Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Today I love to go on a quest, a quest to find the deeper meaning of life and to find the Inner Self. I think this episode's prompt has a lot to do with haiku. Haiku isn't only a nice form of poetry, but it's also a way of life, a way to explore our deeper spiritual grounds. Haiku has his roots in Japan and the ancient Japanese were very close to nature, they were part of nature and that we can see in haiku, but also in Shinto (the Japanese religion with a lot of nature spirits and gods) and in Zen-Buddhism. Today our prompt is provided by Maggie Grace and she suggested Vision Quest. So today we are on a Vision Quest, but what is a Vision Quest? I have sought on the Internet to find an article or website about the Vision Quest.
A vision quest is a rite of passage in some Native American cultures. The ceremony of the Vision Quest is one of the most universal and ancient means to find spiritual guidance and purpose. A Vision Quest can provide deep understanding of one's life purpose.
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The Lakota Sioux word for Vision Quest is Hembleciya (ham-blay-che-ya). The word Hembleciya translates to “Crying for a Dream.” This refers to the “Quester” both physically and internally crying for a Vision or Sacred Dream. Sometimes this ceremony is called “going up on the hill,” because people would often go to a nearby mountain or butte to complete their Vision Quest.
A great musical video I hope you did like it as much as I did. Well let's go do some Vision Quest-like haiku composing. Here is my attempt to catch the essence of the vision quest in a few lines:
surrounded by nature's spirits
finding the path
at the hand of the master -
spirits will have my attention
seeking the path
seeking the path
walking the 'Narrow Road'
in deep silence
!! Vision Quest is open for your submissions at 7.00 PM (CET) !!