THE JOHN MERRILL MINISTRY - "Embracing and honouring all faiths and none"

Recent Posts

How I plan a pilgrimage walk
I am notme when I walk
Margaret Thatchers Funeral
My Easter Weekend


Margaret Thatchers funeral
My Easter weekend
powered by

My Blog


I am not me when I walk by Revd.John N. Merrill

This may, at first glance, seem strange and almost nonsensical, but it is real. I have realised for a long time that a great change occurs when I put my boots and rucksack on and go for a long walk. I don't just look for it or wonder what will happen, it just does; I am transformed. The immediate everyday life disappears and a new wondrous life comes into being. For a long while I ignored the signs and what was happening, now I take note and simply am in awe of the magic that occurs. For none of this happens in my “normal” life, although more recently there has started to be a major overlap.

As I stride out the door I leave “normal” life behind and enter a world where everything is possible and full of miracles. I don't expect or ask anything, it just happens. I walk with an open mind, do not preplan anything and encounter a never ending sequence of events, occurrences and much synchronicity. I just reach a crossroads or a point in the walk and a new door opens with amazing gifts. I have been aware of this crucially for the last five years but I know it has been happening all my life, but never really understood or acknowledged it.

It was while walking to Mont St. Michel, in June 2016, that everything slotted into place in my mind; and I said to myself for the first time, “I am not me when I walk.” I had had bad weather, no accommodation, no guidebook for awhile, the paths were overgrown and the waymarking was awful, yet I strode out each day, never thinking of quitting. Just quietly confident to keep walking and everything would be fine. I planned nothing or had any kind of schedule and had not booked any campsite or accommodation, Battered but delighted and full of joy I reached Mont St. Michel and the deepest feelings of gratitude and humbleness overcame me. More profound feelings than I had ever experienced before.

I believe the true story of this pilgrimage walk demonstrates this ”remarkable me.” So many unforgettable moments occurred. I even surprised myself by speaking fluently in French, something I have never had the courage to do before; I quite simply felt at home, although I had never been in the area before. The helpfulness of the people I met all along the route really surprised me. Even seeking accommodation in the early stages I wasn't just told there was no rooms were available but they rang around trying to locate a bed.

Even the first night on the park bench by the river in Winchester, I felt totally safe, at home, and slept well and undisturbed. Then in the early morning entering the cathedral I was most warmly welcomed by the Canon and sat in “choir stall” pew for the service. Partway through we all shook hands and said “Peace be with you”, a heart wrenching moment. Then to crown it all the Canon came to me and gave me a prayer and blessing for my walk to Mont St. Michel; a moment I shall never forget.

Then right at the end after more than 200 miles of walking I walked along the sandy peninsula to the start of the crossing to Mont St. Michel. You need a guide for this dangerous crossing and I hadn't got a clue who to ask and had seen no-one. Yet just at the very moment I reached the sandbar a guide and party suddenly appeared out of a sand-dune and they allowed me to join them across the 7 km of sand, mud and rivers; truly remarkable.

(Copyright – Revd. John N. Merrill – August 2016)

19 Comments to I AM NOT ME WHEN I WALK:

Comments RSS
Custom writing on 10 October 2017 08:16
I really enjoyed the blog because you arranged every fact in a very beautiful manner which gives it a look of series in which topics are connected amazingly. Nice work.
Reply to comment
edubirdie on 14 June 2018 08:55
We all have a different religion and belief. We must learn how to respect each others tradition. Let's stop discriminating other people just because their opinions or point-of-views is different from us. We must all be willing to learn from one another. Let's try to be more open-minded. We must not let our personal preferences, politics, and practices divide us from each other. But rather let us try to appreciate our differences. We should look at these uniqueness of each other as an opportunity to have a brand new perspective in life.

assignment writers on 17 October 2017 06:19
It is my first visit to this site; I am visiting this website and read your post such as meaningful and helpful blog post .I take much information from here.
Reply to comment

uk on 18 October 2017 06:29
I surely think you will have fully provided me at the idea had you been able to again up your premise with a large bit extra strong facts. extremely good piece of writing and a awesome hyperlink you provide. it is very useful
Reply to comment

cheap essays help on 21 October 2017 11:15
It is my first visit to this site; I am visiting this website and read your post such as meaningful and helpful blog post .I take much information from here.
Reply to comment

assignment uk on 22 February 2018 11:52
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on this one. Please keep posting about such articles as they really spread useful information. Thanks for this particular sharing. I hope it stays updated, take care.
Reply to comment

essaycloud on 22 February 2018 11:53
After looking at the couple of the blog articles on your online journal, I genuinely welcome your method for writing an article. I spared as a most loved it to my bookmark website page list and will checking back rather than later. Share your thoughts.
Reply to comment

Matlab Assignment Help Assistance on 14 June 2018 07:52
Thanks A Lot For The Post. It Has Helped Me Get Some Nice Ideas. I Hope I Will See Some Really Good Result Soon.
Reply to comment

Help With Medical Dissertation on 14 June 2018 08:26
I Personally Like Your Post; You Have Shared Good Insights And Experiences. Keep It Up.
Reply to comment

Do My Programming Language Homework on 14 June 2018 09:49
This Is Great Information For Students. This Article Is Very Helpful I Really Like This Blog Thanks.
Reply to comment

printing-good on 18 July 2018 08:58
You made my day! I am very happy and relaxed too that I find this blog. I was looking for the matter discussed in blog post. If you have some more blogs on the material please share those as well. Thanks a lot and keep sharing such useful information. Motorcycle Decals
Reply to comment

Make My Programming Language Homework on 20 July 2018 06:47
Hi buddy, your blog' s design is simple and clean and i like it. Your blog posts about Online writing Help are superb. Please keep them coming. Greets!
Reply to comment

Mechanical Assignment Help Expert on 20 July 2018 06:47
This was a great and interesting article to read. I have really enjoyed all of this very cool information
Reply to comment

Help With Python Assignment on 20 July 2018 06:48
This a good way to appreciate the teacher as they put their efforts to train students. UK dissertation Writers appreciates the teachers.
Reply to comment

Gala casino on 26 July 2018 18:20
that implies that whatever measure of cash you store they would twofold it up so your odds of winning and your opportunity in playing is multiplied as well.
Reply to comment

best price for medicine boxes on 04 August 2018 08:05
I am glad to know that the article is really very good. Some people visited to here in the blog review is very good. Thanks for sharing in the information. keep it up.
Reply to comment

html color codes on 22 August 2018 03:04
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on this one. Please keep posting about such articles as they really spread useful information. Thanks for this particular sharing. I hope it stays updated, take care
Reply to comment

Dwayne on 05 October 2018 08:56
Informative article here. I am really impressed to see this post and i hope i will see more good post in coming future. Thanks and carry on sharing it.To get gym mats Click here
Reply to comment

ryanjackson on 12 October 2018 08:32
It is an interesting post. I completely read this post and i am very glad to read this interesting information about i am not me when i walk. Very well and useful discussion you share in it. I must share this with others. Keep it up and keep sharing. epdm rubber roofing
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint