Seven Levels of Quest

The Traditional Quest is about knowing and accepting the self. It is an opening to our Heart’s passion and the purity of Higher Self. Ultimately, it is about Purpose beyond self, finding our gift to humanity, receiving a clarity of Vision that serves Creation. But there are additional reasons to Quest!

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The Vision Quest is the baseline, foundational Quest. With dedication to the Questing pathway, repeatedly questing, 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, we will hasten this unfolding by exploring the Seven Levels of Quest over nine days. Three of these Quests regard our humanity, our physical 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.

And 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, these Quests 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 are a pathway to clarifying Purpose beyond self, manifesting Vision, healing the blocks and darkness in our subconscious minds, connecting with the Silence at our Hearts, touching our Spiritual nature, Knowing connection with Creation, and walking towards fulfillment of Grand Vision.

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 to be 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. And this being-ness is essentially unknown in modern culture. 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. After the program, it is appropriate to dedicate four-days to one of the Seven but, even more so, these quests are meant to be used repeatedly in daily life. 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.

Bill Howard will be teaching Levels 1-4 via Zoom October 15-20, 2020 (link to schedule). Contact him directly for more information:; 434-509-3454.

2021 date to be announced (Saturday through the following Sunday); application deadline to be announced; suggested donation $400-1200 (deposit $250). Link to application information.