Karnak Temple and the Temple of Sekhmet- Day 4 – Spiritual Tour to Egypt – The Egypt Travel Journal of Carla & John Part 10
Last night I slept like a baby with the very gentle rocking of the boat. This morning on a spiritual tour to Egypt we visited Karnak Temple which is linked to the Luxor Temple via an avenue of Sphinxes. It is my understanding that these sphinxes have only been discovered in the last few years.
It makes me wonder just how much is still under the shifting sands of the desert that lie waiting to be rediscovered. The Karnak Temple complex is massive and in fact is one of the largest temple complexes in the world. Our Egyptologist is an absolute walking encyclopaedia of the history of Ancient Egypt and his facts and stories about this place had me mesmerised. I was astounded by the size of the obelisks here. They are massive and have been carved from the one piece of granite. They were commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut who was later to be known as King or Pharaoh the only female to rule in her own right as a Pharaoh. So many special temples and the feat of engineering just has me gob smacked.
But the highlight of this trip to the Karnak temple complex was a visit to the Temple of Sekhmet which is in a section of the complex that isn’t open to the public. Carla has been reading about Sekhmet since we arrived in Egypt and with what she has been through on her journey to recovery she was looking forward to visiting this temple. Now I’m not into all this spirituality stuff, but I have to admit that when I saw that life size statue of a curvaceous woman with the head of a lioness, there was definitely something very moving about the experience. They refer to this statue as a living statue of Sekhmet and I have to admit that as you stood and looked at it, it certainly did feel like it could suddenly come to life at any moment.
Carla will no doubt have an entry of her own about her experience with Sekhmet because she found the visit to Sekhmet to be almost earth shattering. In fact I think I’ll let Carla tell the rest of the story of today because for me it was a nice experience to visit this Temple but for Carla well something must have happened for her to be crying – she said they were tears of joy but what can I tell you, I guess it is a woman thing.
Actually John was affected by his visit to the Sekhmet Temple. John always becomes very quiet and introspective when he has something on his mind and all the way back to the Afandina he didn’t say a word which was fine by me because I was still processing the experience myself.
Later though we sat with a group on the boat and shared our experiences from today. John was asking a lot of questions about energy and was listening intently to a couple of our new friends as they went into great depth about their spiritual experiences. I was somewhat surprised because usually he doesn’t want a bar of anything remotely metaphysical but something is shifting within him not that he is ready to admit it yet.
The Temple of Sekhmet is on the left hand side of the Karnak Temple away from the main complex. It’s a little bit of a trek to get there but such a worthwhile experience if you ever have the opportunity to have access to the temple.
The energy in this special place is unmistakeable. You feel like you want to whisper for it feels like a sacred space and you don’t want to disturb the energies. We had a very special meditation in the chamber where the living statue of Sekhmet is located and after the meditation I hugged the statue. I stood ever so carefully on the raised platform she stands on and rested my head on her shoulder. I swear I felt her head turn and rest against the top of my head. In that moment I feel a jolt of energy flow through my body and a calmness like I’ve never felt before came over me. In that very moment I knew the cancer would never return. Tears slid down my cheeks and I will never forget this incredible experience for as long as I live.
There is an unexplained magic running through the sites of Egypt. I’ve read how the sites are aligned to star systems and are built with precision and incorporating sacred geometry. That’s all a little beyond me at this stage but I find it so fascinating. All I know is what I feel when I am in these places.
Sekhmet has quite a checkered history in that at one stage she was the goddess of war. At the request of her father Ra when the Gods were under attack from the humans, she ran rampant throughout Egypt on a killing spree turning the fields red with the blood of humans. Ra had to trick her into drinking drugged red wine in order to get her to stop her rampage when he felt that she had gone too far. When Sekhmet realised what she had done she was very repentant and as a result became the Goddess of Healing. If ever there was a Goddess for me it has to be Sekhmet and now that I have felt her loving and healing energy I am indeed a follower.
This afternoon we had some free time so I took John shopping to buy some gold which is very good in this part of Egypt. I bought a cartouche which is a rectangular piece of gold with my name engraved in heiroglyphics on the front of it and a carving of the Goddess Isis on the back of it. I also bought a large gold charm of Sekhmet and a couple of beautiful gold chains for them. Now I also have a material reminder of my visit to Sekhmet. I was told by our Egyptologist that I should wear my cartouche as often as possible and that the chain it is on should be long enough so that the cartouche rests over my heart chakra. This gives it more power as a personal talisman.
I really enjoy the evenings on the Nile River. The temperature drops a little and it is so pleasant sitting up on deck looking up at the stars. This is truly a magical time in my life.
Tomorrow we travel to Dendera to the Temple of Hathor and to Abydos.
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