Vision Quest ~ okay what is it and why do it....
For centuries, men and women of many cultures willingly step outside of society, alone, to face the dangers and beauty of nature unadulterated in order to learn about their own spirits and the mysteries of the universe. They sought not a vision of their spirit guardian, but supernatural guidance in the form of a personal revelation about their own spirit. In this way, the quest often held the greatest significance for the young who wished to learn the sacred tools of earthly survival or those who felt called to become shamans, healers, or monks.
The traditional vision quest begins with a period of solitude, deep prayer and meditation, wherein the seeker mentally prepared for the trials that lay ahead. They physically cleanse by participating in a mental and physical purge of their bodies. The seeker finds a destination, often a sacred spot high in the mountains, in the desert, or near the ocean- any place where they can connect with nature. There, you fast while observing nature and waiting calmly, so as not to miss the revelation that would be granted by the Spirits. The knowledge comes in many forms: a vision, a dream, communal with an animal spirit or an experience in which one is brought out of one's self. What is revealed is not always immediately understood, and time is often needed to fully comprehend the experience.
Today vision quests allow us to move beyond the ego into a realm where truths are presented to us through introspection. The period of growth necessary to complete the quest is a rite of passage that marks the meaningful transitions in our lives. After a vision quest, we can emerge from the wilderness cognizant of the sources of power within ourselves and our unending relationship with nature.
A Quest of any kind is a heroic journey. It’s a rite of passage that carries you to an inner place of silence and majesty and encourages you to live life more courageously and genuinely. The benefits of a Quest are numerous. A Quest can help you to:
• Connect more deeply to nature
• Define your life goals
• Find your purpose
• Gain clarity
• Connect to your higher self and the Creator
• Meet your guides, totems, and allies
• Find your true name
• Overcome fears and self-imposed limitations
• Heal abuse, grief, and anger issues
• Heal relationship issues
If you are interested in learning more or going on a Vision Quest of your own, here are a couple of resources that will help. Some guides, will do a group of friends, or sometimes everyone is a stranger; although, you will not leave as such. Yes, this can be done at home, by yourself, the books I suggest is a great way to learn how, understand what a Vision Quest is, and begin an experience you’ll never forget.
Guides and Information on Vision Quests these guides are mainly for California, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado- however, just "google" your area and you may be surprised what you find available.
|Medicine Wheel, from Rites Of Passage|
~ please do not attempt a Vision Quest out in the wilderness without someone to silently watch over you from a distance, where you still have privacy, but can call out for help~