1. pilgrimage through Europe (book excerpts) by Elios Schastél
in this book I write about the experiences which gained on my pilgrimages. In conversations with acquaintances I realized that the tradition of making a pilgrimage is not very well known in our days. For this reason I give a short introduction of what a pilgrimage is. Afterwards you find excerpts from the book. Elios Schastél wishes a good entertainment.
What does it mean to go on a pilgrimage?
The tradition of going on a pilgrimage goes back for hundreds of years and is to retrace on diverse continents. A pilgrimage in the original meaning was a way which was made to a holly place with religious backgrounds where a pilgrim starts to make an inner trip. Related with that it has no meaning whether he walks, hitchhikes, takes a boat or a mule. The only pursue is to reach the holy place (with the religious meaning) or the goal (with the spiritual meaning). A pilgrim can also be understood as a person who starts looking for something in the outland. It was my experience that at the ending of the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty first century there are always less pilgrims in Europe to find who go on a pilgrimage with religious but much more with spiritual backgrounds.
pilgrimage and travelling through Europe
With five thousand kilometers I passed Europe on foot (October 2014). Only the alpines I passed with a bike. At the age of eighteen I went on my first trip. Every year it took me to the outland. Being arrived on foot I hitchhiked back to my hometown Berlin. The first trip I started as a seeker in the second world. The eighths trip ended with entering the first world. The ninth trip brought me to the turns of the twice mirrored hyperbola.
first trip France
Paris Orléans Tours Poitiers Saintes Bordeaux Rion des Landes Saint-Jean-Pied-de Port
about 1000 km
sleeping bag, camping mat, compass, clasp knife, clothes, toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, purse
making boarder experiences to gain wisdom
the path is the aim
finding the center
second day between Paris and Orléans
This morning I left the town. I needed to get in direction to south. Orléans was my goal and the compass showed south south east. While walking the exhaustion took my limbs still more. I had imagined to conquer this path in a much easier way thinking that I would arrive at Orléans in a maximum of two days. Realizing that I must have estimated this challenge wrongly I started to get doubts. I looked at the sun presuming that it must have been noonday. I continued walking and in far distance I saw the gates of the TGV. Supposing that it led me in direction to Orléans I watched some trains which passed every half an hour in direction to the horizon with a speed of 200 km per hour. Feeling that my feet became havier the bodys’ strength dissoluted. Passing a field I approached them. They which seemed to go into infinity. An idea occured to me. If I wanted to get to Orléans more effectively I only needed to follow the gates. My thoughts drifted away while turning to the right to move to Orléans.
second trip Spain
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port Burgos Leon Santiago de Compostela Kap Finisterra
about 900 km
pilgrims’ passport purse sleeping bag underwear drinking bottle
finding the center
retreat into the nature
believe love patience
nineteenth day Santiago de Compostela
Sitting in front of an accommodation for pilgrims and having the sun close to me I am looking down at Santiago city. Its cathedrals, little church towers and industrial buildings represent an architecture with a contrast of two centuries.. There are the remains of an ending century being related to the urge for knowledge and guidance in the town center. At the outskirts I can find the architecture of a coming century being related to technology and spirituality. My thoughts start to drift away. After several time I return to reality.
third trip England, France, Switzerland, Italy
Canterbury Dover Calais Reims Châlons-en-Champagne Yverdon-les-Bains Lausanne Martigny Aosta Pavia Lucca Siena Viterbo Rom
about 1700 km
purse sleeping bag 3,5 kg protein powder clothes cutlery small bowl
giving and taking
thirty second day – close to Rom
“Do you know what a bitch is? The bitch is situated in the heart. Her origin is in the center where there is the sun. This means that the sun is the bitch. To carry it the in the heart means to be a bitch, too. It must never be treated wrongly because it is sensitive and filled with love.” The way some people look at me here I get much more the impression that they are of the opinion that a bit would be a material sexual object.
thirty fourth day – Rome
What have I learned on this path? It is the appreciation of interpersonal closeness. Moreover, the relation between giving and taking has taken my consideration at this paths’ ending. The motive has arised to give other humen. The wish to give more than I have received becomes stronger.
fifth trip Italy
Imola Firenze Viterbo Siena Rom
about 500 km
clothes purse sleeping bag
search for the personality
finding the moment
This diary extract includes a period of two years.
second day at Firenze
I have no sensation. The coldness is perceivable inside of me. It takes my whole body. Everything is cold. Everything is empty and black. Inside of me it is black. The blackness has its origin in my belley. I have the sensation of falling into a gap and not being able to move out from it anymore. I am falling into the darkness. I am constantly falling deeper into the loss of myself. The coldness is sensable. It takes my whole body. It becomes colder and I am starting to become scared. I am starting to have panic to not find myself anymore. Who am I? Where is my earlier me? I am calling my name: “Elisabeth?” There is no answer inside of me. “ELISABETH?”
In this diary excerpt I mentioned an illness which is hardly investigated. In the book which will soon be published in German I will write about this illnesses’ causes, symptoms, methods of treatment and courses of the disease.
seventh trip Sweden
Malmö Halmstad Falkenberg Göteburg
about 300 km
sleeping bag winter clothes purse
seventh day between Halmstad and Falkenberg
While walking I was in contemplation and I just got to know that making a pilgrimage is evaluated as working in the justice system of the first world. I did not understand what was meant with it.
Thus I asked: “Why?”
The answer was: “Because you give.”
Then I asked: “In which way do I give? Shell suffering mean giving? What is the advantage?”
The answer was: “Suffering means giving to the outside world. It is a way of working. The one who willingly gives by sufferance reduces the endurance of sufferance in the outside world.”
I mentally convey the outside world to the humen and I shout: “I destroy my body to give.”
eighth trip Romania Slovenia Croatia
July to August 2014
Maibach Ptuj Zagreb
about 320 km
At this part of the book I will give a recommendation of a pilgrimages’ luggage.
trip to my origin
self realization in the other world
sixth day Lenart
I have the convincement that exceptionless each illness is curable.
tenth day in the mountains of Croatia
The seven mirrored final realization of the ego I will hang in front of the green triangle which is directed to the earth and the sky. With that a further waist of self is made impossible.
The believe and the logics which is connected with it founds the possibility of the believes’ reality.
Sitting at my desk I am writing on an argument for my studies which is about a prove of gods’ existence. I have been busy for hours forgetting what was happening in front of my windows’ apartment. The meaning of my arguments’ words echoed in the rooms of my apartment when an undefinable Aura started to spread in my vicinity. I started feeling observed. Fast movements were sensible in the room. At my argument they stopped moving. Some seconds passed until I could perceice the words: “You must not do that.”
The book will be published by Paramon-Verlag in September 2015 as a paperback and an e-book.
2. hospitality in Europe by Elios Schastél
the report of a pilgrimage from heiligen Gotthard to Rome with an excursion to Napoli
In fourteen days I went from Gotthard to Rome by bike. There was one day addition when I stayed at a host family. The pilgrimage ended with an excursion to Napoli. In the following report I present the lighting moments and thoughts of the trip. The hospitalities which resulted and those which I developed further are given in field reports and introspectives.
I went to Zurich by bus. The path would start close to Gotthard. For this tour I had the guiding principle: „I destroy my body to give the humen.“ This goal means an act of self cleanification of all the negativity that has developed inside of me in past. It gives the health of my inner being and my earlier sattisaction back to me. For this reason I do it one more time on this trip.
day 1 – Rothenturm close to Gotthard
Going up the mountains by bike the despair arised inside of me because the decreasing amount of oxygen in the air made my heart almost exploding that my with this connected center opened more and more and my emotions started flowing.
Today I entered a church. Sitting down on a bench it I started seeing Puff after some time. In front of my inner window there was a world card starting to emerge and I tried to order him in history and find his successor. Stopping in Persia I discovered an instrument that betrayed the structure of the other world.
„For me god is perceivable in the basis and the heart. I can sense him with the trust of the basis and the resulting warmth in the heart which has the origin is in the center. The cause for these sensations can be the receival of gifts.“
Yesterday, I sang in a church and I approached the pigeon on the top over the altar with my singing. It sent me a glimming view that came from the heart. I thought: „The aristocracy is placed in the area behind the heart. It is characterized by a high intelligence which is connected with a potential access to the voice of god.“
I was rejected at a church because I wanted to stay there for the night. I wonder for which reason a peller is not seen as a peller but as somebody having less value.
Without having prepared myself I climbed up the Gotthard from Rothenburg by bike in two days arriving at the host family Biondina in Bellinzona which I got to know on my earlier trips in Switzerland. I visited them making a conversation and giving them the flyers of my book pilgrimage in Europe and one more host gift. After some time we said good bye and I moved in direction to Lago Maggiore were I finally arrived at Italy.
era un grande piacere di avere fatto la vostra connoscenza. Se proseguessi il contatto mi fareste una grande gioia quando ci rivederemo una volta in futuro. Vi scriverò a volte quando ho delle novità di mia vita. Vi saluto con calore.
a path leads through the valley to light
Elisabeth Schastél (picture)
The idea occured to me to go as far as my strengths are able to carry me. I was willing to go by bike until the next morning. I went the whole day long having started at Bellinzona in the morning. At about half past two o’clock I arrived at Cavaglia‘ being in exhaustion. The family Calogero who are acquintances close to Aosta valley was already expecting me. I gave them my host gift and I spent one day together with them until we finally said good by in the next morning.
Staying in the church of Borgofranco d’ Ivrea I realized that the inner illness which I have had is caused when a person has reached to much inner maturity. I suddenly remembered that I was on a pilgrimage several years ago when I perceived the voice of IT and I started having the same sensation inside of me like I have had at that time. In contrast to the last time it was understood that it must not absolutely be something bad when somebody has reached too much inner maturity as long as the knowledge that has been acquired by maturing is not used to damage. For this reason the sensation was taken away from me a short time later.
Being arrived at San Rocco I found a place of pilgrimage close to the Via Francigena. I encountered a pastor who was one of the little church members so far who treated me without prejudices due to my state of being a peller. His honesty and the values of his believe were realizable in his eyes. My heart has opened a bit more due to his impartiality.
I thought about heaven and hell as well as I thought about good and bad and I had the realization that those creatures come from heaven whose character has specific attributes in the heart. Its original strength is in the center. „For this reason I wonder why actors are mostly not treated with regard in the cultural context where I come from. The realization of good and evil is not identical with the goodness and evilness itself. You can not find the goodness at only one physical level. You can not find the badness at only one physical level but at every level of the being there are the potential attributes of both opposites. For this reason I would not condemn only red or only green but I would much more have the insight that the potentials of Ying and Yang are existent at every level.“
I went in direction to Pontederra where I encountered Massimo. I enjoyed it so much and I found it wonderful that the people from this mentality make compliments with sincerety and with genuinity. They expressed emotions with honesty in front of me and they treated me without prejudices due to my appearance. When I passed the villages and towns they looked into my eyes with warmth. I saw warmth in the views of many people whom I encountered. This surprised me because I did not wear a black jacket and my hair was not tied up. When I watched the people in their way of social interaction and when I red the language of their eyes then I realized a sensation of community and a believe in moralic values which are more present in this culture than in the culture where I come from.
mystical beauty & sensual freedom
Elisabeth Schastél (picture)
I found myself close to the village Pozzolatico and a memory arouse inside of me. It was a memory from several months ago when I created the door. In front of my inner window I start passing a hill where there is situated a school. I go further approaching a path that is accompanied by trees until I finally arrive at the almost unknown door where I can see the constant light of the sun behind it.
In Siena I found a place of pilgrimage where I stayed with four men for the night coming from different cultures. We spent the dinner together having a conversation with compromises of the German, the English and the Italian language.
In the running of the weeks my thoughts focused more and more on the empirical happenings. Going by bike on long-distance travels made it difficult to enter spiritual horizons because of being busy with the satisfaction of ones own motives.
I sensed the effects of the guiding principle which I had given myself on this trip. Perceiving how my heart opened and how the emotions of the center started flowing warmly together with this. These sensations let me perceive one of those sensations of love.
I stayed in a church for the night. I heard voices and I was hardly able to sleep. In the next morning I continued my trip.
I appreciated the hospitality in the Tuscany and in the Latium.
day 14 – Rome
When I passed La Storta today it was my first aim to visit the Basilica di San Pietro and to obtain a Via Francigena diploma.
diploma for pellers of the Via Francigena
charity & community
Elisabeth Schastél (picture)
Passing Rome by bike I went along the Colosseo. Seeing the outlines and the height of the tiers I imagined the center. Thinking about antique speakers and performers who must have had such a strong imagination that their words did not only reach the highest tiers of the humen but also the seat of the gods when speaking about their happenings. I thought: „I would much more prefer to watch a play where I get informed about the humens politics whose happenings base on the gods happenings to get a holistic understanding of current circumstances than to enter one of the Berlin theaters at the beginning of the twenty-second century were I have the selection of the titles „ass fuck barf“, „meat of the can“ or „cat dejection“ or where I can see masturbating actors on stage without having any understanding of the directing in the piece. If it was spoken about the gods happenings by understanding performers then I would not see myself forced to enter a play with a contence that does not look further than the contences of the evening news on the television screen in a director‘s theater where actors are seen as craftsmen who can not understand more than the sensations of their body.“
My first night in Rome I stayed at the spedale della Provvidenza di San Giacomo e San Benedetto Labre. It is one of those places of pilgrimage where pellers who have made the Via Francigena are welcome and were they can participate in a ritual ceremony of sanctifying the peller‘s legs. The members and I made a conversation and I was asked to make a speech in English. I made a speech about the pilgrimages which I have made, cultural differences and my book pilgrimage in Europe in front of the pellers and the members.
I investigated Rome. The churches and monuments which I saw I gladly present you.
Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore
Basilica di San Lorenzo
Basilica di San Giovanni
Basilica di San Paolo
Basilica di Santa Croce
I also wanted to visit the Basilica di San Marco but unfortunately I found another church which had the same title to take pictures of it. I did not get it.
On my last day at Rome I made the aquintance with Mister Piccioni whose sincere hospitality and genuine way of being strengthened my believe in the basical goodness of humanity. With him I made the experience of an unexpected nice ending of my trip.
day 17 & 18
The last experience was a short excursion to Napoli by bike. One night I stopped at Sperlonga where I stayed outside over night because the possibilities of my student status were exhausted.
in front of the sun
I will keep the same intent like I had on this trip: „I will reach the goal without making any amoralic action carrying the guiding principle of taking and giving inside of me.“
pilgrimage in Europe
In my book pilgrimage in Europe you can read about the pilgrimages which I made in past. The given report is neither comparable with it in content nor is it comparable in writing style. You can find excerpts in the main menu issue pilgrimage in Europe (book excerpts). It will be published in German as a paperback and an e-book in September 2015 by Paramon-Verlag.
recommendations of accommodations for pellers on the via Francigena from Siena to Rome in twelve days
Siena (first day)
accoglienza santa Luisa
address: via san Girolamo 8 close to the piazza del sole
Ponte d’Arbia (second day)
address: S. S. Cassia at the village exit
San Quirico d’Orcia (third day)
ostello parrocchiale della collegiata
address: piazza chigi 1 next to the church
Radicofani (fourth day)
rifugio comunale “A.Gestri”
piazza A. Garibaldi 2 on the right side next to the church
Aquapendente (fifth day)
la casa del pellegrino
via Roma 51
Montefiascone (sixth day)
parrocchia di Montefiascone
close to the village entrance on the right side
Viterbo (seventh day)
parrocchia S. Andrea apostolo
piazza sant Andrea close to the porta di piano scarano o del carmine
Vetralla (eighth day)
parrocchia san Francesco
piazza Vittorio Emanuele
Sutri (ninth day)
accoglienza oasi di pace
via delle Viole 15
Campagnano di Roma (tenth day)
parrocchia s. Giovanni Battista
via Dante Aleghieri 7
la Storta (eleventh day)
istituto suore Poverelle
via Baccarica 5
Rome (twelfth day)
suore santa Brigida
piazza Farnese 96
3. social web earth by Elios Schastél
hitchhiking – a way to reach the goal
The world equator has been surrounded two times and a half to reach targets.
May it be the fulfilment of an artistic work that shall be realized in nature atmosphere that is not findable at the place of residence, reaching the first place of a pilgrimage that is made to reach the inner maturation process or to satisfy spiritual curiosity, acting training, the pleasure to make conversations in different cultures, the curiosity about gaining the experience of finding differences in attitudes and social actions or more purposes. It is always the purpose to reach an ideational goal.
- positive conversation
In below you find the routes that have been made. They were partly made more times.
Paris – Berlin
Rom – Guča
Bellinzona – Berlin
Aosta – Zurich
Khao Lak – Bangkok
Berlin – Mont Blanc
Sperlonga – Rom
Vevey – Berlin
Jerusalem – Tel Aviv-Yafo
Ivrea – Florence
Grand Saint Bernard – Bellinzona
Rom – Ancona
Berlin – Vienna
Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port – Paris
Zurich – Aosta
Berlin – Bukarest
Berlin – Guča
London – Edinburgh
Tel Aviv-Yafo – Kafarnaum
Budapest – Ptuj
Trento – Rom
Aadorf – Grand Saint Bernard
Milano – Gressoney-Saint-Jean
Florence – Berlin
Berlin – Hannover
Bellinzona – Vevey
Gothenburg – Berlin
Zargreb – Berlin
Frederikshavn – Berlin
Ivrea – Lugano
Ivry-sûr-Seine – Berlin
Munich – Berlin
Vienna – Zurich
Berlin – Iverdon-les-Bains
Edinburgh – Fort William
Dachau – Berlin
Berlin – Laax
Berlin – Florence
Jerusalem – Tel Aviv
Berlin – Jena
Berlin – Charleroi
Bourg-saint-Pierre – Basel
Berlin – Leipzig
Berlin – Siena
Berlin – Munich
Trento – Sperlonga
Kinnereth – Jerusalem
Buchenwald – Berlin
Berlin – Frankfurt
Ivrea – Prato
Berlin – Aosta valley¹
Berlin – Trento
Fort William – London
Berlin – Warsaw
Dead Sea – Jerusalem
Berlin – Vienna
Forte di Bard – Aosta
Berlin – Paris
Berlin – Hamburg
Florence – Zurich
Geneva – Bourg-saint-Pierre
Berlin – Guča²
Cape Finisterre – Berlin³
Berlin – Falkenberg (Sweden)
Gressoney-La-Trinité – Cavaglià
Berlin – Bindlach
München – Frankfurt am Main
Liddes – Lausanne
Berlin – Radeburg
Bergamo – Aosta
Berlin – Sandhausen
saint-Jean-pied-de-port – Pamplona
Berlin – Bergamo
Pamplona – Geneva
Berlin – Friedberg
Berlin – Nimburg
Berlin – Lides
Berlin – Donnas
There developed a way of more than 120’100,00 km that were hitchhiked. Ways that have been made several times are not mentioned. They are included in the counted number.
¹ via Zürich or Trento
² via München or Budapest
³ via Paris
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