Exercise 14

April 20, 2016 Comments Off on Exercise 14

stock-photo-buddha-under-the-bodhi-tree-101544247General Instruction:

As you pretend that you’re able to perceive this question with all your senses, further pretend that everything you think, remember, smell, see, feel, taste, hear, or perceive in any other way is a fragment of information helpful in answering this question.

Specific Instruction:

  • Take a deep breath and notice what you smell. Notice what you hear.  Notice what you imagine. Allow yourself to notice what emotion you’re feeling in this moment, and what memories that emotion evokes. Write all these impressions down.
  • Pretend that you’re in a different place.  Where are you? what are you doing? who do you see around you? what’s going on in the distant background? Allow yourself to notice anything else in this moment.  Let these senses have a life of their own, and let yourself notice them.  You may taste something you’re seeing or hear something you’re smelling.  Allow all your senses the freedom to interact and create, and notice what emotion you’re feeling – right now.


I see this castle in the middle of a prairie.  it has well-kempt plants, trees, gardens.  There is a gigantic oblong shaped pool in front of the front entrance.  Leaves just started turning colors. It’s in the fall. 

The castle is made of red bricks.  The walls are well worn but well maintained. An usually big ficus tree on the left side of the entrance.  Some trees branches and leaves are touching the roof and the walls.  This is a buddha shrine under the tree and when I looked closer, there is a water fountain around the base of the tree.  A buddha statue about 5 feet tall, is positioned against the truck of the tree.  Two purple kneeling cushions placed in front of the statue. They look as if someone just used it today. The stream of running water is in between the buddha and the cushions.  I smelt incense but I don’t see anything burning.  This is a strange combination: the ficus tree and the western style castle. 

I can hear birds chirping, a little breeze hustles the leaves, and some falling leaves were blown into the pool.  when I looked closer: this is a pond, not a pool.  I see some coy fish in the water: some red and some black.  all uniformly about 1 foot long.  There are some underwater weeds and rocks, but nothing is above the water.   I squat down and put my right hand in the water: colder than I thought.I looked around: it’s getting darker, but no one is in sight.  

I’m going to knock on the door. Hoping my mother lives here. She would have picked a place like this for herself.

NOTE: This is one of the exercises in Laura Day’s book: Practical Intuition: how to harness the power of your instinct and make it work for you.  To develop my intuition, I made a decision to do every exercise in this book, and to document them in this blog.

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