I wandered in the wilderness. Bracken tugging at my feet, catching and tripping me. Slowing my journey or ...
I stared at the beast, deep into its red eyes. I heard a low, guttural snarl and realized it was coming from my own throat. I bared my teeth at the beast, challenging it. I felt such anger flooding through my veins, coursing adrenalin to my limbs as I readied myself to fight. I saw the slightest movement as the beast lowered its position, and then it pounced. I stood defiantly waiting, and in a split second it was flying through the air towards me. As we collided, we fell backwards. I landed heavily on the earthen ground, something sharp stabbing me in the back. The beast’s breath was foul, and it clawed at me, ripping my flesh, wanting to devour me. I raised my left arm across the beast’s chest in a parry, to hold it back as I fumbled for the sharp object underneath me. Pulling it out I could feel a cold, solid, jagged shape. I recognized it as a pointed edged flint stone. With a flick of the wrist I drove the point into the beast’s side below its rib cage. It recoiled slightly in pain, and I felt a warm, sticky substance trickle onto my fingers. The beast’s blood. I pulled out the stone and drove it deep into the beast’s side again and again. It latched onto my arm with its teeth and I cried out in pain, but the anger fueled me as I gathered strength and with swift action I propelled my legs around the torso of the beast and flipped it onto its back as I landed on top of it. Raising my arms high above my head, I drove the flint stone deep into its chest and blood gushed up and covered me. I felt the last breath leave the beast’s body and it swirled around my head. I stood up and looked down at the beast. Anger of the betrayal still clutched around the flint stone I gripped so tightly. As my breathing slowed I was aware of the new wounds upon my body, the pain increased, and the anger grew stronger in me. The betrayal would never be forgiven!
I wanted to pretend the creature wasn’t waiting outside for me. I hid hoping that when dawn came there would be no beast, no forest, and no wounds upon my body. But the howls, bellows, and snarls which called throughout the night, echoing off the crater walls and frightening me out of my fitful sleep, told me this wouldn’t be true. I would have to face them, and the creature waiting just outside my dark, dank hiding place.
Ahead of me was a small clearing in the trees and I heard a bellow from another tormented beast awaiting me. I realized that my clenched fist was empty and I remembered having dropped the flint stone earlier. I looked around for another weapon. There were no stones, or rocks just crawling vines and the trees. I stopped. The fight had left me. I was at rock bottom, bloodied, broken, and defeated. This was no way to continue. I hadn’t wanted this. I decided to surrender. Surrender the fight. The beast eyed me suspiciously. I started to feel light-headed, and a motion-sickness overcame me. I realized the ground was moving beneath me and I was being sucked down into a quick-sand pit. In my panic, I thrashed my legs only to be sucked down faster. I halted and scanned the surroundings for something to grab hold of. If this was to be the end, then so be it. I smirked at the thought that I had survived beasts and monsters, only to be dragged underground. A slow death. I waited for it to happen, inch by inch, welcoming it almost, as then it’d all be over.
I had to let go.
I realized that I should have offered compassion to each creature I encountered, not a battle. I cast my mind back to each encounter and offered compassion, requested forgiveness for my actions, and then let go, knowing that I was now wiser than I had been even just a few moments before.
Suddenly, as I released all the toxic energy, lightness overcame me. The pain and fatigue lessened. I felt drained and hollowed out, emptied, yet this time in the back of my mind I could feel a new concept emerging, that I might be able to fill the space with something new, something unfamiliar something that would change my life forever. I eased up into a sitting position and saw a dazzling light dancing before my eyes. Shading my eyes with my hand I looked and saw that I was near the end of the forest, and beyond it was a shimmering lake, and a rainbow prism of light illuminating a path at the bottom of the mountain.
I stood beneath the mountain and saw the path awaiting me. With expectation, I walked upwards.
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