My call to walk Camino

I have heard stories of those that took the call to walk Camino de Santiago and others waiting for the right time and/or courage to go. After all, it is an 800 km walk across Spain following yellow arrows.

My story

Before walking Camino de Santiago no matter what I did, I felt as though I was swimming upstream. I was so invested in the direction I was taking that while understanding the importance of trusting my intuition, I was standing in my way, making myself sick.

Rewind several years

27-years of marriage ended. I was working and living quite comfortably until one day the catalyst to change; the realisation I was a year older than I thought! Selling my home in 2 weeks and giving away my possessions I ventured off to live a nomadic life of solo travel.

Returning for the birth of my first grandson, then soon after my second grandson. I decided to find myself a new home and settle down.

New direction

Building on my life skills and business experience, I completed an Advanced Diploma in Transpersonal Art Therapy, Certificate in Shamanic practice and Certificate 4 in training and assessment.

I began connecting with women in the therapeutic field and setting up a new business. I planned to hold one-one Art therapy sessions, workshops and women’s circles. Nothing felt right. A perpetual nagging within to travel and a “let’s be practical, I am not getting any younger” voice in my head. An inner fight with myself over what logically made sense, and what my heart was calling me to do.

Call out for help

I asked spirit (call it what fits for you) for guidance.
I like to ask for answers in my dreams, as I did this time… I asked for a clear sign, travel or continue on my current path. I made a pact to follow through on guidance I am given, that night I dreamt I was buying a ticket to Thailand. UGGGH Thailand, I was not happy, a great place to do a retreat but could not imagine what on earth I would do there!

Decision made

I booked a retreat in Thailand, purchased some boxes and started packing. Despite the constant mind chatter drilling away about my stupidity, underneath it, I had a sense of calm.

Then the fun began

Monday morning my girlfriend who was unaware of my decisions called “I have the sense that I have to deliver a particular book to you today, I am coming past to drop it off” the book was The Camino by Shirley MacLaine

I knew of Camino as I had watched “The Way”. I was touched, however, an 800 km Pilgrimage was not on my radar. Walking when travelling is a great way to meet people, yet at home, my walking was limited to the corner store and back.

Can you imagine my surprise the following Wednesday, at the counter in a book store waiting to have my purchase wrapped a woman walked in and asked if they had any books on Camino de Santiago, she was going to make a dream of hers come true, to walk Camino.

HMMMM… I am paying attention

Attending a funeral the following Friday that had been delayed I asked why? “I was in Spain waiting for my partner to finish walking Camino de Santiago!!” I had to hold back the tears as I realised right then I was being called to Camino de Santiago.

Off on another Adventure!

I immediately began researching. The right equipment and support found it’s way to me. Not fully understanding what was ahead of me, off I went.

Camino de Santiago here I come!!!

On reflection

I thought I was a little hasty taking my dream literally and booking Thailand. I could have just gone to Camino? Turns out the retreat prepared me emotionally and physically. The best surprise, my first customers to do the full Camino was an Australian woman I met at the retreat in Thailand… no mistakes ever.

Walking Camino de Santiago was the most inspiring adventure of my life. Crossroads Travel was born out of my desire to support others to step out of their own way and walk Camino de Santiago.

Trust the call when it arrives, Camino de Santiago awaits.

Buen Camino!!

The Woman who unpacked after walking Camino de Santiago is not the same Woman that packed.

Jennifer Lyons; founder Crossroads Travel