Sometimes, I do a little self-guided meditation that involves what Jack Black (probably not the one you are thinking about) calls the House on the Right Bank. It is a technique I have been using for many years and I have found it to be very beneficial. My own house is here.
The house is a useful method of accessing particular ways of thinking. The basic idea is that you first build your own house, in your mind, and then you create rooms for different purposes. For example, there is a Conditioning Gym for filling yourself up with energy, there is a Shower Room for washing away stress and anxiety and there is an Editing Suite for mentally planning your day.
To access your house, you must first get yourself into that peaceful, meditative state that Jack refers to as alpha-theta. You do this by closing your eyes, taking some deep breaths and then working with your imagination (more powerful than knowledge according to Einstein). For example, by telling yourself, in advance, that the shower will wash away all of your stress and anxiety, you can indeed enjoy the benefit of taking a shower in your imagination and letting the worries of the day just drain away. This is a bit like the technique I shared here.
You decide what your own house should look like and you decide what rooms to have and for what purposes they will be used. In my own house I added a garden with a fountain. In one part of the meditation, I go (in my mind) to sit in the garden on the bench near the fountain. The reason I put a fountain in my garden is that, for me, it is a symbol of abundance. For years, I have carried a picture of that fountain around with me in my wallet along with photos of my family as a reminder that we live in a world of abundance and not one of scarcity.
For this reason, watching a fountain is something I always love to do whenever we are out walking around a new town, a stately home or some garden. If I come across a fountain, I will usually sit there for a few minutes and watch the water pouring fourth abundantly and remind myself that is a symbol of God’s abundant provision for my life.
The next time you come across a fountain – any fountain – do yourself a favour and take a few moments out of your day to just sit there. Try to relax your mind and watch the water flowing from the spout in that endless and abundant flow that symbolises what God has in store for you.