Vision Quest is a multi-cultural ceremony that has been leading people into the wilderness to ‘cry for a vision’ for thousands of years. For some, it is a response to a tap on the shoulder, a tug at the heart, an opportunity to get quiet, go deep, search for answers, and face the fears that we are ready to remove from our path.
By fasting and sitting alone in the stillness of Nature, we are given an opportunity to listen with all of our ears and open ourselves to the Wisdom within and without that speaks with a golden voice through the seen and unseen worlds.
It is not a Ceremony to be taken lightly and all women are expected to come, participate in service and support at a Women’s Quest Fire and base camp before making the commitment to climb the mountain and seek a vision.
Questing begins with a series of circle gatherings to explore the foundations of self discovery. Part of taking care of oneself is remembering how to connect deeply with nature, and with the sacred rhythms of the earth. All one needs to understand spiritually can be found in nature. In this modern-day, fast-paced living that we do, we often forget to slow down and see the sacredness all around us; to really honor the sacred space of the plant people, the stone people, the four-leggeds, the winged ones, those that crawl, and those that swim.
We are nature, and in our spiritual walk, we want to respect, honor, and learn from the beauty that surrounds us, the life that surrounds us. We have merely forgotten, and it’s time to come together in Ceremony, and remember. Vision Quest is an opportunity to peel away the layers of everyday life, and connect deeply with nature and one’s place in it.
Whether you are going up on the mountain, or supporting the Questers and community at base camp, it’s a time of inner growth by learning to live fully in gratitude, honoring the sacredness of all life, honoring ourselves and one another, and becoming comfortable with our own personal power. Everyone Quests. It’s a beautiful time to go deeper into learning the value of ceremony.
This is a wonderful sisterhood of women growing together in community while holding a higher vision for humanity. There are many variations to the quest, which we have been holding annually since 2008. If you are interested in learning more about this sacred tradition, supporting the Questers at base camp, or are being called to Quest yourself, please contact me.
May we search our souls for the perfected reflection of our true being.
May we release our differences into the chill of the evening air, watching the bias, prejudice and fear dissolve as effortlessly as breath.
May we each lay down our insecurities, our selfishness and our hostility.
May we discover a way to look into the eyes of those we admire least and recognize a cowering glimpse of ourselves hiding there.
May we lay down our weapons, whether they be guns or the violent words of anger and abuse.
May we feed the starving and frightened children of the world, changing their reality and future from despair into hope.
May women everywhere know safety, respect, equality and walk confidently without fear.
May the Elders be kept warm, well-fed and nurtured as we honor the vital wisdom they carry.
May the peace we long for within our own hearts be the beacon we follow into the darkness of chaos and confusion.
May that light guide us back to ourselves where the peace we seek waits patiently to be revealed.
Follow the source of the light and you’ll find that it comes from within you.
May peace, love, joy, perfect health and prosperity be your gifts.
May 2015 be the year that humanity emerges from our complacent slumber and stand united with all of Creation in the Sacred Wheel of Life.
Happy, blessed Winter Solstice!