TABLE OF CONTENTS
From Black Elk
Looking into the Heart
How Do We Begin?
Where Fools Stop, You Start
The Spiral Chain
The Path of the Quest and the Sacred Ceremony of the Natural
Make a Friend of Everyone
The Coming of the New World
QUESTING: A Teen's Quest
By Patricia Jepsen
(2003, 8 1/2"x 5 1/2", 20 pages, stapled booklet, US$6.00)
Looking into the Heart
Every child and young person has a special
gift to give the planet. It is all theirs to give! And unless
they understand this and are allowed to discover their unique
gift to earth, they will not be satisfied. They want to be special!
The search for the special gift that
is unique for each young person begins in a serious manner by
the early teens. They will often sense, "I have something
inside of me that is about to be born." They have deep feelings
at this time about personal identity and purpose. Often, there
is an excitement and inner expectancy of something wonderful!
This is the period, set aside by nature, when the young person
finds his or her spiritual message within and begins to harmonize
with the indwelling Spirit and Creator Intelligence or Heart
Mother. Unfortunately, this sacred and important period is generally
overlooked, disregarded, even laughed at by our schools and the
parents themselves! And because of this, humanity lives in a
vacuum without the spiritual feeding of a creative intelligence.
The "child" to be born of Spirit never happens. It
is dulled into complacency, perhaps even depression.
What is wrong with our educational values
when we push the young person into intellectual stimulus disregarding
the heart-intelligence? Why do we do this to our children? Why
haven't we followed the path mapped by nature, a path that would
insure deepening awareness and creative, compassionate contributions
to our earth community?
Between the ages of twelve and fourteen
a door is waiting to be opened. Every parent and every teacher
should be ready to beckon the child through the door. They should
be building toward that moment of the quest when the child ventures
forth into new directions, unknown lands of creative intelligence.
The young seeker should be encouraged to open that door--confident
that they can open it!
Although young men and young women have
somewhat different anticipations in the quest of life's purpose,
their paths are initially the same because they both are seeking--their
souls are seeking--avenues for expression far beyond the present
mode of the world.
What needs to occur in our educational
system as well as at home base is recognition of the Quest and
the importance of making a place for it in our schools and places
of worship. Perhaps teachers and parents might take this time
set aside for the rite of passage in order to experience their
own deep yearning for a renewed self-image and vision for tomorrow.
We are talking about making a "space" in our crowded
agendas and curriculum so that there is ample opportunity, encouragement
and stimulus for the quest. Life is too wonderful to lose it,
too magical to let it be smothered by endless books and tracts
Where is our sense of adventure? Questing
can be fun if we understand the truth of it!