Among the indigenous traditions there is a ritual called the vision quest for those who go through important life turning points / transitions to receive guidance from ancestors and spirit guides. The shaman / medic assists in the preparation of the quest, overseeing the construction of an encampment where the resident can be alone with mother earth to pray, fast and listen.
Basic Supplies: Water, blanket and wood for a fire equip one for the desert. This spiritual journey can last from three to four days, while the shaman periodically registers himself, offering his wisdom. Traveling between realms, the shaman prays, drums, chants and sings to evoke ancestors and spiritual visions. He can smoke tobacco, their holy sacrament, or drink peyote tea.
After the inner journey, the person returns to the group with ideas and direction, ready to contribute to the community and its greater good. Along with epiphanies, animal messengers can also appear, indications of divine protection and communication. It is a beautiful ritual that we can learn from.
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Although not members of an indigenous tribe, or using their exact practices, we as spiritual pilgrims can undertake a quest for vision. During times of intense change, it can renew our trust in the Divine, and we can call on the wisdom of our ancestors, spirit guides, or higher selves to reveal our next path and how to serve humanity.
These could be questions about a career change, moving to a new location, or other life-changing decisions. A vision quest can be as simple as going to a sacred site such as a sacred mountain, desert, or ocean, setting the intention to seek messages from a higher consciousness or from spirit guides.
Traveling to India or El Camino in Spain on a spiritual quest can be an incredible blessing. However, with current travel restrictions, there are energy vortices near us, such as the Oregon Vortex at Gold Hill, Crater Lake, the Shanghai Tunnels, Mount Shasta, and Sedona, Arizona.
At Mount Shasta, for example, the climate is often clear and sunny, even in the fall and winter. The amazingly pristine energy of the mountain amplifies communication with divine and ascended masters. Incredible stories have been shared of beautiful encounters of a mystical nature at Mount Shasta.
Another location, about a 16-hour drive from the Willamette Valley, is the desert region of Sedona, Arizona, where places like Bell Rock, Airport Mesa, Shaman Caves, and Cathedral Rock are known to native and spiritual residents. as places of prayer, connection with ancestors, learn about spirit animals, heal illnesses and prepare for death. It’s a mystical ride through side highways and incredible desert terrain and majestic mountain peaks.
The magic begins when we choose to seek answers from our higher selves / the Divine. Our intention is the bugle call to the universe. A vision quest can be enhanced by fasting, setting up an altar with sacred items to create space for the spirit to come in and provide the answers we seek. Taking it a step further, Ilchi Lee’s The Call of Sedona: Journey of the Heart is a fantastic tale of Sedona’s healing vortices.
Recently I have discovered incredible healing energy at Mount Shasta and Sedona, mystical landscapes and mountains close to my home. In these high places, I received specific guidance, spiritual healing, and an expanded awareness. My guide animals appeared: the crow, the hawk, the crow and the elk. The energies / messages of my family members who have passed through have also come to offer wisdom.
A vision quest can clear energy blockages, open up new avenues of higher consciousness, and bless travelers in incredible ways. As Matthew 7: 7 says: “Seek and you will find. Knock and the door will open.
Karyn Chambers received an MA in Composition, Rhetoric, and Literature from Oregon State University and an MA in Divinity from Marylhurst University in Portland. She taught world religions and philosophy as well as English composition at community colleges for 25 years. She also teaches Kundalini yoga and has a meditation group that meets at her Brownsville home. His email is [email protected] if you want more information.