Whether it is a pilgrimage or the Master Key Experience, completing the journey can be bittersweet. But really, Commencement does not mean you are finished. It just means you are moving to a new phase or a new journey.
My computer gives the following definition for Commencement:
The word commencement is actually derived from a 13th century French word meaning beginning or start. You see, commencement isn’t the celebration of an ending it’s the celebration of a new beginning. As students, when you commence, you actually begin a new chapter in your life.
Haanel says we are not even close to being finished:
This is the science which embraces all sciences. It is the art which, above all arts, is relevant to human life. In the mastery of this science and this art there is opportunity for unending progression. Perfection in this is not acquired in six days, nor in six weeks, nor in six months. It is the labour of life. Not to go forward is to go backward. Charles Haanel, Master Key System, Part 23 introduction
In regards to the pilgrimage, it is often said that the real Camino begins when you arrive home. I found a great quote in one of the guidebooks I read:
Before a new chapter is begun, the old one has to be finished. Stop being who you were, and change into who you are. Paulo Coelho
That one sound a bit Hero’s Journey to me. I have also heard that people become more of who they really are on the Camino. I would say the same of the Master Key Experience. All the work we do – either in walking and contemplating, or in studying and learning – all serve to chip away chunks of concrete off our cement Buddha.
For me, after I walked the Camino, I discovered and registered for the Master Key Experience. I had actually heard of it before then, but was not ready until after walking a Camino. My heart was opened to this new experience.
So, on your continuing journey, stop and take a look around. Enjoy the view, see how far you have come. Consider how you have changed. Or maybe not changed, but become more of your true self. Give yourself a moment to celebrate, give yourself credit for a job well done. Then look around and see where the next journey will take you. Another year of Master Key Experience, with all the sweet bonus material? A new Camino (once we can return)? Where will your life journey take you next?
As in the Sunday webcast, I will include a few Dr Seuss quotes:
Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.You’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way! Theodor Seuss Geisel
Where-ever your next journey may be, I wish you a Buen Camino, and Ultreia! In case you were wondering:
The word ‘Ultreia’ comes from Latin and it means ‘beyond’. Ultreia is another pilgrim salute, like the more popular ‘Buen Camino!’. While ‘Buen Camino’ literally means ‘have a good journey, a good Camino’, the meaning of ‘Ultreia!’ goes a bit deeper, implying encouragement to keep going, reaching ‘beyond’, heading onwards. CaminoWays.com
I am not quite finished with my journey this year, at least a couple more blog posts on this topic, since I am having so much fun with it!