Jacques Theron has written articles on various subjects for South African and French magazines. Here are a few examples, which also give further details on his pilgrimages to Santiago and other courses.
Approaches to the Western Mystery Tradition
Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code” has enjoyed phenomenal success in terms of sales and general controversy. Criticism by the Church and its supporters has been vehement - claiming that the Catholic Church and its history has been slanderously and inaccurately attacked. Meanwhile, in the opposite camp, the writers of “Holy Blood, Holy Grail” are suing Brown for plagiary of their ideas. Whether or not the fast-paced thriller is to your taste, its occult content raises some compelling questions about the spiritual history of the West.
When I first did the pilgrimage to Santiago-de-Compostela on my own in 2001, it was the most beautiful experience I had ever had. I returned to the Camino (‘Way’) with a group of clients and friends in June 2003… at first I was disappointed and compared the two (very different) experiences, but as the group synergy increased and sharing became more open, the journey proved to be equally as wonderful… if not better.
Is the discomfort of walking blisters as painful as lugging your past for your entire life? This is a not-so-obvious but pertinent question when it comes to pilgrimage. Putting one’s life on hold in order to become a pilgrim has long been perceived as an act of faith, a means of walking one’s talk. It is also seen as a process of sacrifice, purification and devotion. Pilgrimage certainly does involve letting go of old ways - and a certain amount of faith and endurance are also needed to complete it - but for me, the journey to Santiago-de-Compostela was simply the most beautiful experience I have ever had. Walking for a month across the Spain is not as difficult as one may expect. This process also has the benefits of allowing one to stand back and see one’s life in perspective as well as tasting true freedom...