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    Sun Bear;Steven Foster;Meredith Little(Author)

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  • By Agent of Change 29 on March 27, 2017

    This book is a must-have for anyone preparing to quest. I love the ease of the storytelling and knowing how to prepare for my journey.

  • By Stephen Muires on October 6, 2015

    I bought this book before going myself on my first vision quest. It was so helpful, so strange to read about a rite of passage that is today virtually forgotten and hardly ever practiced. It is clear that Steven Foster rediscovered the vision fast and walked the path before writing this report, analysis, anecdote.The main thing I'd like to point out is that this process is not a copy of Native American traditions. It is inspired by them, no doubt. But this book is for a modern person, whose challenges are unique to our times. We have to deal with Facebook addictions, not the threat of war from a neighboring tribe.I am not sure what use this book would be for you unless you have done or are going to do a vision quest. It's a practical book. No philosophy to discuss in a classroom.By Stephen Muires, author ofOrdained: Part I Denmark (Volume 1)Ordained: Part II America (Volume 2)

  • By S c Byrne on September 7, 2000

    This book clearly speaks to people who increasingly find something missing - either through a tiny crack or glaring hole - in their life; perhaps direction, karma, a clearer sense of what this is all about, whatever you want to call it.I only considered a vision quest a sci-fi novelty, something good for stories, not real life. This book changed that perception forever. The author describes the process and the results many people found as they went through thier own vision quest.I plan on going on one in 2001 through a related organization. This book clearly communicated a possible solution to that 'missing something' many people feel these days.The only minor criticism I have is that in my opinon, the authors poetic, mystic and self-agrandizing descriptions and metaphors go a little overboard - a little heavy-handed for my taste... perhaps that's only since I haven't been on a vision quest, I don't know. This in no way diminishes the clear and no-holes-barred message delivered straight and to the point for the majority of the book. Don't let this stop you - it's worth every penny and more...

  • By A customer on August 2, 2000

    If you do, then it may be the right time for you to take this journey - the Vision Quest. Once you read the stories in this book, you will most likely know if it's right for you. I did, and have repeated the ritual several times since. It's a fine way to reconnect with all of nature, including and most importantly, with your own human nature.

  • By Deborah on August 15, 2013

    Steven Foster's Vision Quest book helped prepare me mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally for my VQ. It also helped me at least as much with my return to civilization so to speak or the incorporation phase. This is the part where you make sense of all your experiences during your VQ (if you needed more help to digest all that happened - which I did) and where you bring your vision and new ideas to life. I happened to read the first half of the book which prepared me for the journey and then waited until I returned to read the second half, which entailed some experiences of others' VQ and talked about the incorporation phase. This worked out perfectly for me, but probably anyway you feel like doing it would be helpful. The personal stories of the author and others are what make the book. Steven's style is poetic to say the least but you will not doubt his practicality. He grounds and prepares you for the reality of the wilderness (if you listen and follow his advice), while also taking you to soaring heights of vision and the depths of his heart.

  • By arizonahikergirl on July 9, 2016

    I read this before taking my own vision quest. It is a great book.

  • By Curtis L. Wilbur on August 3, 2000

    There is a mountain we all must climb. Some of us never see the mountain. Some of those that do see cannot make the climb. This is a very personal collection of stories of individual journeys - journeys that attempt to solidify the bond between the body and the mind. It is also a universal pattern, as we begin to see in "Vision Quest", that we who call ourselves "human", must find and connect with our personal mythos. Always different in its instantiation, always the same in its requirement. And always there.This book is published by Fireside Books, a part of the Simon&Schuster empire. They are also the publisher of "Coyote Medicine", which I panned pretty heavily in a review last year for being unsubstantial and largely anecdotal in its evidences. "Vision Quest" is also anecdotal, which means that Foster and Little could have cut and paste, publishing those stories they saw fit to tell their side, and leave out the rest. However, there are two things that are quite different about their style which makes this book a smashing success. First, they held nothing back, so far as I can tell. Some of their customer's journeys weren't success stories at all. Some were clear failures, and some were still just hanging on to bare existence. Their message still came through. The second point is that these stories can only be told in this fashion. Science is not clearly in the picture here - skirting the edge. There's no way one can publish statistics on this topic, saying "of so many voyagers, x percent achieved total succees". No, this book is about mythology. And as false as the stories are that comprise mythology, their lessons are deeply engrained in the body - no, the spirit - of every one who dares to be human.Reading "Kinds of Minds", by Daniel Dennett, may make some of what I speak of more clear. Humans differ from other animals because of our recursive patterns of thought. This recursion - the ability to subject the mind to analysis by that same mind - is both a blessing (in that it helped with our survival), and a curse (in that endless recursion into a black hole of despair is a definite possibility). Your mythos is the terminator to this endless analysis. Some call this "God". Some of us have no name for it, but all the same, it must be there. Foster and Little recognize this, and at the same time, they are quite sensitive to the lives on the edge of our grand society who need, but do not have, this connection.Knowing full well that the connection itself does not assure a comfortable place, they nonetheless have created a venue for people to make this voyage of self discovery. This book is a brief recounting of many of those voyages. It is also an invitation to the rest of us to follow wherever that path leads.Read this book.

  • By Dave on April 16, 2016

    Whether you're interested in a fasting vision quest or preparing for one, this is a wonderful field guide, manual, and historical/mythic tome that will inspire and ready you for the journey. It's a gift not just for yourself, but for your people and your communities — our communities.....Bon voyage, mi amigo :)


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