Talk the Talk Walk the Walk Sharing your experience strength and Hope with others
Advice is your experience What you have walked Talk about your walk…
I am being inspired to write this post to share my personal walk experience, strength and hope to encourage another to take an adventure of a lifetime
My inspiration to write this post was inspired by a women who I met after a 12 step meeting
She shared with me that she was told that I had walked the “El Camino de Santiago de Frances” pilgrimage and that she was interested in finding out more about my journey on the camino She thinks she may want to take the same journey in the near future I will prepare and send her some information on the camino and then offer to get together to share my experience strength and hope to fuel her passion to journey to the el Camino de Francés I did, in fact, complete this pilgrimage called the Way of St. James “El Camino de Santiago de Frances” August 15 2021-September 21, 2021 Thirty seven days I walked 500 miles I was 70 years old at the time If I can do it anyone can do it I prepared a powerpoint on my Camino adventure which I will share with her My Camino Powerpoint PowerPoint Presentation • 406.3 MB https://cvws.icloud-content.com/B/AVAVIPu_ffYmHbcN3GoByxdqrF0TAQVadviZGNIGpknM6TAi_yjnWmJv/camino.jpeg.pptx?o=Al-n_U2wFbpn6kqeQMRrCfmxXPzWDre58M-nUBV-INX5&v=1&x=3&a=CAogjnI_cnECAn7hIyrp-eZosu5xZ_NOzhn68GEhtM_lLZMSeBDQ6qKq-zAY0Pqd_oQxIgEAKgkC6AMA_12WNS9SBGqsXRNaBOdaYm9qJuqdLCtOXyoHiTPpp6JboDRd-GoIP7Cl6r4ol3Zoki9djhLEafpfciZT4-7fYCKiTiFHhkZY6d0uPyYq_e712UIdL1wimJFYol62raAdHw&e=1684965653&fl=&r=2E1F62EC-3B58-4DFE-9F92-71F8B0EA5932-1&k=xq-5BuMBmi19FQtXBEmReA&ckc=com.apple.largeattachment&ckz=9A4601E7-2249-45EB-B87E-62D6AD064C55&p=115&s=15DcK_7aW5QL9WNnwqRL-E_52JY&teh=1&+=246e7ed0-ea68-4e32-be8e-4e660a6a898c click on this link and download Powerpoint to
Maybe something I share will inspire her to follow her passion and dream to take this pilgrimage… I can only share my experience, strength and hope however if she chooses to go Her journey will be tailor made to her spiritual soul journey…
Encourage others to find what is right for them
Journey to find more about who we are…
Socrates tells us that we need God and our soul to learn anything… So, let’s ask God to walk with us on our adventures and help us learn our soul lessons
Those of you who are not familiar with my style of writing, it goes like this. I start with a theme and then keep researching and allow the Spirit of God to show us the way… Just like the camino I believe we all are led by the Spirit of God, if we open our minds, body and spirit to gain some sort of divine message that is specifically tailored to each one of us individually
God is Willing Are you willing? Do not miss the message the Divine Spirit of God has for you Ok here goes Get onboard the spiritual soul training… Let’s see where this spiritual journey leads us..
What adventure is calling your name? In 2021, The Way of St James called my name and I answered the call I showed up all alone and took one step at a time one mile at a time trusting God and others to help me along the way
with only occasional yellow arrows on concrete, on trees, on roads, on rocks to guide my way…
Here is the map of the Way of St. James Starting in St. Jean Pied de Port, France and Ending in Santiago de Compostela, Spain Looking back in time It is hard for me to comprehend that I actually trekked This 500 mile journey… all alone physically but not alone spiritually
Pilgrimage is defined as a Journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler I wasn’t sure what my purpose was to walk this journey?
Purpose is the reason we journey What was my reason? I was unsure… Maybe I will get more clarity if I just make a decision to do it and then trust the process… I had the passion to do it… I decided to let the light of my passion light my way
I did not realize my purpose yet I made the journey my purpose Then I started sharing my dream with others
Helping someone else reveals your purpose for that day… I like this quote Let life happen and your purpose will be revealed Help others and your purpose will be revealed Share with others and you will get clarity
This quote really helps me define Purpose in Life To use my gifts and talents to help other people As I am helping others, I learn how to help myself My own issues get triggered when I help others Then I have a choice to heal and learn or not
My Journey in life teaches me how to use my gifts and talents to help other people which Never stops giving by teaching us lessons so we can grow and learn and to share our experience, strength and hope with others
Pass on what you learned…
Pass it on to others kindness encouragement acceptance experiences love forgiveness hope
Hope and Encouragement Pass it on….
I label these type of people “Dream squashers” Many times when I shared about going on an adventure select people would say “That is crazy” I have learned to be very selective to whom I shared my dreams… We all need encouragement, not discouragement… Don’t let anyone alter or control your adventures
If you get — give… If you Learn–teach Pass it on…
Remember all of those who accepted and loved you… when you needed it the most Pass it on to others… Love Acceptance Hope Encouragement
Accepting myself Just as I am enables Me to be available to change…
Oh My God I just got a spiritual awakening in regards to why I have had a depressing case of “the lonely” which is “absence of purpose” Loneliness It is not the absence of people It is the absence of purpose… I had lost my purpose Withdrawn from my purpose I had stopped using my experience, strength and hope to help others I will seek more divine inspiration later on this spiritual awakening..
I walked the camino for myself, friends, family and spiritually for others in the 12 step groups in Lancaster I had a purpose for my pilgrimage which gave me the fuel to complete it… I not only did that for myself but also for all the others that spiritually walked with me The spirit of the Camino is to always be there to help each other… along the way
Read and re-read this Pilgrim prayer “Walk what you talk”
My spiritual journey molded me and I was carrying out my purpose in life Helping and supporting others with what I learned on my spiritual journey
Seeking purpose leads to progress Head in the direction and purpose will reveal itself day by day
Just remember Your journey is uniquely your own journey Never compare your journey against anyone else’s journey
How ironic that I live in St Augustine, FL and St Augustine writes about pilgrimages The Spanish left for new worlds from Finisterre Spain known as “The end of the earth” and ended their journey at St Augustine, FL known to them as the “new world” I finished my camino by reaching Finisterre Spain “The End of the Earth” and Flew back to St. Augustine “The New World” to the Spanish explorers Life Pilgrimages on earth are always with trials and lessons Victory is obtained through the presence of enemies and/or temptations…
When there is no enemy within The enemies outside cannot hurt you… Become aware of the enemies lurking within and conquer them by bringing them into the divine light of healing
If we practice love we will embrace our trials with love and acceptance…
Pure love is giving without strings attached…
By finding peace within ourselves We can become the kind of person who can live at peace with others… Peace Pilgrim
Ask God to become our traveling companion on our pilgrimage
“Art of Pilgrimage” Journey of our Soul’s Deep Desire Reimagining How we Walk Talk Listen See Hear Write Draw
Enjoy the journey Be present and in the moment Take time to see the beauty of nature Take time to smell the fragrances Tune into the sounds of nature Enjoy the energy of the colors and take in the beauty of sunrise or sunset or white clouds on a clear day or walking in the rain Walk with a rhythm and pace that is your own
What is this pilgrimage of the Heart?
Pilgrims will be blessed if they journey with an open heart
Endless pilgrimage of the heart HOW Honest Open Willing to keep learning your spiritual lessons
Life is a long pilgrimage From Fear to Love Be willing to walk from fear to love realize it is a continual journey
Let go of rigid expectations Open your spiritual heart Learn more about who you are and connect your “authentic self” to God on the Camino…
Camino “The Way” On our journey we learn to Lighten our load… Letting Go… Of material things that are weighting us down Letting Go of burdens, fears, wounds that are weighting us down… Lightening our load….
Expose the darkness in my heart that slows me down Let your divine light push back and dispel the darkness Fill my heart with light… Help me with AAA Awareness Acceptance Action (I need to take to receive the divine healing)
God walks with the pilgrims
God also sends helpers who I call “human angels” to help us along our journey… some are happy angels and some are mean angels We learn to receive the spiritual messages from each one of them…
The Way (Camino) changes everyone if they seek divine help Stay open to allow the transition to happen within your soul and spirit
God speaks to your heart about the direction and priorities of your life… I met a pilgrim along the way and she was trying to decide which job offer to take when she returned to her daily life. I prayed that she would get her answer along the way
If you get the call Do your due diligence and prepare for your journey Then follow through..
Links to click to learn more about Camino de Santiago • https://oficinadelperegrino.com excellent site for information • https://camino.ninja/- app I used along the way – GPS of where you are • https://www.pilgrim.es/en/french-way stages of Camino de Frances • https://www.pilgrim.es/en/routes different routes to Santiago • https://www.pilgrim.es/en/services Services to transport bags/backpack •Lodging on camino ninja app shows albergues and hotels phone number to reserve, amount, address • https://stingynomads.com/albergues-camino-de-santiago/
If you are interested in maybe experiencing a pilgrimage or more factual information check out this link https://www.caminoadventures.com/blog/how-long-is-the-camino-de-santiago/
That’s all for today Love you all Esther Mae 4-26-2023
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Published by Esther Mae
Happy, Joyous and Free. Enjoying life and retirement. Oct 5, 202, I completed the FEl Camino de Santiago de Frances, over 550 miles, beginning August 15, 2021 in St-Jean-Pied-De-Port, France and ending in Santiago and walked through the Holy Door.
I am 70 year young. Read about some of my adventures. I have a close relationship with my Higher Power, whom I choose to call God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Spiritual growth and enlightenment are my priorities in life. Please jump on the spiritual soul train with me as I walk and try to practice a spiritual way of life. Esther Mae
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