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The invisible thread in pilgrimage

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I am looking at this three-month sojourn in South America, which will begin on Christmas Day, as a pilgrimage, a stepping off into the mystery, opening to the mystery, being the mystery, in my world without borders.

It is said by the ancients that there is an invisible thread connecting us to the Source, to the Sacred. The thread could be called "the God within" or the soul itself. The thread will guide me on this pilgrimage.

I had an idea to create a blog before leaving to develop the idea of travel as pilgrimage...and the invisible form of guidance that is leading the journey. Then my flow of preparation was interrupted by a huge and disturbing eruption by my housemate this afternoon creating profound feelings of not-ok-ness. I know this will pass and that I absolutely should not take the outburst personally, but in the moment I am deeply distraught. So I decided to take a break and post this little blog. In dealing with my angst, I cannot be reminded of the Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz too many times, so I've posted them here for easy reference.

And finally, I am going to simply share without commentary a favorite Billy Collins poem, since he says it all and it speaks so deeply to my journey and I daresay the journey we are all on.


You can have Egypt and Nantucket.
The only place I want to visit is The Blue,
not the Wild Blue Yonder that seduces pilots,
but that zone where the unexpected dwells,
waiting to come out of it in the shape of bolts.

I want to walk its azure perimeter
where the unanticipated is coiled, on the mark,
ready to spring into the predictable homes of earth.

I want to stroll through the pale indigo light
examining all the accidents about to rocket into time,
all the forgotten names about to fly from tongues.

I will scrutinize all the surprises of the future
and watch the brainstorms gathering darkly,
ready to hit the heads of inventors
laboring in their crackpot shacks.

A jaded traveler with an invisible passport,
I am at home with this heaven of the unforeseen,
waiting for the next whoosh of sudden departure
when, with no advance warning, to tiny augury,
the unpredictable plummets into our lives
from somewhere that looks like sky.

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    The poem sums up how I try to approach life. It is in the unexpected that life bubbles over into the sublime. It is not in the oh so well laid out plans that I find my divine appointments with other worlds of wonder. No, it is in this moment, now, here, maybe later, maybe tomorrow, maybe not, who knows, not I, but it is organic, alive, supreme and beyond anticipation or control. We all live for it, it is our muse, our delight, our joy. These times of serendipitious ecstasy, arising from unforseen lovely, so wonderful, so real, are what I dream of and ultimately live for. Thanks for the post, as always you have managed to delight the inner sanctum of my soul, thanks Maha, you are a true delight. ( Can't wait till you get back to share your journey with us, I'm imagining all is well with you in all your current endeavors.)
    1845 days ago
    Well, I know you've left on your journey and I know you were stuck at the airport with no flight out for a day or so, so I can hardly wait to hear from you again in regard to what you think about all of that.
    I had my own little interruption lately...last Sunday I wasn't feeling well and decided to stay home from dinner out with JF and my step daughter Val. JF told me via phone on his way home that The Universe must have been directing him and Val because what happened between them never would have happened if I had been present. When I asked what happened he said I would have to wait until Xmas to find out. What happened arose out of a conversation JF had with his daughter about what to get me for Xmas and he suddenly realized that the perfect gift for me was right around the corner at the National Arts Center - he got us tickets to go see Diana Krall the Canadian jazz pianist, composer and singer (married to Elvis Costello) and Val got the three of us tickets to a play - Metamorphoses - performed underwater!!
    Anyway, it's not life changing stuff...but then again, maybe it is!
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    1852 days ago
  • BILLB000
    Bless you on your journey Maha. There are those in the part of the world you will be traveling who will be blessed by your presence. As a Spark Friend, I must not be selfish I just hope you will somehow let ((me) know if you begin a blog and how to access it. I would like to travel with you on this venture.

    You have opened my heart to some beautiful poems. The Billy Collins poem is the latest. Thank you.

    1852 days ago
  • FARRAH511
    Dear Maha

    Bon Voyage

    1853 days ago
    Though you are well on your way by now, I'm hoping you'll check in on Spark at some point to receive this. I wish you an amazing sojourn into the mysteries ... I know you are surrounding yourself with love in the midst of your soul family.

    With love,

    1854 days ago
    So interesting the way our loved ones choose to express their reactions to change, isn't it?

    Have a magical journey, my sister.
    1854 days ago
  • EOSTAR_45
    Bon Voyage. Here's to journeying.

    1855 days ago
    I'll be thinking of you, traveling in the blue and when I miss your words of inspiration, I'll remember to look at the sky.
    Take care. Rachel
    1855 days ago
    Perhaps the outburst was due to the fact that you will be missed so very much as you travel. Be at peace and know that you are loved and appreciated by many. Feliz Navidad mi amiga. emoticon
    1855 days ago
    Thank you so much! And have a sterling time, filled with poetry, awe, and beauty.
    1856 days ago
    How fab. Enjoy SA.
    1856 days ago
    People "come" and people "go"--some more often than others; treasure those moments of presence--cast off what insults your soul (those moments of the absence of Light).

    May you have a blessed journey; I hope you'll find ...I know you'll find soul food where ever you go.

    I find myself wishing that someday I can go with you. I tell myself it's not about changing my circumstances; that one ought to be able to find and grow in their peace anywhere...yet there's something in changing one's environment that innevitably changes you--you are destined for much change on this pilgrimage into the depths of your soul.

    -Radhika loves Krishna, and Krishna lives in you.
    1856 days ago
    I wish you soul-filling adventure as you travel "that zone where the unexpected dwells."

    May your seeking spirit lead you to the unpredictable and present you with surprises that leave you feeling renewed and rejuvenated.

    And may you find your home of peace and love.

    Hugs to you,



    1856 days ago
    I hope poem has already brought you a measure of peace and in spite of the upset in your household.

    Your energy, courage, and good will inspire me!

    I hope your journey brings you all that you seek and more.

    I will miss you...and I would be delighted if you somehow found time to log on and keep us posted!

    Merry Christmas!

    1856 days ago
    That poem evokes such beauty and joy. Thanks for sharing. Hope things have settled down at home. Sending a care pkg of light love and peace. Should be arriving just about now. And it takes no room in luggage. Have a wonderful and safe journey. Wish I was there. Gonna miss you big time. emoticon
    1856 days ago
    Dear Maha, Bon Voyage and safe and happy travels.
    We are citizens of this wonderful world and I am so
    envious that you are taking this time to go seek.
    Have a wonderful Christmas. May the New Year give
    you strength to follow your dreams and path and above
    all, good Health. You are a beautiful person and I love
    your spirit and gentleness. Take care and God bless.
    Love and hugs
    Anna emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1856 days ago
    Bon Voyage, 'Maha with cheers to mystery, to renewal, to re-connecting with ourselves through others!

    You are the BEST & I know your travels will fill your sails, returning to you all the good you bring into the world!

    1857 days ago
    Sorry about the consternation on the eve of your departure. All best for an epic journey of discovery anyhow . . .
    1857 days ago
    Absolutely emoticon , Maha!! Thank you so much for sharing. Enjoy your journey. emoticon to you my friend.
    Merry Christmas! emoticon
    1857 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/23/2012 8:27:17 PM
    1857 days ago
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