We took the morning bus from Finesterre to Santiago and got a room close to the train station. I hung up our clothes and looked at the rain from our window.
The next day, we took the train to Barcelona. We went to the cathedral and saw the 13 geese who live within the cathedral walls. I heard that no one knows how the geese arrived and that it was miraculous that there were 13 of them. This may be incorrect. We overheard a tour guide say that there were originally 13 doves but the doves flew away.The number 13 corresponds with the age at martyrdom of the patron Saint Eulalia. The Romans put her in a knife studded barrel and rolled her down the street. Apparently this was one of 13 tortures that she experienced for refusing to reject Christianity in the year 303.We went into the cathedral, moving with the crowd, and saw a high mass in the front of the church. It seemed strange because tourists were allowed to take photographs in the back of the cathedral and they were talking and walking around. Can the Holy Spirit come to this place?
We saw television screens showing the mass in progress. Karen and I put our cameras away and attended the mass. A priest was delivering the sermon. He spoke in a clear, gentle voice and I understood many of his words. He said that Jesus was not concerned with politics or economics….Jesus was concerned with spiritually….the way to understand this involves silence. I allowed the priest’s words to flow over me and I passed into the peace beyond understanding.
This is what I want for you my son, daughter, brother, sister, lover. The choir sang and tears fell from Karen’s eyes.
Later, I asked Karen about her experience. “They made some kick-ass music,” she said.
We visited the Sagrada Familia and, the next day, Park Guell, projects of the great architect Antoni Gaudi. Gaudi is known for his use of religious images and creative employment of waste ceramic pieces. He was nick-named God’s architect. The Sagrada Familia, still-uncompleted, is the most visited monument in Spain.
Work on Park Guell began in 1900 but the plan to construct incredible houses for wealthy people did not work out economically and in 1926, Park Guell became a public park. Tourism is funny, in a way. It is a feast for the eyes, seeing astonishing things, one after another.
Lao tsu writes (chapter 35):
“She who centered in the Tao
Can go where she wishes, without danger.
She perceives the universal harmony,
Even amid great pain,
Because she has found peace in her heart.
Music, or the smell of good cooking
May make people stop and enjoy,
but words that point to the Tao
seem monotonous and without flavor.
When you look for it, there is nothing to see.
When you listen for it, there is nothing to hear.
When you use it, it is inexhaustible.”
From the heights of the Park Guell, we look out at the skyline of Barcelona. Not many people understand what Lao tsu says. Who wants to take an Inner Voyage where there is nothing to see and nowhere to go? The Inner Way is only for certain people, those chosen for it. Walking the Inner Way allows perceptions regarding the turning of the Great Wheel, the one that brings good luck and bad luck. It is possible to come into harmony with this and,in this respect, the Inner Way involves power and is useful. If you practice meditation, you will discover that the Tao is inexhaustible. Visit the quietness inside to understand.
We are going to to take the train to Lourdes, France, where the 14-year-old Bernadette saw a lady who identified herself as the Immaculete Conception. We will begin a pilgrimage to visit the existing bones of the Apostles of Jesus. There is power in this. Magic. We have previously visited St. Thomas in Chennai, India, and St. James, in Santiago. There are controversies involved but, the way we figure it, there are bones in Rome (St. Peter), Petras, Greece (St. Andrew), Ephasus, Turkey (St. John), Denizli, Turkey (St. Philip), Baskale, Turkey (St. Philip). We will use this magic for you. You can join us.
There is power in this and this power is available to you through the Inner Way. It is inexhaustible.