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  • Writer's pictureMas Anai

The Healing Forest: A Journey of Connection and Renewal ~ Chapter 1

A girl stood at the entrance of the forest, it was her first time there. Nearby, birds were happily chirping in the quiet, living forest that enveloped all creatures. While other forests looked distressed, this one appeared lively and joyful. Though the depths of the forest were dark and unclear, the girl was deeply interested.


Forests all over the world were broken. Destroying the forest was easy, but restoring it took much time. Forests destroyed by human greed drove away humans themselves. However, time could not be reversed.


Feeling a little nervous but excited, the girl slowly entered the forest, wondering what lay ahead. She expected fairies to guide her way, but none were in sight. Regardless, her curiosity overtook her fear, and she moved deeper into the forest.


In the forest, the pure and soft sunlight filtered through the trees and gently illuminated the ground. The forest air felt comfortable, and as she went further in, the forest grew brighter. Her anxiety gave way to joy.


Eventually, the girl found a large rock in front of her. Amidst the flourishing trees, the rock was the only thing that caught her attention. Slowly, she approached the rock. As she gazed at the rough parts of the rock, she realized that birds were chirping overhead. In response, she climbed up the rock. Though she sought the birds, the beautiful light spilling through the trees caught her attention instead, and she extended her hand towards it.


The birds began to sing in unison as if waiting for her, and the animals also started to make noise. Though the forest grew noisy, it seemed to be enjoying itself. The earth began to move in response. The land, the birds, the animals, and even the insects began to dance.


In the midst of the forest, she listened carefully and heard the faint sound of running water. It seemed that there was a stream nearby. She paid close attention to the sound of the stream. Each individual sound that she heard from the stream echoed and overlapped in her mind, creating new sounds one after another. As she listened, a nostalgic feeling welled up inside her heart, and it felt like it would never end. She felt bewildered by this new sensation, but at the same time, she was filled with excitement and joy.


She took a deep breath and slowly closed her eyes. Then she gently looked inward at her own heart. As she carefully examined the depths of her feelings, she found a memory from before she had a physical body. She was surprised. The sound of the stream had vividly brought back that memory.


The moment she encountered that feeling, a warm sensation enveloped her. It felt as if something was connecting her. She focused with excitement. She chose to move forward. Spinning each feeling like a thread, she concentrated on her heart without any distractions.


From ancient times to the present, from the present to the future. The beauty of the Earth and the beauty of the universe. Her heart was what connected them all. As she did this, 16 visions emerged between the trees of the forest and herself. These visions visualized what was in her heart. The sound of the stream had called forth her true heart. As she looked up at the universe, she felt a connection between herself, standing on the Earth, and herself looking at the universe. She sensed an infinite expanse. Things that had been separated were beginning to connect. There, her true self was revealed.


She remembered when she was a child. She always played happily with the small fairies of the forest. The fairies, who came from nowhere, were always either 12 or sometimes three of them. They always showed her the way, taught her where to find delicious fruits on the trees, and indicated where not to go because it was dangerous.


She also played with the trees, insects, and animals of the forest. All the living beings in the forest were her friends. She sang songs with the frogs. She always played chase with the rabbits. The trees often told her stories. The crickets told her when it was time to go home.


森の入り口に立つ少女は、初めて行く場所だった。生きとし生けるものを包み込む静かな森で、鳥たちが楽しそうにさえずっている。他の森は苦しそうなのに、この森は生き生きと楽しそうだ。森の奥は暗くてよくわからないが、少女は深く興味を持った。


世界中の森は壊れている。森を破壊するのは簡単だが、回復させるには時間がかかる。人間の欲によって破壊された森は、人間そのものを追いやった。しかし、時間は元に戻すことができない。


少女は少し緊張しながらも、わくわくしながら、ゆっくりと森に入った。妖精が道案内をしてくれるかと思ったが、誰もいない。しかし、好奇心が恐怖心を上回り、森の奥へ奥へと進んでいく。


森の中では、木々の間から清らかで柔らかな日差しが差し込み、地面を優しく照らしている。森の空気は心地よく、奥に進むにつれて、森は明るさを増していった。不安は喜びへと変わっていった。


やがて少女は、目の前に大きな岩を見つけた。木々が生い茂る中、その岩だけが彼女の目に留まった。少女はゆっくりと岩に近づいた。すると、頭上で鳥のさえずりが聞こえてきた。そこで、岩の上に登ってみた。鳥を探していたのだが、木々の間からこぼれる美しい光に目を奪われ、手を伸ばした。


すると、鳥たちは彼女を待っていたかのように一斉に鳴き始め、動物たちも騒ぎ出した。森は騒がしくなりながらも、楽しんでいるように見えた。それに呼応するように、大地も動き始めた。大地が、鳥が、動物が、そして虫までもが踊り始めた。


森の中で耳を澄ますと、かすかに水の流れる音が聞こえてきた。どうやら近くに小川があるようだ。その音に耳を澄ませる。ひとつひとつの音が、心の中で響き合い、重なり合い、次々と新しい音を生み出していく。その音に耳を傾けていると、心の中に懐かしさが込み上げてきて、いつまでも終わらないような気がしてきた。この新しい感覚に戸惑いながらも、ワクワクと喜びを感じていた。


彼女は深呼吸をし、ゆっくりと目を閉じた。そして、自分の心の奥底をそっと見つめた。すると、肉体を持つ前の記憶を発見したのです。彼女は驚いた。小川のせせらぎが、その記憶を鮮やかに蘇らせたのだ。


その感覚に出会った瞬間、温かい感覚が彼女を包んだ。何かが自分をつないでいるような感覚。彼女は興奮しながら集中した。前に進むことを選んだ。一つひとつの気持ちを糸のように紡ぎながら、雑念を払うことなく、自分の心に集中していく。


古代から現代へ、現代から未来へ。地球の美しさ、宇宙の美しさ。それらをつなぐのは、彼女のハートだった。そうすると、森の木々と自分との間に16のヴィジョンが浮かび上がった。これらのヴィジョンは、彼女のハートの中にあるものを視覚化したものだ。小川の音は、彼女の真の心を呼び覚ました。宇宙を見上げると、地球の上に立つ自分と、宇宙を見る自分がつながっているのを感じた。無限の広がりを感じた。バラバラだったものが、つながっていく。そこで、本当の自分が見えてきた。


幼いころのことを思い出した。彼女はいつも森の小さな妖精たちと楽しく遊んでいた。どこからともなくやってくる妖精たちは、いつも12人か、時には3人だった。妖精たちは、いつも彼女に道を教え、木々の上にあるおいしい果物の場所を教え、危険だから行ってはいけない場所を教えてくれました。


また、森の木々や昆虫、動物たちとも一緒に遊びました。森にいる生き物はみんな友達だったのです。カエルと一緒に歌を歌ったり。ウサギとはいつも追いかけっこをしていました。木はよく話を聞かせてくれた。コオロギは、家に帰る時間を教えてくれました。

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