Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed
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Publisher: Hay House Inc
Publication Date: 9/30/14
Finding Forgiveness and Freedom… Universal Lessons for Us All
Life was falling apart. Within the space of three years, Sonia Choquette had suffered the unexpected death of two close family members, seen her marriage implode, and been let down by trusted colleagues. And sympathy was not forthcoming. "You're a world-renowned spiritual teacher and intuitive guide," people jeered. "How could you not have seen this coming?" Having intuitive abilities didn't make her superhuman, however. Nor did it exempt her from being wounded or suffering the pain of loss and the consequences of our all-too-human traits such as anger, resentment, and pride-traits that can lead even the best of us to stray from our spiritual path.
In order to regain her spiritual footing, Sonia turned to the age-old practice of pilgrimage and set out to walk the legendary Camino de Santiago, an 820-kilometer trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain. Day after day she pushed through hunger, exhaustion, and pain to reach her destination. Eventually, mortification of the flesh gave way to spiritual renewal, and she rediscovered the gifts of humility and forgiveness that she needed to repair her world.
Sonia shares more about it in this heartwarming video:
In this riveting book, Sonia shares the intimate details of her grueling experience, as well as the unexpected moments of grace, humor, beauty, and companionship that supported her through her darkest hours. While her journey is unique, the lessons she learned-about honoring your relationships with others as well as with your own higher self, and forgiving all else-are universal.
While Sonia learned many things during her trek, here are just a few of the many lessons you’ll learn in Walking Home:
- Asking for Help
I could ask my spirit guides to help me out, and they did, all the time. I just couldn’t ask people to help me. That was imposing, and just plain wrong. This warped message was proving, more and more, to be the great undoing of all of my relationships…
I was so angry with so many people and had ended so many relationships because of my over-giving tendencies and subsequent backlog of resentment that I couldn’t stand myself anymore.
Unless I got this part of my inner life balanced once and for all, I could never be truly happy in my life or in my relationships.
The only thing that brought me peace was to fully feel my human experience and accept that no matter what had transpired, in this or any life, underneath it all people do what they think is right or necessary at the time, and because of that, we are all both victims and perpetrators. We are all wounded, and wound one another because of it. And we are all innocent, too. And for that I had compassion for all of us.
In my wounded state, I didn’t know how deeply my behavior affected others. In forgiving everyone else, I knew I too needed to be forgiven. You can’t force-feed forgiveness either.
Forgiveness could not come about with a spiritual bypass that ignored my feelings or by having others tell me what to feel. I had to walk through it all in order to forgive. Nothing is too big to forgive. I was injured and injuring. And still I knew I was a beautiful spirit who was loved by God. We all are.
We only have to have faith in others and in life, be patient and stay grounded when the unexpected occurs, and remember to pray and have faith that we will always receive the love and support we need if we let go and allow it.
What Sonia ultimately found along the path to Walking Home was forgiveness and a sense of wholeness she had long forgotten existed. Most of all, she found her true home, the home that lies within and remains timeless, ageless and pure. What will you find on your walk home?
What People Are Saying
“Sonia Choquette’s book Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed is real, raw, and honest. As she walks an ancient pilgrimage to work through her devastating loss, grief, and abandonment, she finds the way back to a place of genuine forgiveness and healing. As we, the reader, walk with her, we find the same for ourselves.”
— Jack Canfield, co-author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series
“Brilliant! Sonia Choquette takes us on a pilgrimage of the heart. She introduces us to places and people that offer timeless wisdom and sacred teachings for our own life journey.”
— Robert Holden, Ph.D., author of Happiness NOW! and Loveability
“Sonia’s book Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed is grounded and inspiring, and her courage in making this arduous pilgrimage helps others live by their authentic voice and spirit.”
— Chaz Ebert, publisher of Ebert Digital, president of Ebert Productions, and vice president of The Ebert Company
“Sonia Choquette has a pilgrim’s ardor. Join her on the trail to an authentic self. Witness her passion and her humility. Prepare yourself to be inspired. Every footstep, every word, is a blessing.”
— Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way
By Angelina on Sep 09, 2016
I loved Sonia's real life journey walking the Santiago de Compostela pilgrimage trail. Walking through her shoes of self healing and forgiveness made me think about how I needed to do the same in my life! Highly recommend this book and who knows.....it may inspire you to take the pilgrimage too!
By Kerri on Sep 08, 2016
When I heard Sonia Choquette wrote a new book about her pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, I absolutely could not wait to get this book in my hands. I had to wait several weeks because it was out of stock, but I knew I needed to read this. I knew it would be phenomenal, and it was even better than I anticipated. Sonia Choquette is a best-selling author and six-sensory spiritual teacher. Walking Home takes the reader on a journey along with her through a 500-mile pilgrimage over the Pyranees and through Spain called the Camino de Santiago. Yes, she walked 500 miles! This trek has been walked for centuries and leads to the shrine of St. James. In the Middle Ages over a million Catholics made the journey as a way to be forgiven for their sins and begin again. It became known as The Way of Forgiveness. Sonia decided to make the journey to work through the sudden deaths of her brother and father, as well as the dissolution of her marriage. What I love about this book, is that I felt like I walked with her. She held nothing back in this book, every emotion came forth and I related to so much of it. I loved getting to live every day of her journey through her thoughtful description of the scenery, the food, the people. Everything was portrayed with such clarity, that even my feet were sore after her daily hikes. I also loved the pictures she shared in the book too, that was such a treat. It was amazing to feel someone's transformation. To see them go from broken to reborn. There were so many times I saw myself in her trials and felt so much better that I was not the only one who felt so many ways that she did. I felt like I was growing and changing along with her. There was anger, yelling, singing, praying, heartache, joy, laughter, and it was all wonderful! I am humbled by her raw honesty, and truly grateful for Sonia's willingness to share so much of herself. It reminds me of a Rumi quote: "Tear off the mask, your face is glorious." How hard is it to truly allow who you really are to be seen? I mean all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly. What a triumph to be vulnerable and let go of what other people might think! This book is such a gift, a permission to let it all out, and then let it all go. There was magic in Sonia's journey. So many miracles that she shared, and they became more powerful as the journey came closer to Santiago. This book was pure indulgence to me, and I absolutely luxuriated in it every night. I couldn't wait to walk another day of the journey with her. And as the book was getting closer to the end, I was feeling sad because I didn't want it to end! It has been such a long time since a book made me feel that way. This is one of the few books I know I will be reading again and again, because I know I will receive new insight each time. This is clearly a movie waiting to happen. I highly recommend Walking Home. It is for those who are going through a struggle, those who need to forgive or be forgiven, those who need to let go of the past, those who need to appreciate the beauty in themselves and others, this book is for everyone. Let the magic begin!