The medicine walk is a day’s journey upon the face of the earth, a walk of balance and attunement — not a challenging of the elements or an endurance test. And it is also a mirror within which signs and allegories of your inner journey are reflected. It can be seen as a distilled form of the vision quest.
The medicine walk may be taken here, in Putney, VT at a location we pick out, or you may choose an area that has personal meaning for you, and travel here to meet for counseling sessions before and after.
The following description of the medicine walk is taken from The Trail to the Sacred Mountain, by Steven Foster and Meredith Little (Lost Borders Press).
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“During the medicine walk, the spirits and powers of nature reveal themselves to you. Together, they and you weave an allegorical or symbolic story which answers a question; indicates your inherent gifts or future life direction; or shows the rituals or ceremonies to perform to become whole.
Prepare the night before by packing water, emergency kit, and a few other items that you might need. Get a good night’s rest. An important dream may arise on this night.
You begin at sunrise and walk in a natural place. If you must drive, try to get there before dawn. No food is taken on this day until after the sun has set. Set forth on a wandering, intuitive course, without consciously attempting to reach any goal. As you wander, keep your eyes open. Be aware if you are feeling “drawn” in any direction or to anything. Listen to and sense the consciousness of all that is around you.
The beginning and the end (the thresholds) of your medicine walk must be marked by ceremony. The ceremony may be elaborate or simple, but it involves focused attention and your expression of gratitude to Mother Earth for her teaching and safe-keeping.
At a certain moment on your walk, you may find something — a symbol of meaning and importance to you. This one thing will return with you and become a symbol of your journey.”
Pay special attention to loved ones and friends who call strongly to you as you walk. Some may have already died. Some who call are your “spirit guides;” the teachers, heroes, and helpers who watch as you grow and help to strengthen the circle of your purpose.
A medicine walk can be used in many ways: as a preparation for a vision quest; to answer a persistent question, either chronic or acute; or as an open-ended journey of self-discovery. As with any meaningful human endeavor, results are commensurate with effort: the effort of preparation, the effort of focused attention; the effort of honest self-examination and interpretation.
At Circles of Air, Circles of Stone, we help participants find their own truth and validate their own experience. Upon deciding to undertake a medicine walk, you will inform us of your intent, and a schedule will be worked out. In the week preceding the walk, you will meet with us for approximately 2 hours, concentrating on clarifying your life issues and intentions, and considering other lenses through which to view present dilemmas.
After you have completed the medicine walk and recorded it in your journal, we sit for a second counseling session, again about 2 hours. You will tell the story of your walk and be assisted in seeing the allegories, life-myths, strengths, gifts and modus operandi of the journey you are on at this time. Interpretations are not given. Rather, through suggestion, questioning, and mirroring, you’ll be encouraged to see, accept, and embrace your own experience and truth.
The cloth of our lives may be finely woven or patchwork, and it helps little to compare ourselves to others. Our task is to accept our past, our path, and our purpose; to take on the fabric of our lives and wear it well.