Me, feluccas, history and healing in Luxor, Egypt

This is the story of a "felucca girl" in Luxor, Egypt.

I have refound my youth in this amazing country, making it my permanent home, spending my time showing tourists the wonder of the eternal River Nile on a traditional sailing boat called a felucca.

Egypt is a very spiritual land. A land of amazing energies and healing. Temples and tombs abound. Join me in experiencing the spirituality of Egypt. Reiki, Crystals, Healing, Energy Work..... all are available here.

Welcome to my world!

Monday, 27 June 2011

Website apologies

I apologise for the problems accessing the Spirit of the Nile website. A new website is being created and there was a problem uploading it. Please bear with us while we try to sort out the problem. I will let you know as soon as the website is live again.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Recent Reiki Master/Teacher course

Recently a friend of mine arrived from the UK to complete her training as a Reiki Master Teacher with me. We had begun the course a while ago via email.

I normally offer Reiki Master courses in 2 parts. The first part is a qualification as a Reiki Master using Advanced Reiki Techniques. The second part is the Teacher element which allows the Reiki Master to pass on the knowledge to others and enable them to begin their own Reiki path.

My friend chose the full course giving her the Reiki Master/Teacher qualification.

As she is in the UK and I am in Luxor, Egypt much of the preliminary work was done via email. Predominately, we worked on the teaching side of Mastership, preparation of manuals for all 3 levels and some lesson preparation.
She was only here in Luxor for one week, so most of that week would be taken up with practical work for the Advanced Reiki techniques.

By the time she arrived, manuals had been prepared and reviewed, a student had been lined up so that she could take her first class here under supervision, and a lineup of guinea pigs had been reserved!!

Her first evening in Luxor saw the auspicious Full Moon Lunar Eclipse and we watched the whole thing from the balcony. The moon rose over Luxor Temple and we never moved until the Eclipse was completely over. Dinner was courtesy of Tutankhamun Restaurant...... take away!! A great start to a fantastic week!

Our first day was taken up with her own attunement to Reiki Master and a substantial amount of time using the new energies and the new symbol she now has at her disposal. I got lucky here as I was the guinea pig myself and we spent a wonderful afternoon, overlooking the River Nile while I got my chakras well and truly balanced, amongst other things.

The second day was all about the teaching side of things. Manuals were reviewed, lesson plans created and she was shown how to attune a student to Reiki.  I am afraid I pushed her very hard that day as the next day was her very own class to teach and I wanted her to be confident and comfortable with what she was doing.

Day three saw the arrival of a mutual friend who wanted to be attuned to Reiki Level 1. What a day! Everything went exactly as I hoped. Rainbows and Unicorns were much in evidence! The new Master did an excellent job and the new Reiki 1 lady had some amazing experiences and I hope, learned a lot.
It was a lot for the new Master to pack in to one day, but time was on our side, no limits to how much time we could take, and she did everything that she was supposed to do, and more! Wonderful!

The fourth day was a day off for us both! A much needed rest for us both. My friend took herself off to Karnak Temple for some "me time" before meeting up with friends in the afternoon. Sunset saw us both out on the River Nile in Felucca Spirit with a magical sunset before heading back for dinner.

By the fifth day Medinet Habu (Mortuary temple of Ramses 3) was calling strongly. An early wake up so that we could avoid the heat of the day, a walk along the riverbank to find a taxi, and we were at Medinet Habu bright and early.

We had planned an attunement here and we were disappointed to see so many tourists there. Well, happy for Luxor but too many for us. So we had a wander around, and found ourselves in the Hypostyle Hall looking for the perfect location.  We found it. A foot over the threshold of a small room saw my friend in floods of tears and very emotional. This was it! And there........ on the walls........ her favourite Egyptian goddess, Sekhmet. Perfect. Exactly what she wanted.
The attunement itself was very emotional for her. I realise that is was a second attunement, I would have preferred it to be the only one, but because of the class she had to teach, she needed attuning before that. So we did it all over again, and it was a perfect moment.
Afterwards, a wander back through the temple, heading for the coffee shop over the road for a cold drink, and then back home for a shower, a cuppa and a bit of a rest.

That afternoon, we started more Advanced Reiki Techniques and worked until early evening, when souvenier shopping began to shout loudly!

The final full day in Luxor was a "guinea pig" day.
But before we began, we were up and out at 4.30am to board a motor boat to watch the sunrise on Solstice!  It was beautiful and I have already shared that with you.

That was followed by breakfast, a snooze and then a good 5 hours of solid practical work with our "guinea pig".  Practical work, discussions and lots more meant we had a great day!

A final dinner out to celebrate gave us the chance to have some fun and laughs as the following day was a flight back to the UK.

I would like to thank H for being the best "guinea pig" ever. I hope you enjoyed it all.

D....... thank you for being L's first student! I hope now that you are on the Reiki path you will continue to grow and flourish.

And finally, I want to thank L for choosing me as her Master and doing me the honour of training her to Reiki Master/Teacher.  Thank you

We are all blessed
Love and light

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Solstice in Luxor, Egypt

During the last week, I have had the great pleasure of completing the Reiki Master training of a friend of mine, here in sunny Luxor, Egypt.  More of that later.

Our week started auspiciously, with the full moon lunar eclipse on the evening of her arrival. We watched the whole thing, from start to finish from the balcony and it was absolutely magical. I am sorry I have no photographs, but my camera is not good enough to capture such a special moment. However, to sit and watch as the moon rose over Luxor Temple across the River Nile from my home was amazing!

My friend's last full day here was also auspicious.  It was the Summer Solstice.  Normally in the UK, this is celebrated at Stonehenge when many, many people make the journey south to witness the rise of the sun over the ancient monument.

In Luxor we have many ancient monuments where we can watch the sun rise.
4.30am waiting for our boat

My friend and I chose to watch from the River Nile with a good view of Luxor Temple.

4am saw 2 very bleary eyed ladies, sloshing tea in an attempt to wake up before heading out to board our small motor boat at 4.30am.

The sky was already starting to lighten as we boarded the boat and we puttered off southwards upriver towards a quiet area away from the buildings.  We sat comfortably on the roof of the boat as we found a quiet spot to moor up. The birds were singing, the ducks were heading for the river and the sky was lightening by the minute.

A welcome cup of tea in hand, cushions to sit on, fresh air to breathe......... we waited.

Then at last, a red light behind some trees, becoming bigger and bigger by the second.                                        

The sun rose spectacularly just to the side of Luxor Temple before shining its Solstice light directly onto the temple.  I have not seen such a red sunrise as this one before. A truly magical moment to bring in the Solstice.
Who needs Stonehenge??

To our left, the mountains of the West Bank slowly lit up, the rays of the sun highlighting the Qurn overlooking the Valley of the Kings.

And we sat, happy, comfortable and peaceful as we drank in this amazing sight.

The tourists on the balloons were treated to a spectacular flight, how lucky were they?

I am so lucky to be living here, I count my blessings every day. Even when things are not going as I want, when plans are disrupted, when life in general gets me down......  this land, this river, this magic is all I need.

Tuesday, Summer Solstice, was just such a day.  Magical.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Great Blog I follow

An interesting blog post by Paul Barford. I always read his blog and enjoy his comments.

This one is about the recent news that an egyptian is planning to "fight a lion". An event which was confirmed, then not confirmed and has been confirmed yet again. Not good publicity at all, whether it goes ahead or not.

Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues: Bloodshed the Way to Get Tourists Back to Egypt?