Global Pilgrim  JOHN MAX SOOS, PH.D.


At the end of all our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.

-T. S. Eliot

By bringing the attitude of reverence to the ordinary, I attempt to discover the sacred within the secular. Travelling the world in this manner occasionally allows me a brief glimpse into that which pervades and connects all of life.

Walking at altitude amidst the mountains - cold and fatigued, I found myself playing a mental game in the hope that it would inspire me to carry on. I was limping, getting discouraged, and that night's campsite was still another four hours away. Impressed by the grandeur of the landscape, I mumbled to myself, "The light shimmering on that rock face is God." Later the phrase, " I too am that rock face", came to me. Stumbling along, "That steep, narrow and dusty path is God" . Again another voice intoned "And I too am that dusty path." "The tiny delicate flower is God. I too am that flower."

The Hindu sacred texts speak of how each person's Inner Soul is mysteriously also the One Self . The spark of  the Universal Divinity that we all share  is beautifully expressed in the Nepali greeting:



 I honour the place in you in which the entire Universe dwells.

 I honour the place in you which is of Love, of Light, and of Peace. 

When you are in that place in you, and I am in that place in me...

We are One.

  ---  Ram Das

This web site is an ongoing project. As I continue my journey and in turn encounter thoughts and images that I think are worthy of sharing, I will post them. My interest is in the transformative power of travel and how mindful travelling can foster psycho-spiritual growth, which in turn propels  us to work towards social and political change. Once we experience that we truly are our “brother’s keeper”, we have no choice but to create a world that reflects that value. That’s the GlobalPilgrim Project.

Happy trails, J Max

Vancouver, Canada

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