A small group of us decided to spend the afternoon out on the River Nile on my felucca, Spirit.
Two of us are holistic therapists, one was a friend of mine who was in Egypt searching for what lies behind the historical Egypt, and we were joined by a newcomer to Luxor who just tagged along for the ride.
The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, but not too hot. The wind was very light so we had to be towed upstream for the first part of our sailing. We asked to be dropped off at a small sandy area on an island in the middle of the river and were there in less than 20 minutes. By this time the wind had gone completely and the stillness was amazing. All we could hear was the lapping of the water on the “beach” and the singing of the birds as they swooped around us.
The temptations to get our feet wet were too great, and one by one we slid off the boat and into the water. Trousers rolled up, skirts tucked into knickers, we waded along the edges of the Nile watching the small fish circling our ankles. We did have a few silly moments, especially when one of us was not looking at the sand below her feet and suddenly disappeared into a hole that took her waist deep into the Nile! Hilarity consumed us, as she came up gasping for breath and laughing heartily at the same time. Now completely wet through, she decided she may as well finish the job off and took herself off for a real swim. I declined, it was winter, and the water was way too cold for me to do anymore than get my feet wet!
Eventually we all climbed back into the felucca and dried off in the warm sunshine. Tea and sandwiches followed as we all happily chatted away.
Then we got down to the business at hand. Firstly the still wet lady was treated to an ear candling session. Cushions were laid out on the deck of the boat and the candling started. I had taken with me some of my organic candles which are made for me here in Egypt and they are extremely good. However, they do burn with a larger flame than many of the machine made candles, and we were on a boat with the wind starting to pick up again. But once we had all got over the size of the flame, we settled down and had a wonderful treatment session. There is something magical about laying on the floor of the boat with the sound of the candle in one ear, and the sound of the water lapping on the bottom of the boat in the other. Total relaxation comes very quickly.
Then it was my turn for a reflexology treatment. Bliss is the only word I can use to describe it. What more can I say, except that my friend was excellent and picked up on a few health issues I knew about and some I didn’t know about.
Reluctantly, we had to sail away from our island “therapy centre” as the wind started to come and it was perfect for good sailing, so we ended our session with an ear candling for my felucca captain before sailing away. He has seen me doing therapies on the boat many times, but has never had a treatment himself. This time he finally agreed to have his ears done, and now wants it done on a regular basis. He was very impressed.
Conversation then took over. We talked as we sailed and we covered so many spiritual subjects and shared so much knowledge.
With the wind in our hair, the sail billowing above us, the River Nile flowing eternally onwards bringing life to this ancient land and bringing us back again to our destinies, we sailed as the Pharoahs sailed with just the power of the wind and the skill of our captain.
Once again, destiny brought a small group of strangers together and friendships were formed.
Life, like the eternal River Nile, flows endlessly on. Everchanging, evermoving, it spiritually replenishes us.
Maybe your destiny awaits you here.
Why not try us for a magical day on the River Nile? You know you are worth it!!