WHY A PILGRIMAGE ?
What is sacred, in the objective sense, is a space where the “invisible world” may become accessible to our experience by Grace.This is where our journeys to the east lead.
WE NEED to find a real balance in our lives, and become more concerned with our psycho-physical and spiritual health. We daily run after objects that are not really important—events and false models of success. We are under the domination of things that in each moment become the objects of our attention, whatever they are. We don’t choose them; they choose and control us.
FOR THIS REASON we are often not able to discriminate what is actually happening inside us and around us, due to our lack of attention. We become insensitive to our inner calling and surround ourselves with objects that hypnotize us—mobiles, televisions, computers, and any other source of technology that shuts off our feelings and our capacity to listen and truly see what is before us.
The Way of the pilgrim
LEAVING BEHIND what is known and heading towards the unknown: this is the way of the pilgrim. As the orthodox Russian pilgrim, the modern pilgrim seeks unity, healing, love, consciousness, faith, forgiveness.
Living as a pilgrim signifies embracing the unknown and see in everything the presence of God.
There is not good or bad. The reality simply is what it is.
WHAT IS A PILGRIMAGE ?
A PILGRIMAGE can be a shock that breaks our usual routine and switches on our perceptions and senses to help us wake up to life, to perceive the extraordinary in the ordinary, to feel the depth in every moment, that immense space in ourselves that opens up beyond our inner and outer slavery.
THE SACRED places we visit are themselves a manifestation of the divine as we are too. In these places some special source of help seems to be more accessible, but we need to learn how to be open to it. This is why being a pilgrim is not only a role we take for a short time, but it is a way of living.
THE PILGRIMAGE IS A JOYFUL experience. Being concerned about the spiritual meaning of our life does not mean to become less playful. Real playfulness come with simplicity that is the key of any inner transformation.
WHEN A GROUP of travelers is under sacred influences, an invisible action can transform them in to a community of people. The main difference is that a real community has group consciousnesses and act according to objective values.