Some years ago, at a spiritually-oriented conference, I presented a 4-day program entitled: The Alchemy of Intimacy.During one of the sessions, I led the group through a guided meditation.I'd like to share it with you.
Happy Valentine's Day!
The Lover Speaks
Picture yourself in a beautiful wooded area – on a gorgeous day.The sun is shining, a gentle breeze is blowing, and the temperature is just right for a walk in the woods.
Imagine you're on a path that heads toward a clearing.As you draw closer to the clearing, you hear the sound of a voice.You stop and listen.The speaker is not visible to you – and from the sound of the voice, you can't tell if it's a male or a female.
The speaker is talking out loud in soliloquy – as if speaking to someone beloved.The lover speaks:
"Can I open my heart to the mystery of you?Can I soften my belly to the energy of you and to the many different ways that energy comes toward me?Can I receive the truth of you in all its versions, in all its contradictions.You seem so new to me, so foreign – yet so anciently familiar.
"Can I open to your divinity, as well as to your humanity – to your uniqueness, as well as to our oneness?
"Can I allow you to matter, to complicate my already complicated life?Can I trust myself to find balance – to make room for you, but not too much room – to give myself completely to you, without giving up myself – to love you and not lose me?
"Can I approach you, each day, with fresh eyes – letting go of history, labels, preconceived categories and judgments – so that my gaze is filled with wonder and curiosity?Can I see you with the eyes of an innocent waif, who has never before set sight on a human being – and, at the same time, see you with the eyes of the aged sage in me, who has seen it all and loves it all?
"Can I come to you from the fertile void that allows the miracle of you to blossom without expectation or containment?
"Can I notice the details of you with all my senses alive – eyesight, hearing, touch, taste and smell?Can I also attend to you with that sixth sense that immediately recognizes your soul?
"And if we become lovers, can I make love to you with all three eyes wide open, seeing you clearly - body and soul?"
The lover is now silent.Quietly, without being noticed, you return down the path along the way you came – walking slower, pondering what you heard.