Are you living in fear? Are you suffering emotionally, feeling grief, or feeling wounded? What would you do to achieve a feeling of peace and contentment? Would you travel to do it? Would you walk home to do it, no matter how far away home was?
So what is the edge of walking home? For New York Times best-selling author Sonia Choquette (www.soniachoquette.com), it was exactly 820 kilometers (509 miles). In her new book, Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed (Hay House, September 2014), Sonia discusses her personal journey of self-healing as she walked the ancient route of pilgrims — the Camino de Santiago — over the Pyrenees mountains across northern Spain.
Sonia is the author of twenty books, a spiritual teacher, six-sensory consultant, a transformational visionary guide, and a radio personality with her own weekly radio show. She has helped countless numbers of people around the world (including myself) to empower themselves and to overcome life challenges with her lectures, workshops, readings, and books.
Yet, within a few months, Sonia suffered through the death of her father and her brother, the end of her marriage, a serious knee injury, and several other physical ailments. How could this be happening to Sonia? Being an intuitive who has done tens of thousands of readings for other people, how could she not intuitively see these negative events ahead of time for herself?
Since I have gotten to know Sonia and her family personally over the past decade, I decided to just ask her. Sonia explained, “My own world was falling apart. I was angry, resentful, and suffering physical and emotional pain. My pride was hurt. I had reached a tipping point in my life.”
Sonia then asked me if I had ever seen the movie, Don’t Look in the Basement. I had to admit that I had never heard of that movie.
“This movie is a horror movie from 1973, in which patients with mental problems take over and run the sanitarium in which they are living and do some very bad things in the basement. I watched it when I was a kid and it always scared me,” she said.
How could world-renowned transformation teacher Sonia Choquette be afraid of anything? How could she not want look in her own basement?
“I was afraid to look in my own basement, because it is the shadowy place hiding the pain and negative emotions that I was suffering through. However, at that moment I knew I needed to make a healing change. I was then intuitively guided to walk the Camino,” she said.
After arriving in Spain, Sonia walked alone in silence — day after day, kilometer after kilometer. She endured physical pain and bad weather (including snow, freezing temperatures, wind, rain, and heat) to regain her personal and spiritual foundation. It took her 35 days to complete her journey on the Camino.
So what was Sonia’s edge of walking home? It was reaching a state of self-love, self-forgiveness, and peace.
“On my journey, I walked back to a personal place where I can now love myself and others more unconditionally and more compassionately. A place of peace and vulnerability.” – Sonia Choquette
“A place where I can now share the pain of the human experiences I endured in my own life more fully with others,” Sonia said.
Travelers on the Camino greet each other with mantra “Buen Camino!” which, loosely translated, means “good journey.” Even though I have not walked the Camino myself, I have to say “Buen Camino, Sonia.”
Sonia’s new book includes many more unique personal and spiritual insights from her journey. Insights that may assist you on your own journey.
So what is your edge of walking home?
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