I’ve just returned from my Vision Quest. Before I went I intended on giving you a fairly detailed account of my experience, but that’s all changed. I underestimated the power and sacredness of this 7 day ancient ceremony which we practiced in the Lakota way. I travelled to the heel of Cornwall and stood on a hill, looking at the sea on both sides of the wild, ancient and peaceful land I was soon to spend 4 days and 4 nights on, alone, without food; drinking only water, nestled within my small self-made medicine wheel.
I was fine with walking into the unknown, I’ve done it before, but I wasn’t prepared for the depth of experience waiting for me. The ocean climate brought mists, winds, rain, sunshine and all manner of temperatures. Yes, in some ways it was an ordeal and I’ve lost weight, but I have gained more than any amount of material riches could provide, and that’s without knowing what the seeds planted in me during my time out on the land will grow in the years to come. I look outside now at the dimming night sky and the wavering plants, and I am yearning to be on the land again; to be still and follow the sun to the sea each day.
I am changed. I cannot share what unfathomable beauty and magic Spirit brought me, it is too precious, but I know aspects will filter through to my writing as need be. So here is a gift from me to you, a wild orchid like the ones which grew next to me with the other plants and stones, buzzards, hawks, crows, swifts, skylarks, insects, and elements I lived with, while in Mother Nature’s care.