Absorbing Holy Ground – Effects of the Camino

the-wayFeet absorb the energy of the ground they tread.

Touching the feet of someone today who had walked the Camino, that ancient pilgrimage route, brought a blessing hard to describe. Her feet held Holy ground.

She had walked over the Pyrenees,  across northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. This pilgrimage route going back to the middle ages, is a path trod by millions, reverently and painfully, for days and weeks on end to reach the burial place of Saint James. He was the apostle who brought Christianity to the Iberian peninsula.9.-Wear-something-light-on-your-feet._618x464Touching those feet, so purified and elevated despite their worn and bruised state, was entering Holy ground. I was humbled, awed and reverenced.  To “wash” those feet and care for them was one of the highlights of my life.

IMG_0143-512x512“The scallop shell is said to be a metaphor, its lines representing the different routes pilgrims travel from all over the world, all walking trails leading to one point: the tomb of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela. However, it is open to interpretation. Which side points to Santiago? In some regions, the scallop’s longest line is considered the one pointing towards Santiago. This is the case in Asturias, for example if you are walking the Original Way or the Northern Way, and some parts of the Portuguese Way.” quote from caminoways.com

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