While reading this week’s Master Key Lesson, I was struck by a passage that sounded a lot like something I had heard on the Camino. Yes, the Camino meets Master Key wisdom all the time. I know I talk about the Camino a lot on my Master Key blog but I keep seeing the similarities, so I will keep doing it:)
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Here is the particular passage that made me think of Dries, a Camino Albergue owner. I will tell you his story shortly.
Knowledge will not apply itself. You must make the application. Abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite and specific purpose, and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference. If you are in business, it will increase and develop along regular channels, possibly new or unusual channels of distribution will be opened and when the law becomes fully operative, you will find that the things you seek are seeking you. Charles Haanel, Master Key System, 10:23
Now about Dries. He was an easy-going guy, he loved to travel, and loved to walk the Camino. In fact, he loved it so much that he decided to open his own albergue. Albergues are the pilgrim hostels along the Camino, providing accomodation, sometimes food, and often a unique pilgrim experience. Dries, from Germany (I think, or maybe Austria), did not do well in school. His mother thought he was a bit crazy about this Camino thing, and she worried about him, naturally; wondering if he would ever find success. Dries just wanted to live on the Camino and help pilgrims.
So he started to walk Camino routes in Spain and Portugal, with an eye on places to start his albergue. Finally he found a lovely property, along the Camino Portuguese, just north of Tui, and about 100 km before Santiago de Compostela. He started to renovate and build just as the Covid 19 pandemic was starting. This could have been a setback, but Dries used the time to make the place a special retreat for pilgrims. This included a house with space for about 12 pilgrims, a yard with a pool, lounge chairs, firepit, hammock, and a huge round outdoor table for those special pilgrim meals. With experience as a chef, Dries knew he could provide everything a pilgrim could need.
When I walked, as Spain was starting to recover from the pandemic, Dries’ Casa Alternativo was becoming a very successful albergue. In fact, he had to turn away pilgrims most days. When we were there, he received several calls from pilgrims who were disappointed to be turned away. As it was, he welcomed a couple late in the day who ended up sleeping on mattresses on the floor. I’m glad that we had reserved ahead!
Dries is a wonderful Camino host. He welcomed us warmly, offered cold beverages and a hot shower. He cooked us a wonderful pilgrim meal. He shared Camino stories and encouraged us to take a special detour called the Variante Espiritual, which we did. We met his dog Otto, who had walked several Caminos with Dries.
Camino meets Master key wisdom
And one particular thing that Dries said really stuck with me. Now that I have read almost the same thing by Haanel, I thought I should share:
You must work for your dreams, because the only thing that comes from the sky is rain. Dries, Casa Alternativo, Spanish section of Camino Portuguese
I have to repeat the Haanel bit:
Abundance does not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite and specific purpose, and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference. Charles Haanel, as above.
The Camino meets Master Key wisdom, right? Dries had a definite, specific purpose and he worked for it. He may not have consciously understood the Law of Attraction, but he is living his dharma. And to complete the story, his mother was visiting while we were there. She saw him living his purpose and passion, she was very proud of her son, and knew that he had indeed found success.
Buen Camino and Ultreia