Egypt – Land of the Ancient Pyramids
by Jenna Grayson
Going from Spain to Egypt was a stark contrast. The traditions and customs in Egypt are much different from what we had been used to. It made it much easier that Rabia speaks Arabic and is accustomed to the Arabic culture, although neither of us are Muslim. We had been concerned that we would not be accepted by the people or that our mission of having one billion people breathe together would not be well received or understood by a culture with strong religious beliefs and practices that are much different from ours.
Thankfully, we were extremely pleasantly surprised. The people were largely friendly and kind to us and took to the idea of One Day very openly and were willing to create breathing together events both on 11/11 as well as more immediately. Rabia explained to people we talked to, how unifying people worldwide was in alignment with their beliefs of Islam in One God.
We also had an amazing time visiting the pyramids in Egypt. Both of us felt extremely uplifted, honored and blessed by the experience of being there. Just being near the pyramids we could feel and sense an enormous power radiating from them. As we entered the first one, I could feel my body acclimating to this enormous power and felt myself literally being energetically raised up, grounded deep into the Earth, and stretched out all at the same time. Tears shed from my eyes heavily for about 20 minutes straight. This power was washing through me and felt divine, familiar and liberating. Both Rabia and I, went through our own ignition of energies as we basked in the power of conscious breathing, toning and meditation. I want to be able to describe this experience accurately here. There are so many words I could use to describe it and yet none of them completely express what was experienced. Here are some anyway. It was extraordinary, a great blessing, an honor, a dream, an awakening, an initiation, a coming home, a cleansing, expansive, empowering, cosmic, mystical, multidimensional, an up-leveling. Feelings of being honored, blessed, and uplifted in an extremely power-filled, mystical place. Hopefully that brings some sense of the experience to you.
About a day later, I became very sick with what seemed to be a stomach virus. I felt really bad and was in bed for about a day and a half. We found out that it’s common for foreigners to get what’s called “Pharaoh’s Revenge”, which is treatable with some over-the-counter pills. When I felt better, I was grateful to be alive and we both wondered if the pyramid had a sort of cleansing effect on me.
A couple days later, the Egyptian Presidential election results were announced. Our experience of that was extremely positive even though the news made it sound dangerous. The streets were roaring with celebration for over 24 hours – cars honking, flags waving, parades marching through the middle of the streets, chanting in celebration. It was thrilling to be there to experience the joy and openness of the people, even though the vote was almost 50/50 and we had no attachment to who won. I was really touched by the way women – even in full burkas, with everything covered but their eyes – were connecting with me in celebration. They experienced me in joy with their celebration and I felt them celebrating me.
Before that, I had tried to connect with them but had found them to quickly avert their eyes as if expecting me to judge them or cast “the evil eye” upon them. I just wanted to connect but found our cultural differences between us in the way.
That is until we were all celebrating together. That taught me about the power of genuinely celebrating what is important and valuable to other people in order to bridge our differences. In that awareness, I was really glad that One Day, a day of sharing in global synchronous breathing, now includes and begins with all people doing whatever it is that they already do to celebrate life, oneness, the Divine, connection. In this high vibration of celebration we all are open to feeling into the joy of the One.