In Hyemeyohsts Storm’s vision quest story of Jumping Mouse (from book Seven Arrows), the little Mouse meets Frog, who is sitting on a lily pad at the edge of the Sacred River.
This beautiful tale (SEE ELSEWHERE FOR WHOLE TALE) points to the essential wisdom of the threshold time of the Vision Quest. Prompted by the spirits of Nature, but under our own power, we jump as high as we are able. Ultimately it is not what we see that transforms us. It is the act of jumping, of reaching for the Sacred Mountain shining so near yet so far, that defines us and gives direction to our life quest. If we do not gather all our strength and jump, we will never see further than the end of our nose. By jumping we transcend our own limitations. We enlarge the circle of purpose.
Taken from: The Wilderness Quest by Steven Foster & Meredith Little. A handbook for adults, UK version adapted by Jeremy Thres and Caroline Wood.