No.1: IMPASSE

1. IMPASSE:

A DECISION TO BE MADE




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1.  IMPASSE: A DECISION TO BE MADE.

The girl, wearing a rusty orange dress, lies supine in a tree bare of leaves; she straddles one large branch. Her brown hair hangs down limply, hiding her face. With her right hand she reaches down, unsuccessfully attempting to grasp the receiver of a white telephone, which, its wire wound around the tree trunk, is connected to the ground. Her left arm is wound around a branch and she holds a white feather. There is snow in the crevices of the tree and some of the branches become snakes at their outer limits. In the background there is a valley filled with fog; there are purple mountains in the distance.

The girl is literally “up a tree”--a state we find ourselves in at the beginning of the Journey: unable to move or to progress in any way. If we cannot let go of old patterns and outworn beliefs, then we will be trapped by them. Here is total frustration. The mountains seem to promise an escape, but they are remote, even cut off, from the girl in the tree. She has to make a conscious decision to connect, and that means she must first let go of the feather. And that is only the first step.... [SOLD]

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