Le pacte des Marchombres.
“The pact of the Shadow-walkers”.
As far as I can remember, I was always fascinated by this book.
When I was a teenager and even years after, I simply felt like I could identify with the heroine who went from being lost, aggressive and alone to finding a path of life that opened her to fighting for what she believed in, finding her own kind of family and building a great relationship while remaining free.
She went from incredibly mundane challenges like finding her way through sexual harassment and body image to mystical events such as communing with an entire mountain and encountering an ephemeral city.
The hurdles on her way seemed relatable and her strength and determination attracted me as much as her Yogi/Matrix like physical exploits.
Later on, I realized my kinship with this story ran much deeper. As I dive deep into what spiritual awakening means to me and the path I truly desire to walk on, I saw that this book had always insisted on an idea dear to my spiritual practice and beliefs: shadows.
“Marchombres” which can be translated as Shadow Walkers (“marcher” means to walk, and “ombre” means shadow in French), though it sounds much less poetic. This term designate a guild of fiercely independent individuals who none the less come together as a tribe, a community, who work for the force of harmony to find its place in the world.
No moral concept of good and bad.
Just harmony and chaos.
As they fight the Mercenaries of Chaos, some Marchombres reveal themselves to be cowards, traitors or even murderers. Away from this minority, some masters evolve to being capable of mind control, developing a relationship so deep with Nature that they can talk with and through the wind and other mystical talents offered to them by diving deep into the Path of the Shadow Walker and its practice.
I used to think the name Shadow Walker came from the fact that these ethereal beings could sneak on you without a sound during day or night, infiltrate themselves anywhere and dressed in black.
Today, after reading many Carl Jung-inspired books, I understand that this has little to do with physical prowess: the Marchombres are enlightened because they have examined their own shadows. They have chosen a path of courage, hard spirituality and incarnated meditation.
They choose to be part of the world while remaining ferociously independent men and women. They weigh on the direction of fate while understanding that their own actions and introspection is their compass to remaining agents of harmony.
They love people they might lose wholeheartedly, prefer nature to comfort, and are aware of their own fallbacks. They know all too well their own shadows, and therefore understand the chaos of the world – a reflection of our own struggles.
Their learning process inculcates humility, self-awareness and moderation.
Without knowing it, I was already reading about the awakening so many spiritual leaders, or simple people opened to energy are now talking about. I was already reading about the 8th Fire Prophecy and the author, Pierre Bottero, somehow foresaw all of it before tragically dying in an accident.
Whether in L’Autre or Ewilan, he reminds us that there is a magical world waiting around the corner if only we open to it.
He reminds us that there is a road, a path, that is awaiting us, and that we can hear the world whispering of it if we can be quiet enough to hear the howling of the wind and the shatter of the rain.