I have been walking for three days — starting at the James River. My next town-stop is Waynesboro, VA. I walk about 15 miles each day and I plan to arrive in Waynesboro in three days.
Eventually, I’ll get to Harper Ferry, WV.
I sleep in a hammock under a tarp at night. It got down to 20 degrees F. last night (October). It is a long 12 hour night. There’s plenty of time for meditation and not much else to do.
I read chapter 14 from Lao tsu’s Tao te Ching:
“Look, and it can’t be seen.
Listen, and it can’t be heard.
Reach, and it can’t be grasped.”
Lao tsu talks about what you find on the inner journey — the investigation of the Way, the Tao.
I see the sign for Spy Rock — a rock from which Confederate spies watched the movement of Union soldiers through the Shannandoah Valley during the American Civil War.
This is the monolith on Priest Mountain — I meditate here.
The Native Americans were interested in the monolith but we don’t know exactly what they thought — it has unknown spiritual meaning — but for me it is merely mysterious — I read some more of chapter 14:
“Above, it isn’t bright.
Below, it isn’t dark.
it returns to the realm of nothing.”
I can’t explain this to you in words but if you walk with me, you will get a feeling for it.
“Form that includes all forms,
image without an image,
subtle, beyond all conception.”
You can meditate while walking by breathing in and out in time with your steps.
Here is a view from Priest Mountain. There is a long descent (3000 feet) after reaching the top.
Lao tsu says:
“Approach it and there is no beginning;
follow it and there is no end.
You can’t know it, but you can be it,
at ease in your own life.”
On the way down, I stop for lunch — Ramen noodles with peanut butter.
Lao tsu says:
“Just realize where you come from:
this is the essence of wisdom.”
I meet a Korean guy who is walking from Maine to Georgia. His trail name is “Solar Body.” He tells me that he gathers spiritual energy from the sun and projects it to others.
“You mean chi?” I ask.
“Yes,” he says. “Chi.”
I collect some chi for you.
I descend — down to the road — Tye River and Route 56 — then climb 1000 feet to the turn off on the Har-Mar Trail. There is a special place off the Appalachian Trail that I want to show to you — a special place where there is a spiritual vortex.
I am at the top of a waterfall. This is a “power point” — a vortex. I say a prayer for you at this place and I have found this to be very powerful — you will have good fortune soon. Even though we have never met in person this will work for you. The energy flows toward me, into my lens, and will come out of your computer screen to you.
Some of you have been following this blog for a long time — through Portugal and Europe — through Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakstan, China, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia — you know about this — now I am at this power point and the water rushes by — the energy coming in.
Watch…meditate…there is special energy in this place and it will come to you. Within the next few days, an idea will come to you which will give you guidance and you will know what to do. It is for you — it is natural — like the water flowing down hill — the chi energy flow into you from the Solar Body — from the vortex — from the monolith. Or whatever.
I pass Maupin Field Shelter, Reeds Gap — I see Cedar Cliff.
View from Cedar Cliff.
The walk up Humpback Mountain.
I pass a forest graveyard. Most stones are unmarked. People lived here up until the 1930s — the remains: graves, stone walls, and the chimney of a cabin.
I pass the cabin chimney.
Tonight I will be in Waynesboro.