Pilgrimage is one of the fundamental structures a journey can take – the quest in search of something, if only one’s own transformation, the journey towards a goal. Rebecca Solnit
Dreams. I’ve had a few. The above image of a spider’s web in my garden caught in the early morning light, is my equivalent of the Native American idea of Dreamcatchers. Their belief that the night air is filled with good and bad dreams which could be filtered by a symbolic web was born out of the legend of the Dream Catcher. By capturing the ‘bad’ Spirits, the dream catcher filters and protects us from ‘evil’ by letting through only the good dreams allowing the bad dreams to perish and disappear with the first rays of the morning sun. I am standing at that precarious place, the threshold of my dream. My days filled with anticipation, preparation, hesitation and butterflies, experiencing hope and fear in equal measure. So I set about busying myself with practicalities and start to whittle down the things I really need to take. I won’t be needing my passport for this particular journey but I was advised to take Tommy’s passport and notice he turns seven on 29th April, 2 days before we make our journey to Lindisfarne.
The desire to journey is deep in the human psyche, maybe stemming right back to the earliest human experience of hunter gatherers………………..Pilgrimage is a process of preparing, journeying and arriving and the more fully we are able to be present with the experience as it unfolds the more we are likely to be enriched by it. It is how we travel that transforms the journey into a pilgrimage ………………In making a pilgrimage we are stepping out of our comfort zone, challenging ourselves and in the process connecting to resources and capacities within that we perhaps did not previously recognise we possessed. Richard Dealler (Mary/Michael Pilgrim Route Guides)
A pilgrimage involves a journey to a place of significance, acting as a rite of passage. It involves following a route to seek spiritual or material rewards. The concept is important not only in regards to religion, but in history, anthropology, philosophy, literature, art and architecture, and has motivated the imaginations of writers and artists for centuries. It touches on many aspects of human existence through a physical journey to a special place, as well as an inner spiritual journey, and indeed the process of life itself. From Lure of the Lost: A Contemporary Pilgrimage 2015 Anthony Schrag deveron-arts.com
Dear Caro, Today Father Harry came to the island to bless the stone. He thought it would be nice to give the blessing on the causeway where it was found. He gave a lovely blessing and included you and Tommy in the prayer. We then sent the blessed stone, along with the candle, to the castle and placed them in the church, lit the candle and allowed the stone to absorb some spirituality for a time. I have attached a pic of Father Harry with the stone at the spot he made the blessing. The castle guide team will forward me a picture they took of the items in church which I’ll forward to you when I get it (hopefully tonight). I have the stone and candle here ready for collection (I can leave them in the mainland office if it suits?) I can not tell you enough just how lovely the blessing was – if rather unique. Best wishes Pete
May the road rise up to meet you,May the wind be always at your back,May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fieldsand until we meet again,May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Canter. An easy gallop; originally called a Canterbury pace or gallop, from the ambling gait adopted by mounted pilgrims to the shrine of St Thomas à Becket at Canterbury. Brewer’s Dictionary of Phase and Fable