Awakening Depths

[This story appears in a new compilation that’s available as part of my Varanasi Sage art installation. For more information, including how to receive a copy, please click here.]

Faithful observers, large and wise; monoliths standing emphatically. Jutting from the earth in rising balconies and towers, watching, witnessing. Boulders looming, rocks piled, guardians of the cave. Trees flourish in crevices with cool mineral moisture. The trail, meek between giants. My body even smaller.   

A large metal gate at the entrance. “Flashlights Required.” I pull out my headlamp. I crouch and squeeze between rock bodies, layered and etched with the Sculptor’s tools; rigid, yet crumbling. Gentle giants summoned by the earth’s heart, set into place. Darkening. Light cut through holes, cracks between boulders, lighting the way over bridges and up stairs. Bold and industrial gifts from the New Deal and Civilian Conservation Corps. 

Further inside, my lamp finds little white arrows painted, marking the trail. I follow and follow, deeper and deeper.

The cool, dark, deep quietude penetrates my being. The awe of sacred knowing. Completely held inside the earth’s body — her smooth touch embraces me, like a wounded bird in caring hands. With only my breath and the rock, I sit and turn off my headlamp. Surrounded, supported, my body soft and humble, yet unafraid to share space with titans arranged into impossible shapes, moved like pebbles. Spirits born from the depths of the earth.

To sit amongst them within their chamber, entities unfathomable, a guest in their great hall. Without sight and sound, I dissolve into the rock, the air, the empty space. She comes to me, the deepest part of me, the same part as her living body, connected. The outside world lost to her embrace. My heart turns over to hers and the feeling of oneness, endlessly present in time.

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3 thoughts on “Awakening Depths

  1. hi there Chelsea…After we had some comments back-and-forth about safe quiet spaces at burning Man I took the liberty of going to your site and onto this site and read your writings… I love the imagery Through your words that brings it to life in my mind! I look forward to seeing your project on the playa and perhaps meeting you in person! I’m getting excited to get to burning man this year and our group will be there early like Thursday before opening… Hope to see you and have a great burn … namaste Joe

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    1. Hi Joe! Thank you for stopping by my page! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my writing and that it makes you see what I see. That’s my goal! I hope to meet you on playa. My camp and I will be there setting up beginning on Wednesday. I have a gift that I would like to give you. Please stop by!

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