A Midwinter Night of True Love
‘Tis a perfect evening of enchantment in this midwinter paradise – a frozen landscape surrounding a haven of warmth. In the distance, like a painting, a visual masterpiece of mighty, snow covered mountains ablaze with sunset. In the fore – baths - natural hot springs, a sensual paradise.
The Awe of this vista and the Caress of perfumed and rising steam are among the spiritual, powerful elements conspiring to create a night of love.
Their provoked sensations provide a prelude for romance – an array of lovers have been drawn to this magical spot and are now engaged in the ancient rites.
From all walks and from all aspects of the sphere of happenings these adventurers have felt the tug and answered the call. The more ethereal ones - the masters and their flock - eternally in the most intimate touch with one another, are included in this dance, this romance, and thus converse:
“Observe closely my beloveds – all of the elements are merging – our els & sprights – plus many of our more material ones – all in the spirit of romance in this refuge from the chill. Little do they understand the full power of our forces – nor their own - at work in this arousing setting, but surely do they appreciate it.”
“They call it magic, or mystery – it’s our sovereign place, an inner private spot of its’ own within each and everyone – now coaxed and freed and brought out into the open.”
“And with all of that common purpose, look at them, already dividing, constructing lines and faults – another sign of the vortex into which the sphere has descended during this particular age.”
“We have been drawn here, as well, my beloveds – all of our kin – all of the elevated spirits of all ages and aspects – the force and power of such a convergence, of such an ethereal center is vast and unlimited.”
“It’s a midwinter night of true love - Let’s make the most of it and do marvelous mischief tonight!”
The elmasters some call them, the princes and princesses of the realm of elevated spirit – thus do they plot:
“Vapors & Mists – we see you – you have already done well to set the stage here – and yet we have much yet to perform.”
“Indeed, there is a comfort factor at work here – having strayed from their norm, these lovebirds hesitate to take the next steps. Therefore, disperse, caress, be one among them and stoke their visions – smooth their worries and fears – there will be none tonight!”
“Snowblossom, Moonglow, Fragrance – seek out each and every lover – enable, embolden – we are easing inhibitions, but they need your encouragement as well.”
“Sparkle and Peep – do your lovely dance and dart up to the grand porch of the old inn. Coax, trick, lure – use all of your charms to get these couch potatoes and wallflowers to get up and moving and to join in this special night.”
“Be gentle, though, for even those who are the most ensconced and really don’t want to move, they are lovely and lovers also – they have already joined in this haven of romance, but we always push for more, beyond limits.”
Thru the ether they go, swarming to the top of the knoll, faint, like fairies in the gathering dusk, and upon arrival, they converse:
“Beautiful they are, all snuggled and huddled, but also curious about what is happening down the hill, in the woods and in the baths.”
“Yes my love, they are already feeling extremely romantic, warmed by the burners that have been thoughtfully placed by the innkeeper on the wooden deck, mesmerized by the shimmer and flame they offer, entranced by the beauty of the view – as well as the fragrance of the hot springs - I sense they just need an excuse and they will venture further.”
“Listen closely, they are mostly quiet, but they are in soft discourse.”
There are three couples, fully settled on various “love seats” and such on the wide rustic porch, sheltered under the broad overhang, with a grand view of the winter wonderland before them:
“This is perfect – look over there – look how the setting sun lights up the mountain, with all else turning dark.”
“It’s beautiful – just think, we were shushing down those trails today.”
Collectively they revel in the moment and memory.
“I love how it’s so colorful way out there – like on fire, but so dark and mysterious right in front of us – don’t you wonder what those other couples are doing, disappearing into the woods.”
“I have a pretty good idea – look in between, just over the trees down the slope, but much nearer than the mountains – look closely and you can see the vapors and mists rising – almost like they are dancing – the mineral springs are down there – that’s where they are going.”
They could all hear a soft hissing and smell the aroma of the hot springs, bringing forth things deeply hidden in the earth.
Such is the power and nature of this convergence, this reverse vortex, drawing out and together a whole host of elements, both spiritual and material.
They were silent again for awhile, taking it all in.
Sparkle: “we need a trigger, a vision to lure them”
Peep: “They know us in summer and in fairy tales, appearing as fireflies and night sounds and magic enticements – let’s play on their imagination.”
“Yes, their minds are already loosened a bit – this beautiful setting is very unreal to them, and they are in an accepting mood which is growing. Feelings and thoughts are emerging as elements, as from a dream, joining with the rest of us.”
“Let’s shock them a wee bit, nicely, lovingly – show our own inner lights and voices bursting out and swarming down the hill – see what they do.”
“That inner force of theirs, now lured out, will surely recognize us as fellows – fellow el voices, brethren sprights – elmagic bursting forth.”
“Let’s get them to move to the pines – Mists & Vapors have infused the paths with their warmth and mystery, SnowBlossom & MoonGlow guide and propel.”
Thus do these ethereal sprights plot and scheme.
Down the hill from the inn, within the maze of paths within the pines, there are numerous couples already there – lovebirds also, more adventurous than those snuggling on the porch – heated by the nearness of the baths, as well as an undefined presence – a bit unreal but marvelously welcome.
Added to elements of the woods is the sweet perfume of sulfur and pine, and the blur of steam that is extremely intense, enticing them to intimacy, to shed barriers, as well as clothes on provided benches. Worries pass and dissipate as they let go and become a part of the magical presence of Vapors & Mist - holding hands, hugging, embracing, and migrating at varying paces towards the communal baths at the bottom of the slope.
Twinkle & Shimmer, SnowBlossom & Moonglow, and untold others of the celestial variety of sprights – irrepressible & elusive in their positive energy – they have been dispatched to this aspect, to play their part in advancing the benevolent interests of the masters.
“This area naturally separates them – look – they are lured down the many side paths, into the variety of sheltered nooks – buffeted by the spreading warmth from the spa, enclosed by the beauty of the pines, with only narrow peeks of us above.”
“Very unreal for them – our canopy of natural lights so different from the urban and suburban norm.”
As the majesty of evening turns to the awesome depth of night, as the els & sprights emerge & merge everywhere, igniting and stirring, the spirit of love touches all of the gathered elements.
Ventured they all have for the promise of escape and romance, and now having found it, there is a collective mood of evermore possibilities.
Warriors of elevated spirit one and all, merged in dance and romance, their breath is stilled by the views, souls moved by the richness of beauty - being altered by this aspect of it all - magic.
The magic is felt everywhere, and pervades all the way up to the lovers on the porch, stirring renewed conversation:
“It’s overwhelming, whatever is happening – a feeling in the air – we have to move down there!” says one lovely.
“Yes, dear – I’ve wanted to do it – let’s go!” responds her mate.
“Are you crazy? It’s freezing out there – and who knows what’s in those pines!” remarks one firmly settled.
The adventuresome couple rises from the comfort of the porch seats – moves together to seize the moment before they change their minds:
“Crazy we are, and looking for more! Got to go, this is what we are here for!” she says.
Her mate says “With you love” to her. “Come with us!” to the others.
The other two couples are tempted, but hesitate, torn really.
The mobilized couple is now on their feet; they hug, hold hands and descend the steps.
The fairy sprights rejoice:
“Look my love – look – our performance has enabled this – two are joining in our play and are on the move.”
“Indeed, they have been lured – it is working!”
The masters take note:
“Marvelous it will be when those who are mobilized by love rise to find ever new levels – and awesome indeed when they find others so motivated.”
“Such a delight! Watch – they are about to do so – our mischief is now theirs!”
All of the ethereal sprights are also energized – and the sprightliness that dwells within the lovers – in company with the inner el voice – are emerging along with the other deep seeded elements on this midwinter night – to join in together – it is indeed a dance and romance that is building upon itself.
"Those who left the comfort of the porch - already they are venturing into the pines, bumping and rubbing with other mobilized couples – on a delicate edge they are together.”
“Indeed – balanced they are between the grand excitement of being emboldened & thrilled, and the tempering reverence that comes with newly found depths of feeling and beauty.”
“And above all – of sharing it all – this they know, instinctively, to be true.”
Pine lovers they all are now, and here, too, they separate.
“Look my loves, so natural it is, many stopping in the side paths – let’s follow the ones gathering momentum together.”
“Let’s reward them with our own expressions of love – light, song, sting, poke, kiss…. “
“Ooh – feel that? See that? I can barely make anything out, but it is so alive here.”
“Bare is right – but it is okay, we are all good here – like family.”
“Who is that? Not my love – or not the one I arrived with.”
“Watch it buster – I’m still here” said his porch lovely as she found his hand.
“It was me you addressed” said his new friend as she grasped for him in the mist from the other side - finding his arm, she grabbed on.”
“Whew – this is new – and somehow very alright” he said as he took both in hand as they proceeded towards chorus of sounds and sensations of the baths.
Leaning close, arranging and rearranging, they bounce through tingles and probes, “heaven this surely is” he said to satisfied sighs all around.
Suddenly the atmosphere alters as they leave the pines and sink into the soft nirvana of at the edge of the baths - engulfed in steam and other sensual forces.
Exchanging hugs and kisses they let themselves, and each other, go – overwhelmed by the urge to separate and partake.
Simultaneously, inner spirits whisper – caution, care, relish, revere - inner el, inner spright – conscience.
Similarly drawn and buoyed, other rearranged couples arrive and join in the dance.
A dance, romance - arriving at the nexus of the midwinter night.
Yet another pairing bursts into the mix – triggering & prompting – a chattering breaks out - Anonymous & Familiar, Dare & Trust, these elemental spirits conspire and work their particular magic – dizzying reveals pour out – such an intimate clan they had become!
Shared mood – all was being offered – these lovers knew so and appreciated the moment.
All along the edge new pairings find themselves in the mist.
From someone "god this is great - the sparkles and glows have followed us – they are everywhere – like they are dancing with us - how does that happen? Doesn't seem natural!"
From somewhere "We are purely natural ourselves – others might not understand."
Reaching, seeking – in unending combinations repeating – who’s and where’s are found and softly gently joined - strangers no more.
A lovely pulls her new mate close, flashes a wicked smile "We are totally au naturale my love! But you're right, other people not part of this wouldn't get it. My bud is out here somewhere, you and I are like this - it's in full boil right now, but it's completely ok - yes, quite natural indeed!"
“You are right – my love is here, as well, somewhere – and somehow it is okay – we have care.”
They ventured a hug and turned – hand in hand they helped each other into the sizzle of the baths.
It was working out marvelously - the masters were thrilled with their work - they and their kin were everywhere at once, shepherding, stirring, loosening the lovebirds.
They too touch and exchange:
"The beauty here is unbounded – we are all affected, deeply.”
“A rare and sacred moment and place in the sphere – it leaves a mark forever – one of pure benevolence.”
“Pure feelings are filling them, and us – with love, enchantment, magic.”
“And also, vindication. These exceptional lovers, these warriors of elevated spirit – they sought much when they ventured here – and found it – but their instincts tell them there is yet more.”
“We have the longer perspective and already know it is so. For them, these special lovers, so open to possibilities, braving ahead on feel and trust – it moves them to absolute stillness – they are now rewarded.”
“Their inner el voices guided them here, and now are bursting all around them, out in the open, touching every point of sensation with new depths of love.”
And now the culmination – the awe of the moment captures one and all – all are in play – all are in love.
"Spash & Sulfur - come hither - you and all your fellows have done marvelously well my loves - go there and poke those aleap on the bank - provoke and prod - they are enchanted - you will seem as fairies from their tales."
Thus the masters - the princes - the high elves - they orchestrate this outpouring of elevated spirits, direct the embodiments, reward the sacred entrusting of selves......
.....and listen for results:
And on and on they thrill to the touches - pure Sensation and Instinct - like family they feel and press in tight - exchanging hugs and then carrying their love forth.
Pausing to take it all in – the canopy above, the dance all around, the bubbling just ahead – the porch lovely and her trio are struck by the soft and quiet of this oasis in the frozen night – it is another world – theirs in unison – a place in the sphere to be savored.
“My god this is wonderful, like a fairy tale - look at us and this place" she whispers, strengthening her grasp with her gentlemen friends.
They had chained together after stumbling on top of each other in the fog and frolic.
"Unbelievable – so weird – like we’ve always been together."
“Like we already know each other – and all of them.”
"Total strangers just a moment ago – now – what? – more than lovers….”
“……Like family” “Hey!” “Whoa!” he shrieks with a laugh and with joy upon receiving fresh hands on his backside - "Who goes there?!"
"Sorry love, you were blocking the path and I couldn't resist" this new lovely announces herself with a giggle.....
..... as she bursts from the pines and allows herself to plough right into him at the edge of the hot springs, pressing herself against him, forcing him in turn ahead into his fellows, and hurrying all of these lovebirds as one into the steaming baths.
Wading right in - transformed by their discoveries – thrilling - all has been shed, soothed, buffeted - into the burn and churn they step – frozen mites stinging from above – welcoming hands all around.
And another couple and another and another - they surge in – pressing and guiding and conveying – careful steps and loving pats helping each along and in.
Hands holding, steadying on uneven and strange footing – lil stumbles and “pardon me”’s – lil “ooh”’s and giggles as much is allowed.
Fully inflamed with the spirits of this midwinter night, they have reached a critical point, together. Time it is to consummate this play of love – the companions fall silent – inner el voices are heard in their own quiet realm.
Totally free, completely in touch, they exchange deepest feelings. The steaming waters sizzle, the sulfur engulfs, they are caressed in a myriad of ways – they huddle and gaze, as in prayer and meditation.
Thus, re-remembered are Canopy of Glow and Sparkle soaring above Vapors and Mist – as are SnowBlossom and Fragrance and Peeper and Hug and Kiss – all in concert together.
"They seem as fairies at first, now we are them and they us……”
“……unreal but a moment before, and now as it has always been……”
".....a part of ourselves, always there, now emerged……”
“….. emerged and joined with all the others……”
“…..we have done so, somehow, all together – seen inside each other….. whew!......
Silence again, still once more……
…… Awesome, Magic.
It all comes roaring home as they settle in Comfort and Trust and Welcome – buds with whom they began gathered with mates they have found……
…..Their collective mood is one of Thanks and Appreciation.
In the morning it will pass, but Pi leaves a mark – a benevolent sustaining unending, unlimited mark of true love…….
…… Shared as one on this midwinter night of true love.