The purpose of a vision quest is to gain information, guidance or help from the spiritual realms. The help might come in the form of visions, dreams, a developing awareness, psychological insights, unusual natural events or omens.
A vision quest is a period of alone time (I suggest four days) spent away from all usual activities, often (but not necessarily) out in nature in a small circle (perhaps 10 feet in diameter) with the following prohibitions: no food, no phones, no writing, no exercise, no computers, no games, no conversations with humans, no good vistas, no baths, no changes of clothes, no toiletries, no potions and no pills (occasional medical exception). These rules promote psychological and spiritual openness.
When a New Age person decides upon a spiritual vision quest, then it is also vital to prohibit possible "spiritual" addictions: meditation, prayer (one short prayer at the beginning of the vision quest is OK), exercise, yoga, rituals, ceremonies, sacred objects, and tapping into God's love. If not prohibited, these addictive behaviors can easily sabotage the vision quest.
General rule: if you use a spiritual tool or behavior in your everyday life, avoid it in your vision quest. An important goal of a vision quest is to find out if you are addicted or overly attached to some of your favorite goodies.
|Note: Tom Brown Jr has described a number of quality vision quests in his various books. See below for two of his books that are recommended.|
© 2008 by Thayer White
Finding Your Soul in the Spirituality Maze
Table of Contents for this New Age Spirituality Book
|Excerpt from Be Your Own Therapist: "Just because I am presently one way does not imply that I will be or have to be that way this afternoon. Unfortunately, the possibility of change is usually not even considered by those voicing the phrase, "That is the way I am" and its close relative, 'That's the way we've always done it.'"|