In Travelers: The Meaningful Journey, Régent Jean Cabana takes readers on a soul-affirming journey, making a strong case that the world outside, the one we travel into, responds to the world inside, the world we carry in our hearts and souls.
Cabana draws on both old and new age wisdom to illustrate the unique qualities of each individual traveler, while at the same time exemplifying the universal appeal and symbolic strength of the figure of "Traveler" as portrayed throughout the ages.
Travelers: The Meaningful Journey teaches us that our voyages can bring a special kind of wisdom when we are open to the possibilities, and it reminds us that home is within, not without. This is a book you will want to take with you wherever you go - whether it's on a weekend pilgrimage or a month-long sojourn.
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About the Author
Régent Jean Cabana is a passionate Traveler. At age 33 he made his childhood dream of circling the globe a reality when he began an eighteen-month sojourn traveling solo around the world. Returning home, he conducted a prolific ethnographic research on Travelers for his Ph.D. dissertation. He teaches comparative urban sociology classes in Mexico, Brazil and Canada to American and Canadian students. He is also a consultant in academic international programs.
The author describes travel as movement from one place to another or as a shift in consciousness, or both. He defines the journey as the awareness of movement, physical or psychological, and insists that the distance or the length of time incurred during the journey is irrelevant. What matters is the awareness of the journey. You will find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/regentjeancabana.
Read an Excerpt
The idea of exploring, of discovering or uncovering new segments of reality, outwardly or inwardly, is a commanding impetus for movement. While the Age of European Exploration beginning in the 15th century sought to learn about the outside world, more recently the explorers of man's emotional and intellectual worlds have wanted to learn about the inside world. But the link between these two realities has always existed. No matter where the point of entry is, from inside or outside, establishing the correspondence between the two transmutes each reality and creates a third one, that of synthesis. The synergy of outer and inner realities is found in the contradictory aspects of our lives, and its synthesis ushers us toward a new direction, that of a more wholesome understanding of a reality freshly created with each breath we take. Perhaps the fragmentary appearance of our contemporary lives represents an opportunity to assemble disparate aspects of our lives, to examine them closely, one by one and then together, in order to understand who we are and what we do that is us. This us is also each one of us, the unique individual positions at the center of the universe, the axis mundi, the single individual who knows, beyond any doubt, that life is only possible because of his own unique awareness. Every one of us is invaluable.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This Book Will Change Your Perspective on Traveling Philosophy, spirituality, and travel combine in the new work by Régent Jean Cabana. Travelers: The Meaningful Journey will help readers connect with their travel destinations on a different level. Travelers will be more aware of their surroundings and the spirituality of those surroundings. The book explores self-examination, the environment, and different cultures. I will never travel the same thanks to Cabana and I expect my future vacations to more meaningful than ever before. Highly Recommended Read!!!
I love this book! It combines wonderful adventures with deep insights into human challenges. I found myself uncharacteristically taking notes of the wisdom embedded in the material. Cabana has the courage and compassion to engage with others in ways that illuminate issues we all must face while addressing both external and internal worlds. His rich, textured detail are offered with flair and substance. Many have powerful experiences, but few can convey them in such a valuable, satisfying way, yet this author has done just that. Sharing his journey has clarified my own. I will tell all my friends about this unique book, and I hope to see more writing from this gifted author.
Judging from his book, Régent Jean Cabana, the French Canadian author of Travelers: The Meaningful Journey is a scholar, a philosopher and a bon vivant. He calls himself a Traveler. By this he means those who travel on a long-term basis as a lifestyle. Although he conducted a formal study of Travelers which included in-depth interviews and focus groups, this book isn’t dry and academic. Cabana also writes about his own life and outlook with a changing perspective that is by turns suave, convivial and wise. He can be a dependable guide, yet he can also be unpredictable. Cabana defines Travelers as radically different from tourists who rely on guidebooks to shape their travel experience rather than taking chances, and watching for opportunities to contact the local people in order to learn from them directly about their culture. Some of his concepts can be difficult to pin down. I finally concluded that “finding your rhythm” is most akin to the Navajo belief in hozho which is called “walking in beauty” in English. Cabana likes using the word “passage” for travel. I would associate this word with “rite of passage” which is an experience that is intended to be transformative. Transformation is Cabana’s central goal, and he believes that it’s the goal of other Travelers that he has encountered. He also talks about “hitting bottom” which I connect with the process of overcoming addiction. In the context of this book, “hitting bottom” means a time of reflection and self-examination. I read in this book that some Travelers imagine that they will find people in Third World cultures who are purely traditionalist and uninfluenced by Western aspirations. It seems to me that they are seeking iconic representations from the pages of National Geographic rather than the real individuals who actually live there. When these Travelers “hit bottom”, they should consider re-examining how they view people in the countries through which they are journeying. Cabana himself respects diversity. He says that “tolerance” is one of his favorite words. “Liminality” is one of my favorite words. It is the state of being an outsider. I think that Travelers are supremely liminal. They leave their cultures of origin because they don’t feel at home there, yet they can never permanently connect with any other culture because they are continually moving on. Some readers who value a sense of belonging may find this very sad, but I have always appreciated the unique viewpoint of those who live on the margins of our societies. This book contains some observations about theology. I would characterize Cabana’s approach as pantheist. He believes that the divine is everywhere and that we are all one while still being distinct individuals. If Travelers: The Meaningful Journey can be said to have a flaw, I think it’s a failure to give enough credit to those of us who stay at home. As a rather cautious individual with very limited financial resources, I content myself with armchair travel through books. A book too can be a journey. Like the Fool of the Tarot, a reader steps out blithely into the world of a book without knowing whether the consequence of this experience will be a metaphorical fall from a precipice. I would also like to point out that if you live in a major city or its environs, you can encounter people from other cultures and learn from them. You needn’t travel to another continent to discover cultural diversity and be changed by it. Travel is not the only means of transformation.