Wild Man


  • Find in yourself a feeling of restlessness, a discontent with the way things are, and a desire to break free of it all. We often hide from these feelings, because we think that we might totally disrupt our lives if we explore these feelings. Tell yourself that it’s just a daydream, just a story you’re telling yourself, or a story you’re reading.
  • While we often focus on our daily obligations and routines when we find our feelings of restlessness, the feelings are much deeper than that. Often, we take these powerful feelings and trap them in a little mental circle. We let ourselves feel frustrated about something over and over again with nowhere to go. Instead of focusing the restlessness on being stuck in our routines, let’s break out of the circle.
  • Close your eyes and imagine walking on a narrow sidewalk through a beautiful wilderness, wearing neat, formal clothes. If you’re a person who doesn’t visualize well, it doesn’t matter. You’ll probably find that your imagination works better with sounds, or with feeling yourself in a place. See yourself there, or hear everything around you, or feel yourself in the place, touching things all around you.
  • Feel the restlessness in your body, an urge to get off the path and go somewhere, anywhere else. Walk off the path into the forest.
  • Your neat, formal clothes have becomes loose, comfortable clothing. You’ve grown stronger, more muscular, and a little taller. You look back at the sidewalk, and it’s grown old. There are many cracks in the sidewalk, where plants are growing through it.
  • You feel a little afraid, and wonder how to find your way back to the safe, boring path.
  • Feel your fear as a feeling that goes in a circle, again and again. Then imagine yourself rising a few feet into the air, and you feel your fear, spinning in a circle below you.
  • Then you see that the sidewalk is a great circle going nowhere, and you see little animals, like squirrels, running around the circle, faster and faster.
  • Your restlessness returns and you turn back to the forest, and you see someone approach. He/she looks exactly like you, and is an even wilder, stronger version of you. You feel the strength and power and calm radiate from him. Spend a few minutes, just walking through the forest with your guide, and feel his strength.
  • See the wonder of this beautiful world through his eyes, without fear.
  • Then the two of you begin running faster and faster. You run without getting tired or sore. Every step takes you farther and farther, faster and faster into the wilderness, and you know that he will protect you.
  • You stop near a waterfall. With the sound of the waterfall all around, your guide puts his hands together, and a blue light radiates from his hands. You close your eyes, and your guide lays his hands over your eyes.
  • When you’re ready, gently open your eyes.