The Act of Pilgrimage

Walking West, Book One

Introduction

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:
Moving towards another Spanish village on a hilltop.
to be in movement,
The lonely Meseta on the Camino de Santiago
to be uninstalled,
Graffiti on a water tank in the Basque country.
to go out from stillness,
The fertile fields of Castile y Leon.
to advance free of conditions,
A desecrated marker with perhaps the truest words ever.
to read with realism the events of existence…

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.


A foggy trail outside of Triacastela on the Camino de Santiago.

Walking west, into the unknown.

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?

 

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