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Pilgrimage - A Sacred Journey

"Pilgrimage is often regarded as the universal quest for the self. Though the form of the path changes...one element remains the same: the renewal of the soul." –Phil Cousineau

Celtic PilgrimagePilgrimage - a sacred journey - calls us to set forth into the mystery of our own sacred selves and to the place of sacredness where we are journeying to. "To go on an inward journey sometimes you have to go on an outward journey to set it off," as Rabbi Lionel Blue wisely reflects. In pilgrimage we can dramatically feel our connection with the earth and the cosmos. We become more keenly aware that we are pilgrims passing through this life. On pilgrimage our senses are all engaged in the mystery and joy of the journey... our emotions are awakened to feel things we may not have thought possible.

These are words from Wayne Teasdale, words that demonstrate that openess is a valuable companion for the journey. And on this journey together as Brian Keenan who courageously lived these words says, "...we discover our own answers if we have the will to do so; and if we are not afraid of the confrontation with ourselves that such a journey might entail." Phil Cousineau, a devoted pilgrim and beautiful writer on the subject of pilgrimage, reminds us that pilgrimage can be seen as a powerful metaphor for any journey with the purpose of finding something that matters deeply to the traveler. For millenia, this cry in the heart for embarking upon a meaningful journey has been answered by pilgrimage, a transformative journey to a sacred center. It calls for a journey to a holy site.... To people the world over pilgrimage is a spiritual excercise, an act of devotion to find a source of healing...Always it is a journey of risk and renewal. For a journey without challenge has no meaning; one without purpose has no soul.

 

  

 

Celtic Journeys Key aspects of Journeying

» Pilgrimage
» Retreat
» Ritual

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"My recent pilgrimage with Celtic Journeys took me into the heart of Ireland where our ancient ancestors dwell, touching into the deep well of the Irish Celtic spirit. By walking the same earth and touching the very same rocks that were part of ancient ceremonies you are experiencing an opportunity to try and discover what our ancient ancestors knew."
–Anne Olund , Photographer