Inner silence works from the moment you begin to accrue it. The desired result is what the old sorcerers called “stopping the world”, the moment when everything around us ceases to be what it’s always been. This is the moment when sorcerers return to the true nature of man. The old sorcerers called it total freedom. ~ Carlos Castaneda ~The Active Side of Infinity
The vision quest is an amazing commitment that gently guides one outside of their comfort zone and effectively shifts the assemblage point. Vision quest pushes one to move beyond themselves to connect intimately and deeply with Mother Earth and the Infinite Mystery. Every indigenous culture has performed some type of vision quest from Jesus and Buddha, Shaman and Medicine People, Indigenous Peoples and American Indians up to modern day men and women from all countries and all walks of life. The vision quest is an opportunity to connect with profound silent knowledge, including heartfelt inner truth and insight, typically done alone, in a remote natural setting and has been practiced for many thousands of years.
Mother Earth has always been a living being to me, from which we are all born. My path and journey have always included time in nature and when asked by others, my advice has always been to “give energy to the earth, even the negativity; she will transform it and utilize it.” Through increased energy and heightened awareness, working with sacred plant medicines and visions I have come to recognize that mother earth has her own awareness and consciousness far beyond my previous, limited perceptions of what she held.
While taking a 10 mile roundtrip hike to a nearby mountain recently my attention was focused on the earth in a new way. My last blog entry on moving the assemblage point of the earth has been in my mind for quite some time and as a result my own assemblage point has shifted. My connection with the earth has always been one of respect and honor and has recently become one of utter profundity as my understanding of her complexity, intricacy and insightfulness increases.
A warrior’s love is the world. He embraces this enormous earth. The earth knows that he loves it and it bestows on him its care. That’s why his life is filled to the brim and his state, wherever he’ll be, will be plentiful. He roams on the paths of his love and, wherever he is, he is complete. ~ Don Juan, Tales of Power
In spite of the fact that sorcerers are intensely depthful and are so efficient with their energy they are often misunderstood. Impeccable warriors speak few words and those few words are often direct as a result of speaking from the place of intent, the place of pure knowing. Those words convey an essence which, to some, falls short of human emotion.
The following is an excerpt from a 1997 interview with Carol Tiggs, Taisha Abelar and Florinda Donner-Grau.