7+ years of Solo Travel ~ My Journey

Writer, Photographer, Global Pilgrim + Aesthete
James Dee Clayton

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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.”

– 2014

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.”

– 2016

The world has many ways, and the eyes have many ways to see… to illuminate, and to blind. But once the eyes of the soul are opened, nothing remains covered. All things become clear as living water.”

– 2020

Mostly I have travelled solo, 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 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 all 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, myself… I am in awe. I am in awe. This is my expression of awe. One of a deep love, for humanity, our potential, and the truth left in the world; the truth of our deepest hearts. This is my ‘art’, my ‘little creation’, my devotion to the works of a Higher Creator.

“The Truth shall make you free…” – Jesus, the Christ

Ever looked at the night sky and seen the milky way with your bare eyes, heard the sounds of the deep jungle with your own ears, or left your shoes far behind as you ran through the hot desert barefoot? If you have, then you know that there is more to this life than we are lead to believe, that there is a deeper Truth to uncover… that there is more to this human race and the forces of our nature than the forces of man will ever want you to realise. Some of us realise this. Some of us take this gift of life and run with it. Deep down, in our soul, all of us were Born Free.

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Do not let the Devil feast on your freedom. Seek, and truly you will find…

This has been a journey both within and without. I have searched the world, I have search my soul. It hasn’t always been easy or comforting. I have found many things, tested my waters with oil ~ looked hard within for Truth of my making, through all its pain, smoke and mirrors. Artists are witnesses to Creation, not the makers. I have learnt that knowing thyself is key to being a pure vessel, to being as open and forgiving as possible… Let the Light reveals the shadows.

LOVE and self-mastery free the soul from ‘passions’; reading and contemplation deliver the mind from ignorance; the state of prayer places it with God Himself.” – Saint Maximus the Confessor

This walk with God, this pilgrimage in the outer world, 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 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.

“Know the world in yourself. Never look for yourself in the world, for this would be to project your illusion…”
– Ancient Egyptian Proverb

I am not these deeds or these illusions. This journey is my past and I do not belong to it, nor its beautiful shackles… This part of my life has been a voyage of healing and a seeking of Truth. I am merely a man of faith, who believes and sees the goodness in all he can, who is grateful for this gift of life granted by the Father. I am someone with an intense passion for Humanity, and Creation… for voyage, and the metamorphosis of travel. Yet more than I am, I am not. For everyday I am learning… and everyday I am changing. Forever the Novice. Just a ‘Witness’ to the wonders of Creation…

“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 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. Trust me, you can travel the whole world and learn nothing… the greatest voyage is the one taken through infinite realms of the soul. This website, and all the quotes and pictures, have been recorded at different points in my life and journey. If you do not agree with some parts, good! This journey, like my life, is quite imperfect, quite incomplete, and, ultimately, one great lesson of man. My intention is only to show what I have seen, some of what I have learnt, in the hope that others may connect and gain something for their own voyage. I am not a teacher, just a student 🙂

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“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!”

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  1. 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 🙂

    1. 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!

      1. 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 !

    1. 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

  2. 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.

    1. 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

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