"I know, I know - the boardroom right.? I'll see you there in a couple of hours, I need to finish my chanting for this morning."
"Ms. Backs, NOW!"
"Okay, okay jee-Zuss."
"Have a seat, please. You're joined by the panel this morning. You remember Hope? There are a few issues on the table this morning. First off, your morning chant. It's distruptive to the entire team, but mostly to you. You must change your chant or stop chanting immediately."
"What is this a performance review or something? You're the one who told me to use the Meditation Room whenever I wanted, but now you want to tell me how to use it. I knew it, every job is the same. They tell you what to do and when to do it, they run your life, measure your performance. Why is it that I keep coming around to the idea of quitting this job? Huh? What is it with The Hammer and The Healer anyway? This is the fourth or fifth time in a year that I felt like this."
"Ms Backs, there are rules here. The Meditation Room is to be used alone each morning for half an hour before you start your day. As explained to you when you started here, it is to be used only for positive reinforcement and healing. It is meant to bring to you a level of awareness that will help with your overall happiness and will strengthen your immune system. For the past few days, you've been inviting Death in to the room, staying for at least 4 hours and chanting 'I'm gonna die, I'm dying, I'm gonna die, I'm dying, dying, dying, dead' over and over and again. What part of that exericise is following the rules Treice?"
"Yeah, well, whatever. You guys are not the boss of me."
"We are here to help you and as you know, that is very different than 'being the boss of you.' Do you want to die? Do you know what dying people want?"
"Thanks, yes, I saw that book on my desk. I suppose if someone is really dying, then they want to die. If someone is not really dying, they want to live. Simple. I can't see why that book is over 300 pages; dying people want to live. It's like writing a book titled "What Hungry People Want", um, duh?
"Do you want to die Treice, are you really dying?"
"TREICE! I asked you a question! Answer me!"
"No, I don't want to die. But I can think of one really good reason to die."
"Oh? What's that?"
"I wouldn't have to come to work anymore!"
"Ha, ha, very funny. Seriously, now."
"No, I don't want to die, but I feel like I'm dying, dying inside, I can't seem to turn it around. I'm desperate to not die and I can't find the way to stay; the way to life. This job, this saving my life job is taking a toll on me and I'm sick and very, very tired of it all. I know that you're here to help and I appreciate you, I need you guys. I'm sorry about the re-hires. I didn't mean to bring Death back but I couldn't help it. Despair too; they're sharing a desk. I need your help, please help me. I'm desperate, this is not fair, this is killing me. I need help. Please help me."
"Treice, you have become a very intergral part of our team and we need you, and we need your help too. You are perect in everyway, you are beautiful just as you are. When you close your eyes, who is smiling at you Treice? Who would smile at you if you could close your eyes and have people smile at you every time, who would it be?
"My Father, my dad; I miss him and love him deeply"
"Good, who else?"
"My Gramma and my Babushka, I miss them too, I didn't say good-bye properly."
"Good, who else?"
"My Mother, my Husband, my Son."
"My friend Niki, um, my gurus...Gabor and Nirmal. And well, you guys, I guess."
"How would you like if all of us held hands for you, and formed a circle around you, and smiled at you, every time you closed your eyes? Would you like that? Would that help you to heal? Would it ground you and make you strong? Would it shift your awareness and make you feel safe? Would it remind you that you are meant to live? Would it give you the strength to get through each day, would it help you breathe? Would it help to shrink the tumour?"
"Yes, yes it would."
"Well than that's what we'lll do Treice. What else do you need?"
"I need that operation you were telling me about, the one that Hope performs."
"No, not the lobotomy, you idiot. Although....that could work too, less thinking. Less thinking is good."
"I know the one, you mean the one where she manipulates the eyes so that they face inward? That one is performed in the Meditation Room and it takes about 36 hours. When you're done, you will only be able to see internally, you will only be able to scan your body and your mind, you will assess how you are feeling and let yourself be; there will be no more clutter for you Treice, just calm."
"Yes that's the one. I want that one. But how will I see my work, how will I work, how will I manage, how will I make the coffee?"
"Like we told you, this is your work Treice and you will manage brilliantly; and you're not supposed to drink coffee!"