Scaughdt sent me and others this final parting email. I found it motivating and stimulating. As he has often done, Scaughdt was able to put into words many thoughts and ideas that I’ve not been able to vocalize. In addition, he succinctly addressed questions and concerns that either I or others have raised for my own journey. I thought quoting him at length here to be the best solution to provide all with clarity of vision and purpose with which our calling is embraced.

Greetings, my dear Friends!                                                                                                     

 

            Well, the time has arrived when I bid you all Fare-Well (note the hyphen) … If all continues to flow smoothly, I will be setting forth on my 777-mile Peace Pilgrimage to southern Florida tomorrow morning! 

 

            For those who do not already know, I will be walking to Pompano Beach as the Peace Pilgrim walked (www.peacepilgrim.org), fasting until offered food and journeying until offered shelter.  I will take no money with me and will accept none along the way.   

 

            The message I’ll be sharing with folks is the same one I’ve been sharing for the past five years, though I will not be sharing it verbally unless asked to do so.  I’m just going to walk – and embrace every person I encounter with Kindness.  Essentially, I am going to follow Gandhi’s advice and simply “be the change I wish to see in the world”; I am going to follow Jesus’ example and purely “Love thy neighbor”.  I believe that the only hope for our species is for more than a few of us to Awaken to what it means to be “radically Kind” – to truly Care for others, especially in those times when we are least inclined to do so.  And I feel that this Pilgrimage will illustrate this Truth to many people in a powerful way. 

 

            For those who are interested, I intend to Blog along the way, though I am not sure how often I will have Internet access to do so.  You can “follow along” by checking in to the Blog page of my website and clicking on the very first category at the top of its right-hand margin (http://inspiringthealtruisticmoment.com/blog) — the one entitled “2 B Walking The Way”.

 

 

            More than a few of you have already expressed concern over this decision — a concern that I believe is well-intended.  And for this act of caring I am grateful.  And yet I would be remiss in my status as your Friend were I not to mention a few practical Truths about the effects of worry. 

 

            Without going into the finer details of “psychological physics”, know that it is extremely rare for any being to “bite the hand that feeds” — and that is all I will be doing on this Journey:  actively “feeding” everyone I encounter with raw Kindness & Love.  I have lived this way for the past five+ years of my life, and I have never been “safer” since doing so … So, if any of you happen to be feeling scared or worried about your own safety, I highly recommend this approach.  It takes immense courage and a motivated perseverance to see it through, and yet it allWays bears the Good fruit of Peace & Joy when you do so …

            As a side note, you might also want to remember that worrying about me will actually make it more likely that a crisis will befall my Trek!  This doesn’t bother me in the slightest, of course, as I have long since realized that it is the Love that is given while facing adversity that changes the world.  I am no masochist, and yet I do desire to have not only a “successful” pilgrimage, but also a Power-full one.  And this will require me to experience at least some hardship along the way — a hardship that will enable me to powerfully “Love anyway”. 

 

 

            Others of you have said that I should be more kind to myself; that as a “good person” I should try to live a longer life as opposed to such a “radical” one; that I should try to “live to serve another day” …  I also have a few thoughts on this matter that are of great importance, starting with the following two quotes:

            “I would rather my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than be stifled like dry rot. I would rather be a meteor; every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. Man’s chief purpose is to live, not to merely exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.”  ~ Jack London

            “This is the true joy in life, in being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one … I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community, and that as long as I live it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.  I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I Live.  Life is no mere candle to me; it is a sort of splendid torch which I hold but for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

            You see, while I do revel in those times of Wonderment & Calm that flow smoothly to me, I feel that it is an honor to be asked to serve others.  And I will do so every chance I get for the rest of my days — no matter how tired I might be, no matter how afraid I might be, and no matter how much pain I might be enduring.  For the more difficult it is for me to serve another, the more powerful that service becomes — and thereby the more Peace it engenders; both for me as well as for the other.

            There is something to be said for resting when it is time to rest — and yet this is not one of those times.  There is something to be said for “enjoying life” when it is time to celebrate — and yet this is not one of those times.  I have been Called to serve, and I am simply answering that Call with a resounding “YES!”

            Remember, there are two “selves” within each of us.  And our own level of contentment is always a question as to which of those selves we are “feeding”.  The ego-self is only fed by actions done for one’s own benefit, while the True Self (our conscience, or Soul-Self) is only fed by actions that courageously serve another.  And so, by purposefully NOT caring for “myself”, I AM truly Caring for my SELF!

            Most important of all, this goes beyond spiritual dogma or psychological theory.  I have lived this Truth and it has always & in all Ways brought me Peace & Joy & Empowerment — for five years in thousands of difficult encounters, without exception! 

            And I have given my life to spread this Good News — that Contentment is available to every one of us; especially in those moments when it seems farthest away. 

 

 

            So, dear Friends, while I deeply appreciate these gestures of support, and while I am not at all attached to you ceasing your worrying or gently incredulous criticism, I will let you know that if you want to truly be of assistance; if you want to truly honor my path or assist me in any way, then go forth TODAY with one mission:  to actively & courageously Care for others – especially those “least deserving”, especially in those moments when you least wish to do so.

 

 

sincerely yours in Joy & Wonder,

 

            ~ Scaughdt

            (a.k.a. the “Numinous Nomad”)   

 

P.S.  If any of you fancy an in-Sight-filled Memorial Day weekend, you are more than welcome to attend the 3-day Workshop I am sharing in Pompano Beach … contact Beverley Buncher if interested (bbuncher@gmail.com)

 

P.S.S.  Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Pilgrimage:

 

            Are you taking a tent?  … No

 

            Will you accept rides? … not unless I’m late for a speaking engagement

 

            Are you going alone? … Yes

 

            What are you taking with you? … one change of underwear & one change of socks, deodorant ;), toothbrush & toothpaste, nail clippers, soap, a travel Bible (if I have the good fortune to be asked to “take the pulpit”), a Journal-notebook, a pen, a CD with the music for the Pompano Beach workshop, a small bag to put it all in (roughly 12″ x 12″ x 4″), and the clothes on my body … That’s about it!”

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