Many folk are familiar with the practice of the 'Vision quest' from the Native American tradition, but not many people are aware that there was a very similar practice in Northern Europe. 'Utisseta' or ' sitting out' involved spending time alone in the wilderness, either to seek a vision or to discover the answer to a question. Such visions could easily be life changing and become nexus points in the lives of the seeker; from that moment neither they or their lives would be the same again.
When I was younger I spent three days on Carningli mountain in Wales seeking a vision with a bunch of Druid friends. For the entire three days it bucketed it down with constant rain... and the nights were so very cold. In truth we didnt really feel the weather much, for we spent most of the time between the thresholds that seperate this world from the other. I remember on the second night looking at the edge of the earth and the sky, when through the blinding rain it was suddenly populated by folk; Ancient warriors who once lived, loved and inevitably passed into spirit on that very land. I stood utterly transfixed for what was probably minutes but seemed a lifetime; and then they were gone. Needless to say, I got my vision!!!
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