Remembering When I Was Great October 23, 2010Posted by TheIntentionalSage in Nature, Visions.
Tags: Cedar, Happy, Imagine, Love, Memory, Tree, Unique, Wood
Yomi (pronounced yo-mee) was sitting on the back steps. He lowered his hand down to the cedar and gently grazed it over the soft wood. He smiled as he remembered when he first conceived of the idea to build such a magnificent place. He was young and he would often sit in silence thinking. In these instances of silent thinking, many ideas would come to him. Yomi would be bombarded with thoughts from all over the place. He usually wondered where they came from until he stumbled upon an idea that he thought was sheer brilliance. When this happened, he would engage in some sort of physical movement so as to commit the idea to long-term memory.
One of those ideas that came to him was to build the place where he was sitting. Yomi had the idea to build a beautiful place to live. He imagined that the structure would all be made from cedars that had ‘given themselves’ freely of their own volition. These cedars would be perfect for the structure because they would contain healing qualities not found in any other living thing on the planet. He imagined that this would be the perfect place to live – surrounded by cedar.
Reflecting back on this idea made him feel happy. Yomi loved it when things like this went right. He loved it when he felt good about himself and when he could congratulate himself. Remembering times when he succeeded was a great way of making himself feel good. He leaned back and laid down on the cedar as he looked up into the sky. In his periphery he was able to see the green from some of the nearby trees. Seeing these trees made him smile as he remembered another instance where his greatness was clear.
Yomi was not only good at building structures out of trees, but he was also good at climbing trees. As his eyes skipped from tree-to-tree, he recalled a time where he climbed a tree in spite of his trepidation. This was rather unique for him as fear was not something he was used to feeling – ever.
As he approached the tree that was to help him have a most unique experience, he was preparing himself. He did some light stretching and then put one foot on the tree to brace himself as he used his force to propel himself to the lowest hanging branch. He grabbed it and then used the momentum to somersault his way up onto the branch into a sitting position. A smile emerged – he loved being in trees, but moreover, he loved elevating into trees in a most gymnastic-esque fashion.
Bit-by-bit, branch-by-branch, Yomi ascended the tree with ease. It was almost as if he could do it with his eyes closed, until he got stuck. When he reached this branch he realized that the next branch was too far for him to reach with his hands or his feet. He looked down in amazement at how far he had already gone and then looked up to see how much farther he still had to go to get to the top. He was so surprised that there wasn’t a branch here to help him get up. He stood for a moment to think about what he could do. And really, what could he do? The next branch was a solid 12-14 feet above where he was, so there was no way he could jump to it.
As Yomi reflected on what to do next, his eyes were looking out. During the thought process it came to him – jump! Just as soon as this idea came to him did he quickly criticize it. Jump? Are you nuts? But something inside of him told him that he could do it. The voice that told him he could do it, he was familiar with. He was familiar with the positive encouragement. Never was he subjected to times when he thought that he couldn’t do something, but today, he was faced with this fear.
Yomi, realizing that he was either going to have to slowly descend down the branches or jump to the neighboring tree was ready to make a decision. He looked down, took a deep breath, and then steeled himself before catapulting himself to the next tree! As soon as his hands made contact with the tree branch they clamped down tightly to secure his jump. He made it! Yomi had made it! He jumped from one tree to the other. He lifted himself up onto the branch and sat with his back against the trunk. Wow! I did it. I am awesome.