Sonia Choquette is one of the most eloquent and sought after spiritual leaders of our time. With her wide array of books, oracle cards and courses, it’s easy to see why she has earned a way into our hearts.
Her new book, Walking Home: A Pilgrimage from Humbled to Healed is quite possibly her best book yet.
I love the authenticity and raw emotions that bleed through the pages. I have often said that love is not a universal language, but pain is. Everyone understands pain, but not everyone understands love.
In this book, Sonia is honest about the pain she silently suffered through for many years while teaching her classes and workshops. Who knew that between that intuitive heart and dazzling smile, was a woman who was hiding a lifetime of emotional wounds. She wasn’t just hiding these wounds from her friends and audiences. She was hiding them from herself.
After the death of her brother and father, Sonia began to experience feelings of intense anger, frustration and denial. Old wounds from her past began to creep up and consume her. Shake it off as she tried, these feelings became stronger and they demanded to be dealt with. As if losing her brother and father wasn’t enough, she was married to someone whom she no longer connected with. When she needed comfort, he needed something to complain about.
In the face of pain, she realized that all of those old wounds that she thought she had released weren’t really gone. They had simply gone into hiding. And now, with this dramatic turn of events, they had emerged in an unexpected way. After yet another heated argument with her husband over something petty (which apparently was the norm for them), she had finally decided that she had had enough, and demanded a divorce.
Feeling rejected and defeated, Sonia turned to her Spirit Guides and to Holy Mother God for help. The intuitive advice given to her the next day is to go to walk the Camino Santiago, and without looking into it, she agrees to go.
It is on this journey that Sonia discovers the true source of her pain. She begins to learn more about herself and what she needs from her life partners. She learns why past relationships (marriage, friendships, and otherwise) often failed, and why her divine feminine energy went into hiding in the first place. She learns to let go and to allow others to embrace, accept and nurture her.
In my line of work, I meet many women who feel as if they need to be strong for themselves and for their families. They adopt a tough exterior that acts as a protector and guardian. But once things begin to crumble, they are in an awkward and unhealthy situation, because as a protector and guardian, there is no one to protect or to guard them. They feel that they can not allow their weakness, their hurt, or their own inner turmoil to show.
Any spiritual person who has struggled with intense, negative emotions will empathize greatly with Sonia’s story. I myself gained more respect to Sonia because I identify with much of the struggle that she has faced in her personal life.
The inner struggle and mental conversations that Sonia faces in simply preparing for the trip had me giggling a few times. Not because her inner struggle was silly, but because we all have mental conversations with ourselves that we don’t dare share with others. Well, Sonia dared, and I’m glad she did. If you ever find yourself in a battle of wits with yourself in your own mind, then you will certainly relate to the conversations that Sonia had with herself too.
Reading the details of Sonia’s actual trip is fun, and somewhat heartbreaking. Her epiphanies and experiences along the way will resonate with you as well. Her journey wasn’t really about a physical experience. It was about emotional healing, and facing that wounded warrior that she had been putting so much pressure on. There are many small yet powerful lessons that Sonia learns on this trip, and these are lessons that we all learn – or hope to learn – at some point in life.
We may never walk the Camino Santiago ourselves, but that doesn’t mean that we each don’t have our own spiritual pilgrimages everyday. What Sonia learns, and what she reveals will resonate with you as well. There will be enough “Ah-ha” moments in this book to make your head spin. I was surprised at how often I nodded my head in agreement while reading this book and thought, “Yup. That’s me.”
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I loaded this book onto my Kindle. But I can honestly say that this is my favorite book written by Sonia Choquette. It just feels more honest than her other books. Not that she lied in other books, but it just feels like this one was written with more openness. It’s like taking a peak into her diary, and into her mind.
I’m sure this was a book that was both easy and difficult for her to write. Easy, because it was probably nice for her to remember these experiences and put them down on paper. Difficult because they are extremely personal.
I’m thankful that Sonia not only had this experience, but chose to share it with us.
I was given a free copy of this book by Hay House Publishing for review purposes, and was not compensated for this review. This is my unbiased opinion of this book.
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