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The Seven Stages of Pilgrimage

This page has not been updated since June 2014.

All major faiths have pilgrimage as part of their teaching and tradition. ARC has drawn together seven stages of pilgrimage from the experience of the faiths. If all your business meetings included these seven stages - including especially the notion of transformation at the end - how much more powerful they would be.

1. Think about being a pilgrim rather than just travelling from A to B.

2. Recognise that journeys are entities in themselves and they can—if you allow them—take on a life of their own. They are not just a means to an end.

3. Become aware of the people with whom you are travelling and of why you are together, discovering what each of you brings as well as being honest about some of the tensions.

4. Understand the story that has brought you there: your story.

5. Lose your role as an observer and become part of the landscape and part of somebody else’s story.

6. Look at what you are passing through.

7. Recognize that at the end of the journey you should be different from the person who set out. If every business meeting, every overseas trip, and every project were to use these ideas they would be so much more effective and enjoyable.

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