Understanding that we are connected, to everything, is fundamentally the essence of shamanism. For tens of thousands of years a shamanic way of being has existed in our culture and within us. Being connected actually allows us to live life fully..... a level of consciousness that allows the enjoyment of our human experiences to flow.
A vision quest or fast is ultimately a stepping into the unknown. For three or four days without food and shelter you exist upon a wild piece of our Earth. What accompanies you is all that already exists within you and the making manifest the myth of yourself.
Sometimes there is a stirring deep within us that somehow we want to experience living in such a wilderness where a ‘vision’ will come. It is also a recognition of all those that have gone before us, our ancestors. Each past generation experienced life transitions as we do, but in our modern world we have mostly lost the use of the rites of passage as a meaningful path to mark the often painful crises of life and of simply being human.
An initiation such as this, has been documented in most countries and today still happens within indigenous cultures. They mark something, for example, the coming of age into adulthood, the severance of an old relationship or the acknowledgement of new beginnings.
The vision fast takes place over a period of about 12 days. Each fast has three phases;- 'severance', the preparing to sever yourself from your former world, the 'threshold', a crossing over of the previous limitations of your life and embarking on the 'test' and finally 'incorporation', the return from the journey and the bringing back within yourself your ‘vision’.
Utilising the Way of Council and the Four Shields Teachings, from the School of Lost Borders, you plan your own ceremony on the land, mark your intent and experience the healing of the mirror of nature. On your return and through incorporation you then join an ever increasing number of international initiates.
This year I am offreing a fast on La Gomera, Canary Islands. Partcicpants will be close to the sea, in this beautiful remote spot.
Check out this link http://www.wildandhome.co.uk/personal-development-programmes/vision-quest-2018/
Numbers of participants on the fast are deliberately small. Please email me if you are interested in a Fast and I will provide you more detail. UK fast tend to take place late August early September either on the Isle of Skye, Cairngorms or Dartmoor National Park. It will be necessary for you to purchase ‘The Trail to The Sacred Mountain’, a vision fast handbook created by Steven Foster and Meredith Little, founders of the School of Lost Borders.
Copyright 2012:Natalie Vickers