The Vision Quest area of Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, called to me many years ago, when access was by a lightly marked path up a small incline. I followed the unvoiced instructions and ended in a spectacularly powerful area that I immediately knew, even though it was my first visit in this lifetime.
The spirit guardians of this site were old friends from a lifetime long ago. Whenever I am in the area, I visit this locale and spend some time communing with them. These photos are revelations of themselves that they have shared, over many years of visits.
To the right is a view of the site. Notice the two cross-slabs at the top. I was told this is where the bravest of the young braves would go for their quest. Notice the long vertical slot canyon below – the vagina leading into Mother Earth’s inner existence. I was told this is where I went to quest, as did others.
This is the entry boulder, left, that protects this area. Notice from the front it seems friendly but imposing and it is sphinx-like in its paws. Its eyes point down to the right, indicating the way in. But it is not an easily accessible area, and a casual hiker would choose elsewhere.
Spirit requested I travel a particular path in this area and it took me up and around many boulders deeper into a narrowing cliff structure until I reached its back wall. Spirit then asked me to turn around, sit down, and observe. They began telling me about this area – how it was a Vision Quest site for Native American nations over eons of time and that long ago I had quested there myself.
The Baptismal Font
Once inside and looking out, the scene changes. Another aspect of the portal guardian boulder comes forward – that of a more serious, high-cheek-boned being who would protect the quester from outside view and sequester the person for introspective work. This is the same boulder – but a different aspect of its inherent character. At times, a small bowl on the top of the being’s head is filled with water which was available to the quester. On many occasions, on my visits, there would be water in the bowl – in the Babtismal Font where the quester could celebrate the successful end of his/her ritual observances.
The Shadow Self
On my most recent visit to the site, spirit asked me to sit quietly and observe the journey of the Shadow Self (e.g. the shadow side of our own existence). When it registered with me how significant the march was, which occurred as the shadow reached the guardian’s third eye, I shifted from simply enjoying to visually recording. The shadow being continued its steady move and finally traveled up the cliff, absorbed and transformed into the light of a sunlit smiling face. (See below.) Yet another aspect of the Vision Quest.
Children love to play in this area – they are filled with spontaneous joy! The nature spirits love their play!
This is a complex site, and we’ll explore it and the nature spirits in other blogs. (Note: I call this a Vision Quest site…it is not an official park title.)
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