The Protector of Life. V1
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Explanation of this Guided Experience
This is an experience of getting in touch with the problems one may have with one’s body. It is also an affirmation of one’s body. It is well known that rejecting a part of one’s body will result in “anesthesia,” making one insensitive to that part. The consequence of this is that everything related to that theme and part of the body is mentally degraded or deformed by one’s imagination. Becoming reconciled with one’s body is an experience that is highly recommended for everyone. To accept one’s body, exactly as it is, is the first step of progress toward a clear vision of reality.
I’m floating on my back in a lagoon. The water feels very pleasant, and effortlessly looking on either side I discover that I can see the bottom through the crystalline water.
The sky is a brilliant blue. Close by, washed by the waters of the sea, is a beach of soft, almost white sand that forms a quiet inlet without waves.
I feel my body floating gently, becoming more and more relaxed, filling me with an extraordinary sensation of well-being.
I decide to turn over, and begin to swim with smooth strokes until I reach the beach, where I slowly emerge from the water.
The landscape is tropical. I see date and coconut palms, and feel the warmth of the sun and the soft breeze on my skin.
To my surprise, on my right I discover the entrance to a grotto with a stream of clear water flowing nearby. As I approach the grotto, I see a woman standing inside. A crown of flowers adorns her head and I can see her beautiful eyes, but I cannot tell her age. Yet behind her face, which radiates kindness and understanding, I sense there lies a great wisdom. As I gaze at her, all of nature falls silent.
“I am the Protector of Life,” she says. Hesitantly I answer that I do not understand what she means. At this moment a fawn approaches and licks her hand.
She invites me to enter the grotto and has me sit on the sand facing a smooth rock wall. I cannot see her now, but I hear her say, “Breathe gently, and tell me what you see.” I begin to breathe slowly and deeply, and immediately a clear image of the ocean appears before me on the rock. As I breathe in, the waves roll onto the beach. As I breathe out, the waves recede.
Then she tells me, “Everything in your body is rhythm and beauty. So many times you have despised your body, without comprehending this marvelous instrument you have for expressing yourself in the world.” At this moment many scenes from my life begin to appear on the rock wall—I see myself feeling shame, fear, and horror about certain aspects of my body. These images follow one after another. (*)
I feel uncomfortable when I realize that she is watching these scenes, but immediately calm myself. Then she adds, “Even in sickness and old age, your body will be like a faithful dog that accompanies you until the final moment. Do not despise your body when it cannot fulfill all your whims. Meanwhile make it strong and healthy. Take care of your body so that it can serve you well, and be guided in this only by the opinions of the wise. I who have passed through all the ages know well that the idea of beauty is ever-changing. If you do not regard your body as your closest friend, it will become sad and ill—therefore you must accept it completely. It is your instrument for expressing yourself in the world.
“I want you to see now the part of your body that is weakest and least healthy.” At once the image of this part of my body appears. (*)
The Protector of Life rests her hand on this area, and I feel a life-giving warmth. I sense waves of energy expanding in this area, and I experience a profound acceptance of my body, just as it is. (*)
“Take care of your body, following only the opinions of those who are wise, and do not harm it with illnesses that exist only in your imagination. Now go, filled with vitality and at peace with yourself.”
Upon emerging from the grotto, strengthened and healthy, I drink the crystalline water of the stream and feel completely renewed.
The sun and the wind kiss my body as I cross the white sand toward the lagoon. When I reach the water, for an instant I glimpse in the depths the kind reflection of the Protector of Life.
As I enter the water, I give thanks within myself for my body, this marvelous instrument I have received from nature. (*)
Study how the resistances you experienced in this exercise coincide with resistances you observe in your everyday life. If, while doing this experience, or when repeating it, you overcome the resistances, be sure to notice the ways this shows up in your everyday life.