Walking West, Book One
Pilgrims and Pilgrimages
“…to be a pilgrim means primarily to be in movement, to be uninstalled, to go out from stillness, which becomes a comfort that paralyzes and waits – inactive, routine, formalistic – and to advance free of conditions, to read with realism the events of existence.” – Pope Francis
To be a pilgrim is:
A pilgrim is a traveler on a journey to a holy place.
A pilgrimage is this journey, a journey into the unknown. A pilgrimage is this journey, a journey in search of meaning, expanded consciousness, or higher good.
A pilgrimage is a journey of transformation.
One doesn’t go on a pilgrimage because it is the rational, logical thing to do. Perhaps one goes on pilgrimage because they are tired and suspicious of rational and logical.
Maybe we need a pilgrimage to open ourselves to new possibilities. Maybe we need pilgrimage to find our way back to where we were supposed to be all along?