The vision quest is one of the oldest, most powerful rituals in humanity and is different from the Ayahuasca workshops we have held before. It is a rite of passage in many cultures, particularly Native American ones. The vision quest ceremony is one of the most universal rituals for those seeking spiritual guidance and purpose. It can provide a deep understanding of one’s life.
In a traditional Native American vision ceremony, an individual spends from one to four days in nature. This gives him time to connect to the fundamental forces and spiritual energies of universal creation. During this time of intense spiritual communication, the individual receives profound insights about himself and his place in the world. These insights—usually in the form of dreams or visions—directly relate to his life purpose and direction.
The vision quest is often used as a rite of passage, marking the transition between childhood and full acceptance as an adult in society. A first vision quest usually takes place during the teenage years. When an older child is ready, he sets off into the wilderness alone for several days, also fasting to attune himself to the spiritual world.
During this time, a totem animal or a force of nature will usually approach him in a vision to give guidance. A vision quest helps the teenager learn how to form complex and abstract thoughts. Through this rite of passage, the child begins to take responsibility for himself, as well as his individual contribution to maintaining a healthy society. The young adult returns to the tribe and when he is mature, pursues the life direction spirit revealed to him in his visions. Following his vision quest, the teenager becomes the student of an adult in the tribe in the given direction. (medicine man, boatmaker etc.).
The vision quest is the learning and initiation process of the student under the guidance of an elder.
What can we do to bring our actions into meaningful connection with the whole? Let’s listen to what the shamans have to say:
Man must go back to find his place in the whole. He can only do so if he unites with his divine origin while he is on earth in a body. Man has forgotten that the divine in himself is a source of strength and wise counsel. It is his Higher Self, or as we say, his “inner healer.”
We shamans have come here to help those who want uncover the source of their power. Our “medicine” is designed to reveal how humans interfere with their own hearts and thus their center. It’s in this center where man finds, intuitively and with the brightness of the animal instinct, his own mission.
In the Higher Self, man is one with God, the infinite spirit. It is his elevated being, from which he receives ideas of the cosmic spirit, which is omniscient and eternal. Only from the control center of the universe can man can know his mission, his vision, his dream and his medicine. Only by remaining in constant dialogue with this moment, can one become a shaman or medicine woman, because in everything he or she does, the drug reflects that which is beneficial to his fellow men, beneficial for the earth and for all WHO WALK ON IT.”