It was the 1st week in May I was sat in a small restaurant in Arzua in Northern Spain with 8 of my students. It had been our 3rd day walking since leaving our starting point of Sarria.
Dave sat looking at me awaiting my reaction to his statement.
He was right I was lucky. I got to spend 6 months a year walking with new groups of people twice a month. I was able to help them strip off the pressures of their normal lives using Quantum walking, meditation, kinesiology, masterminds and earthing. Most left the Camino like I had done 2 years before able to escape the constant chatter in their heads and be more in tune with the language of their heart and their true purpose.
I looked at Dave and replied “Yeah I’m very blessed – don’t you feel the same about what you do?”
He looked away, and the other members look at me. Over the last 3 days I’d used the letters of the word Camino as tools to rebalance the connection between head and heart. Today was O a tough one for some of the group as we had been looking at openness.
Dave had spent most of the day looking at the scenery, talking to other walkers we meet and most of all avoiding the O word!
I gave him a few more minutes then asked, “What would you love to do if you knew you couldn’t fail?”
In a flash he answered, “‘I want to lead, I want to make a difference in people’s lives.”
“That’s great,” I said, “we have something to aim for – a starting point.”
The next morning before we set off for our days walking, I gathered everyone together in a lovely plaza on the edge of the town, but instead of doing the usual warm ups and energy balances, I handed my small green guide book to Dave and said, “Today he would lead the group!”
I only wish I’d filmed the look of panic, fear and excitement on his face. It was something that I’d never seen before. He looked at the book in his hand and spluttered that he was unsure where to go. A few group members chuckled, and one pointed to a yellow arrow on the path and said, “Maybe we could follow the arrows.”
The Camino runs 750km across Spain, and the yellow arrows mark the way through towns and over Rocky Mountains alike.
The Camino is like the Universe, it leaves clues for us if we are in tune with it.
And so Dave started his Hero’s journey as Joseph Campbell, the American mythologist, would have said.
It’s a journey many spiritual entrepreneurs take ever day.
They have a calling and leave their ordinary world to follow it.
On the journey they face trials and ordeals, they meet mentors and embrace new ways of thinking.
They enter dark caves and face their fears.
They grow and receive rewards they did not expect.
And one day after many tears and much joy, they find themselves back at the starting point with amazing knowledge and stories to share with their family, friends and anyone they meet.
So where are you on this journey? Did you even know you had started?
Take some time out today to calm the chatter in your head and listen to the beautiful message your heart is sharing.
Are you climbing a challenging path? Maybe you’ve reached a point where you can enjoy the view as well as the rewards and rest before you start to create your next exciting opportunity. What does it feel and look like?
Most of all be ‘Open’ to what the universe is offering you and always remember it leaves clues like the yellow arrow to guide you.
The yellow arrows and green book helped David lead us for 19 km that day to our next resting point. That day he opened up and started to share his inner passion and discover his new life path.
A path I’m glad to say has taken him on a new spiritual journey in his life.