June 20 - 29, 2014
Northern New Mexico
Land of Enchantment
Vision Quest, an Ancient Rite of Passage
Ancestors of all races and spiritual lineages
have gone alone into the wilderness.
Sacrificing food and the comfort and companionship of daily life.
Resting their body on the body of Mother Earth.
They went to remember who they were,
to clear their minds and open their hearts.
They did this with the companionship of the natural world.
They returned to their community and families,
with unique gifts, visions that only they could bring.
Given the gift of themselves they gave back.
They gave back their true nature, living their destiny.
Each day, each night of the vision quest is a journey into your past, present and future. There are extended moments when the mental chatter ceases and the internal silence is filled with the present. As your body is emptied you become clearer and a less encumbered future is revealed, reflected upon and sanctioned by the mountainside you sit upon.
The structure of the ten days. The first days are preparation for turning away from the ordinary world to retreat into a time of solitude. When you arrive at the site you will set up your tent at the base camp. Preparation includes individual consultation, ceremony and making relationship with your solo site. Four days are questing and fasting. The remaining time is for reintegration, sharing your story and listening to the stories of the other questers. Guides reflect back and provide interpretation for each story.
SHARING YOUR STORY
In the middle of the circle there is an object called the talking stick. Sometimes, there is a special one made with care and creativity. At other times a twig, branch or stone has found its way into this circle. One by one, each quester goes to the center and picks up the talking stick. Holding it they tell their story and all listen.
Sharing of story is an essential part of this journey. This is a sacred time, the sharing of deep emotions, insights, visions. Your guides listen, pray, reflect and honor your story. The telling of your story often brings a deeper understanding of insights and spiritual imperatives previously unknown or unclaimed.
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