While reviewing my personal journals this month, I was surprised to come across a lengthy account of a particularly intense episode during one of my ventures within, which I had set aside a few months ago. I generally prefer to review my writing after some time has passed, as I frequently find the routine of putting some distance between doing the writing, and the rereading of it, truly advantageous in gaining some perspective, especially with intense writing episodes.
My recent video offerings have also benefited from gaps in between projects, and from gradually adjusting the routines I use to create them. I have found the effort of translating my creative energies in this way enormously challenging, but generally satisfying in all the ways you might expect.
What follows is a re-telling of my reflections after a deeply personal encounter with my inner life. I do not suggest that my experiences are anything more or less than anyone else’s, nor do I suppose that my descriptions are in any way a comprehensive or accurate accounting of the ineffable experience of a transcendent source. It is simply a report of what flowed out of me upon reflection.
As a rule, I generally experience some degree of melancholy once these episodes conclude, but in this instance I seem to have broken through to some degree in my understanding of how it is that I came to be on this path, and I found it uplifting.
Constructing the presentation required me to break the writing into sections, in order to include a bit of explanation and introduction. The video presentation is about the general character of my experience of stillness when I “venture” within. These words are clearly metaphorical in nature, as I do not physically venture anywhere, but still do transition from one state of being to another. The process is not always as smooth as described in this introduction, but when I am successful in achieving this state, it is often subsequently followed by nightly dreams of a familiar sort that have a common thread, while not being precisely or specifically as described here.
This was my first attempt at creating a visual representation of the dream content, and I apologize in advance for the “rough edges,” as I am neither a videographer nor a graphic designer. I enjoyed the process of attempting to communicate these ideas as best as I could, and found the final result at least suggestive of what I actually experienced.
It has taken me quite a while to organize this blog post and I may resume my usual process for a bit in order to put some additional content on my page here. I will be spending the first full week of September away on a camping trip, up north this time, and expect that spending nine days in the northern mountains in the late summer will produce some interesting experiences to share so we can all look forward to that.