Shamanic Vision: Living Life through the Eyes of the Heart Issue #5: September, 2017 - Page 5

The Vision Quest Paul Hinsberger The Vision Quest is an Ancient tradition found in many cultures around the world. Most native cultures embrace some sort of sojourn in the wilderness as one of the most universal ways to gain spiritual guidance, to understand ones life purpose, to gain clarity about one’s future direction and also as a rite of passage to adulthood. For those who lived in earth-based societies, a Quest was an engaging, spiritual experience that joined both internal and external forces. It was often a challenging physical and emotional test. The experience was deeply rooted and based on the earth they walked on, the sky above them, and the beauty of nature that permeated every waking moment in their life. The Quest brought Great Spirit into the Life of the Questor, doing so in a deeply personal manner.