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May 7, 2014When is it best to do a Vision Quest?by fourwinds


When is it best to go to the Mountain or Do a Vision Quest?

So, wanted to share my thoughts on this as our yearly camp open to all, is in June.

Wanted to offer this to more than just for the Seeker, but as my way of sharing this walk and a way of “Be Coming Ourselves again.”

Walking this Red Road for 28 years, I have gained personal experiences and understandings which assisted people to take this next step and enter the Journey to the Mountain (Vision Quest), a walk back into their Selves.

With deep respect for others opinions and their experiences, I want to offer my personal experience and what I have learned.

Vision Quest is a very old and natural process, supported by a leader and community.  It was a next step “rite of passage” for the youth, which has been continuously done for hundreds of thousands of year.

For all who wish to experience this deep connection the pursuit is the same, no matter your age or timing in life. The goal is to seek the deeper knowledge and remembering of oneself.

In this quest we are all the same at the beginning, we want to know who we are, what it is we are to do with our lives, and what part we are to play on Mother Earth.

It’s not something one can do in a weekend however, unless prepared and trained over time and have the support and the witnessing that guides and continues the process.

It does in most terms require the absence of external stimuli and moments of emptiness or no thought,  meaning time to be separated from the ordinary worldly distractions and obligations to see something different.

So we go to the Mountain as it is sometimes called. With practices, teachings, and training much like someone preparing for a marathon.  With this practice one can enter the emptiness and establish connection to the real them.

Without this emptiness there is no access to the cosmic life-givers (guardians) or to receive a vision that can guide us further.  The “center of the knowing” which all of us are both afraid of and are seeking to know ourselves.

The Pledge or Seeker as we call them, must be prepared internally and externally to meet these Beings or Guides who may reveal themselves as the most common or insignificant of creatures, bugs, or elements or the most powerful as a lightning storm or Bear.

Sometimes while on ones quest there are dangers, elemental happenings and doubts or fears that fill the mind and set us to question “Why are we doing this Questing?”

A Pledge must realize this is just what it says: it is this process that they have committed to; a quest to know their inner self/soul and these moments of challenge are there to Be Sure, this is what we are committed to.

We are “called to the Mountain” as adults these days. Where, in ancient times it was a normal passage for all children to go through, which is rare today.

The old Ones would say daytime schools would steal their souls and connection with Nature liberated them.

In almost all cases people are in some way called to this Quest.

My calling was to continue the education of my holy self that there is much more to us then this sack of bones and a brain that thinks it knows.

My teachers explained “near death experiences” are just one form of our souls crying out for deeper and more solid assurance that my spiritual link was reestablished.

Inner knowing is not a day-dream or fabricated thoughts of our imaginations. They are true encounters with a non-rational reality that each of us is a part of but have walled ourselves off from during our domestication.

So this is the biggest obstacle to overcome before going to the Mountain seeking a vision.

Fasting and teachings before the “quest” does not make us Shamans, but participants, removed from the indoctrinations. Reconnecting us to our original framework of union with our soul.

Why don’t more people go on quests? We have had it extracted from our educations and instead of truths, we have been taught to fear or mistrust these old ways. So now we have educated minds.

For most Questers, their questing is to understand what it is they are to do or be. Many leave without answers or insights at this time.  They have no further understand or Intercessors/teachers who can help them interpret their experience or guide them further to be patient.

Some think going to the Mountain seeking a vision is like living four days in your house.

My experiences with this transcendent processes is sometimes painful or physically challenging, and in many moments emotional. This is normal, to get us out of our old thinking and trusting in what is natural.

My Grandfather and teacher Bill would say that once we have entered into this side of the walk and process, it is for life and can be entered into from then on when one needs to.

So to go to the Mountain, one must first be called, matched by a guide, disciplines and commitment to the instructions paired by a teacher.

Pledging to quest is just as it says, a pledge to set aside all other things one wants to focus on. It sets a process of what they must do to prepare adequately to meet our Spirit of the non reality world which is just waiting for us.

So why would we pursue this part of ourselves when it is always just trying to reveal itself to us?

This is a good question to ask and one I suggest the Seeker and Supporters contemplate upon.

Hope you can join us this year to learn more.
Sweet Medicine


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