Konyves : CSMI,
The cleaned-out void is then ready
to be filled with positive healing energy through
visions, through asking, through ceremonies, through
commitment to new goals and a new life.
I can unequivocally and honestly state that participating
in the Vision Quest was the single most important
act of my life! My Vision Quest changed my life!
I changed my life! I visit my sacred place in
the canyons every day of my life. My goals of
becoming a teacher, a healer and a writer have
materialized in the few short years since and
the goal setting continues.
came to the United States from Hungary as a young
teenager, having a refugee status since I am a
product of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, when
Hungarians tried to rid themselves of the Soviet
communist occupation. Hungary was occupied by
the savage Russian troops from 1945 through 1989.
Forty four years. When Hungary was given to Stalin,
as were other Eastern European countries, it was
as if the "hoards of Asia" of a thousand years
ago took over this part of Europe. The "more civilized"
troops were sent to East Germany, Berlin and perhaps
Austria although the Austrian landscape looked
severely abused after the Russian troops left
there. By savage I mean base, crude, uneducated,
cruel, hungry. They saturated the country, took
over private houses, usually forcing the occupants
into one room while they occupied the rest of
the house. And these were the "officers".
The troops were fascinated by and freely took
peoples' possessions such as wristwatches, alarm
clocks and other gadgets in addition to anything
that was takeable. Some soldiers walked around
with several watches up their arms. The ravages
of war (WWII) left Hungary in shambles and utter
poverty and as the so-called "Glorious Soviet
Liberators" overran the country in 1945, the "new
communists" immediately trumpeted propaganda proclaiming
"FREEDOM" and "DEMOCRACY" for the Hungarian people.
All, while young girls and women were still hidden
or sent into hiding in remote villages because
rape was rampant and anyone who resisted, including
protective parents, were shot. Bicycles, the only
mode of private transportation were confiscated
and again any resistance ended in death. The puppet,
corrupt governments of Matyas Rakosi and later
Janos Kadar learned the KGB way of governing with
their own AVO secret service, which was responsible
for the disappearance and killing of thousands
of Hungarian citizens.
of Budapest, 1956, Russian Tanks cruelly imposed
order on the rebellion.
of Budapest, 1956. Hungarian citizens protested
while the world watched.
Angeles, 1956. People worldwide protested
the Russian incursion into Hungary.