Exercise #2 – Seeking the Unopened Doors Within

We have an exercise for you to do.  We want you to meditate and get into a place of safety.  We want you to shield and protect yourself before you go further, so review our Shielding Exercise before you go further.

Once shielded, we want you to take long, slow breaths and calm your mind.  We want you to feel peace root in your heart and in your head.  We want you to be inquisitive and curious, but not foolhardy, for the exercise you are going to begin is not going to be easy and it is very important for you to stay calm to reap benefits from it.  This exercise should take some amount of time and you should allot an hour or so of undisturbed time to complete it.  (You might want to audio tape the exercise to help you follow it the first few times.)

Continue breathing deeply as your body relaxes and your mind calms.  Imagine you are walking down a wooded path and sunlight is glinting off the leaves.  There is a slight breeze blowing and you hear birds chirping sleepily from their nests.  You are safe and calm and at peace.

You notice a building in front of you.  What type of building is it?  Is it a house?  Is it a place of business?  Is it a hotel?  Take a few moments and review the outside of the building and note any colors on the building and anything that catches your attention.

Once you have observed the building and do not notice anything new, open the door in front of you.  It opens easily and allows you to enter the building without problem.  Allow the door to shut gently behind you.

You notice that you are standing in a hallway and all is peaceful and calm.  Take a few moments to look and feel your surroundings.

Is the hallway lit or is it dark?  Do you hear noises at all or is it quiet?  Is the floor under your feet carpeted or is it bare?  What material is the bare floor made out of?  Is it clean or is it dirty?

Count the number of open doors and count the number of closed doors.

Walk down the hallway to the first door you come to.  Is it open or closed?

If open, look into the doorway and what do you see, feel, hear?

If closed, reach out to the door, the frame but do not touch it.  What do you sense?  If you reach for the doorknob, do you think you can touch it?

Return to the center of the hallway and take a moment to calm yourself and then continue down the hallway to the next doorway and repeat the process.

And repeat it again until you come to the end of the hallway.

What is at the end of the hallway?  Is it another door?  A flat wall?  A staircase?

Return to the beginning of the hallway, where you first noticed the flooring and turn around and face the hallway again.

This time, walk down the hallway until you come to an open doorway.  If there are no open doorways in the hallway, stand in front of the first closed door and wait.

Go into the first open doorway.  Close your eyes and move to the middle of the room.  Is the room filled with light or is the light dim?  Do you smell anything?  Do you feel anything at all?  Do any memories pop into your consciousness.  Whatever happens, allow all feelings to flow through you and drain out of you, down into the floor.

Do this with every open doorway until you reach the end of the hallway.  Then return to the beginning.

Now, walk to the first closed door.  Stand in front of it.  Now is the time to pay attention to all the details.  What do you feel standing in front of the doorway?  Are you still ‘you’ or do you feel like a different person?  A younger you, perhaps? Or do you not recognize the person standing in front of the doorway at all?

Put your hands against the door.  What do you feel? What emotion vibrates from the door to resonate within you?  Do not get overwhelmed by the emotion – let it flow through you, or, when you start to feel overwhelmed simply step back from the doorway.  Allow the emotion(s) to be removed from you as you return to the center of the hallway and bring yourself to Center again, to Peace.

Breathe deeply and take an assessment of how you feel.  It does not matter how much time has passed.  How do you feel now, in this moment?  Are you at peace or do you feel shaken?  Do you feel drawn to the door or do you want to walk away from it?

Breathe deeply again and focus on the next closed door.  Again, walk up to the door and feel for the emotion(s) the door is emanating.  Allow yourself a few moments with the emotions and then walk back to the center of the hallway.  Let all emotion drain from you, breathe a few deep breaths, Center and ground, and then when calm, move to the next closed door.

Repeat this until you have touched all the closed doors and reached the end of the hallway.

At this point, return to the center of the hallway and breathe deeply.  Feel your consciousness returning to your body.  Feel yourself becoming aware of your hands and your feet.  Feel you backside and your knees.  Feel yourself breathing deeply and allow yourself to begin to move slowly as you return to your body.

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