by Digger Barr
Valley of the whales
Did you know there are whale bones located in the Sahara Desert?
A whole graveyard of complete whale skeletons and hills of ancient coral reefs.
It’s in a place called Wadi Al Hitan and has been declared a world heritage site.
Getting there will require a four wheel drive and an expert navigator.
Or if you have lots of time and lots of bottled water maybe a camel will do.
We chose the jeep ride and our drivers made it worth our while.
Maybe a little too much fun.
I can now sing an Arabic song of which I know not what it says except for HABIBI, Habibi HAbibi .
Loosely translated this means Love, love, love
Singing loudly in the sandy dunes of the Sahara, while hot wind blew sand into our hair was a great introduction to Egypt.
It was an adventure climbing thick sand dunes and then finding the bottom of a long forgotten ocean.
Remarkable is the only way I can fully describe it.
The whole thing brought the beginning of our adventure, exploring the antiquities of Egypt into perfect perspective.
The idea of knowing when we don’t really know is a much better way to approach Egypt, rather with awe and wonder than a historical mapping of need-to-know factual content.
There are obvious, very obvious water marks on the Sphinx.
How long ago was it under water and how long was it under pushes the imagination and historical accounts into fantastical thought and wonder.
Here in the desert is the very evidence that is needed to reexamine what we thought we knew.
If there is an ocean this far south of Cairo, how far did it really extend?
I will not be providing answers to these questions. There are entire Universities at work on these and the studies are surely going to go on for years.
I suggest the best way to find the answer for yourself is to do the deep dive for yourself or better yet. Go there.
Just having the awareness that there is this thing is mind-boggling enough.
And like I said it changes one’s perspective on the idea of the Old Kingdom of Egypt.
Understanding the span of time that the Great pyramids of Giza and the monumental Sphinx have actually been around continue to be the greatest controversy of our time.
I suspect that someday we may actually find out the truth.
But until then it is the greatest mystery of our time and it pulls at the hearts and knowing of spiritually guided sojourners worldwide.
Yes, you may come to Egypt for the latest interpretations provided by a variety of tour guides.
As I eavesdropped on many guides I heard different accounts.
There is the main storyline that is evidentially set out in a number of known Hieroglyphs.
This is Horus. This is Sekhmet.
But who are they really and what are they doing in each of the temples?
What was their role and how are they involved?
The ever prevailing question bears repeating, Who are they really?
When did they exist outside of the record of their activities?
Enter the realm of Kings or Pharaohs and we enter the era of man.
Who was a God and who was a man? Who was an offspring of both?
More questions than answers came back with me.
Does this push the envelope too far?
It needs to because there is so much more to know. The levels and depth of information contained within Egypt seems to be infinite.
Infinite in layers, it is complex and intriguing. There is so much more information that the general public has been privy to, how can we know how it is all interconnected?
Once you begin to peel back the layers you will see the complexity of it all present itself.
The one mystery it solves is the mystery behind the draw, the energetic pull that brings millions of people from all over the planet.
I think we all have this connection to Egypt. A connection that calls out to some stronger than others. But we have all been here at one time or another.
Exploring Egypt became an exploration into myself.
In some ways I knew that might happen but it certainly happened in ways I did not see coming.
The power of Egypt isn’t in the facts or interpretations from the temple walls.
It’s in the Temple walls themselves.
It’s an energetic signature that can only be felt.
It’ll present itself and then, as our Tour leader Loretta is famous for saying, Egypt will have her way with you.
I’ll share my personal perspective about my travels through Egypt and on into Jordan.
I cannot speak for others. I can only share what came through my filters.
I suspect that my accounts will not always match those of my travel companions.
I know you guys will be reading this article. Thank you.
To you I say from the fullness of my heart and from the bonding that can only be achieved through the highs and lows of our arduous and magical journey together.
Habibi, habibi, habibi.
I love you all