Vision Quest! ~ Short Story 1

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A series of  synchronicities has led me to edit and post part of a fictitious story of a vision quest I wrote some years ago now.. The first of these synchronicities were when Nihar and I got into a conversation about writing fiction over at his blog at Makeup & Breakup

The title of one of my chapters that I had been thinking about to post was entitled Vision Quest.. So imagine my surprise to visit not one but two different fellow bloggers who had both posted upon Vision Quests.. The first one being Maria Wind Talker’s Post  Spring Equinox pilgrimage.

The Third prompt from the Universe came from Jamie’s post entitled Vision Seed Fishing at the Dark of the Moon which spoke of Vision Quests. So you know how I respond to the Signs the Universe brings to me.. So below is the first part of that writing if you enjoy it I will post subsequent episodes in the near future.

Vision Quest! The Nightmare..

“You need to confront your fears Muna”, Aponi said as again she had come into Muna’s room to calm her cries as another nightmare had broken the silence of sleep.

“I’ve told you what to do, it’s up to you now to go and do it, and ask the Great Spirit for your answers”.

Muna was sat up now in bed hugging her knees, the tear stains now drying upon her cheeks as once again her nightmare terrors had overtaken her.

This time Muna had seen herself in the Forest again, knowing she was being watched with that familiar feeling she always got in her dreams.  But this time instead of being able to run, she found herself rooted to the spot. She had watched her feet as she had willed herself to run.. ‘Run’ she had repeated in her head ‘Run’… over and over as she looked over her shoulder to the shadows that crept ever nearer in her dream. But her feet were stuck fast, she had watched them sinking within the earth. Pools of water seeped up around them making a bog, sucking her down she was being engulfed in water as it slowly crept up her calves anchoring her to the spot.

Terrified she was going to drown and trying with all her might to free herself, the harder she struggled the quicker she was sinking. All the time the Shadow from the Woods drew closer and closer as the daylight failed. Colder and colder she became shivering from cold and fear as those strange mists came up from the forest floor behind the trees.

She heard the screech of the Night owl and heard the beat of its wings as it took off from its night perch. Muna’s heart beat faster, as she looked around in all directions as she knew the Night owl had come for her, and there was no escape so she closed her eyes as the owl got closer, she heard another screeching sound so loud it echoed within her head.

Muna found herself sitting bolt upright in her bed her arms flaying around in all directions as if she was defending herself as she fought off the owl of her dreams.

Aponi was now sat as she had so often done in the past when Muna was smaller on the edge of her bed, she understood much, but said little. She had helped Muna understand her dreams and had try to teach her not to fear them, But to embrace them as they held much wisdom if one cared to look deep within them.

But Muna couldn’t shake the fear of the Shadow, even though Muna was now no longer a child but a young woman in her teens. Aponi had told her several weeks ago that she needed to go within to find her own answers and she must go on a Vision Quest and seek the answers to her nightmares. And so once again Aponi spoke to Muna saying.

“Only you can confront your fears Muna for only you give them life”.

 

©  Sue Dreamwalker  2016 All rights reserved.

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  1. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 15:31:18

    I love this. Does she do the vision quest? What does the owl tell her?

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  2. litebeing
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 16:14:52

    Since Owl is one of my totems, this story got my intention. The parting message is an important one for all of us. Great to see you expanding your creative horizons Sue.

    xx LInda

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  3. Writing to Freedom
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 16:24:31

    Those pesky fears. This is a fun writing twist. Thanks Sue.

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  4. Somali K Chakrabarti
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 18:49:31

    Sue its interesting to know how to pick and respond to the signs from the Universe. The dreams of wanting but not being able to run are horrible, but the owl here is cute. 🙂

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  5. David
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 19:53:30

    If there is a message in your writing Sue it must be to respond and not ignore the signs and omens that often guide us on our way. It is probable that many of us of a sensitive turn of consciousness will find similarities in this kind of dream sequence, but of course the meaning will differ as we ascribe our own interpretation according to the meaning of the signs and omens that only we will know. Great reading Sue. Love, David

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  6. Karin
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 20:00:14

    Ah, those ugly dreams where one has to run but cannot. I wonder how she will resolve that. Looking forward to another series of your stories which keep us in suspense.
    Peace and joy,
    Karin

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 08, 2016 @ 14:13:46

      Yes I think most of us at one time or other have had dreams where by we are running on the spot.. or drowning.. I know I have.. Happy you enjoyed this short interlude 🙂 and hope you enjoy others that follow Karin.. Love and Blessings and enjoy your weekend. Hope those ideas for the workshops are taking hold 😉 xxx

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  7. thefeatheredsleep
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 20:33:24

    This has ALL my favorite things in it!!!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 08, 2016 @ 14:11:02

      So pleased that it does Candice 🙂

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Aug 17, 2016 @ 18:00:32

      Hi Dear Candice. I have left a couple of comments upon your blogs but I have had them disappear.. I changed my email address and as its private it may have spammed me.. Could you go check when you have the time.. Thank you Love Sue xxx xxx

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      • thefeatheredsleep
        Aug 17, 2016 @ 18:11:04

        Definitely! I have noticed quite a few were ‘spammed’ before, maybe that’s happening again others have said the same thing, WP grrr, I will check now my friend xo

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Aug 17, 2016 @ 18:12:49

          Thank you Candice.. I tried commenting too with my old email and it said I couldnt post a comment.. So .. Thank you xxxx

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        • Sue Dreamwalker
          Aug 17, 2016 @ 19:01:14

          Tried every which way.. logged out logged in put my email in your Albino Phoenix again and even followed you again.. Its happening now on others yet I can leave comments via the reader.. Major Grrrrss this end xxx

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          • thefeatheredsleep
            Aug 17, 2016 @ 23:35:14

            Blah. Sorry. I wish I were technologically talented I might figure it out but I don’t. I will try to go and see if there is any way I can re-add you and see if that helps? I’m very sorry about that.

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Aug 18, 2016 @ 13:01:39

              Its not your fault Candice.. its just how the system works.. and I never thought about the sites that I had been invited onto with my older email.. My new email is suedreamwalker@outlook.com if you can figure and perhaps can send another invite.. I can get onto your site it just gives me a message after trying twice and the first one vanishing that my comment is disallowed .. So I figured it was because of your private settings of only invited guests with correct emails.. xxx We will get there eventually xxx not to worry xxx

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            • thefeatheredsleep
              Aug 18, 2016 @ 16:30:14

              My site is no longer private any longer because of these kinds of problems. I wish I knew more so I could understand what the heck. I will be sending another invite jjust to see if that does it. Meanwhile I’m still writing on TFS too xo

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Aug 21, 2016 @ 13:54:08

              I am getting your new updates and can access both blogs.. so all is now well this end.. Thank you Sooooo much Candice for going to all of that trouble for me.. Hopefully issues are now resolved xxx ❤ Big hugs xxx

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            • thefeatheredsleep
              Aug 18, 2016 @ 16:32:42

              Ok I just tried and it said ‘this person is already following’ so now I shall call WP

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Aug 21, 2016 @ 13:52:35

              No worries I can now access your blog Candice.. I think WP is going through some changes.. xxx And this another rescued comment xxx

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            • thefeatheredsleep
              Aug 18, 2016 @ 16:34:53

              Ok so they were in my spam (Why? why) I fixed it should work now (fingers crossed)

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            • Sue Dreamwalker
              Aug 21, 2016 @ 13:51:43

              Seems I have now had to rescue 3 comments of yours out of my Spam folder too Candice.. Crazy WP .. This comment among them xxx

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  8. marina kanavaki
    Apr 07, 2016 @ 22:35:32

    Synchronicity – timing, call it what you will but after reading your beautiful story, I went on to another friend’s post to read: “Sitting with fear and your vulnerable self”! I’m only saying because I know you’d enjoy it too [https://augustmeditations.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/sitting-with-fear-and-your-vulnerable-self/] Speaking of Unity huh?! Thank you for this wonderful story, my dear Sue. Can’t wait for the next story. 🙂 love and hugs xxxxxxxxx

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 08, 2016 @ 14:04:02

      Thank you Marina.. 🙂 and for directing me to the post you spoke of.. 🙂 Seems we are all in tune! 🙂 with Signs 🙂 Love and blessings and enjoy your weekend my dear friend x

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  9. Val Boyko
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 00:12:53

    Ah yes … I notice you had me with the owl photograph and the first line.💕
    More please!

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 08, 2016 @ 13:50:08

      Thank you Val.. Especially for that encouragement.. 🙂 its difficult trying to know how to get the balance right.. For people do not always want to read stories or too long a post.. So I am pleased you want more 😉 ❤

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  10. inavukic
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 03:43:34

    Very Like

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  11. insearchofitall
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 15:37:22

    Great story and you wrote it well. Of course you did. 🙂 There will be more??

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  12. balroop2013
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 15:42:28

    Hi Sue,

    I can sense that the ‘vision quest’ is going to get deeper into the fears of Muna to resolve the issues that lie buried in her heart…Yes! only she can confront those fears…unless we talk to them, they keep lurking around the corners, ready to pounce upon us in solitude or sleep, giving mute messages of getting up and resolving to face them…just time and determination.
    Thanks for sharing. looking forward to the next part… 🙂 Love and hugs.

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  13. Lynz Real Cooking
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 17:11:30

    I love this Sue! So many messages and always something that leaves me thinking. The last line is so very true!

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  14. Philosophical Epiphanies
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 19:04:26

    Incredible!
    I started blogging this month, and it is a pleasure that I came across your blog.
    It has inspired me to start my third article.
    Thank you:)

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  15. silentlyheardonce
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 20:58:33

    If you have more to share of this story bring it on. However if you want to keep it as a short story it’s complete. I enjoyed the adrenaline feel that we get from dreams that are interactive as this one in you story is.

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  16. Tom Merriman
    Apr 08, 2016 @ 21:50:21

    Oh, I like this Sue. For one, you’re experiencing your synchronicities again, which is always good (and you’ve reminded me to open my eyes and look for mine), and you’ve touched upon how we give life to our own fears, which is always worthy of a reminder. Looking forward to the next part!

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  17. Hariod Brawn
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 00:17:52

    So much wisdom in that one closing line, dear Sue. It seems to be one of those truths that whilst perhaps tripping off the tongue quite glibly, almost as if a platitude, really demands that we sit and contemplate its deeper significance. One could take a variant of that line – only I can confront my fears, for only I give them life – and meditate upon it for some good time before its transformative power was fully realised. H ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 09, 2016 @ 11:31:11

      Hariod, you must have known I was thinking upon you my friend.. As I called by last weekend to see if there was a new post from you..
      Your comment has added more delight to my day, thank you for always seeing what I wanted to be seen 🙂 ❤

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  18. Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 00:40:13

    That was a lovely read, Sue. The last line is so true! I’m eager to know what happened next… 🙂

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  19. stephensmustang1
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 04:38:01

    Love this–Will we get to find out the rest? What the owl says, etc? I hope so.
    hugs.

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  20. The Emu
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 06:40:34

    Your story’s are a magical wonderland, that take us down the various paths of our emotions and Spiritual meanderings, you expose the very core of our Being through your insights and poetic words of Wisdom.
    Look forward to the continuing episodes.
    Cheers.

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  21. Visionkeeper
    Apr 09, 2016 @ 14:42:43

    Awaiting more DW..This was great! You have hit upon a major issue in the world today. We don’t know ourselves and we seldom take the time to interact. It would be great if schools did vision quests to start the kids off early!!! Enough of the manipulated distractions! Start going within, pay attention to synchronicity as it visits often but we fail to notice and get to know who and what you truly are! We need to be our own best friends…Excellent DW….VK ❤

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      Apr 09, 2016 @ 16:05:26

      Yes I agree VK.. if only we could understand that we as a society are creating with our minds and fear.. what we are seeing erupt in the world today .. We went through umpteen channels on the TV the other evening to find just one that didn’t promote violence .. Is it any wonder the world is like it is when children grow up thinking this is the norm..

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  22. dgkaye
    Apr 10, 2016 @ 20:03:36

    Great lesson in this wonderfully told story Sue. If we don’t learn to conquer our fears, they can certainly hamper our reality, 🙂 xo

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  23. Maria Wind Talker
    Apr 11, 2016 @ 17:04:58

    This may be fictional but the message is real. Great share and thank you for the plug. Xx

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  24. valentinelogar
    Apr 12, 2016 @ 13:28:08

    Beautiful and soulfully written Sue. I hope you continue the story.

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  25. Aquileana
    Apr 16, 2016 @ 06:17:59

    Very deep and well written dear Sue… I like the fact that Aponi had helped Muna to – quoting you- `understand her dreams and had try to embrace them as they held much wisdom if one cared to look deep within them´.
    I think that is beautiful and so true as dreams often reveal important aspects of ourselves…
    Great reading, my friend… sending much love. ❤️😺 Aquileana

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  26. Ka Malana@Fiestaestrellas.com
    Apr 25, 2016 @ 21:28:11

    As crow just flew past my window and I have a suitcase open and waiting to be packed – here’s my chance for an interlude tale and a vision quest at that!…. and I will do a little work now that i’ve read the first part, and then come back for the next part in the series. The best part is not having to wait! 😉

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  27. Nihar Pradhan
    May 03, 2016 @ 03:45:45

    Indeed we all face similar experiences much like Muna goes through these bouts of fear and nightmares and it has some aspects rooted to the real life and the reality we may be facing. It is all within and we need to take the cue from the signs of nature and make ourselves aware of the fears of life and how to face and overcome those fears. It keeps coming and it keeps haunting us unless we confront and contest that fear. We need someone to pacify us and guide us in those times of helplessness and Aponi does it so well.

    It is the vision quest we all need to go through to unravel the mystery in our life…wonderfully crafted thoughts and theme of the story is highly intriguing, will soon read the entire series and we can have a lovely discussion.

    Trying to get back onto the space, till bit tied up on the Company front. By the way Sue thanks so much for mentioning me in the post.
    Have a wonderful day ahead.
    😀

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 06, 2016 @ 19:21:11

      If you and I had not had that conversation dear Nihar, I would not have delved into my archives of my writings to pull out this part of Muna’s journey on her Vision Quest.. I appreciate the time you spent reading my friend.. I know what a busy person you are.. So I am well pleased you enjoyed this first part.. I had a wonderful holiday and will catch up soon.. 🙂 Sue

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      • Nihar Pradhan
        May 08, 2016 @ 04:10:33

        Indeed Sue, Thanks so much for such lovely conversations and it is always a great learning for me and you taking a cue out of it is a great feeling for me.
        I will be completing the balance part of the story which I am sure will be equally gripping and I am enjoying deciphering the hidden layers and perspective in each paragraph and even in each deeply written sentences.
        Yes, we will catch up and lot of pending discussion, so many topics for exploring…
        Have a lovely Sunday.
        take care!!!
        😀

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  28. Dalo 2013
    May 23, 2016 @ 11:49:43

    The Vision Quest is one of my favorite pieces of Native American Indian philosophy and culture… to find one’s self, a Vision Quest is often the only answer. Look forward to reading more of this adventure.

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    • Sue Dreamwalker
      May 29, 2016 @ 10:29:51

      Often the only way is to go in search of that which is within, is the only way to release it.. The Vision Quest is one of the best methods I know of too 🙂 Thank you for your thoughts, I am delighted you have so enjoyed the story 🙂

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