We arrive in Luxor, or Thebes as the Greeks called it, and we visit the magnificent Temple of Karnak. The Temple of Karnak is dedicated to the Gods Amun and Mut, and it was the center of ruling Egypt. Karnak is the biggest temple complex in Egypt – and the second largest ancient religious site in the world. It is actually three main temples containing smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples all situated on 247 acres of land. As I enter, I walk between two rows of ram-headed sphinxes, which originally connected Karnak with Luxor Temple, which is two miles away.
While viewing the huge structures, the very tall obelisks, and exquisite and descriptive art on the wall, the Karnak Temple inspires a deep remembering in my soul. I have is a deep sense of respect, awe and I am deeply honored to be there. It’s clear to me that this area was a main center like New York or Washington, DC is for us today. But in ancient Egypt, as in many other ancient cultures in the world, these major centers also had the power and understanding of spirit deeply connected with their major ruling centers.
Our amazing tour guide, Anro, explains to us that there are other sections in the complex in which the public is not allowed to view. They are being explored and excavated through the funding of other countries such as France and England, and unfortunately this has gone on for a very long time, keeping certain areas restricted from the public.
One such place is the powerful temple dedicated to Sekmet, her consort Ptah and their son Nefertum. Sekhmet is the lioness Goddess of compassion and courage. She is associated with feminine fire and healing through destruction. She is a renowned healer and known for her magic and ability to hunt down an imbalance at its origin. By honoring this Goddess and one can receive the gift of courage to be one’s authentic self.
Anro says he knows the guards and if we are lucky we can get up private experience with Sekhmet in her Temple. He says he’s not going to tell us what may happen and we should just experience it for ourselves.
We start to take this path on the side of Karnak Temple, where there are ruins and large blocks of fallen pieces of the complex. Anro says we have to move quickly, so that the main guards don’t see us going to that other area, so we quicken our pace through the ruins. I feel the excitement of the possibility of what were going to find, as if we are in a movie like “The Raiders of the Lost Ark”.
We go down this long passageway, and then meet this beautiful Egyptian man who’s the guard of the Sekhmet Temple. He smiles brightly and acknowledges us. But it’s his beaming cat-like eyes that begin to tell the story. We wait for the group to catch up, he pauses and then he unlocks and opens the door and we go inside the temple.
Then Anro says, “Each of you are going to have a private visit with Sekhmet. And you can discover for yourself who she is, and what she is here to share with you”. Then the guard unlocked the next door to the temple where Sekhmet was. All we saw inside was a totally dark room. Very brave Anah went in first. She was in the temple for about 4 minutes, and then she came out with her eyes beaming. And it was my turn.
I went into this very small, dark, totally enclosed stone room and saw the statue of Sekhmet. I went up to her and felt this strong energetic power coming from her solar plexus and her heart. It was so intense, it almost made me feel like I had to back away, or even keel over. But I just stood in front of her in this energy of power for a minute or two. And then the energy all the sudden, totally went away. And I felt myself questioning. And I got this messge, “You have absorbed the power and you have become the power now”. And I knew my visit was complete.
Of course my mind told me, I made this all up, and this does make for a good story. But I asked Anah what she experienced. And she said she felt this great power coming from the chest of Sekhmet. And then I asked Eunjung, our tour host, what she felt and she said she felt the strong energy coming from the front of Sekhmet. So I put my doubting mind away and just let the experience be in me, and I expressed gratitude.
Then we became Japanese Tourists again and had to get our photos. We each went in and stood next to her, relating in whatever way we felt inspired. Some of the women captured orbs in their photographs. And I share with you now the very special photo that Sekhmet gave me.
Tomorrow we go to the famous Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings and the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, who was one of the most productive Queens in Egypt.
The adventure continues…