Vision Quest Blessings Part I: My Calling
Wednesday, Mar 16, 2011 - 7:56 pm
My name is Krystalle Keszainn; Bear With Two Feet; Earth Mother; Star Gazer. I am a member of the Human Clan of the Earth Tribe. I am blessed to share a close and personal connection with Mother Earth; Gaia; Pachamama, who helps me connect with and embody Tunkashila; Wakan Tanka; Great Creator; My Highest I AM Presence - every day.
Two months ago I was called to journey on a vision quest. With this short series of blogs, I joyously share the blessings I received on this journey. My outcome for this series is to convey the experiences of my vision quest for you to share in, as well as to co-create a space for your own visions, guidance, and journey. I invite you to participate in this process by adding your comments, visions, and inspirations to each entry.
Vision Quest is considered one of the primary rites of passage for members of the Lakota and other indigenous tribes. One traditionally embarks on a vision quest to receive guidance from the spirit world and to observe the sacred relationship he or she has with all parts of life. My reasons for questing align with tradition. I chose to fully participate in a vision quest to experience a complete, tangible connection with nature and to connect more clearly with my inner guidance - my inner truth.
I received the call to quest while my friend and housemate Dan shared his call to quest with me. I barely knew what a vision quest was, and suddenly as I listened to Dan's accounting of his calling, I had a solid and gentle knowing that I was also being called, and that I would soon embark on my own deeply spiritual journey.
The evening after Dan and I shared our conversation about his call to his vision quest, I asked myself a number of questions, "Are you sure this is your calling?", "Do you realize the full implication of this calling?", and of course, "This means 3 days in the desert wilderness during the new moon darkness, fasting on water with no food - are you crazy?!". I quickly realized that the theme of my quest is TRUST.
These questions provided an opportunity to trust myself; to trust my inner guidance and my inner knowing. Yes - this is my calling. Yes - this means 3 days of water fasting in the wilderness. Yes - I am perfectly sane and grounded in my decision. I feel safe with my choices.
Synchronicity is what happens when I make a choice based on my inner guidance and allow the details to ease themselves into place. As Dan and I spoke more about our vision quest callings, we realized we were both synchronistically drawn to questing during a new moon window for 3 days, in remote areas. From the moment we shared our desire with the elders who supported our journey, all of the details magically manifested. Cloud Dancer and Yellow Horse agreed to anchor our journeys and hold a safe space while we quested.
I felt drawn to a beautiful canyon on Mt. Wrightson for my journey. It provides an amazing oasis of trees, boulders, and waterfalls - in the desert. It is also in a very remote area, well out of cell phone service range. Soon after I became aware of my connection with this area, I heard this question from within, "Krystalle - are you sure this is where you feel called to?!? This is really remote!" Then a soft, quiet voice inside said, "Yes. I am sure. Trust in me and you are safe."
Since I was still learning to recognize and trust that voice, I hiked to other locations. Though they were closer to home and 'safer', they did not hold the heart-connection that this journey engaged within me.
Finally about two weeks before the vision quest, I hiked with a group of friends to Mt. Wrightson. As soon as we entered the area where I planned to create my vision quest circle, I felt the strongest sense of peace and security I ever remember feeling - official confirmation that the small quiet voice I heard was both benevolent and directly connected to my highest source of truth and love. I know everyone in the group enjoyed the hike and the beautiful surroundings that day. I was transported into a whole other world, a parallel Universe of limitless potential and eternal safety. That day I moved into a new level of trusting myself and my inner guidance. I felt truly blessed. I still do.