Swift Passage…

A Guided Visualisation by Sue Vincent…


Close your eyes, relax and prepare for an inner journey, breathing deeply and easily.

You stand on a green mound by a sunlit sea. Far below you is a pristine shore of white sand. You hear the echoes as the waves wash gently, rhythmically, against the base of the cliff. The soft, rushing sound of water in the shingle whispers in the clear air of morning.

The sky is a pure blue, the colour of the Lady’s robe. Forget-me-not blue, and at its heart, as in the flower, the golden circle of the sun. The cry of a distant gull touches your heart with an unfathomable yearning, yet you are here, now, in this time and in this place. There is no other thought in your mind, only here, only this moment.

You close your eyes and with sight absent, other senses seem to come to the fore. The salt tang of the air touches your lips and tongue, warm rays caress your face, the soft thrumming of the waves seems to reach through the very earth beneath your feet, finding its way within and dancing with your breath.

The air smells fresh and clean, like the first morning of the world. You stand, simply drinking in the moment, the world around you, feeling yourself at its heart, feeling it within your body.

In the distance you can hear music playing, the delicate tones of a harp, beautiful in its simplicity, as if played by a gifted child, a wise child, one who sees clearly beyond the veils of Light.

The purity of the simple song draws you.

You listen, silent, barely daring to move.

You are afraid to move and break the spell, yet almost against your will you are drawn to the music.

Like a sleepwalker, you move towards the edge of the cliff.

There is a path, narrow and steep, tufts of sea thrift grow beside it, nodding their bright pink heads in the breeze.

You begin to descend.

The way is steep. Small stones roll at your feet, bouncing down the cliff face as you walk. Tiny fragments of rock are dislodged with every step. Your shoes, black and shiny, are covered in the white dust of chalk. You stop and sit on the flower-covered bank. The perfume of crushed thyme fills the air and you notice the tiny, lilac flowers all around you.     Removing your shoes, leaving them there, you stretch your bare feet, wiggle your toes… you feel like a child. You do not need them. You recline against the fragrant green and rest for a while, perfectly happy, as the sun warms your skin.

Still, the music haunts you. It is very soft, so soft you had almost forgotten it was there, calling you onwards. You rise and continue down the steep path. Looking up you can see the towering white cliffs, sparkling in the clear light. You think of the shores of Albion and wonder if that is where you are… or only where you think you might be? It doesn’t matter. You are here. It is all you need to know.

Beside a turn in the path, a stream bubbles crystal clear from the rock face, gathering in a small pool. In the bottom of the pool you can see many offerings, small gifts, coins, tablets etched with words. Beside the stream is an ancient cup. You fill it from the stream and drink from it. The water is cold and sweet, you can feel on your tongue, in your throat, rich and fragrant, a nourishing draught, quite unlike any water you have tasted before.

It is a draught of liquid Light. You feel it flowing through you, feel lit up from the inside as if you shine softly like a star.

You replace the cup. You feel you should leave a gift and feel in your pockets, not knowing what is there.

It must be something that holds meaning to you, something of value, not in payment, but in gratitude for what you have received.

Your fingers find an object, feeling its lines and edges. You draw it from your pocket and look at it as it rests in your hands. You had forgotten it was there… yet it has always been there. You always carry it. You smile, knowing what it represents; knowing what it means to you… then cast it in the pool. The ripples spread out across the surface, obscuring the bottom. Small streams of light wash over the edges of the pool, spilling onto the grassy bank and where they touch flowers spring up.

You continue down the path, following it to the beach following the song that seems to hold an echo of the music of the spring.

The dry sand is white and soft underfoot, sun-warmed and pleasant. A little way ahead the cliff reaches out towards the sea and you see the dark mouth of a small cave. You walk towards it, leaving footprints in the sand, following the song.

Outside the cave there seem to be large boulders, yet as you draw closer you see that they are piles of clothes. Whole suits and dresses, smocks and ball gowns, judges robes, uniforms… every imaginable type of clothing that bears the mark of position or office… like heaped skins divested by their owners.

The music takes on an insistent note and you feel you understand.

Stripping off your clothes you add them to the pile, feeling as if you have erased a deeper layer of your identity, you stand naked in the sunlight.

Once more you hear the cry of the gulls and look up.

From above a crown of petals, purest white is falling towards you, shed by the wings of the birds.

It settles about your brow, crowning you with beauty.

You walk forward towards the cave. A sheet of water veils the entrance, so clear it is almost invisible except for the captured fire of the sunlight. You stand in the shallow stream that cuts a channel like a pathway, your feet sinking slightly in the wet sand, as if you are part of the earth, the earth takes you into itself.

The music calls you onward and you walk, crowned and naked through the sparkling veil. As you do so, the water clothes you in a robe of the finest rainbow silk, the shifting hues almost impossible to follow with the eye.

The floor of the cave is strewn with polished stones, cool and smooth.

You feel light and free in the robes, unconstricted.

You move easily, noticing for the first time that with your clothing you seem to have left behind the stresses and strains of daily life, with your shoes you left the aches and pains, when you left the cliff top you left the cares and worries behind… you realise that with every step the descent into this cavern has been one of giving up the things you are so used to that you didn’t even know they were there.

You follow the music still, deeper into the darkness of the cavern, sure-footed even in the shadows.

You are at home here, in the heart of the earth.

Gradually a light fills the space, a shaft of Light that reaches through the whole height of the cliff… a straight path to the sky.

It is from this that the music emanates. Above the shaft the golden orb of the sun sits high in the heavens, a single ray directed and held within the narrow shaft, focussed so bright you can barely see.

Drawn still by the whispering song, you step into the Light. All fear seems to dissolve, all pain dissipates… the weight of worlds seems to lift from you and you are as a babe again, bathed in the purity of golden Light.

Stay… stay as long as you wish… feel the shadows gilded, and the hurts healed…

And know that this Light fills you always.



About Stuart France

Writer and Director of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School.
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69 Responses to Swift Passage…

  1. Darcy Scholts says:

    Precious gift.

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  2. Thank you Sue. Such Peace.

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Soothing peace and comfort. ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Thank you for sharing this with us, Stuart. Thinking of you, Ani, Sue’s boys, and granddaughters. ❤️

    Liked by 3 people

  5. acflory says:

    You found your Light. Fly high my friend.

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  6. queadrian says:

    You really are in peace, Sue.
    Thanks, Stuart France. ❤

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  7. Eunice says:

    Such a beautifully written piece it made me cry.. Fly high in the light Sue 🌈❤

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  8. Filled with peace, beauty, and light. (((Sue))) 💗 The photo feels like a parting Midnight Haiku.

    Thank you for sharing this, Stuart.

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  9. Reblogged this on Lemon Shark Reef and commented:
    A Guided Visualisation by Sue Vincent… 💗

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  10. Beautiful. Riveting, even. Thank you for sharing.

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  11. Thank you for this, Sue and Stuart.

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  12. davidprosser says:

    R.I.P. Sue. I’m sure it was all you expected.

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Ritu says:

    Beautiful words, Stuart.
    Thanknyou for sharing 💜🙏🏼

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  14. A beautiful poem. Sorry for your loss. Easter seems to be a time when we lose our dearest. I hope it can be a time to find peace as well.

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  15. restlessjo says:

    No way back from there. Everlasting peace. But the thoughts here in this earthly place are full of tears. Thank you, Sue, for your beautiful words and for leading the way. Thanks, Stuart! God bless!

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  16. Another part of the journey begins. I wonder if it ever ends. Hail and farewell, Sue xx

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  17. Widdershins says:

    Thank you, Stuart, for posting this … thank you, Sue, for all.

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  18. A beautiful parting gift, Sue. I now know that these tears that will not stop, are for being left behind…

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  19. joylennick says:

    Thank you for sharing this,Stuart Beautiful…. Sue will be sorely missed by so many people. She was special, and I send my sincere condolences, to you, her family and little Ani. Love and Peace be with you. xx

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  20. quiall says:

    A light so bright can never be dimmed. She will always rest easy in our hearts and in our minds.

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  21. Darlene says:

    This is so beautiful. May she fly into the light and dwell with angels. Sending love to all who knew her. xo

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  22. This is beautiful.

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  23. Jules says:

    Thank you for sharing this…

    Yesterday I posted (on my site) this additional haiku in remembrance of Sue.
    At the end of my yard there are some white hyacinths blooming – I took just one in and it is in a vase on my table…

    mindful meditation

    heady hyacinth
    in the vase on the table
    time for reflection

    © JulsePaige

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  24. What a deep spirituality we will miss. Thank you! Michael

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  25. suespitulnik says:

    This is beautiful. I’m sad that we have lost Sue in person, but thankful for knowing her.

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  26. noelleg44 says:

    Thank you, Stuart, for this. The tears have started again, but I will keep this with me always.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. This gift, with the footprints left by Sue, will not be soon forgotten.

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  28. what a beautiful tribute of Sue who graced us all with her gift of love and light Stuart!

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  29. Angie K Walker says:

    can’t really add anything to the sentiments already expressed. But sending love and light back to you.

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  31. Sadje says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing

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  32. willowdot21 says:

    Thank you Stuart, for bringing us Sue’s beautiful words. Sending love and strength to you all . Please know Sue will live forever in our hearts 💜💜💜

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  33. She shares, she takes us there.
    Thank you Stuart for posting this. Beautiful, just as she was.

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  34. Reblogged this on pensitivity101 and commented:
    A remarkable piece from Sue and posted by Stuart.
    Thank you for sharing. Be at Peace always Sue, you will not be forgotten.

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  35. fransiweinstein says:

    This made me cry, not out of sorrow, but from the beauty of the words and the magnitude of the gift left to us by one of the wisest souls I have ever known. Thank you, Stuart, for sharing this. Until we meet again, Sue ❤️

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  36. Jemima Pett says:

    Today is the anniversary of my father’s death. I was with him until he wanted to be alone for the final journey – but there was a light, and he said it was there, drawing him on.
    Thank you, Sue, and Stuart. Lots of love ❤

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  37. Beautiful words of such peace for dear Sue. ❤

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  38. Beautiful words ❤🌹

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  39. Thank you, Stewart. I feel like I know you through you and Sue’s books. My heart goes out to you and Sue’s sons. ❤

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  41. Reblogged this on Earth Magic Brno and commented:
    A beautiful guided visualization by Sue Vincent

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  42. Jean Reiland says:

    All is well in all of creation. Sue is grace and loving light.

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  44. Charli Mills says:

    Another gift. This one calls us to heal and be at peace. This is Sue.

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  45. Tessa says:

    RIP You will be missed Sue!

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  46. Tessa says:

    Reblogged this on Tessa Dean – Author and commented:
    RIP Sue!

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  48. floridaborne says:

    Is it available as her voice speaks it to us? There are people who make their living doing guided meditation. I can’t think of anything that would keep her in our hearts as greatly as listening to her voice take us to another place and time.

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  49. Dale says:

    Such a beautiful piece. Thank you, Sue for writing it, leaving it for us and thank you, Stuart, for making sure we did.

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  51. lolaWi says:

    how blessed you are, Sue! now resting in God’s light. thank you.

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  52. Jennie says:

    How wonderful! Every word is surely Sue’s pathway.

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  53. CarolCooks2 says:

    Thank you, Stewart, for sharing this with us it is so very beautiful and meaningful…R.I.P Sue you will be remembered always x

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  55. susurrus says:

    I am so sorry, Stewart. Thanks for posting her beautiful, insightful, rapturous message – her gift of comfort to us.

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  59. So truly sorry, Stuart. To all those that loved her, hugs.

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