Walking to Carcaboso – Chapter 52

We leave Galisteo by walking past the front of the old city wall and then descending around the back — to reach a Roman bridge. Until we reach the bridge, the way is poorly marked.

I read Chapter 52 of the Tao te Ching.

“In the beginning was the Tao.
All things issue from it;
all things return to it.”.

I look back at the old city walls and the Roman bridge.

“To find the origin,
trace back the manifestations.”

After the bridge, we see places where the arrows have been painted over. What does this mean? We humans face the “manifestations” each day. How can we know their origin?

“When you recognize the children

and find the mother,

you will be free of sorrow.”

Through meditation, you can gain insights regarding the source of your thoughts.

“If you close your mind in judgements
and traffic with desires,
your heart will be troubled.”

We humans have desires. Our hearts are troubled. Do not be surprised to find this when you look inside yourself.

“If you keep your mind from judging
and aren’t led by the senses,
your heart will find peace.”

We enter Carcaboso.

We locate the Church of Santiago, the Saint of our pilgrimage. As is normal in Spain these days, the church is locked.

“Seeing into darkness is clarity.

Knowing how to yield is strength.”


Beside the church are a collection of Roman miliarios markers which had been placed every 1000 Roman double steps  – every Roman mile – along the Via de la Plata. Each Roman mile is 1481 meters or .92  American miles. The miliario typically provides text telling the names of the government administrator, governor, and military units involved in constructing or repairing the road as well as the distance of the marker from Rome.

“Use your own light

and return to the source of light.

This is called practicing eternity.”

Each of us has an inner light. This allows the Inner pilgrimage.

In the afternoon, we locate the route of the Camino out of town — past these three crosses. This time, our guide book helped us find the way.

We remembered the sign we saw on the wall by the Church of Santiago: “Our desire for the pilgrim is to make his way well.”

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