“To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries.”– Aldous Huxley
Joyous Friday, my friends. I’m back from two amazing weeks in Egypt. If we’re friends on Facebook, you may have seen some of the pictures.
I’ve been mulling over the millions of things I could share. I could recount my adventures, particularly my spiritual insights which tend to slap you in the face when you’re traveling in an ancient, mysterious place that happens to be one of the planet’s great energy vortexes.
Suffice it to say, manifestation happens really fast in Egypt. Whatever you’re thinking (both good and bad) shows up near-instantly.
Here’s one small example.
I mentioned to Taz, my daughter who was traveling with me, that I’d love to get a picture of a youngster driving a donkey cart. In Siwa, a beautiful desert oasis not far from Libya, it’s quite apparent that you don’t have to be 16 to get a driver’s license.
No sooner did I mention my desire, then we were passed by not one, but literally 8 donkey carts, one after another, all being driven by adorable young kids. I noticed an enticing restaurant one morning when walking back from the coffee shop and within 20 minutes, our host Sarwat Hegazy (he has led tours in Egypt for Sylvia Browne, Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer and Danyon Brinkley, to name a few) took us to that exact restaurant. And, no, I hadn’t mentioned it.
Or I could tell you about all the badass belly dancers I met in Egypt, mostly Westerners who have chosen to live in this magical country and create remarkable things. Over the next few months, I’ll be writing lots of travel stories about the people I met, the places I visited. Maybe I’ll even share a few on the blog.
But for now, I’d love to tell you a story my other host, Jane Bolinowsky, a chamber musician and flute teacher from Australia, told me that still rocks me to my core. She was hiking in Bhutan one day, feeling a bit down. She was wondering “Why bother? What can one person really do?”
Her hiking partner had hiked ahead so she sat down, all alone, at the top of Chomolhari, a beautiful peak known as Bhutan’s mountain goddess.
Even though she didn’t really feel like it at first, she pulled her flute out of her backpack and began to play. She poured her heart, her questions into her music.
That mountain solo, performed by one solitary flutist sitting alone on a deserted ridge, set off an avalanche, a monstrous avalanche that completely changed the landscape.
So don’t despair, my friends. It may seem that we’re all alone, that there’s no way to deal with the forces that appear to be rising.
But remember….one butterfly flapping its wings is all it takes.
If you’re interested in knowing more about Jane or Sarwat, check out their website: www.egyptunveiled.com.
Pam Grout is the author of 18 books including E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality and the just released, Thank and Grow Rich: a 30-day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy.