A Postcard from Egypt October 2007
by Dr. Friedemann Schaub
Greetings from Egypt;
The sense of time is completely altered in Egypt - the 2 weeks here feel to all of us, as if we have been together for months. So much has happened and so many rich experiences we have had.
This journey was also very special, because we arrived in Egypt during Ramadan. This allowed us to get a deeper understanding of the profound spirituality that fills the entire country during this special time. During Ramadan Muslims are not supposed to eat or drink from sunset to dawn - for 30 days. Could you imagine having the discipline to follow through this commitment - while working normally and living in a desert climate? The dedication and devotion to their faith we witnessed from the Egyptians was amazing. I just know that my level of "crankiness" would dramatically increase without food or water for more than 12 hours - after only 1 or 2 days. Not so the Egyptians - despite fasting, they were as always extremely friendly, patient and making us feel at home. In the evening, long tables are brought onto the side walks and food is shared with anyone - strangers and friend. At the end of Ramadan, a member of our group asked two teenagers, whether they are happy and relieved that Ramadan is finally over. And they emphatically disagreed - "We love Ramadan, it is a very special time; we are always sad when it is over".
We just came back from our private visit and final initiation in the King’s Chamber of the Great Pyramid. What an amazing experience - or as Kally of our group said "Just when you thought it can't get any better - it does!"
One of the many blessings of our journeys to Egypt is that we are able to experience many temples in exclusive private visits. This allows us to enter into the temples with the intention to awaken their dormant energies through meditations and ceremonies. Every site has a very distinct and almost palpable signature energy whether it is the deep groundedness in Knum’s Temple on Elephantine Island, the exquisite loving sweetness at Isis Temple on Philea or the peaceful neutrality in Sobek’s Temple in Komombo.
This group was able to manifest some very special treats - one of which was a private visit of the tomb of Sethi I in the Valley of the Kings. This is the most beautiful and intact tomb, richly decorated with vibrant colors, which are more than 3000 years old - and it has been closed to the public for the last 20 years. Every site we visit, creates a deep remembering inside of us and allows us to remember who we truly are. As one of our fellow travelers said:" I don't know who I am anymore - but I feel more myself than I ever have".
For Danielle and I leading tours to Egypt is most fulfilling and enjoyable. People from all over the country, with completely different backgrounds and beliefs gather together to join us on this journey. It always amazes us, how quickly and easily such a diverse group can come together through the shared experiences and the heart-opening energy of Egypt meeting as strangers and leaving as part of a loving family.
Egypt is calling - and if you feel called to answer, we would love for you to join us.
Friedemann and Danielle