you are sinking down into the furniture, and in turn sinking through the floor. Allow yourself to continue sinking down and down, all the while feeling completely relaxed. You continue to sink down until you find yourself nestling into a pile of soft cushions in a cavernous room. The ceiling is very high, and you notice that the room is circular. Surprisingly, you find the favorite comforts of your own world furnishing this place, giving it a safe, welcoming, familiar vibration. Move around the room and examine these favorites. What are you most surprised to find there? Is it a favorite chair? Your grandmother’s kitchen table? A favorite painting that hangs in your best friend’s living room? What items decorate this special place?
Among the articles in the room, you find your mirror which reflects your heroic archetype. You are pleased that you remembered to bring it with you after leaving the forest, and you gently look to make sure that the previous crack has indeed healed. Seeing that the mirror is whole, you smile and look at your reflection once more. The hero is looking back, this time with a smile. He/She still appears older than the first time you’d seen him/her, but the sadness has disappeared. How do you feel as the hero smiles at you?
You sense a slight tingling sensation going through you as if the air were suddenly electrified. It is not at all frightening, but it fills you with a sense of urgency to do something, as if you can’t manage to just sit still. A staccato drumbeat plays faintly in the distance, but begins to increase in volume as the tingling sensation increases as well. A sound of laughter, joyous and welcoming, comes from the mirror. Looking at it, you see the hero not only smiling broadly, but actually laughing. The sound of the drumbeat increases and the hero calls loudly, “Are you ready?!” A vibration rises from the handle of the mirror, riding up your arm and permeating your entire body in sync with the beat of the drum. In shock, you drop the mirror, shattering it to pieces. The drum beat increases as the hero seems to rise from the place where the glass had been in the mirror. You watch in fascination without fear as he/she continues to rise and then stands before you. Still laughing, he/she puts his/her arms about you in a tight hug. You welcome the embrace. The vibrating sensation increases as you and the hero merge into one.
A large mirror hangs on the wall, and as you look closely at your reflection, you notice that by softening your gaze, you can also see your heroic archetype as well. He/She has always been a part of you, but you are now absolutely aware of that inner presence. How does this make you feel?
Once the merging has taken place, the sound of the drum begins to lessen and fade. The tingling in your body also begins to dissipate, yet the feeling of urgency to do something still remains. After a few moments, you notice that the drum beat had been replaced by the sound of someone knocking on a door. You feel a bit disoriented after your experience, yet the knocking continues. A voice from deep within whispers, “Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.” What does this mean to you? How does that idea make you feel?
Looking around the room, you suddenly notice that a door has appeared where there had been none previously. You are startled at its sudden appearance, and you hesitate to move toward it, even though the knocking is becoming more insistent. Again, the voice from deep within whispers, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” What feelings are going through you now?
Gathering your courage, you move toward the door. As you do so, the knocking stops. As soon as you hesitate, however, the knocking begins again. Trusting your inner voice, you again head toward the door, and the knocking ceases once more. Someone knows you are coming. Who do you suppose is on the other side of that door? Who do you hope it is? Who do you fear it is?
Take a deep breath and grasp the door handle. Opening it boldly, you find that the stoop is vacant. In place of a person that you expected to see (because, of course, someone must have been knocking), you find a large, beautifully gift-wrapped package. You look out into the darkness for a glimpse of the person who was knocking, but there is no one there. Picking up the package, you discover that there is a tag on the gift. It has your name on it. Looking about one last time before closing the door, you carry the gift to the center of the room. Setting it down on the floor, you sit cross-legged in front of the package to get a better look at it. Fully describe the package. How is it decorated? Are there any ribbons or bows? What color is the gift-wrap? How do you feel as you sit and gaze at it?
After looking at it for some time, your curiosity gets the better of you, and you decide that it’s time to open the gift. Because you sense its importance, you open it slowly, with purpose. When you finally open the gift, what do you find? What do you think you are supposed to do with it? Is it something you already know how to use, or is it something you will have to learn to utilize? How does this gift make you feel? Who do you suppose sent it?
It will take you some time to think about the importance of the gift, and so you decide to set it in a special place in this room. Where is that special place? The gift will be safe because as you look around you, you notice that the door has disappeared once more, and the room is once again a continuous circle.
Lie back down upon the soft cushions, and think about the events of this visit. Your inner hero still whispers to you. What is he/she saying? While you are listening, you find yourself becoming more and more drowsy. A rest will do you good now that you have decided to follow through with your call. Curling into a comfortable position, you soon you begin to feel yourself rising from the cushions. As you rise, you become more and more aware of your surroundings, and soon you are able to sense the furniture beneath you. This is the room from which you began this journey not so very long ago. As you become more and more aware of the room around you, you remember the gift in your special place, an image that will stay with you as you awaken from your rest.
Taking three deep breaths, one for body, one for mind, and one for spirit, you open your eyes to find yourself in a familiar place.