Once upon a time there lived a young, sad and lonely young maiden, whose name was Amanda. She lived a secluded life because, even though her heart was good and she was sweet and kind, she felt that she was ugly. She rarely smiled or sought out companions for fear of rejection and ridicule.
One day she overheard a conversation in the village about a mystical place high above the city in a hidden hillside cavern where a good Sorceress name Julianna performed magic for maidens young and old.
Amanda's heart beat fast with the hope that perhaps Julianna could cast her magical power to change Amanda's life and give her that elusive beauty that she longed for. Calling up all of her courage, Amanda packed up an extra cloak and basket filled with fruit and cheese to sustain her on her quest to find the mysterious Julianna. From her own garden, she picked a bouquet of fragrant violets to take along, perhaps to offer to the good Sorceress if she could be found.
All alone, Amanda fearfully struck out and she walked until she found herself high above the busy city. She searched along the craggy rocky hillside for the cave she'd only heard about. The sweet scent of healing herbs and oils urged her to search on with excitement. Suddenly the sweet perfumes became stronger and led her to an open space in the hillside where a soft warm breeze hummed a gentle flute sound as it blew through the rocky cracks as if to accompany the water trickling down the cave's wall. As she moved closer, a dark skinned woman with warm brown eyes approached her holding out her welcoming arms. As if she were expecting Amanda, the woman smiled and embraced the frightened girl, immediately setting her at ease. Amanda knew that she had found the magical place that she had been seeking. Silently the woman led her to a steaming tub of bubbling water and took Amanda's dusty clothing and shoes. The woman softly helped Amanda into the steamy bath as she explained that her name was Najiba, and that Amanda was safe here with Julianna.
Amanda immersed her aching body into the deliciousness of the feel, sounds and smells of this place, and felt her anxiety melt away. Several moments slipped by and Najiba returned. She led Amanda to a large room and directed her to lie down on a long cushioned marble table, Mysterious jars of potions and ointments lined the moss covered walls, and the familiar sweet healing smell that she had grown accustomed to was everywhere.
In the midst of it all, there appeared the Sorceress Julianna. Amanda notice that this small delicate woman looked nothing like any witch that she had ever seen before. Julianna's large gentle dark eyes focused on Amanda with the same innocent interest that Amanda had seen once before in the stare of a young doe observing her beloved fawn. Amanda knew that this loving soul meant her only good and without a word, she knew all was well.
Julianna's luminous eyes and translucent skin was complimented by the flowing white gown that draped her petite body. She looked for all the world like a high priestess of care and healing. She held Amanda's face in her soft hands and with her caring eyes she looked deep into the heart of this searching soul. Julianna's penetrating examination reached deep beyond the surface of Amanda's body and reached the secret insecurity that she concealed.
Without further adieu, Julianna began to assemble the various bottles, jars and containers. Amanda closed her trusting eyes and sank deeply into the softly covered table, her hungry soul feasted on the nurturing care.
Julianna silently stroked, administered and anointed her body. The wind played its flute sound, the water trickled into a waiting fountain, and as the breeze blew, Julianna's robes moved softly around her. All this beautiful ambiance created the scene for magic to occur.
When this special time was complete, Amanda collected her clothing, leaving the fragrant violets for her benevolent Sorceress.
The very best instruction that Julianna gave the girl was that the final ointment that was supplied to her in a large jar must be reapplied every day until it was gone. If she truly believed, Amanda's own inner beauty would surface and the world would see her as she truly was. Embracing the precious jar, Amanda scrambled eagerly back down the craggy hillside to her life.
As the days and years passed, the sad lonely girl was transformed with her own confidence and she blossomed. The lovely face, that had always been, now shone with a new happiness that made the world a more beautiful place. Long after the jar was empty, the heart was full with a new sense of value-it had only needed to be nurtured to live fully.
Many times Amanda returned to the craggy hillside to try and find Julianna's cave and to thank her for the gift. But, it was never to be. Maybe it had all been just a lovely dream?
This sweet story was written by a loving a devoted client.
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