We must turn away from the cacophony of the outer-world to hear the inner voice. When we can dare to live its promptings, then we achieve person-hood. We may become strangers to those who thought they knew us, but at least we are no longer strangers to ourselves.
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Participating in Vision Quests and Rites of Passage have long been a part of human culture. Our ancestors and contemporaries alike have quested as a means of celebrating and confirming life’s transitions.
Though the cultural circumstances surrounding the Vision Fast have changed, the experiential human element remains: we are still capable of communicating with the great heart of our Mother Earth. Whether a life transition marks a major crisis or great triumph (often both), Nature provides a container that’s holds, nourishes, and teaches us. In fact, the interface with Nature evokes truths in us that can be known no other way.
Though the terms Rite of Passage and Vision Quest are often used interchangeably, one could make the distinction that a Rite of Passage marks a specific life transition (from teen to adult; from marriage to single-hood; changing career paths), while the Vision Fast ceremony can be a way of questing for a vision of your Soul’s purpose, or for guidance. Both ceremonies help us to cultivate deep communion with Self and Nature.
Vision Fasts and Rites of Passage involve a few days of preparation, three to four days and nights of fasting alone in the wild, and a few days of incorporation, totaling 10 – 12 days.