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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