For centuries people have been undertaking sacred pilgrimages all over the world. Christian pilgrims have walked along the Camino Way to Santiago De Compostela and Muslim pilgrims make their way to Mecca once in their lifetime. I have recently had a friend and a cousin who have walked the Camino Way and I was interested to watch the movie made of the journey, called “The Way”.
Sacred pilgrimages made me think about life. Each of us is searching, whether it be for happiness, love, or for our purpose.
Everyone is on a pilgrimage, it is a journey that each of us travel throughout our lives, to find the truth of who we are.
Our journeys start by doing what our parents want. Living our lives according to their rules, values and beliefs.
As we step out of that old way of living, we begin to surrender to what is right in our lives. When we are surrendering on the pilgrimage journey, we can feel lost and at sea in our lives.
Under the guise of surrender we think we are following the path, but in fact we are still living our life by old values of what we think we should be doing now. Usually we have replaced those old values given to us by our parents, with new ones that still dont serve us. They used to work for us in the past, but dont anymore, we have out grown them too.
At this point of our pilgrims journey, we may well become angry. Angry at ourselves, with feelings of being stuck or thinking we have changed, but in fact we haven’t really changed anything.
What occurs next is wallowing. We wallow in our pain and circle around, scolding ourselves that we should have moved on. Thinking we had let this stuff go, so we can be our true selves.
Then it happens, true surrender. True surrender is when you least expect it on the pilgrims path, where step into the truth of who you really are. There is peace in this place. You might find that you are with people and yet you feel alone, alone in your life.
Finding who you are
You begin to choose your life. A life that is right for you, not anyone else. It is a place of courage.
A pilgrimage is unique and only you can journey on it and surrender within it for yourself.