About two years ago, I had a minor crisis of faith in humanity and reached out for things that were positive and empowering. What I found was a rabbit hole on the Internet that led me to many different subjects. It also led me to the work of Stuart Wilde. I found a series of audiobooks and lectures on youtube and I listened to them while I worked.
Rather than just talking about how wonderful it was to be spiritually enlightened, like 99% of other consciousness gurus, he talked about specific steps to start that journey. Things like meditation or dietary discipline or doing something physically that forced you to think and react in different ways – such as blind-folding yourself for three hours.
I didn’t do that. But I was showering this morning and I closed my eyes and … I didn’t open them again. I washed my hair, used conditioner, washed my body and shaved my legs. Then I dried off, combed my hair, brushed my teeth, used mouthwash, cleaned my ears with a cotton swab, used face cream and body lotion. Then I accidentally opened my eyes and gave up the experiment.
For that 15 minutes I was almost in another world. I ‘saw’ things much differently because I literally had to feel my way to the next step. It wasn’t as difficult as it could have been because I was in my own bathroom – my small bathroom. Things go in the same area on the counter but rarely in the same exact place, so I moved slowly and – it sounds weird – tried to sense the object in the space around where I thought it should be. Nothing got knocked over, although I did smash my foot on the toilet bowl when I raised my leg to put on lotion.
It was a short little experiment but it was eye-opening, if you will pardon the pun. I will do it again – perhaps for an hour, if I can last that long – because it was an excellent way to get a little perspective on life and how much I take for granted.