Lewis, C S - The Silver Chair - Mountain
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Silver Chair – C S Lewis
Imagine yourself at the top of the very highest cliff you know. And imagine yourself looking down to the very bottom. And then imagine that the precipice goes on below that, as far again, ten times as far, twenty times as far. And when you’ve looked down all that distance imagine little white things that might, at first glance, be mistaken for sheep, but presently you realise that they are clouds – not little wreaths of mist but the enormous white puffy clouds which are themselves as big as most mountains. And at last, in between these clouds, you get your first glimpse of the real bottom, so far away that you can’t make out whether it’s field or wood, or land or water: farther below those clouds than you are above them…….
‘Here on the mountain, I have spoken to you clearly, I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountains, the air is clear and your mind is clear, as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind’ …………….
When she looked back now, she could take in for the first time the real size of the mountain she was leaving. She wondered why a mountain so huge as that was not covered with snow and ice ….