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Monaro, you are now ready to embark on this quest
Monaro had always wanted to be considered as an adult. He has now just turned sixteen and he knows what is finally coming. The Vision Quest is an intense, solitary spiritual experience for those seeking direction in life. It is a very important time for his native people as it is a time of accepting the adults in the community. The Shaman is ready to meet with Monaro and set him for his journey.
Monaro learns from the Shaman that he must go to a location that is special and sacred to him. Monaro goes down by the lake where it is just him, trees, water and nothing but peacefulness. Monaro reflects on the Shaman’s message and feels connected to the creator. Monaro will give thanks and prepare to be purified.
This is a very sacred time for young Aboriginals. This is a time to reflect and think about life. Monaro prays, fasts, and goes without sleep. By doing this, he is purifying the mind, body and spirit. This part is essential in a Vision Quest as it is needed to meet the spirit helper through the vision.
You saw the lion because it resembles you. A boy of strength, courage, and a leader.
Monaro has been in his sacred location for a while and is now purified. He is ready to encounter his spirit helper through a vision, dream, or other signs. In his vision, Monaro sees a lion. This means the Vision Quest is a success and Monaro is ready for adulthood.
Monaro is ready to go home. He has learned many new things about himself during this quest and is grateful he got the opportunity to experience it. Monaro is now a much more spiritual teenager that is connected to his creator since he was visited by his spirit helper. Monaro returns home to his family and goes to tell the elder about his vision.
The elder tells Monaro that what he saw was very important to his aboriginal spirituality. The elder says the lion symbolizes strength, courage, and leadership. These are the qualities Monaro possesses. The elder gives Monaro a better insight on what adulthood is like in their culture and how he must stay connected to his spirituality. Monaro’s Vision Quest has been a great experience for him!
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