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The Rower

See yourself in a wide open space, a field or meadow, alone.  

You are on a journey, and have been travelling for some time.  

But now you have arrived at the bank of a wide river.

Through the swirling mist you can just about see the far side of the river, but it is too wide to swim across.   Besides, you can see that there are eddying vortexes in the water that could overpower you, and draw you under.

And yet you know that this river must be crossed, somehow....

 

You sit on the grassy bank with your head in your hands, wondering what to do...

Then you notice a small wooden boat coming towards you across the water.  As it gets nearer you see that someone is rowing the boat.  Once the boat meets the bank, they invite you to join them and climb aboard.  Something in this person’s eyes tells you they can be trusted.  So, you step into the boat, feeling hopeful and strangely excited...

 

You sit down on the little wooden bench seat facing the rower.  Now you can see this person very clearly.  Look closely.   Take in every detail; the colour of the eyes, the hair, the shape of the face, the clothing.  Being with this person makes you feel happy and safe...

 

As the person begins to row, and the boat moves gradually away from the riverbank.

Listen to the gentle splashing sounds as the oars cut through the dark water and push the boat forward.   The boat moves further away from the land behind you.  As you look back you see it getting smaller and smaller.  

 

Suddenly a wind stirs up and the water becomes choppy, rocking the boat from side to side.  You grip the edge of the boat more tightly now, and feel your tummy turning as fear rises up.   Yet the rower’s face remains calm.  As though there's nothing to worry about.  

 

You are thankful for the rower.   It helps somehow knowing that you are not taking this journey alone. You get the feeling the rower has made this journey many times before, and you have complete confidence that they will take you safely to the other side of the river.....

 

You also feel that you can trust this person ....  it is as though they know you completely.  You could tell them all your worries and problems....

 

And so you do.  Tell them now what's on your mind.  What's been troubling you.  you lately...

 

The water is calmer now.  The reflection of the sun glints on the shimmering ripples.  

 

Soon you realise you have arrived safely at the other side of the river.  

You thank the rower and climb onto the bank of this new land, ready to continue on your journey.

 

 Adapted from

"Insight",

Somerset County Council 1989

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