The Patience Stone
: BasaltWeight 1 KiloNote: The stone was selected by the Shaman from the banks of the Snake River,near Celebration Point, Idaho.
:135mm Wide431.8mm Diameter60mm Thick28mm Center Hole (Round)69.85mm in DepthHole: Bi-Conical and slopes from wide, at the edge, to 28mm in the center. Bychipping from two opposing sides I was able to cut a hole through the Basalt, taking afull, non-stop day, without breaking the stone. This took constant concentration andexacting care. The object was to teach me Patience. I prize these stones. When Ibecome impatient, I look at them, clear my mind, and meditate on Patience.
Quartz Cutting StoneComposition
: Hard Quartz, also from the Snake River.Began the size of a softball and when I was finished it had been chipped and worndown to the size of a small hen's egg.The
is a well-worn piece of Basalt that fits perfectly in your handwith a smooth indentation worn by generations of using it as a Capstone for a Hand-Drill for starting fires or drilling holes in hided. It was given to me by the Shaman asa gift, my most prized possession. I have used it to make fire and drill holes, backwhen my health was better. I now finger it and think of my Vision Quest and as partof the Healing Process passed to me, in secret, by the Shaman.
My Quest Begins…
Having lived most of my life in the scientific world as a T-Type and/or A-TypePersonality, I seldom had time to ponder the Spiritual Nature of my bring, I wasbeginning to feel empty.One day I met Willie, a Sho-Pai Indian, and Shaman. Willie “took me under hiswing” and for the next five years he taught me the Old Ways. The more I learned,