Caroline Myss posted a video on Facebook this morning. In it she discussed her observations about the Camino de Santiago. The salient point she made was that stepping off the path, you returned to the ordinary world, and when you stepped back on it, everyone knew where they were headed and helped each other achieve their goal.
It’s not the first time I’ve seen something of the Way: Shirley MacLaine wrote about her journey in her book The Camino; Paulo Coelho wrote a novel called The Pilgrimage. Two different stories, one destination. That’s the metaphor.
In truth, we are each on our own pilgrimage. Our way isn’t the only way, but that doesn’t matter because the exercise is to follow where others have trod, and experience it for ourselves. It’s the same for Muslims doing the Hajj to Mecca: they are meant to experience the pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime.
Is this where we have seen the Pilgrim before? I would say so…