When Sandra turned 15, her entry into adulthood started with her journey on a Vision Quest. She went to the special forest her grandmother used to take her for strolls when she was a filly. She entered the Sweat Lodge for a cleansing ceremony and smudging ritual for purification. She then spent three days in isolation and fasting.
THE SPIRIT'S SIGN
Sandra shut her sweet and luminous brown eyes and her vision began. She was welcomed by a beautiful white horse looking down at her. She smelt the earthy air, felt the soft grass beneath her, and admired the elegant horse.
THE RETURN HOME
A voice that seemed to be coming from the vast and cloudy sky then spoke: "To travel this path, you must accept that all the shadows of humanity and your being, even the very darkest, lives and lies within your hands. You must acknowledge and integrate all of them in order to heal those around you."
THE ELDER'S INTERPRETATION
The voice suddenly stopped and Sandra glanced at the horse staring directly at her. The horse pointed its muzzle in the direction of the city. It seemed as if the horse was pointing at the city or the people, in aim of revealing a message.
Sandra turned her head towards the city's direction, taking a quick glance before waking up. Her vision has now been completed and she knew exactly where she had to go next. It was time for her to visit the wise elder to interpret the vision.
After explaining her vision the man stated: "Sandra, your role is to heal the people. But you must accept your flaws and care for yourself before others. Once you accept yourself for who you are, you will be able to accept others. The good and the bad, the rich and the poor, the fortunate and the vulnerable. Humanity lives within you and lies in your hands. Don't hold back and be afraid of what others will think or say. You are capable of so much. You must let your true self run free, free like a horse racing through the fields". That is when Sandra knew what her purpose was.