The Sacred Pilgrimage – Do We Really Have Pilgrims Coming?

From November 8-12, 2012, I plan on being a part of  the Celebrate Your Life 10th Anniversary, Sacred Pilgrimage. The event will host about 300 pilgrims through a weekend of spiritual self exploration, growth, learning and kinestetic experiences. Each person was also asked complete a sacred intention for the event.

As I think about what this weekend & what will be like, I asked myself, “What is a pilgrim and a pilgrimage” as it relates to this event?

I decided to break it all down by definition (from Dictionary.com):


pil·grim
 – noun
1. a person who journeys, especially a long distance, to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: pilgrims to the Holy Land.
2. a traveler or wanderer, especially in a foreign place.
3. an original settler in a region.
4. ( initial capital letter ) one of the band of Puritans who founded the colony of Plymouth, Mass., in 1620.
5. a newcomer to a region or place, especially to the western U. S.

Of the over 200 people currently signed up for the event, only 5 from Sedona, so everyone else is traveling from a distance to get to this remote city in central Arizona.  So are the Sedonans pilgrims?

Over 30 live outside the U.S., definitely pilgrims. Plus anyone who has never been to Sedona  meets pilgrim definiton #5.

Looks like most folks meet the “pilgrim” definition.  How about meeting the “pilgrimage” criteria?

pil·grim·age – noun

1. a journey, especially a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes.
2. Islam . a. the Pilgrimage, hajj.  b. ʿumrah.
3. any long journey, especially one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage: a pilgrimage to the grave of Shakespeare.

Hmmm, lots of folks (over 180 from outside AZ)  traveling some distances for this event.  Including their “sacred intention”, they would be making a “pilgrimage” as definition #3 states.  As for the folks from AZ, everyone is traveling and has a “sacred intention” = pilgrimage.  On top of that, the event is being held at the Enchantment Resort which is located within the Boynton Canyon Vortex!  This is powerful sacred ground to all who understand the spiritual significance of a “vortex”! Sacred place, check. Quest or votive purpose, check.  I think we are good here.

Well, I feel a whole lot better knowing that everyone attending meets the definition of “Pilgrimage”.  I still have to check on the Sedonans to see if the meet the “pilgrim” definition.  What do you think?

Thanks and Blessings,

Greg

Greg Drejza is the e-Marketing and Social Media Director at Mishka Productions, Scottsdale AZ.

Mishka Productions is producer of the fabulous Celebrate Your Life Conference held annually in Chicago, IL and Phoenix, AZ.  In November 2012 (8-12th), Celebrate your Life will hold it’s 10th Anniversary Sacred Pilgrimage in Sedona AZ at the Enchantment Resort, nestled within a powerful vortex in Boynton Canyon.  You should join us: www.CelebrateYourLifeSedona.org

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Cool Bumber Stickers – COEXIST – We Are All One!

I happened to be going to my favorite restaurant last week, and as I parallel  parked my car, right in front of me was a vehicle with an “COEXIST” sticker on the back!  I don’t know if you have ever seen one but, they symbols no matter what faith or belief system we have, we COEXIST, we are all one. Here’s what one looks like:

COEXIST - With letter Definitions

I really like this bumper sticker and what it stands for; we all need to come to the realization we are all together in this world and COEXISTence is the complete solution to all our worldly troubles! 

COEXIST on a bumper

I really like the imagination that someone had to create these! I stopped to think about my immediate moment, that is, about the person who owned the car in front of me. Who is the person who owns this car?  What did they look like?  Which of the symbols on the sticker was their belief system? Did they have more than one?  What nationality we they?  We they White, Hispanic, Black, Oriental, old, young? Did they look like a Cowboy, Flower Child, Athlete, Mom ?

I was very curious so, I started to look around at all the people sitting outside on the terrace, trying to tune my intuitive senses in to lock in on the person sending me this COEXIST vibration.

I decided to go onto the internet to see other variations of this sticker. Here’s what I found:

TOLERANCE

Another I found was the next one, (probably not a bumber sticker though)…. and it really made me think and fearful. I decided to add it it anyway because we ARE all one, and if change has to start with one person….it may as well be ME! 

Tell me what you think!

I you want to see and hear more from people who truly believe WE ARE ALL ONE and live it, join us at “Celebrate Your Life” Chicago 2012. It is a conference of loving, peace giving, COEXIST believing people who will be sharing words, hugs, experiences to help each other grow consciously and spiritually! www.CelebrateYourLife.org or call 877-300-7352 for more info!

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