Seven Levels of Quest

This life is a Spiritual Journey. The Seven Levels of Quest give you a vehicle for True Spiritual Awakening that you can use every day. This program will save you years on your spiritual journey.

Argyle Camp Sunrise; Photo by Miriam Barth

The Vision Quest is the baseline, foundational Quest. It is about knowing yourself at all levels and finding Purpose beyond self, your gift of service. With dedication to the Questing pathway, the Seeker would unfold six additional movements or expressions within the Quest experience. But such a discovery could take many, perhaps dozens of four-day quests to fully flesh out. In this program, you will learn these quests and be able to incorporate them into your daily life, accelerating your spiritual journey. Three of these Quests regard our humanity and energetic actions in the Earthly realm. Three of these Quests regard our “spiritual” life, our actions in the realms Unseen and Eternal. And one Quest regards the Silence, the place of Pure Consciousness that empowers All.

The Seven Levels of Quest encompass the total knowledge and experience of the Vision Quest. More than that, they have the power to lift ordinary, daily life experience from the mundane and physical to the height of spiritual clarity and enlightenment. ~Malcolm Ringwalt

These Quests are not something we accomplish just once or a few times in our lifetimes, attended to only during a dedicated period of fasting and asceticism. Instead, they are to be lived in our daily lives as we attend to work, relationships, and recreation – Life! There is no circumstance in our lives – “good” or “bad” – that is outside of these Quests. Any and all of life’s experiences can serve as an entry point to one of the Seven.

The Seven Levels open us into the Truth of Who and What we are! Most human beings are lost in the shadow of our human side. We look out into the world and see the reflection of what appears inside us: our judgements, assumptions, false beliefs, doubts, fears, and presumed limitations. But we are two things: humans and beings. Our being-ness is our True Core, under and within our shadow. The Seven Levels target our being-ness, our True Essence. And from this pure, untainted Core we find the path to shine a Light and heal the shadows, opening our humanity to new possibilities.

The Seven Levels might be done “more powerfully” in a setting of extended fasting and solitude but, here, the point is to bring the Quests to our lives rather than our lives to the Quests. As with the Traditional Quest, these Seven Levels are handed down by Grandfather Stalking Wolf to Tom Brown, Jr., onto Malcolm Ringwalt, and then to us.

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Each program day will be a mix of discussions, exercises, meditations, and journaling to prepare for the quests, and the quests themselves. Note that fasting from food is not part of this program except during an abbreviated Vision Quest (a single lunch is skipped). This course has no prerequisite but we recommend Traditional or Wilderness Quest as a foundation.

July 17-25, 2021 (Saturday through the following Sunday); application deadline July 3; suggested donation $400-1200 (deposit $200). Link to application information.