Coming Home::: Upon completing the Camino de Santiago I recall a time with a fellow pilgrim whom I ran into on and off throughout my journey. He was a gentle 60 year old soul, from Italy. We saw one another many times throughout the Camino, although we never really spoke until the end, in Finisterre. It was then he disclosed why he was doing the Camino. He shared he had been adopted as a boy, and as a child he never knew his birth name. A life perhaps been lived with a void that may not have been spoken, although a walk to uncover something he did not have to put words too. Before walking, he discovered his birth name and found his parents had passed. Upon entering Santiago, the place your walk is commemorated. It was here he acknowledged his name, and placed his adopted name along with his birth name on his placard. He shared his birth name aloud with me, as we teared up it was as if he made his way home to the truth of his roots, his souls coming home for the first time.
A moment etched in my heart, a poignant marking, each of us so very different, unique in our life and seeing himself as my own mirror at that moment in time. I have been blessed to share many a moments with many a soul during my walk, although this an ending or shall I say beginning of finding the truth of what being home with oneself truly means. It was and is A Perfect reflection of my own Truth in fully coming home.
Finisterre may have a literal meaning, of In Roman times it was believed to be the end of the known world. The name Finisterre, like that of Finistère in France, derives from the Latin finis terrae, meaning “end of the earth”. “The Earth, no matter where or when we stand upon her, she always finds a way of dying and birthing itself over and over. She is never stagnant, never still, always in fluid motion; just as are we. I know now here back landing upon an amazing spot on this beautiful earth. I am so very grateful for my home, my spot in the natural world that was provided to me before my pilgrimage, not knowing until now that in fact it is truly my home.
The Earth, the place you ground into, the place we call home is like being connected into our electrical system within our literal and figurative house. When we are walking upon the earth, we ground more into the support and nurturance of dear Gaia along with all who have walked before us and all who will come after. When you stand with our feet on this earth you tend to ground automatically, when walking for days at a time you are then re- aligning into your electrical system, like bringing yourself closer and closer to home.
In the days before rubber-soled shoes, we were walking barefoot among the trees, always deeply connected to thy self, and to the earth. Earth has an energy, a vibration that has an amazing healing property, just as our energy system brings us life affirming aliveness into our systems if treated with love and compassion. Bringing in the flow of healthy negative ions in and any buildup of positive ions and its accompanying toxins flowing out is how we naturally take care. As for our health, grounding needs to be part of our daily life, as the Earth’s healing energy awaits your arrival as when ill either physically or emotionally, staying grounded as much as possible is a good tincture in your medicine cabinet.
We are making our way toward our 3 Day Retreat right here in Northern California and we still have a few spots left for our time on the land. We would love to have you take part in finding your way home!