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A travel blessing

30 Aug

Before I left, my friend Julie, who is an Inter Faith Minister, blessed my trip.  This is the thrust of that blessing

The Blessing – July 2010

You won’t be lonely – the happy clappy angels and your beautiful guardian angel are coming with you. You are safe and protected.

You are quieting your mind – becoming centred and still. Drawing all your energy back from past work, past relationships and wherever. You are filling up with energy, where you have been drained and distracted – God is pouring itself into you.

Keep up the cleansing & purification, bathe in healing water – you will receive cleansing and you will be transformed into light.

Feel the many angels that are coming with you. Follow this journey with your heart & soul not with your head – follow your inner feelings. Look at beautiful scenes. Travel to holy places, attend services for the divine. You will be transformed, following in God’s footsteps. Pray to Jesus, pray to the Holy Mother. Use the divine as your compass. Check in in with your heart regularly.

Every day spend time with God and sit in peace. Meditate by the mountains, streams and rivers, by the ocean, under the stars. Use it as a deep resting space – do not try to be busy – use it to become clean & clear, to heal old wounds, to be renewed & become you, divine, a disciple.

Feel the energy of those who have gone before.

Speak with God in every moment. Come home to yourself and to God. Rest in the blessings of the Holy Mother. Drink the divine water. Become clean – pure – divine – healed, inside and out.

7th July 2010


Roughly the route (Pacific Trek – Canyons & Coast Week 1). . .

30 Aug

A – San francisco

B – Redwoods National Park

C – Crater Lake

D – Ashland

E -Lassen Park

F – Mt Shasta

G – Lava beds

Here we go again – Canyons of the West

30 Aug

So, off we set again, back on the bus for the Canyons of the West tour.  And I would be proved to be right…. another amazing week.

The previous bus had 24 people on it – this time, the die hards from the previous week (Katherine, Mitch, Jay, Laurie, Jim and myself) were joined by 30 others…. a long overnight bus ride buried in the bowels of the bus in the ‘honeymoon suite’ listening to every movement of the bus – and the other occupant, who I’d only just met, for heaven’s sake!

We ended up in Zion National Park: a huge canyon but containing the daunting Angel’s Landing, a scary climb with chain handholds and terrifying drops.  Best fixed by not looking down.  Beautiful, beautiful views, Quite an achievement for someone with slight feelings of vertigo, which I then doubled by running down the mountain, for an unknown reason….

Overnight camping  led to a visit to Bryce Canyon, where the wind sculpted hoodoos appear in ever corner of the landscape.  A difficult hike in the heat into the canyon following the Fairyland trail and back up, trying to keep up with Marie, the Energizer bunny, and Vanessa, who just kept on going… every turn revealing more beauty and incredibly beautiful views.

There are some incredible people on this trip – the Three Musketeers (myself, Mitch and Jay, with Katherine fulfilling D’Artagnan’s role: the party duo of Cat and Alana, our two most atypical librarians, Bridget and Angela, plus Marie, the ‘beautiful lying French Australian ballerina’ (Angela’s words after she found out ‘drop bears’, indigenous Australian mammals that lie in wait in trees to drop on their prey, weren’t actually real), Lukas, cycling from Maine to Montana, the Brit posse of Luke, Katie and Jess, fresh from helping at a US summer camp… Jeff,  Oona… the list seems endless (and feels endless, when trying to cram them all on a bus)

Angela and VanessaMitch and Marie

So, onto the bus, for a most unexpected evening… the bus was far too crowded tonight, it seemed…which, sometimes, can turn out to be a very good thing.

And I was put in mind of this. . .

“May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view…where something strange and more beautiful and full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.” –Edward Abbey

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