Nijora Otherwise, they are never in there! It provides a nice account of various aspects of the most popular route along the Camino Frances. I think this is truly the land of dove, the new Atlantis. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
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This review is from rereading it and trying to find that point of connection that had moved me so. Or maybe points of connection, for there are many. First, Shirley MacLaine is no ordinary "movie star. She is aware of her privileged position that allows her to travel the world without the concerns that hinder the rest of us. The Camino is an apt telling of a journey undertaken by Shirley physically, spiritually, and metaphorically. She tells a story that is an engaging travelogue highlighted with spiritual connotations that inspire and enlarge the recounting of her physical traveling.
Her tale is also metaphorical, told with meaning for herself and her readers. She tells us not just about the travel, but about the journey that happened in the same space and what it taught her, with the implication that we can draw similar insight from our own journeying, whether far or near. In the introduction, she tells us what the Camino is: "There is a famous pilgrimage that has been taken by people for centuries called the Santiago de Compostela Camino across northern Spain.
It is said that the camino -- the road or the way -- lies directly under the Milky Way and follows ley lines that reflect the energy from those star systems above it.
Then she gives us the reason people undertake the grueling, mile, pilgrimage: "The Santiago Camino With further encouragement from spiritually-minded friends, she undertook the physical trek in when she was in her sixties.
Just making such a trip at that time in her life is an inspiration for those of us wondering how many trips we have left in us.
Along the way she faced territorial dogs, rain, sometimes annoying fellow pilgrims, cold showers, intrusive paparazzi self-serving priests, and persistent dreams of her past lives, always urged on by the locals with the exhortation of: Ultreya -- move forward with courage.
Sleeping in the refugios, in the open, or sometimes ina hotel, she dreamed. At times, her dreams were so lucid she considered them visions, and they were all about her past lives. Indeed, her telling of those visions of her past lives on the Camino and in Atlantis and Lemuria are what puts this book with her others solidly in the "New Age" section of the book store.
Enhanced by the concentrated energy of the Camino, her visions were of her travels on the Camino as a Moorish girl, apparently a mistress to Charlemagne, as a pupil of "John the Scot" who is also one of her chief spirit guides , and as an androgynous being in Lemuria and Atlantis who was an early experiment carried out by aliens on the sexual separation of humans.
Such visions will be off-putting to many rational thinkers, but they should not be so quick to judge. They warn us of the inevitable collapse from living the way we do. They go along with New Age ecological themes of preserving the earth and creating sustainable modes of living, rather than the paradigm of "endless growth. Indeed, while she avers the reality of having had the visions, she still alludes to them as being instructive imaginings.
And so I highly recommend The Camino to you as a guidepost to help you in your own journey through this mysterious life.
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