When you imagine Egypt, what comes to mind? The Pyramids, The Pharaohs, The river Nile? Ancient antiquities or all of the above?
In this nature-based meditative visualization, you will discover an out of the world place in Egypt that you may not know about. If you are interested in visiting Egypt once it is safe to travel again, please contact my friend Amr at Bastet Tours. His website address and contact information are in the podcast episode show notes.
I want to begin with a quote from the Egyptian philosopher Muata Ashby.
"By living a life based on wisdom and truth, one can discover the divinity of the soul, its union to the universe, the supreme peace and contentment which comes from satisfying the inner drive for self-discovery."
Although the journey has been long, the camel continues steadily. It has no problem navigating the deep sand—the cadence of its pace and the saddle's comfort rocks you lightly into the endless sea of desert dunes. You travel into the peaceful coolness of the night.
The camel knows the route which is practically stamped into its DNA. Passed down through generations of ancestors who have travelled this caravan trail over the aeons of time. The Pharaohs, Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Herodotus and countless others have all crossed this way.
The atmosphere is pure absent of moisture or dust, so clear the stars are revealed in a way unrivalled by any other place on earth. They illuminate the sky, lighting up the night to show the route. Some stars are enormous and surprisingly low on the horizon. While in other places, they appear to rise out of dunes or creep under heaps of rock.
Along the way you pass colossal ruins from long ago, crumbling into the sand. The history and memories eroded into dust by the wind, fading away and blending back into the desert.
The sky slowly lightens, and the stars begin to diminish. An invisible hand slowly draws back the curtain of night. The sky pales, and then the sun slowly appears. A glowing orb in front pouring the light and revealing the landscape. There is so much space out here in the desert. It is like seeing infinity, feeling insignificant yet at the same time strangely totally significant.
At the edge of the horizon, the dunes end at the top of a rocky slope. Far below you see an ancient village nestled among groves and groves of palm trees.
The camel descends down the narrow trail leading to the village. The rocky escarpment is riddled with caves and other depressions—the only evidence of the tombs broken into by cave robbers long ago. The rock debris underfoot is mixed with shards of shattered ancient pottery.
You arrive at the village of Siwa, which means land of the palm trees. It is still early in the morning. Everyone except for the birds is asleep. You pass through the town of adobe houses, then by a fort, two crumbling temple ruins, and several large ancient wells filled with pure spring water. At one of the pools, the camel stops to take a drink. The motion of his thirst moves the glassy surface of the water in waves. Palm trees tower above. All kinds of palm trees are everywhere, along with orchards of olive, pomegranate and other fruit trees. Their gentle aroma fills the air.
The camel continues on through the outskirts of the town and back into the wilderness. The village fades away into the distance and then finally disappears behind a dune. Back in the desert, you wonder where you are going.
Out of a mirage, a mesmerizing pool appears encompassed by a white salt flat. The water is gin clear, jewel green.
You are tired, and your bones ache from the journey through the night. The camel lies down indicating your destination has been reached. You dismount, walk gingerly over the salt granules, take off your clothes and carefully lower yourself into the water, which is the same temperature as the morning air.
When your feet and legs are in the water, they seem to be pushed up. The deeper you go, the lighter and more buoyant your body becomes. Weightless. The heaviness in your body and soul drifts away as you are suspended without gravity. You close your eyes, put your arms behind your head as a pillow and allow yourself to completely relax in a way you never have before.
〰️ Clara 〰️
I am bringing my favourite outside experiences and imaginings to create visualizations that encourage peace and relaxation.