After a vigorous Yoga practice, David rolled onto his back. He balled up, pulling his knees into his chest and his head toward his knees.
“What happened? Did I blackout?”
He reached to touch his eyes. David could not tell if his eyes were open or shut in the pitch blackness.
“Where am I? I can’t move.”
“Is this some sick joke?”
“Well, it’s not funny?”
“Let. Me. Out.”
He surmised that he was inside some cubed shaped box. David maneuvered and pushed at the top of the container with his arms. With his knees balled into his chest, he could not get leverage.
He attempted to straighten his legs, but his knees hit the top, and his feet touched the far wall. His head crooked his neck spasmed.
“Please! Let me out! I am cramping up in this balled up position.” Panic set in, he panted gasping for oxygen. The panting generated heat. Sweat droplets rolled into his eyes. David passed out.
After coming to, David started breathing exercises.“Inhale 1–2–3–4–5, Exhale 1–2–3–4–5–6.” Finally calming down, he heard the Voice.
The Voice, “David, I will help you.”
David, “Who are you? Did someone drug me and put me inside this box? Because it is not funny. And where are you? I hear you as if you are here with me. This box is too small for more than one person. Are you speaking on over a speaker in the box? Are you videoing me right now?” The Voice, “David, you built this box yourself. No one is playing tricks on you.” The Voice sighed, “The material you used to build this box came from many sources. But you chose to use the material and build this box.”
David, “What do you mean sources? I never built a box?”
The Voice, “Sources such as your parents, teachers, professors, your pastors, and friends. People in whom you esteemed to have better answers than you. They influenced, but you constructed this box yourself.”
David, “Yes, but doesn’t wisdom come from a multitude of counselors — I read that somewhere. Isn’t it good to learn from those who are more experienced than you.”
The Voice, “David, I am not denying the importance of listening to others. You gain different perspectives and insight by doing so.
But, to build your worldview from others without listening to your own heart is not wise.
Blind allegiance without trying nor testing is what landed you in this box.” David silently pondered all that the Voice said.
The Voice continued, “David, you are intelligent. You retain everything that you see and hear. But, you absorb and accept without questioning. You are too quick to please others. Hence, they provided you the material, but you built the box and woke up in it. Many have boxes of their own and are not aware.” David, “How do I get out of this box?”
The Voice, “Question and deconstruct. You tear the box down by challenging everything you have accepted as truth. Accept that not all things fit neatly packaged into a proposition. Seek for yourself.
David, “You have made more sense than anyone to whom I have listened. Who are you?”
The Voice, “David, I have been with you all along. You didn’t hear me because you allowed the other voices to drown me out. When you were ready, you heard me. I am you.”
“Wow, I must have fallen asleep during corpse pose. I don’t know if I experience a lucid dream or astral projected. Whatever, it was real.”