My Camino, My Dream
A Pilgrimage for Peace
There is a path that covers almost five hundred miles. It is said that it lies directly beneath the Milky Way and that it runs along the meridians or ley lines of the Earth which empowers it with the natural energy of the Earth. To walk the Camino is to walk as a spiritual being.
Many believe that walking the pilgrimage of The Camino de Santiago de Campostela will awaken one to the presence of Godde in their lives. Others believe it is a walk of spiritual awakening. Many more believe that walking the Camino will result in healing for the body, mind and spirit. Then there are some who believe it is a test of endurance or even just simply a lovely, long trek.
The Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is one that has been undertaken by millions of people down through the centuries. Saints, royalty, soldiers, prisoners, the wealthy, the poor, celebrities, the sick and the healthy, all have walked the Camino. Many have experienced enlightenment, awakening, spiritual purpose, healing, answers to their prayers, miracles, death, direction and countless results.
Every year thousands of people from all across the world travel to Northern Spain to walk the Camino de Santiago as peregrinos (pilgrims). I have always felt a deep yearning to walk a pilgrimage of introspection. I was thunderstruck when at the age of 55 I read a book written by a woman who walked The Camino de Santiago. At last I have found the place of my heart. Though I had never heard of it before, I was already familiar with it. I am 60 now. To walk a pilgrimage for Peace is my dream. Can I still do it? A walk of just under five hundred miles?
In January of 2011 I pinned a Peace symbol on my backpack and I began walking long distances. My very first walk was just over 6 miles. I couldn't believe I had done it. Over the following months I walked at least 6 miles every other day, a couple of times logging as many as 10 miles. Each step is a thought and a prayer that all will awaken to the Peace within their own hearts and by doing so we will begin to experience the healing of our planet and the restoration of true Peace through our love.
No doubt it is a test of fire. The days of walking are long and continuous and the terrain covers mountains, valleys, and shadeless plains. The weather ranges from snow to rain and wind to heat. The fresh water wells along The Camino are what make it possible to continue, and the alburges (pilgrim's hostels) in the small towns offer meals and a place to sleep at night.
Everything a pilgrim needs must be carried on their back. Every ounce will feel like pounds after weeks of walking. I wonder how much I will 'really' need?
I can't wait! I will walk The Camino. I am prepared to do it and give it my all. Until then, I walk The Camino, right here in my own neighborhoods. I walk for Peace; it's in my heart and in every step I take. The Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain, I am there in my heart, walking for Peace from Love.
Ultreya! Forward with courage!