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Day 5~ March 5th~ Egypt


meeting Egypt with all of yourself ~ in the temple of Dendera complex~ Egypt

If you go to meet something for the first time and you take your prejudgment about it with you, how will you ever be able to connect with its truth?

There is so much that is written about ancient Egypt. The libraries are full, the internet is flooded, university texts, endless research material, theories ranging from the skeptical to the fantastic, and the fear of failure and of ignorance, might cause us to dive into all this information, to store it into our short term memory to then be able to wisely throw it left and right in our vain attempt at appearing intelligent.

But maybe the truth is there to be felt, to be detected, to be sensed with different parts of our incredible human machinery. Or is that too crazy a thought? Have you ever seen how children behave differently in museums than adults? They sense things with their hands, their eyes, their backs, their tongues, they shout at it, they sit and stare, the react to it with the whole of their being. Is there a lesson to be learned there?

The zodiac chart of Dendera

This chart from the Dendera temple (now in the Louvre museum in Paris), depicts the 12 signs of the zodiac, surrounded by the 36 spirits symbolizing the 360 days of the Egyptian year.

 

Day Two Hundred Thirty Four, Septmeber 13, 2011

the book that saved the wonky day

This was one of the days that will have a highlight in my memories, for sure it will, and not only because I am for the first time posting iphone photos in my 365 project, but because it was a day that went off course. I was flying back from Geneva to Shanghai via Doha (Qatar), and the first leg of the flight was all well and smooth. Most of us fly so much these days that we only lend half an ear to the safety instruction videos or the bored crew members demonstrations at take-off. 3 hours into the second leg of the journey (Doha to Shanghai), the monitor screen caught my sleepy eye, “hmmm we are not supposed to be making circles are we”? And what is that jet of liquid flying out the wings? Should we be concerned? Why isn’t anyone saying anything?

And many details, questions, concerns, circling plane, jet fuel thrown out of the wings, 3 extra hours packed with mystery, we head back to where we came from. Of course, no one cared to explain what was going on, and the 250 or so passengers were dropped back at the airport utterly clueless and exhausted waiting for news on another flight.

There was of course a valid reason for the plane to turn around (a medical emergency on the flight), but I realized on this day the importance of being prepared, the value of proper people handling, the need for grace under pressure, all of which were close to non existent. It made me feel a great concern for the times we live in, and for who and what and who we put our lives at the mercy of. Do we trust too much because we have no choice? Are the people put in these critical positions worthy of our trust?

Yes, strange day and important day to rethink so many things, and a day to be forced out of my routine way of going on. A great book was finished too but that’s only a side story.

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