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The Book of the Vision Quest: Personal Transformation in the Wilderness (rev. ed.)

Foster, Steven, with Little, Meredith

 The senior author is Director of The School of Lost Borders, a ceremonial and training facility of wilderness initiation modeled after the vision quest of the American Indians and other cultures and peoples. In an autobiographical account, Foster relates how he got the idea for the school and how it developed. The vision quest ritual as run by Foster and his wife Meredith Little consists of a wilderness journey that is climaxed by a three-day, three-night fast, alone, in a natural power place chosen by the would-be initiate. Chapters are devoted to the various stages of the vision quest, and they are illustrated by the experiences of individual questers. Thumbnail sketches are presented describing various people who have made the vision quest. The ordeals they underwent are described, as well as the visions and guidance they experienced, and how it changed them and impacted on the lives of people around them. Principally, these individuals achieved a new vision of themselves, a deepening of their love for others, and a sense of vocation. The authors wrote that the accounts presented are all "illustrative of the way in which people of the contemporary world are able to render their world spiritually significant, through their actions, their muthos, via their archetypal participation in the vision quest. All are illustrative of the need in modern culture to involve people in forms of behavior that catalyze the full potential of the collective muthos within them. Only then can we altogether transform ourselves and our environment" (p. 118).
Publisher Information:New York: Prentice-Hall, 1988. 230p. Bibl: 229-230; 10 illus
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