My husband gave me this book as a birthday gift during the year 2010. I wanted this book badly as its summary depicted similar content from Kokology, another easy self-psychological based literature that I like.
The Cube is an imagination game. It is meant to show a facet of your personality through interpretations of your mind “imageries” based on easy, unpretentious instructions, you won't think would make any relative discernment.
The rules are simple. You need to be as descriptive as you can be. No restrictions. There are no right or wrong answers.
- Imagine a desert. A horizontal line. Sand and sky.
In this desert is a cube. See it? Describe it. What is its size? What is it made of? The color? Is it gigantic? Minuscule? Partly hidden in the sand? Floating?
The cube represents you. How you think about the cube reflects how you think about yourself.
Next, imagine a ladder. Describe its size, position, material.
The ladder represents your friends. How you feel about the ladder reflects how you feel about your friends.
Next, imagine a horse. Describe its size, color, breed, position, etc.
Your overall impression of the horse reflects the impression you have of your partner.
There is a storm. Describe the storm. What kind is it? How does it affect (or not affect) the cube, ladder, and horse?
The storm is the obstacle in your life. Only you can depict how the storm affects all other elements.
Finally, imagine flowers in this desert. How many are there? What are their colors? What is their relation to the cube, ladder, horse, and storm? Are they in clusters? Are they placed in plots?
What you feel about the flower indicate the feelings you have towards your children.
There you go. Five elements in one mysterious image. Only you can see this image. Close your eyes and remember this picture.
It doesn’t end there and don’t think you already got everything from reading the summary above.
Part 1 – 3 of The Cube consists of questions and extensive guides on how to go about interpreting all elements. Part 4 is a portrait gallery of famous people expressing their cube imageries and interpretations.
The Cube’s last part is a vocabulary and “dictionary” of sorts to help refine your imageries. This is a good reference to building up your interpretation into something more real and concrete.
The Cube can be done as a game with friends, but I suggest doing this alone first. “Playing" it with others might involve digging up confidences which may not be readily shared with the public. It might upset your friends since the game requires giving interpretations to each other.
One downside about this book is once you read it there is no way for you to forget the interpretations instantly. The essence of mystery and mystique is lost.
It is best to read The Cube again after you have let a long time pass. Give it a year or so. This way, you will have forgotten your initial imageries and reset your imagery. Your visualizations could change because everyone grows up and evolves. A good way, to keep track of all your “evolved” imageries, would be to put them your writing and keep them hidden afterwards. Retrieve your entries after a few years to compare your notes and see how much has changed.
The Cube is a little visualization-meditation game worth the try. You have to be brutally honest with yourself and not be biased by your perceptions. If you are having a hard time not being biased, this might be the time when an honest friend can help you.