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Discover Potent Wisdom of the Albergue – Camino meets Master Key

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Wisdom in Multitudes

While reading this week’s Master Key Experience (MKE) Lesson, I was struck by a passage that sounded a lot like something I had heard on the Camino.

Yes, the Camino meets Master Key wisdom all the time.  I know I talk about the Camino a lot on my Master Key blog but I keep seeing the similarities, so I will keep doing it!

Here is the particular passage that made me think of Drese, a Camino Albergue owner.  I will tell you his story shortly for the wisdom is potent.

Knowledge will not apply itself.  You must make the application.  Abundance will not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite and specific purpose, and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference.  If you are in business, it will increase and develop along regular channels, possibly new or unusual channels of distribution will be opened and when the law becomes fully operative, you will find that the things you seek are seeking you.

Charles Haanel, Master Key System, 10:23

Camino Magic

Now about Drese’s wisdom.  He was an easy-going guy, he loved to travel, and loved to walk the Camino.  In fact, he loved it so much that he decided to open his own albergue.  Albergues are the pilgrim hostels along the Camino, providing accomodation, sometimes food, and often a unique pilgrim experience.  Drese, from Germany, did not do well in school.  His mother thought he was a bit crazy about this Camino thing, and she worried about him, naturally; wondering if he would ever find success.  Drese just wanted to live on the Camino and help pilgrims.

So he started to walk Camino routes in Spain and Portugal, with an eye on places to start his albergue.  Finally he found a lovely property, along the Camino Portuguese, just north of Tui, and about 100 km before Santiago de Compostela.  He started to renovate and build just as the COVID-19 pandemic was starting.

This could have been a setback, but Drese used the time to make the place a special retreat for pilgrims.  This included a house with space for about 12 pilgrims, a yard with a pool, lounge chairs, firepit, hammock, and a huge round outdoor table for those special pilgrim meals.  With experience as a chef, Drese knew he could provide everything a pilgrim could need. Wisdom!

When I walked, as Spain was starting to recover from the pandemic, Drese’s Casa Alternativo was becoming a very successful albergue.  In fact, he had to turn away pilgrims most days.  When we were there, he received several calls from pilgrims who were disappointed to be turned away.  As it was, he welcomed a couple late in the day who ended up sleeping on mattresses on the floor.  I’m glad that we had reserved ahead!

Drese is a wonderful Camino host.  He welcomed us warmly, offered cold beverages and a hot shower.  He cooked us a wonderful pilgrim meal.  He shared Camino stories and encouraged us to take a special detour called the Variante Espiritual, which we did.  We met his dog Otto, who had walked several Caminos with Drese.

Worlds Collide – Wisdom

And one particular piece of wisdom that Drese said really stuck with me.  Now that I have read almost the same thing by Haanel, I thought I should share:

You must work for your dreams, because the only thing that comes from the sky is rain.

Drese, Casa Alternativo, Spanish section of Camino Portuguese

I have to repeat the Haanel bit:

Abundance does not come to you out of the sky, neither will it drop into your lap, but a conscious realization of the law of attraction and the intention to bring it into operation for a certain, definite and specific purpose, and the will to carry out this purpose will bring about the materialization of your desire by a natural law of transference.

The Camino meets Master Key wisdom, right?  Drese had a definite, specific purpose and he worked for it.  He may not have consciously understood the Law of Attraction, but he is living his dharma.  And to complete the story, his mother was visiting while we were there.  She saw him living his purpose and passion, she was very proud of her son, and knew that he had indeed found success.

Buen Camino and Ultreia

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About the author

Arlene Laskey is registered nurse, a long-distance walker, and has a home-based business. She loves to learn and improve, and help others to do the same. As a guide with the Master Key Experience Arlene looks forward to reaching more people, helping them to reach their personal goals through the power of positive thinking.

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