On this inaugural podcast from Luhrenloup’s Cave. It’s only fitting to begin with a ritual: my introduction to and participation in the Native American ritual of the Sweat Lodge ritual seeking wisdom in counseling those who come to me for assistance on their life journey.
In further episodes, I will present vocal images much like the ones painted in ancient caves of the world, images we have created and presently inhabit, the art and music, the stories that serve to mesmerize, to captivate the soul, the spirit . . . for good or ill.
For the past few centuries, humankind has turned its back on non-rational ways of perceiving. There are many names attached to this area of human experience, shamanic, psychic, mystical. This other way of perceiving is at odds with the rational world and is rightly seen as a threat. Yet it is here, a part of every human being's experiences.
My gift is easily lost; the everyday life overwhelms it. Seeing is about pulling the mask off, and truly being there at the moment, its that part of self that you understand as ancient, has always been, will always be, the one who knows you, the totality of you.
On this and the following two podcasts, I will recount the experience of a Vision Quest. At a point in my life after the divorce and my daughter making her own way I sold my home and left that world behind. I decided to go on a Vision Quest as preparation for the path I was to take. In such a ritual a person separates herself from the everyday life, fasts and purifies herself, seeking a spiritual connection, and hopefully a vision that will guide her on her path. It’s a powerful experience that attracts psychic forces to oneself. You let go of your tenacious grip on life and open yourself up to this force. Afterward, what happened will take time to unfold, your perception of life and your role in it completely changes.
In this second of 3 podcasts of Vision Quest,
Luhren has entered the woods, begun her fast
and within a few days she has a vision . . .