Slipping into a deep state of sleep, Dearly Beloved left her tired body behind and traveled to Other Realms. At first it was pleasant, as when she trained to astral travel with Her Respected Teacher, Gungzin, but gradually she noticed a change in her surroundings. Instead of the light and calm effect of floating above her body, surveying all of that below her, she was propelled to another Plane.
Dark shadows hid each corner as she ran down a long and twisted corridor. It opened up into a huge cavern inky black save for one small flame which flickered.
Hello?! she cried. Master, are you there?
She could hear water lapping at her feet. She knelt down and felt it with her hand. It was warm and sticky. Grabbing a small stone by her foot, she tossed it into the water, wondering at its depth and expanse. The splash of it was swallowed quickly. Dipping her hand once more, she brought her fingers up to her lips and tasted the "water."
Ugh! Why, it tastes like a scratch when I suck the drop of blood away! Oh, Master, help me, please!
As she felt her way along the wall behind her, just edging the lake of blood, small rustling sounds echoed from behind and across the wide cavern. Heading towards the light, she willed herself to be calm and began intoning Guru Padmasambhava's mantra to dispel all negativities from her mind,
OM HA HUNG VAJRA GURU PADME SIDDHI HUM.
As she chanted, the light grew a little stronger.