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Vision Quest

Together we must then, consciously gather what has been abandoned.
Your vision is a song, it is music, and much of it is lost in the effort to survive.

So many times that which is the primary force of survival in the circle of who we are is that which blocks our vision. We abandon our truth for a false i-dentity in the effort to be safe, valued, and powerful. And yet ironically, in doing so, we deny our Selves True Value, True Safety, and True Power. This inner force of survival, like the kingpin personality, can not allow us to trust, to surrender, to be. This gathering I call, Gathering Soul Medicine.

This Spine of your existence, this movement like the flow of the river of your being, what is its uniqueness?

Only then are we ready to give the song of who you are concrete form. This is what you gift the world with, your very presence, like the effortless scenting of the air by a wildflower. This Spine of your existence, this movement like the flow of the river of your being, what is its uniqueness? This uniqueness will be expressed as something that has always been there, that you are good at and you enjoy doing. But it is something that you are, which means that in just being you receive the gift, that is gifted to the world. It does not matter what kind of work you do. The movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, is a great reminder of this. When we doubt our basic worth, abandon the trust of our truth, and move away from the fears that stir within us, the skies of our vision become clouded. So Clear the Way, NOW!

Our loneliness is born from the old history that we cling to. Whatever you use to define yourself, to give yourself i-dentity will feed your loneliness. No one can know your experience as you have felt it, or not felt it. We can share our pain, we can comfort, but if what we believe we are is this false i-dentity that we have constructed, then we die alone. But if we have a greater vision of who we are and we commit our life to be that vision, then that vision will lead us home where we will never be alone, and we are The Medicine Of One.

For it is this deepest heartfelt Vision, that connects us with our self, with everyone, and with everything.

What you see described below are some of the possible the components of our time together . . . but each person takes in the world and sees it from their own uniqueness . . . some times my greatest service is just taking you to the right places and being quiet.

The Vision Quest is a search for the truth of who we are and in the finding of that comes meaning and purpose.

In my work with hundreds of people I have found that the vision, the truth of who we are is always there. How could it be otherwise?

But it is our souls journey through experiences, that are not allowed to complete themselves, and transform, that clouds our vision in its many forms: Doubt, shame, guilt, greed, jealousy and on and on. So we must “clear the way”. Often times it is an old dream that is dreaming us. So we must take this tiger of a dream by the tail and dream it consciously and put a new dream in place. A dream that fills the circle of who we are with trust, strength, true vision, and a certainty that comes from a knowing that lives in our very bones. A new vision that is alive in the very air that we breathe. This begins with the Soul Journey where I, as the Soul Dreamer, live the unlived so that it may cycle back into the earth, and then plant a new dream that is born from within you.

Painting by BearCloud, BearCloud Gallery, Sedona

Medicine of One Vision Quest

Extended over three days for a total of 8 to 12 hours with one person with an optional one or two nights on your own/solo beneath the stars on first and second days in one of the Medicine Circles.

  1. Shamanic Soul Journey (session / recorded with our talks)
  2. Gathering Soul Medicine (Begins from our first meeting)
  3. Coming To the Center (Soul journey through the land)
  4. Discovering The Spine (The primary movement of your here-ness in life)
  5. The Medicine of One (teachings woven through our time together)

These are the main components. Many people are able to experience great movement with this combination. Many are not necessarily in conflict or pain. They just want to bring the song, the visionary rhythm, of who they are more fully into the world. Or to find truth and meaning in a world that is being turned upside down. The sequence of these can vary in the order and how much time you spread them out over. The amount of time we are together can also vary and that is why, if possible, I work with only one person on a given day. Much can happen in a short time. We might be together 2 1/2 hours or 4 1/2 hours. We will both know when your cup is full on that given day. Then if it is one of your nights on the land, it will be a time of just being with that fullness without distraction. You can do one, two, or three solo nights and partial days on the land alone, just you and the stars, as an optional component. This is not something I insist people do. I have done many of these intensive vision Quest with people, and it is neither productive nor necessary to impose any kind of hardship or physical stress. Vision does not come through force, but through surrender.


The Soul Journey session

Frequently, but not always, I start with this session. It gives us a feeling/sense of the landscape we need to move into. Imagine if someone could dream the elemental presence of ancient pains and thoughts, bring them forth for you to see them, embrace them, and liberate them, a kind of poem of the soul’s experience, woven with emotional images and sensory details and then guide that soul back to its source. This is the soul Journey session. I am the soul dreamer. Like a dream it is in the surrender to experiencing the dream, (that confounds the mind), that healing and understanding come to you. For some this is the cornerstone that we build upon. But not for everyone.


Coming To The Center

Our time on the land is an opening to the beauty within and without. It is also a time where we can easily move into a relationship of truth and trust. It is on this foundation that the movement to freedom unfolds. In the physical act of gathering what has been lost, forgotten, discarded, imprisoned, or buried and brought into the medicine circle, the movement that brought you here, to me and this land is listened to and honored.


Gathering Soul Medicine

This furthers this action of honoring and is a sacred, vibrant, thread throughout our time together. All that happens carries the power of a dream, a vision. No coincidences or accidents. It could be the ducks taking flight as if born from the river. . . . A small heard of horses blocking our way in the road. . . . the land filled with the moaning of cattle scattered for miles . . . . An eagle, a hawk, sitting, flying, spiraling, held by the wind motionless. Forget general definitions and bookish labels. Feel what is spoken to you in that moment. These are happenings occurring in your vision, asking to be seen, heard, felt, and allowed to live within you. It is a soul journey into the mystery of you so that you may be born into the Great Mystery. Your healing and walk in beauty begin with this sacred Becoming of the Land. What exactly happens is determined by our coming together, as it should be, and your solitary time. Gathering soul medicine begins in our first moments together, threads its way through everything we do, and becomes something solid you can hold in your hand, take home and live your life by.


Healing the Dream Body

We are actually doing this throughout our time together. This session is sometimes called for to anchor you here. Because my intent is to empower you, not me, I find more and more that I am spending time on the land with you where you are creating this movement yourself rather than doing this session in my home. I see the body as a wonderful flute, and we are here to let the great spirit come singing through us, each with our own song of truth. The holes of the flute are centers in the body that get gummed up with old trauma and pain. We get out of harmony and our song seems to leave us. Or the channel through which the spirit of one moves gets tied in a series of knots that becomes a pattern of protection. These knots are woven from the fabric of thoughts/beliefs and the elemental substance of emotions. The Dream body session is an untying of these knots so the beauty of our song sings forth. But this unraveling knotted old dreams from our past is what we are doing the whole of our time together.

When people arrive here and we begin our time together it is important for them to embody their intent with some words that carry power and clarity. The image at the top of this page or in view below is a visual statement of the many possible verbal expressions of what we are embarking on:

  • To honor the immensity of my soul’s experience without judgment.
  • To open to all that I have ever been, past present future
  • To listen to the truth that lives within me
  • To lovingly embrace all the personalities that move through this space of the self, that I am. (For we are all multiple personalities.).
  • To surrender to the great mystery that I am.
  • To open my heart to life experience.

These are all actions of self-compassion . . . to love, to listen, to honor, to open, to surrender . . . and the practice of being spacious to what we might usually reject within ourselves. Whatever you have rejected through your soul’s experience will come to haunt you like a hungry ghost. Reject the pain of not being loved and your hunger for this love will rule your life from the underworld; reject hate with moral mindedness and the pain that drives it will remain a stubborn rock in the wall that separates you from peace, from the peace that you are. For many these actions will come forth and be inscribed on ribbons of red cloth, to be taken home and lived as reminders of the practice/action that will bring them to the center. They work with the stones and objects of Gathering Soul Medicine, so you can remember what happens during your time here, and through that remembering continue it in your life.

Medicine OF One / Direct Path When I have days I don’t feel good, I practice becoming big sky to the little stormy clouds of pain and loneliness. I give it all lots of space so the clouds may give their gifts of rain and tears. And if I fall into the dark pit of thinking too much, then I just let those thoughts be restless birds in the sky of who I am. I become big sky, the circle of one. This is Known as the Path of the Circle, The Direct Path to the center, and freedom. The door you must pass through is the Question: “Who Am I?” Every answer, every feeling, every thought but a pattern in the maze to the center where it is Quiet . . .
where you are the Medicine of One.

Traditional Native American Vision Quest 

Vision Quest


This is the cost for what is described above for one person.
With more than one it will be $100 less per person. Lodging and food are not provided.