Braveheart - Forest of bright birds
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
I am inside a room in a building. Through a window I can see three features: a calm sea, a flat cloud-base high up and the space in between. The window frames this scene. I am aware of three figures in the room, my familiar ‘trinity’: a red-haired woman, a golden-haired woman both of whose faces I see clearly, and a dark figure whose face is not apparent. A low chanting sound begins and the figures move towards me. I feel encouraged to go to the window. As I do so I am taken through it and I rise above the sea: I move slowly between the calm sea and the flat cloud-base.
I realise that I am naked and I feel warm. I am not moving fast. I feel a wind building up and rushing over me pulling at me. I seem not to be blown along by this wind, rather I seem to be able to resist it while moving slowly on my way. I see approaching me a column between the sea surface and the cloud-base. It looks like a waterspout and is swirling fast. As it gets closer the wind is rushing round it faster. I feel myself being stretched out by the wind's force. Its passage over my skin feels very violent but I have no pain or discomfort. I get longer and longer and seem be wrapped around the swirling waterspout. I am then sucked into it from all directions.
It is quiet and dim. I feel as if I am inside a cylinder. Down gets darker and up gets brighter. I appear no longer to have a body - just thoughts. I am thinking about going down or up. I go down and as I do the confining cylinder falls away and there is boundless space. I can make out in the gloom a green surface below that looks like dense tree cover. The scene brightens slowly and I am aware again of having a body. It is glowing slightly as if I had just emerged from a sauna. I try to 'land' on the green surface but go straight through it.
I find myself surrounded by very straight tree trunks around which are flying birds. I am aware that they are chattering to each other. I can't hear words but feel strongly that their sounds are communicating something. I want to understand what it is and try to approach one of them but they move around too quickly for me. I get to feel comfortable and restful, confident that I will understand eventually. I am happy to be in this forest of trees and with these birds. I see that they are colourful.
I decide to move up through the canopy and rise above it. The space closes in and I am inside the confining cylinder. It is bright above and although I am curious I decide that I will go to see what is up there another time. I feel confident that I will come back. A window in the cylinder wall faces me and I can see outside the calm sea and cloud-base. I go out through the window and move slowly high above the sea. I look back for the cylinder and see the window. It is now in a building, not a cylinder. I recognise the building: it is the central one of three. It is painted white with the left hand building black and the right hand one dark pink. I am standing in a courtyard surrounded on three sides.
I move into the window and am in a room with the three figures of my trinity again. There is a bed into which I climb. I wake up apparently in this same bed, but it is the bed I am sleeping in at the farm: not the one I climbed into.
It took me some moments to realise that I was awake at the farm having slept very long. I went to bed last night quite early being very tired and woke up at 11 o'clock this morning. Feeling quite drained by this journey so will rest today!