In her book “Walking Home – A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed”, Sonia Choquette tells the journey of her healing pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, an 820 km trek over the Pyrenees and across northern Spain.
Sonia has been an intuitive coach , author and spiritual teacher for 35 years, teaching people to develop their intuition, heal heartache, overcome obstacles and live life fearlessly. When her brother and father unexpectedly die shortly after each other, all the tools she has been teaching fail to help her.
After the initial shock of her loss ceases, she finds herself confronted with raging anger towards her brother and father. Childhood memories surface, ignored feelings, things she just accepted and never voiced take hold and won’t go away. In addition to that the problems in her marriage become more apparent than ever. She and her husband Patrick fail to find a way to communicate. Anger takes hold in their relationship until one day Sonia blurts out that she can no longer live with him.
During all that Sonia has continued to work, giving workshops, coaching, if not more than ever. When she is working, she isn’t confronted with her own life and feelings. But one day she reaches her limit. She cannot shut out all the emotional turbulence anymore. Feeling sad, hurt, angry and unhappy, she finally sees and admits it all to herself, realising that she doesn’t want to be this unhappy person any longer.
Praying for Divine intervention
Sonia starts to pray for divine intervention to release the old strangling patterns of relationship as well as her male fighter and caretaker part who jumps in on every occasion rescuing other people, but thereby exhausting herself. She prays to the Holy Mother God to release her from her old life and surrenders to be guided to a new one. Her Higher Self answers with a clear instruction to walk the Camino de Santiago and go alone.
On the Camino
She starts walking the Camino in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France. But before she takes off on Day 1 she says a prayer to be guided and helped to release old patterns, to heal and transform old emotions and to clear her life of all that no longer serves her soul. She continues to say those prayers every day.
Her journey on the camino takes 34 days. Sonia very openly shares her adventures, the beautiful landscape and the many many feelings and struggles she faces and goes through each day. She also shares photos of her journey and herself in the book.
This walk for her isn’t just a walk on the camino. It is a walk through her whole life and through her inner landscape of suppressed emotions that now have the chance to be felt and acknowledged. With every step she walks on the camino she heals a part of herself. It is beautiful to see how Spirit orchestrates meetings with people just at the right time to say the right words, uplift, help heal or just be there.
It is a beautiful, meaningful journey and I highly recommend reading the book “Walking Home” by Sonia Choquette.