Welcome to my online travel memoirs/blog – the Diary of an Aesthete – pictures, film, and storytelling from my life travelling and living in various parts of the world. I hope, by sharing what has inspired me, others may be inspired too. Please connect in the comment section below, or with the links at the bottom of this page, and find stories from my travels in the headings above. Peace be with you!
– James Dee Clayton
“I came into this life with humble beginnings – and I seek a humble ending. But what I look for along the way is to acquire a life worth living, a day worth getting out of bed for, a smile worth sharing, a hand worth holding. A place worth finding. I just want to look back at my time and regret only things I did do
– never something I didn’t.”
“The voice of God can be found amongst the highest mountains, and between the smallest grains of sand… if you only have the ears to hear it. The essence of a pilgrimage is to move, yet, at some point along the way, you realise you do not move at all ~ the pilgrimage moves you.”
Mostly I have travelled solo, and lived in different parts of our wide and wonderful world… yet I am never alone for long. I learn about the world by living with its People ~ ‘the jewel in the crown of Creation…’
I will be forever thankful to all those who have been a part of this journey, both on the road, and here, on this site… to me, the comments and emails I received are the real treasures of this world. This is my Global Pilgrimage ~ the story of my life, and the people and places which become a part of my story along the way. I am forever in awe. This is my expression of awe. One of deep love, for humanity, our potential, and the truth in the world; the truth of our deepest hearts. This is my art, my little creation, my devotion to the works of a Higher Creation.
“The Truth shall make you free…” – Jesus, the Christ
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Seek, and truly you will find…
This pilgrimage has taught me many things, about the ‘kosmos’ and myself. It has taught me to love more, to let go… to seek, to forgive… to move more… and most importantly how to be still. This journey has taught me that we are surrounded by both Truth and Lie at all times, and that the Lie is much easier to believe. We believe others are different from us, but this is the biggest lie in the universe. I travel to all places and see the same love in peoples’ eyes. Love is the light of humanity. It connects us all. The natural world is full of signs. Every life is unique and cannot be compared to another. Everything is connected.
“Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion…”
– Ancient Egyptian Proverb
“I have looked in all places, behind every door, and into the eyes of many worldly men. The only lasting thing I have found, of any value and perpetual comfort to my soul, is an undoubted belief in God. I owe my life, and all its deeds, to He…” – 2019
Thank you for joining me!
I love to read and respond to your comments. Keep the flame of faith sheltered in your heart… Shine Your Light. Always explore. Always seek. Always forgive. Always love! Love is the only Truth that will remain when all other things fade away… Trust me, you can travel the whole world and learn nothing… the greatest voyage is the one taken through infinite realms of the soul.
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“A bucketlist isn’t freedom for me. The ability to travel unhindered is not freedom to me. Living between boundaries of fear is not freedom for me. Freedom for me is beholding the night’s sky, walking barefoot at dawn, raising my hands in worship, chanting from the depths of my soul with the wind in my hair. Freedom for me is embracing my brother humanity in prayer and love. Freedom for me is my undefinable, unbreakable belief in the Great Spirit of Life, in the One Divine. No matter what happens, these things can never be taken from me.”
“He who loves little, gives little. He who loves more, gives more… and he who loves beyond measure, what has he to give? He gives himself!” – Saint Porphyrios the Athonite; mystic, healer, and prophet.
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You have some amazing images😀
Thank you ☺️
Oh brother, I am in a trance as I look through your home page. Thank you for the follow. What a beautiful God you serve. Your photos are stunningly mesmerizing. I could study each for ages. And of course you’ve heard you “look like Jesus” :). I am blessed beyond measure to explore your world through your blog. I’m writing a new book called Quit Wandering and would love to use one of your quotes above, ““I came into this life with humble beginnings…” Is that alright?
Thank you, Hannah! I am blessed to read your comment, it truly means a lot to me. And of course you may use the quote, please be my guest. It fills my heart with light to connect with another soul on the path with our God. It is a joy you either know or don’t yet know… and is a wonder to share in.
Looking forward to reading that book 🙂 may it be blessed in the writing.
Your gifting is incredible, you beautiful, beautiful light bearer. I’ll put you on my mailing list. Book releases June 30th. If love to mail you a signed copy. Let me know the best way to do that. Shalom!!
Thank you my friend. I would be overjoyed to receive your new book!! What a gift, I’m really touched. Here’s my email address firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll email you too, with the address on your profile.
James, it was a nice surprise to find that you now follow my blog. Along with thousands of others, I enjoyed my visit through your many journeys. And you have many travel related blogs that I will read. Perhaps even books. I’m a self- published historical fiction book author as of a day ago. God was with me in writing and making me see the way to reach my goal. The beauty of life is his bright light shining the way. Christine 📚
Christine, so happy to see your comment and to connect with you. Your blog is full of hope and light. And I am a sucker for sunsets myself! …I hope one day God will help me to (finally) publish some proper books of my own, travels and reflections, when the time is right. Your story gives me much hope and inspiration 🙂
May His light shine along your path, Christine, and guide your way… Jx
MY blog title says it all. I’m sure you already do this: Before Sundown– remember what made you smile. Publishing a book is not easy. I just think of all the people that can be helped by someone else’s word, especially full of hope and light. I pray God gives you a sign. 🙏🏻💘
Thank you for the advice, Christine. And I love your life mantra, it’s such a simple but wonderful way to be mindful of our many blessings.
Peace. Your friend, James…x
“Shine Your Light. Always explore. Always seek. Always forgive. Always love ! Love is the only Truth that will remain when all other things fade away”. Thanks for sharing this brother. . . the modus operandi of a full and meaningful life.
Amy Carmichael echoed this in her life’s goal . . . “Love to Live, Live to Love”
Thank you, Fred! I really appreciate your comment and reflections. It is a life mantra I try to live by, but often need reminding of…
May YOU be blessed too, my brother. Jx
Thanks, James, for following my blog today. May you be blessed!
May you be blessed too my friend! Jx
I truly appreciate your openness of where you came from, your willingness to express your interactions with whomever your encounter and especially your willingness to express your feelings about the encounters you have along the way. May you feel God’s Presence along your path and I think that you do. Look forward to your posts.
Thank you so much, my friend. I am very touched by your comment. May God bless you with His Presence, too! It is so deeply reassuring to know there are good people in the world praying for me… thank you from my heart.
You’re indeed an exceptional storyteller and accompanied by stunning photography, your journey around the world truly encapsulates stories of humanity and the beauty of human spirit. You’re on an inner journey too… thank you so much for sharing all. It makes me want to just go!&see as well as experience THIS magnificent creations of God.
P/s: I’m grateful for the follow. Thank you so much for your kind support.🙏🏾
I am so happy to read your comment. Thank you so much.
I hope your journey is blessed and the path leads where it must…
God be with you always and thank you for stopping by!
I am happy to have found you too.
With a full heart, James x
It was my pleasure & you’re so welcome.
🙏🏾 Many thanks for your kind thoughts…i certainly hope so too.
Thank you 🙏🏾 & with you too. It was a delight for me as I love stories and storytelling.🙂
Pleased to hear that.
Be well James.
Best wishes, Thulasi.
Thank you, Thulasi 🙂
You’re welcome, James
You’re welcome, James.
You’re welcome, James. 🙂
You’re welcome, James and I’m sorry to reply late!. 🙂🙏🏾
Such a wonderful blog with fabulous photographs. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow.
Thank you too!! : ))
such joy – thank you for sharing
It is my absolute pleasure.
wow, your photography is beautiful!
Thank you so much ! 🙂
You made me cry today. Not from sadness, but joy. It is such a pleasure to know that there is so much more out there, and within. You just gotta know where to look. Thank you. Such a beautiful soul.
You, my friend, have made my day. I thank you with the fullness of my heart. Peace be with you! 🕊
Stunning photography full of life and love! I love the colors too. =) Thank you for visiting my website. I look forward to seeing more from you.
Thank you too Laura ! Jx
Beautiful work, delightful spirit. Thanks for following my blog– our journeys converge.
Thank you so much too! Really means a lot. Onwards…
I absolutely love your journeys, and especially your pictures! Thanks for following us!
Thank you so much and you are welcome ! Stay close. Jx
Thank you for sharing from your remarkable journey. Thanks also for following my blog. Continue to let your light shine.
Thank you so much my friend ! The pleasure is all mine. God bless you ! and thank you too. Jx
Thank you for sharing your beautiful journey with us 🦁🦋🐞🌺💙
The pleasure is mine! And it is full. Thank you too ! Jx
Wow! What a discovery! Rather I should thank you for following my blog. I must say I am very glad and privileged to follow your blog. You are beyond inspiring with your exceptional posts of your travel journeys. As I am an indian, I would like to know your experience in my country? I hope we were as welcoming and warm 🙂
Hello my friend… thank you for your kind and humbling words… I had the most beautiful and touching time in your country, one that has never left me, people and connections that will last a life time. India has a lot to teach the world. I pray to return as soon as I can… God bless you!
After reading this, I feel truly proud to be an Indian and I am happy to know that my country treated you so well that it left a lasting impression and gave you innumerable memories to take along 🙂 I wish to see more of your perspective of India through your new experiences whenever you visit us next! God bless you too! Stay safe !
Hi. Good evening… I nominated you for the sunshine blogger award. Please check my latest post. God bless you. I will be praying for you.
Hello my friend. I am so thrilled at your nomination! Unfortunately I am just too busy at the moment to fit it in, but thank you none the less.
God bless you my brother. Keep praying for us all…
In Peace. Jx
your Welcome. I am happy that you accepted. God bless.
Thanks for following my blog! 😊
Hi! Your photos are incredible and your travels blow my mind. My husband would love to see a lion up close. I had to look up aesthete. Do you really ignore practicalities, or is that a lesser meaning of the word? God bless and keep you on His narrow path filled with freedom and life.
Hello dear Constance ! Thank you much! Well I do to a large extent perhaps, although I can be quite pragmatic when I need to be… my main concern has always been soul, beauty and the Divine however… which is what in turn birthed this blog…
God bless you too my friend, now and always.
In Peace, Jx
Thanks so very much. I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner. The same to you.