Consciousness

How a Desert, Cube, Ladder, Horse, Flower and Storm Can Reveal the Most Intimate Details of Your Personality

The mind is a mysterious matrix, filled with programming “hacks” that are both surprising and enlightening when you begin to experiment within the mainframe.

The game below, from Oliver Emberton, can be viewed as a type of “life hack” to uncover intimate details of your personality, in a very fascinating way. In just 5-minutes you can connect deeper than you’d ever imagine, and discover personal truths that may have previously been suppressed.




Warning, once you learn what each element represents, you can’t un-learn – so this is a one time only test, but is great to pass along none-the-less.Ready? Here goes…

 

 

HOW TO CONNECT DEEPLY WITH ANYONE (IN 5 MINUTES):

I want you to imagine a desert, stretching out as far as your eyes can see. In this desert is a cube.

Your first task is to describe the cube. What does it look like? How large is it? What is it made of? Where exactly is it?

There are no right answers here, only your answers.  Take a moment before you continue – the detail is important.

As you look at the desert and your cube, you notice there is also a ladder. Your second task (there are just five) is to describe the ladder. What is it made of? How big is it? Where is it, in relation to the cube?

Now imagine that in the scene there is a horse. (Yes, horse. I didn’t say this desert made sense). Your third task: describe the horse. Most importantly: where is the horse, and what is it doing? Where, if anywhere, is it going?

We’re nearly there now. In the scene before you are flowers. Your penultimate task: describe the flowers. How many are there? What do they look like? Where are they, in relation to the horse, cube, ladder and sand?

Final question. In the desert there is a storm. Describe the storm. What type of storm is it? Is it near, or far? What direction is it headed? Does it affect the horse, flowers, cube or ladder?

If you’ve been playing along, this is going to be fun. If you didn’t, I must warn you: the next part ruins your ability to play this game ever again. If you won’t want to ruin it forever, go back now. Trust me.

Ready? There’s no going back.



Image via: Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo

Image via: Alejandro Jodorowsky’s El Topo



The cube is yourself.

The size is ostensibly your ego: a large cube means you’re pretty sure of yourself, a small cube less so.

The vertical placement of the cube is how grounded you are. Resting on the sand? You’re probably pretty down to earth. Floating in the sky? Your head is in the clouds.

The cube’s material conveys how open you are: transparent cubes belong to transparent people, opaque cubes are more protective of their minds. Glowing? You’re likely a positive person, who aims to raise the spirits of others. Made of granite? You’re likely protective and resilient.

The trick here is that when asked to describe a blank, abstract entity – a cube – your imagination will tend to project its own identity onto it. This trick is as old as time, but it’s about to get more interesting.

The ladder represents your friends.

Are your friends leaning on the cube? Your friends depend on you, and are close. Is the ladder frail, or robust? Tall or short? Does it lead inside the cube? Or is it cast to one side, lying unloved on the sand? By now you should be able to draw your own conclusions.

The horse represents your dream partner.

The type of horse reveals a lot about what you yearn for in a partner. Some people see a steady brown workhorse, others a shining pegasus or unicorn. Make of these people what you will.

Is your horse nuzzling your cube affectionately, or taking a bite out of it? Is it far from your cube, or walking away? This can represent a current partner, or an aspirational one, but the results are often a mix of touching and hilarious.

The flowers represent children.

The number of flowers relates to how many you imagine having. Some people see just a single, withered daisy; others a resplendent garden covering the cube and desert beneath. (Guys: watch out for those).

The colour and vitality of the flowers can speak to their health and presumed prosperity. The placement – particularly in relation to the cube – can reveal interesting relations; I met one woman whose horse was eating their flowers.

Finally, the storm represents threat.

This speaks to the current state of the person, and how they perceive risk in their life. Some may see a distant storm, on the lip of the horizon, fading from sight. Others may view themselves in the midst of a thunderous apocalypse, hailstones the size of tennis balls pelting their fragile cube and horse. Chances are those people have some immediate trauma in their life.

 

What did your answers reveal to you? Share your experience in the comments below!

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  • Ashraf Rahman
    April 19, 2016 at 3:04 am

    My cube was on the sand towering tall with a rubiks cube type pattern. It had a blue glowing core which correlates with how sure I am with myself.

    My ladder was a typical 32 feet fiberglass ladder against the cube. I got a decent group of friends, but the ladder doesn’t lead into the cube probably because of my spiritual stance.

    The horse was a regular brown horse just standing around the cube chilling ready to be mounted at any time. It represents to be a twin flame in my life waiting for me to make boss moves to be with her at any time.

    There is a small group of colorful and vibrant flowers around the cube. I will have a few kids that will be a result of higher human evolution.

    And the sand storm is far away from me going opposite of where I stand cuz a man is “easy brizzy, I breathe easy.” HAH