July 24, 2015 at 12:50PM on Facebook

“In some ways, going on a very long walk seems to resemble a shamanic healing. Most of us have heard about the Australian aborigines’ ritual of the Walkabout. There are also the stories of Jesus walking in the desert for 40 days, or the Coptic Saint Mary of Egypt, who wandered in the desert a for lifetime with the hopes of purging herself of her “sinful” nature.

“A pilgrimage to heal from the emotional wounds of life has a different goal, one that resembles an extended psychedelic trip. Maybe that’s how I see it, since I spent a long part of the journey in a self-induced poetic trance.”

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