To Jaisalmer

Magical Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, by photographer Andrew Adams

Magical Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, by photographer Andrew Adams

Connecting to childhood imagination

When I was a child I painted huge colourful murals on my walls – always something I considered exotic and oriental like genies coming out of bottles and turret-topped palaces and stone fortress-like cityscapes. Imagination was more important than reality, and I stoked the fires of my imagination with fabulous tales from the Arabian Nights, incredible stories from the Greek Myths and any other magical tales I could get my hands on. I sensed there were worlds hidden within the known world; things were not as they seemed. I stared beneath the surface of the lake at the cottage and watched the swaying seaweed and the crayfish swimming backwards and the choreographed schools of small fish. In those moments I felt I disappeared, and only my attention on the secret underwater world was real.

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Real life has its allure and can trap even the hardiest seer with distractions, heart break, loss, struggle. But what happens when you look up; when you look beyond. You can see the world as you did, if you’re lucky, when you had the innocence to see clearly.

You can find a place that, impossibly, looks like your bedroom walls. A place with stone turrets, an ancient fort and a wide open expanse of desert that contains worlds within worlds. Barren beauty is perhaps the most beautiful of all because you have to actively look for it. It draws you in with its subtlety and suggestions, it’s quiet power; and it rewards you with a jeweled night sky beaming love and life.

With the right sight you can see the beauty around you, the face of God in nature, in an elephant-headed diety, and the golden eyes of the sun reflecting back towards you. And for some short time you can feel the truth of love, that we are in nature’s embrace, we are all connected, all one. Imagination and the right attitude can open up the world, open up your heart, and let you see with the heart’s eyes.

And when you see with the heart’s eyes, you will again see like a child.

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5 Responses to To Jaisalmer

  1. Eleanor April 23, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    This is a beautiful post, and so very true. I can definitely relate.
    It is really quite funny how adults have forgotten how to see the world like a child does. It’s such a challenge sometimes.
    Sometimes all we need is a little reminder, I suppose. 🙂

  2. Ishrath April 24, 2009 at 2:10 am #

    Hi Lemon,

    Jaisalmer is such a lovely place… beautiful, romantic and soul-warming.

    Take care for this season should be quite hot for a visit. Cheers!

  3. Arun April 25, 2009 at 2:08 am #

    Mariellen thanks for writing with such eloquence and purity. I agree 100%. I discovered my inner child when i built my observatory in my backyard. Now when i look at stars i feel like you as a child looking at schools of fish at the cottage lake. Thanks for sharing

    Arun

  4. Arun April 25, 2009 at 2:09 am #

    PS
    i see Venus over the Jaisalmer sky 🙂

  5. Mohan Kumar August 1, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Such a nice post

    Also find information on Jaipur hotels

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