This is the latest in a series of letters connected to Vision Quest, the 2016 annual edition of Planet Waves. You can read the prior letter in the series here, and the first letter — introducing the project — on this page.
By Jeanne Englert
I am a deer using my whiskers to experience the beauty of a chair. I call my pet bear so I can feed him. He is far away but I can see him coming. I have new eyes that allow me to see into the depths of the sea. A clear and determined voice awakens me in the night, calling my name.
Wisps of dreams gathered in the morning, all palpable experiences of the night. In sleep we touch the other dimensions beyond the time and space of waking life.
I set an intention for a dream that would help me understand dreaming as vision questing. In the remembered dream, I start on a journey along a dirt road, continuing down an almost vertical descent to the banks of the Hudson River and driving north through the waters of the river without a road.
The surrounding landscape is as clear as the waters I navigate.
Within the dream, I recall a similar path of getting to the ocean when I’m in San Francisco. The navigation in the dream is treacherous. I clutch the steering wheel for dear life, never sure if I’m going to make it. I am exhausted yet exhilarated when I awake. The dream is filled with uncertainty at every juncture but ultimately leading me to forge my own path through the waters of the dreamscape.
A quest, whether in dreams or waking life, takes us into the multi-dimensional universe in which we live, to a place where connecting with spirit and receiving guidance are possible. Our dreams are a journey within which we are initiated over and over again. Our inner dream guides nudge us towards transformation, to the next step, challenging our endurance but remaining loyal to our highest good.
With intention, dreaming becomes a spiritual quest deepening the connection to our higher self, supporting our healing, and assisting us in navigating our lives.