continued from part 1…
The sixth night I spent in the forest near my quest spot with Meechgalanne. I had nothing to say and neither did he.
On the seventh morning I entered my circle that would be my sanctuary, or prison, for the next four days and nights. I was not sure which it would be. It was going to be hot. I could tell by the way the air hung heavy in the trees. As I sat there I prayed and meditated to clear my mind of all outside thoughts. The day went on and I was getting thirsty. The heat built up in the hole I was in. Luckily, the trees sheltered me from the sun. The air, however, was so humid it made it hard to stay cool. I began to wonder if my choice of spots had been a bad one.
By late afternoon I was so incredibly thirsty. I was too hot to be hungry. I don’t know if that was good or bad. The forest seemed lifeless. Nothing moved or spoke. I was miserable. As night set in, I prayed more and more. I tried to ignore my body and forget where I was. It was very late and I was exhausted. I fought to stay awake, but when I opened my eyes I saw twilight. I was angry for falling asleep and fought very hard not to do it again.
The heat on the second morning was not as bad. However, a huge thunderstorm came rolling overhead and soaked my naked body. The rain and the storm’s energy was stimulating and brought me back to the now. I felt so alive and awake. Hours after the storm had passed, the heat set in and the humidity was as thick as swamp mud. The insects were biting me all over and my thirst was incredible. I found it hard as the day progressed to stay focused. I knew I did not sleep but other than that, it is hard to place time.
On the third day hunger tore at my stomach and the now seemed eternal. Suffering was one with everything.
On the fourth day I opened my eyes and felt like I was born into a new body. I was awake and felt strong. My thirst and hunger had left. My pain was no more. Everything around me was so beautiful and radiant I cried at its sight. I could hear, see and feel everything. All things spoke and life was really alive. I felt so at one with all. This was indeed rapture. Then I new what Meechgalanne felt. I knew at last the world in which he truly lived. A world of peace, understanding, union, wholeness. A world of all knowing, all feeling and the highest senses. A world of true oneness and rapture always connected within and without. The need for nothing but the now, with the oneness of forever. The rest of that day and night I stayed within this natural state of being. No words can explain the feeling and experience of that day and night. I was alive!
I returned to Meechgalanne’s camp the next morning to find him sitting by a dwindling fire. He looked at me and smiled. He said, “Wapsu Wiechcheu, I welcome you into the realm of my existence.”
That night we held a ceremony to thank the spirits and all of my brothers and sisters of the natural world for the success of my quest. Meechgalanne said a vision can only come once you truly understand yourself and all life. He said now that I did understand, I could search for deeper understanding and vision. He told me a vision quest should be done when the need arises. This may be once a year or many times a year. The vision and act to seek it are sacred pathways to be respected and honored deeply within.
There are many kinds of Quests. In today’s day in the modern world and lifestyles most people cannot embark upon such a long Quest without practice. The body must be strong to sustain itself during such a trial. However, here at Ways Of The Wild Institute we offer what we call Night of Solitude. This is a mini Quest that we offer so people who are interested can come to the wilderness of Vermont and embark upon their own sacred Quest in the night. If you are interested in such a Quest experience you may wish to check it out. The last two for this year are coming up fast so check them out! Night of Solitude, are you ready?
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