Freya in The Garden of Soul (ep 3)- Photo & Text by Irina Gache

Freya in the Garden of Soul is an episode-based surrealist novel that I decided to publish online as I go along with the writing process. It focuses on the journey of a character named Freya in the realms of the unconscious where she meets and interacts with different phantasmagorical characters that challenge her sense of self through different riddles and sayings that may be perceived as subtitle advice from inner guides.

Full of metaphors, parables, and leads, Freya aims to lead the reader into a journey of inner discovery that anyone can relate to if immersed into the story with an open mind. She will question herself, what she sees, feels and thinks and the world in the labyrinth she found herself into, provoking everyone that enters with her to do that as well.

Irina Gache Freya

Freya’s hands start melting when touching the mirror. Although she’s on the verge of fainting, with her last piece of strength she takes a step in front and crosses over in the mirror. She feels as if she’s deconstructing into thousand of pieces and each piece that comes off seems to have a power of its own that screams when it falls off. Screams are heard so loud into a void like space she found herself into, that no human being could bear the sound of it without feeling all the pains that the screams show.

Freya floats into this dark space and watches petrified how the pieces keep fall. She looks down where pieces fall making a knocking sound like they hit something and are no longer suspended like she is. A wooden root like that of a tree starts reaching towards her and then another one. They grab her by her feet and start pulling her down. She screams in fear and tries to escape by fighting with both her legs and her arms reach up. As a result, other roots start growing and grab her body in a tender way pulling her down. A soft voice says: “This is not your burial, this is your rebirth. Look inside!”

Freya starts feeling a warmth inside her chest and sees a small light very frail, like a candle in the wind struggling to continue to burn. The roots drag her body gently down. She no longer resists and starts feeling her feet and her hands like hers again.

“What is this that I am feeling and who are you?” she asks the voice she heard earlier. As the roots continue to drag her down she starts feeling something moist that touches her feet. She looks down and sees the ground, moving. Her feet are dragged by the roots into the ground welcoming her like an immersion into a strange baptism. She looks up and sees a darkness in which she cannot perceive anything and starts accepting the roots dragging her body into the ground. “Will I suffocate? I don’t know how to breathe underground! I am scared… Where are you taking me?”

The voice talks again: “You suffocated far away from the ground. Here you will learn how to breathe, with your heart. I am taking you to the places you wanted to go but didn’t have the knowledge and the support at that time. The fear is yours but you need to discover what we will show you. You are not alone.” And with that heard the ground swallows her up entirely. She feels the moist of the soil touching every piece of her skin. Freya can only hear her heart beating fast and each beat fills the lack of breaths. Her heart beats start playing a shamanic drum rhythm and her body starts moving like that of a snake hypnotized by the rhythm of the drum. “From the blood you’ve lost, flowers will grow. Welcome, my dear!” She hears the voice again, but this time louder than before.

About the author: Irina Gache is a visual artist and writer from Bucharest, Romania. You can find more about her by checking her portfolio or by following her on Facebook. Stay tuned for her next episodes.

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Irina Gache is a visual artist and writer from Bucharest, Romania. Her main preoccupation is photography but she also loves to give life to images through other media like paintings and collages. When she writes she does it in a surrealist way and allures the reader into the text by making it very visual and with riddle-like challenges. "I like my text to move like a motion picture in the reader's mind where he/she can project himself/herself into. When I write I see a whole movie being created".

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