1: a journey to a holy place, a shrine or sacred place; a journey to a special or unusual place
2: the course of life on earth


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Pilgrimage (n.): late 13th century, from pilgrim + -age and also from Old French pelrimagepilgrimage, distant journey, crusade,” from pelerinerto go on a pilgrimage.” Modern spelling from early 14th century.

Pilgrim (n.): c. 1200, pilegrim, from Old French pelerin, peregrinpilgrim, crusader; foreigner, stranger” (11th century, Modern French pèlerin), from Late Latin pelegrinus, dissimilated from Latin peregrinusforeigner,” from peregrefrom abroad,” from per-beyond” + agri, locative case of agercountry” (related: acre).

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“Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.”

Anita Brookner (1928-2016, novelist and historian, recipient of the Booker Prize, Britain’s most prestigious literary award; also known as the “mistress of gloom”)

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“Life is a pilgrimage. The wise man does not rest by the roadside inns. He marches direct to the illimitable domain of eternal bliss, his ultimate destination.”

Swami Sivananda (1887-1963, Hindu spiritual teacher and one of the greatest yoga masters of the 20th century)

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“After many paths and many years, perhaps many lifetimes, we become aware of the sacredness of our suffering.”

Earthschool Harmony (full-time stay-at-home mother of three, disabilities carer, community volunteer, third generation poet, published author, reiki practitioner, and philanthropist; best known for “Back to Grace: Spiritual poetry and reflections”)

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“Faith is not the clinging to a shrine but an endless pilgrimage of the heart.”

Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972, known as a Prophet’s Prophet, Jewish American rabbi, scholar, and philosopher who was very active in the Civil Rights Movement)

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“As I make my slow pilgrimage through the world, a certain sense of beautiful mystery seems to gather and grow.”

A. C. Benson (1862-1925, Arthur Christopher Benson, accomplished English author, poet, and essayist)

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“I think everybody has their own way of looking at their lives as some kind of pilgrimage. Some people will see their role as a pilgrim in terms of setting up a fine family, or establishing a business inheritance. Everyone’s got their own definition. Mine, I suppose, is to know myself.”

Eric Clapton (b. 1945, English rock and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter; the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

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“My keen love of travel was seldom hindered by Father. He permitted me, even as a mere boy, to visit many cities and pilgrimage spots.”

Paramanhansa Yogananda (1893-1952, born Mukunda Lal Ghosh, Indian yogi and guru who introduced millions of westerners to meditation and Kriya yoga through his book, “Autobiography of a Yogi”)

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“Real love is a pilgrimage. It happens when there is no strategy, but it is very rare because most people are strategists.”

— Anita Brookner


When I embarked upon personal pilgrimage to return to Love some 25 years ago, one of the first spiritual tools acquired was to tell the truth.   I had to jump off the platform of unconditional love into authenticity.  And it was not easy at first.  Mainly, because I had been lying to myself so long that I had no idea how deep in minutiae I resided.  I was asleep and numb, and in order to wake I had to endure a great deal of pain to shock me back into The Heart.

I was lucky, though, because I had the time to invest in those spiritual practices that resonated the most to me.  I was also fortunate to have had a spiritual foundation that I could get back to easily.  In addition, I miraculously attracted good teachers into my life, those who mirrored back to me the truth.

Richard Rohr wrote, “What you see is what you are.”  That’s so profound.  Essentially, how someone views us has little to do with us, and has more to do with that person’s level of consciousness and observance.

Back at the dawn of my awakening, my external life revealed a system of manipulations and lies.  A dear friend and soul brother used to say to me often back then, “Tonya, stop playing yourself.”  I didn’t know at first, or didn’t want to know, what he meant.  But, after a while I caught on.  I knew I had to consistently examine myself and to discern if my intentions were pure and from the heart.

After years of purging the psychological garbage and quelling emotional noise I could then tell the truth at every level of my life, and delight in walking Life’s sacred pilgrimage into the mysterious and sacred unknown.

Be well, sojourners.

Much Love, Tonya





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