The forest where almost all become lost Beyond Atalaia, there is a eucalyptus forest where almost all pilgrims on the way to Santiago become lost. In that Forrest, there are many forks in the road and, in places, the trees with signs have been cut down. We carefully read our guidebook, a kind of scripture for us, which detailed each turn but soon found that the words did not fit the reality we found on the ground. At the same time, we found that someone had put up new way signs and these helped us make it through. My friends, the way is always changing. Do not cling to ancient scriptures. At the same time, recognize the value of tradition and accept the help of those who have walked the way that you are going. As we were leaving the forrest, we came upon a field with a scarecrow. We has been fearful of the Forrest where almost all pilgrims became lost but this fear was ungrounded. Many fears are like that. The thing which seems so threatening is merely a scarecrow. The way to see things clearly is inside of you. This way involves emptiness, the letting go of thoughts when they come up. The way is linked with creativity, the mechanism by which thoughts come to you. Lao tsu says (chapter 6): “The Tao is called the Great Mother: empty, yet inexhaustible. It gives birth to infinite worlds. It is always present within you. You can use it any way you want.” You don’t have to accept my words or Loa tsu’s words. You can follow the Inner Path yourself. Practice meditation.

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