Image from Ciro Marchetti’s “Oracle of Visions”, independently published, 2010/2011.
Kendra sat looking at the photo – it was exactly as she had pictured it in her dream. She was walking along the shore, with the waves lapping softly at her feet. Always moving forward, as if her feet were an inch or two above the sand, never quite touching it, but always knowing that it was there. She floated along, as if by magic.
The sound of the waves was ever present, washing away the past … all those years, all those places, all those people. She was moving forward into her own life, at warp speed it seemed at times. There was a soft mist around her, but in her heart she felt as if she was seeing everything clearly, as if for the first time.
She looked up, and saw stone monuments floating in the sky. They represented freedom to her … freedom from her physical past, but also freedom to connect with her ancestral past. What wisdom was there for her? Where was her path taking her?
The minute she made the decision to move forward, she felt the responsibilities of life falling away. She felt herself coming into balance – a sorely needed balance. This time she would make it. This time she would rejoin her sisters, the Benet Gesserit. She remembered what the she had been told by the Reverend Mother before she left on her journey:
” I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”
Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear (From “Dune”, by Frank Hebert.)
(c) July 2011, Bonnie Cehovet