a mermaid who swims in deep waters
and skims the crest of the waves,
and seeks sanctuary
in the underwater treasures of Thalassa.
Her confidence, though silent speaks
Her soul powerful, never weak
Her love for life lies within
And with each day, she's born again.
Thalassa (Greek for sea), home to Torrey, the mermaid,
is an underwater cavern with sparkling turquoise waters
where fish swim gracefully through tranquil currents.
Here, you glide through luminous caves and grottoes,
SIT on a
Seaweed Mat or Puffy Fish Mattress... and LOOK at the Wave Cave,
Sponge Spa, Cavern Tavern, Ethel Mer-man's Comedy Club, Reef
of Belief, Billow Pillow, Shell Dell, Driftwood Den, and Golden Grotto.
Several sea-leaf poems lie scattered on the ocean
drenched with the inky blue script of a squid's pen.
Their titles read: Lament, Lament2, Poem-for-the-Earthbound,
and Seachanty. Among them is a Note to Visitors.
Nearby, above a subaquatic window, a Stalactite
descends from the cavern's roof, illuminated by a Ray of Light.....
You may LOOK or EXAMINE objects and interior rooms.
You may also SIT Seaweed Mat, SIT Puffy Fish Mattress,
STAND, PET CoCo, READ Note, READ (Name of Note)
on Stalactite, and TACK (Name for Your Note) on Stalactite.
READ Note to Visitors
Note to Visitors
To my Mer-Friends -
Please feel free to explore my underwater domain while I am frolicking
with dolphins and attending water ballet lessons. You may LOOK at the rooms,
read sea poetry and leave a note for me on the Stalactite message board....
But be wary of sidestroking through the Coral Cliffs without fully
Thalassa first. You will need the pearls of wisdom and the golden booty before you dare
to scale that rocky terrain or peer down into the abyss.... But do not be afraid!....
There are wonders here, and most of them are also inside of you....
love from Torrey the Mermaid
The Coral Cliffs are the underwater mountains near Thalassa where creatures
of the Cyberdeep face the dark Abysses of their hidden selves and seek
to scale the highest Elevations below the sea's surface.
Here, they confront the challenges they most fear,
and the deep Sea Crawlers
which most threaten them. Yet in the process they gain Self and Soul....
You are invited to LOOK, scale the peaks and descend
the abysses, overcoming your inner and outer obstacles,
as they are reflected in the Cyberwaters.
from Torrey's Earthly Creator, June 14, 1997
With the help of Bob, Ted, and Cleo at Grassroots, I visited the Moo
several times, began developing Thalassa, and felt a self that I hadn't expressed
in several years - my poetic, mythical self - re-emerge.
For days, my imagination was stimulated by ideas for Thalassa....Soon,
created an evocative undersea home - with rooms reflecting various facets
of my personal and spiritual quest and playful sense of humor.
And I began to create Coral Cliffs, adjoining Thalassa.
My experience felt similar to Jungian sandplay (play therapy for
adults) - following
inner guidance while positioning figurines in the sand, and telling stories about them,
personal myths ....deep internal processes that I had not previously articulated.
Everything I've created in GrassRoots is likewise expressing deeper
layers of my psyche.
At this stage in my life, I AM a mermaid...... swimming deep beneath the surface
and resisting the demands and necessities of earthly reality.
But after describing the warm, safe, hospitable interiors of
Thalassa, I felt compelled
to create adjoining Coral Cliffs, which I realize now are the menacing cliffs
of earthly demands which pull at me, causing me much unrest.
I had to create my sanctuary first, a refuge of joy and creative
I was at home there, I became aware of the cliffs that border Thalassa, that
rise up to the surface of the waves, and stretch toward the earthly shore -
the cliffs that I must scale in order to return to earth again.....
With a swish of her tail and a splash, Torrey the
descends into Thalassa
from Torrey's Earthly Creator, July 12, 1997
Not until my turn in our online group, when I openly expressed my conflicts, fears,
pain and anger, as well as appreciations, was I able to fully describe Coral Cliffs
and begin to encounter the Sea Crawlers lurking in its dark abysses.
Perhaps I needed the full attention of my cybercompanions - to verbalize
and feel heard, understood and supported - in order to tolerate ways in which I do not
feel heard, understood or supported in tackling the issues that are facing me.
The Coral Cliffs are not quite as threatening to me now - although
I know that on
the other side are currents leading to shore, to the earthly terrain from which
I have found solace in cyberspace and cybersea....
I only touch the earth tentatively, but already find new friends
there, delights that
lead me to fear the shore less....and a deeper self-acceptance that will help me
begin tackling those earthly demands which are not delightful.
I need to feel ok playing with dolphins and starfish... to value
Thalassa for its own sake,
not begrudging myself the tasks I neglect when I frolic underseas. But I cannot
fully enjoy my marine companions or sea successes when bound by fear of
the Coral Cliffs or the steps I must take on earth, away from water......
Here I celebrate creativity and companionship; I glide and surf the
breaking waves... But
I know that they can only soothe and sustain me if I also don legs underwater, and
learn to sidestroke, then crawl, then eventually to walk more firmly on land.....
With a swish of her tail and a splash, Torrey ascends
through the water....
In the crystal stream of ocean
Fishes glide with tranquil motion,
Float in life that's sorrow free;
Yet your throngs, in splendor moving,
Show your festive spirit, proving
How much more than these ye be.
Water02.jpg background from Mermaid's Rest
Lure.gif and animated fish5.gif from The Mermaid's Gallery
Mermaid.gif by Howard Pyle, at Mermaid's Net
Worldsm.gif, Mermaid Tales Around the World, at Mermaid's Net
Blustery Sea, seablus.gif, cropped, originally BlusterySea.gif,
copyright 1997 by Valan Evers, QuantumNetwork
Neptune's Treasure, here entitled neptune4.gif, cropped, taken from
a photograph from the Mermaid Collection by Jason Gold,
copyright 1994 by Jason Gregory Gold. All rights reserved.
Disney Midi music "Under the Sea" The Little Mermaid, Disney Midi Music
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