Native American Tradition Of A Vision Quest – How To Enter The Spiritual World
Native Americans believe that we were put on Earth for a special reason, but we often do not know why and without this knowledge we feel lost and confused. That’s why Native Americans practice a vision quest that is meant to open the door to the spiritual world and help us find our path in life.
A vision quest is a very important Native American tradition and it usually consists of a series of ceremonies led by Elders.
A vision quest is an attempt to achieve a vision of a future guardian spirit often through the process of fasting, isolation and meditation. This process is strongly associated with the Native American Indian belief in animism, which is founded upon a belief that all of creation has a soul or spirit – including animals and plants.
When a boy is young, he must try to understand his purpose in life. Therefore, he must experience a vision quest.
The boy would not know what his role in the tribe; much less his life would be if he were to have an unsuccessful vision quest. Not everyone gets a vision quest the first time that they go for a vision. Some people can take two to three times before they get their first vision. But once you do have a successful quest, you have your strength for life.
Among Native Americans, a vision quest is a rite of passage, the most important event in one’s life. It means a person leaves one group to enter another and involves a significant change of status in society.
Before a vision quest can take place, the young boy must first visit a medicine man and ask if he is allowed to enter on the spiritual path and find the answers to his questions. If the medicine man agrees, the both go into the village sweat lodge so that the boy can purify his soul so he can meet his spirit animal.
“There are ancient secrets and lessons hidden in nature. If you seek for guidance, you will discover truth.” —Bobby Lake-Thom.
The process includes a complete fast for four days and nights. Next, the boy must go alone to a sacred site in nature which is chosen by the Elders for this purpose. This sacred site usually has a circle of rocks about ten feet wide, in which he sits in the middle of.
There, the young boy must spend the next two to four days becoming one with nature. After a while the youngster will have a vision in which he will meet his spirit animal. This signals the end of the vision quest and the boy is free to return to his tribe. A vision quest cam also be performed later in life, when ne guidance is needed.
It is not always possible to get a vision quest the first time. Sometimes the process must be repeated twice or three times, before one can get a vision. What is important to Native Americans is that once you get a vision quest, you understand your purpose in life and can help the world. A vision quest is not about having fun and playing games. The ultimate goal is to get strength for life.
It should be noted that only boys can go on a vision quest.
Not everyone gets a vision quest the first time that they go for a vision. Some people can take two to three times before they get their first vision. But once you do have a successful quest, you have your strength for life.
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