Waiting can be a special form of torture, worse than any momentary pain. The combination of frustration and boredom can send even the bravest heart into a state of panic. Our first journey will bring us face to face with the infinite. Take a moment to prepare yourself, and eternal desert...
1. You are riding a camel across the vast and empty expanse of a seemingly endless dessert. You have ridden until you are near exhaustion. What words would you say to the camel that has carried you all the way?
2. Just at the point you thought you’d die of thirst, a beautiful oasis appears. But someone has arrived before you. Who is this other traveller? (Use the name of a person you know.)
3. Time passes slowly in the desert, and it feels like an eternity before the lights of a town appear on the horizon. You have finally reached your destination. What are your feelings as you come to your journey’s end?
4. The time has come to part with the camel you have ridden for so long. Just as you dismount, a new rider climbs into the saddle to take your place. Who is the new rider? (Name another person in your life.)
Key to a Desert Journey
The desert and camel theme symbolizes the journey toward personal independence. Specifically, this scenario reveals your feelings about parting with a lover. Your answers show how you might react when the time comes to go your separate ways.
1. The words you spoke to the camel reveal what you might say to yourself when you realize love has been lost. Did you try words of encouragement like “We’ll make it through somehow!” Or was there a hint of despair — “We’re lost… this is hopeless… I think we’re going to die out here”?
2. In psychological terms, the oasis symbolizes the key to solving one’s problems. The person you encountered here could be someone who has helped or comforted you in the past or one you might turn to in times of need.
3. The town at journey’s end stands for the order restored to...