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vision quest

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A period of spiritual seeking among certain Native American peoples, often undertaken as a puberty rite, that typically involves isolation, fasting, and the inducement of a trance state for the purpose of attaining guidance or knowledge from supernatural forces.
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Perhaps the most widely known accounts of vision quests are those of great spiritual leaders whose quests resulted in the spread of ceremonial or religious practices: Jesus' 40 days and nights in the desert, Siddhartha underneath the Bodhi tree, Moses on the mountain, etc.
My shaman's name was Catriona, an unblinking woman with a kind face, and my first hit when I Googled for guided vision quests.
Wilson introduces archetypes of hope and redemption that are also deeply familiar--true love, vision quests, the hero's journey, even the possibility of a happy ending.
Following his own vision quests, Russell spent 18 years in Europe before he came back home to help his people in a variety of roles including support worker for the Indian Residential School, an IRS Elder, and an IRS support worker with Treaty 7 Management Corporation.
The pictographs are records of vision quests and offering sites of visitors to the stone.
It would have been helpful to have a little more basic information -- or even suggestions for further reading -- on topics such as spirit animals, vision quests, and lesser-known spiritual traditions to help people who are just starting on their sacred journeys.
Hart has been leading 6 - 8 vision quests per year in Vermont and the American Southwest since 1987 and the completion of his training at the School of Lost Borders with Steven Foster and Meredith Little, authors of The Book of the Vision Quest.
A San Francisco-based English instructor and psychologist couple who lead groups to the Amazon to study shamanistic healing traditions find parallels in the vision quests of indigenous cultures, Homer's epics, and Tolkien's tales.
I fasted for four days, I spent time in a sweat lodge and then they came in the middle of the night with a pick-up truck and blindfolded me and drove me to the top of this sacred mountain where they'd had these vision quests for a thousand years.
It was strange trying to explain to friends that I had an animal guide and that I was going on vision quests.