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.
Follow the Journey
“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 are truly inspiring!
“The greatest voyage is the one taken through infinite realms of the soul.”
Very relevant for the times we go through now.
Thanks for hosting such a wholesome blog. It’s truly heartening to read of your adventures and thoughts!
Thank you… I am sweetened by your words. My pleasure to connect with you. Thank you <3
Hey James, glad to meet you on here!!… May GOD continue to bless you; may our LORD and Savior JESUS work in and through you to bless others, and the Holy Spirit grow you into maturity of faith… Love the pics! If you ever need support, encouragement, or prayer feel free to reach out…
I am deeply honoured by this… truly. I don’t know what else to say… May God bless you too, dear Child of God, and may you always be close to Jesus Christ, as I know you are… and always will be. Peace be upon your soul! I am honoured.
What s lively and lovely life to share with us. Stunning pictures! I love the positive energy that is coming out of you and what you do, son of the Light! Your blog has really blessed me. Thank you for the follow. Abundant blessings to you always!
True God of True God bless you ! Thank you much and I confirm the pleasure is mine, and I am thankful to YOU for coming here and blessing me… in Light and Love… Jx
A very fascinating, amazing, and intriguing journey. Thanks 😀
Thank you much dear soul, and I must say the pleasure is all mine. I am glad you decided to find me here too. Really and truly. May God bless you own journey and your calling in this world… times are dark, but not for those who follow The Light. Jx
A very fascinating, amazing, and intriguing journey. Thanks very much for the follow 😀
Incredible and inspiring blog! Can’t wait to see the rest of your journey and travels.!!!
Thank you too!!
Hi James, Thank you for following (On a Journey). Your travels look amazing.
My pleasure. Thank you too!
Great blog. You really do have a good sense of aesthetics (this coming from the daughter of an art critic 😉
Your writings, travels and videos fascinate me. Are you a TCK too?
Well that really is a compliment, thank you! I’m really glad some of my little creations have reached you… and the answer is no! I grew up in England and didn’t start exploring other cultures until my early 20s! I’ve been making up for lost time ever since… Jx
Well, coming from a TCK, I will give you another compliment: you are very good at exploring and enjoying other cultures. Many people who grow up in one country never develop the ability to experience other cultures as deeply as we do. You are really diving deep and I love it! I truly enjoy your videos and writings. I think many TCKs would enjoy your blog too. They might be a good target audience for you 🙂
Thank you so much… I take that as a massive compliment, I really do. Connecting with all people is indeed a passion of mine. And has been my greatest teacher about this world. I will keep in mind what you say and your advice… means a lot 🙏🏼☺️
Best wishes and happy blogging + creating
Lets work, build and create together
Let a ‘dose/touch’ of positivity be contagious…and go viral
Hi James! thank you, your pictures and writings are so pure, beautiful and Inspiring. I really enjoyed reading your blog.
The wind brings us together when we are in the Sprit. Now we can seek together 🙂 I am touched and honoured. Keep seeking the Light dear soul <3
From: Sir Jorgensen, it is my pleasure to share and participate with you. This is my essential prayer, a blessing if you will, I would offer reminding me that the virtues found in the key attributes of everyones character bringing us all together to sit at the table of life feasting upon the great ancient teachings as if to say speaking from the dust, “hear, here are the blessings we offer from our day to bless you in your day,” as part of the fabric of life’s tapestries propelling our modern days existences and, “telling us we are grateful and so glad we could invent the wheel and are excited to see your modern day inventions of the planes and rockets of life.” Where we appreciate bringIng those things into existences from our day spoken into the existences as gifts we weave into the tapestries of future generations of time that intrinsic to the involvement of life.
Have a wonderful day, ya’ll from my table of life to yours. Don’t forget to have desert. Choose preferred and likely and live well!
It is an honour to dine with you… I am sure there is much to be shared. Thank you for stepping into my little diary a while… and leaving your mark.
Hi James, your blog and your journey in Christ is indeed awesome, there is life and positivity in your words, I enjoy reading it.. keep going.. God be with you..
Thank you!! God be with you too… Jx
Fascinating account and very striking photos
Thank you! Jx
Fascinating journey! I especially love your photos!
Thank you so much ! Jx
Wow! I’m so honored and blessed that you found my blog and that you decided to follow my blog. Thank you. Your blog, your journey is fascinating and I look forward to journeying with you, via your site. May many be won to God’s kingdom through all you do for Him. Your Sister-in-Christ, Dulcinea 🙂
Dear Dulcinea, trust me… the honour is all mine. God bless you! and amen. I am thrilled you came here also… may all eyes see Him, in all things.
Forever your brother-in-Christ… James x
Fascinating journey! I especially love your photos!
Thank you much! I must say I love the photos too. <3
James, thank you for following us (husband and wife team). Really enjoyed reading your story, getting to know you, and connecting with a brother in Christ. Mike and I both like to travel (well, I should say “liked”, getting to an age where staying home sounds great!), plus we live in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the heart of six National Parks. Sometimes it feels like heaven and we pinch ourselves to find out if we are still alive. Come and visit us when you are in the area. We have lots of room and enjoy sharing our home as well as being tour guides around here.
We also enjoy taking photos. God is such an awesome creator and artist. There is always a different view even though you look at the same mountain over and over again. A different time of day, a different season, sun or rain – it’s all beautiful in itself! Take care, enjoy God’s great creation, and blessings, Elfriede
Hello Mike and Elfriede! Your comment made my chest well up with joy… a joy I know you would both understand. You are a total inspiration to me and I pray to one day follow a similar path to you and settle somewhere ‘like heaven’, to devote myself to prayer and writing and appreciation of God’s precious Creation… if God allows my bones to grow old and my flesh to age.
And I would love to visit one day, thank you for the offer, from my heart. Means so much. Once all this madness in the world passes and I can move again.
May Our Eternal Father bless you both always, illuminate your soul and put a fire in your hearts.
Shalom from your bother in Christ Jesus, always and ever, in Truth.
Thank you for your comment. We are already looking forward to welcoming you in our home. Blessings, in Him, Mike and Elfriede
Thank you, my sister.
What a beautiful site/sight, James! Your posts show what a colourful world God has given us, and remind us that we really are all one family. Safe travelling!
Nick, thank YOU! My pleasure. Just saved your comment from the spam folder… maybe someone is against us… God has given us so much and I am so honoured to share what little I have seen and learnt with any who will receive it. I am always learning and forever the novice. I wish you all the best. May every blessing of our Creator shine upon you, now and always.
You present a very interesting journey, very beautiful, and winsome. Love the photographs. Thanks for being a blessing.
Thank you so much David Orth ! I am very humbled to share this journey, I have been blessed to witness all this, this beauty in Creation and Man, not of my own strength or wisdom but of the true Light of the Earth. It is my deepest honour to share with those who have eyes to see and hearts to receive. Thank you again. From my heart.