The Once and Future Sleeper

My son and I are working on producing 2 new audios, both for peaceful sleep. One is for kids and one is for adults. Co-incidentally (ha) I was savoring some tidbits from of T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King,” which I loved as a teen. I came upon this lovely quote, which so perfectly descibes drifting into sleep, meditation, hypnosis and other dreamlike states.

“The boy slept well in the woodland nest where he had laid himself down, in that kind of thin but refreshing sleep which people have when they begin to lie out of doors. At first he only dipped below the surface of sleep, and skimmed along like a salmon in shallow water, so close to the surface that he fancied himself in air. He thought himself awake when he was already asleep. He saw the stars above his face, whirling on their silent and sleepless axis,and the leaves of the trees rustling against them, and he heard small changes in the grass. These little noises of footsteps and soft-fringed wing-beats and stealthy bellies drawn over the grass blades or rattling against the bracken at first frightened or interested him, so that he moved to see what they were (but never saw), then soothed him, so that he no longer cared to see what they were but trusted them to be themselves, and finally left him altogether as he swam down deeper and deeper, nuzzling into the scented turf, into the warm ground, into the unending waters under the earth.” -Theodore H. White

I hope when our work is done, you’ll find and enjoy the audio guided imageries. And if you haven’t read White’s masterpiece, I hope you’ll treat yourself to that as well!

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