Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Beings I'm so obsessed with Egypt & its culture anytime I get the opportunity to see anything from ancient Egypt I jump right on the opportunity. When the King Tut Exhibit was in Philadelphia we were sure to visit. When I heard about the new Cleopatra Exhibit in Philly I knew without a doubt that we would be going soon. Last week Bob gave me a birthday present that included a day at the Franklin Institute and the Cleopatra Exhibit. I was so excited when I found out we were going. Also when I first heard about the exhibit I became excited because I knew exactly what they were going to have on exhibit. I watch every show I can about Egypt and the current exhibitions that are currently going on.
There was one show in particular that really caught my attention. It was all about how an archeologist had found the lost temples of Cleopatra. What made this a bit funny for me is the fact that I have been saying for years that there is so many artifacts and knowledge buried in the waters surrounding Egypt. This is exactly how the archeologist discovered the lost temples of Cleopatra. They show the archeologist making the discovery and pulling some of the artifacts out of the salty waters after thousands of years. No words can explain how amazing these artifacts are and the fact that many have been in the waters for thousands of years and are still in perfect condition.
So our day began by crawling out of bed a bit earlier then I prefer on a Monday, one of my days off from work. We headed out to Philadelphiaa and arrived at the fun & exciting Franklin Institute (Shown in the first picture above). I love the Franklin Institute and still can remember our 5th grade trip the the institute when I was in elementary school.
Part of the institute is has been transformed to fit in the new Cleopatra Exhibit. The Franklin is fortunate enough to be the first ones to show the Cleopatra Exhibit on her world tour. Beings Bob already purchased our tickets we just had to show them in the front to get into the exhibit. Also, keep in mind if you decide to visit the exhibit you have to pick an exact time slot that you want to enter the exhibit. I believe our time was around 12:20pm.
When you enter the exhibit you are directed to a room in which everyone gathers, sits, and enjoys a short video presentation of the exhibit. Then the doors open and you enter into the exhibit greeted by an amazing statue of Cleopatra (In the second picture above).
Then you walk a pathway with clear glass under your feet along with dozens of different sized vessels, jugs and some amazingly in tact pieces of pottery. An amazing site in itself. While walking through you must keep in mind that all these items have been hiding in the dark sea for thousands of years now. So to see these artifacts in such perfect condition some as if they were almost new or freshly made. Then you go from one room to another room each special in it own right.
After walking over all the old jugs and vessels you enter a room with some other amazing water vessels and cookware including a solid copper cauldron in perfect condition pictured above in picture 4. One would thing that beings many of these artifacts are made of metals such as copper, bronze, gold & silver that at least the copper would have deteriorated throughout the centuries.
I don't want to ruin the experience for anyone so I'm not going to tell you much more then this. Although, I really would like to share some of my favorite pieces from the Expo. One of my favorites are the two very large statues, about 30 feet high, of my two favorite Egyptian Deities, Isis & Osiris, shown in picture five above on the right. Another piece I thought was truly amazing was a set of three rings shown in picture 6. The details of the one ring and the carved out stone looks as if it is brand new. There was gold everywhere throughout the exhibit including a gold coin used as money in ancient Egypt. You can still see the bird carved into the gold in picture 7. There is even a document they found beneath the sea written on papyrus that was said to be signed by Cleopatra herself. This document is in picture 8. Be sure to click on the pictures here in my blog to make them larger so you can see them more in detail.
Another favorite piece of mine was the statue you see in the picture on your top right. We could not believe how much precision was in this statue. The details looked as if it was produced by a machine rather then hand carved by a stone carver. There are dozens upon dozens of beautiful pieces throughout the exhibit. I believe at had taken about an hour and a half to walk through.
We also purchased the tickets to see the film Mummies going to the exhibit. Mummies runs for in the planetarium. This is what I believe a must see if your maybe an hour or so on a screen that is so big it makes it feel 3D. So if your planning on hitting the exhibit when it comes to your neck of woods go see the documentary Mummies. You can take pictures with your cell phone only. They won't let you use camera's, which make no sense at all. Even still we had taken some great pictures with our phones. Thank you for taking time to read my blog & I hope you enjoyed my journey into the Cleopatra Exhibit. With Love, Light & Desire To Inspire.......Joseph
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
The Smudging Ceremony
Our Native elders have taught us that before a person can be healed or heal another, one must be cleansed of any bad feelings, negative thoughts, bad spirits or negative energy - cleansed both physically and spiritually. This helps the healing to come through in a clear way, without being distorted or sidetracked by negative "stuff" in either the healer or the client. The elders say that all ceremonies, tribal or private, must be entered into with a good heart so that we can pray, sing, and walk in a sacred manner, and be helped by the spirits to enter the sacred realm.
Native people throughout the world used the herbs Sage, Cedar & Sweet-grass to accomplish this. One common ceremony is to burn certain herbs, take the smoke in one's hands and rub or brush it over the body. Today this is commonly called "smudging." In Western North America the three plants most frequently used in smudging are sage, cedar, and sweet-grass. I actually grow my own sage and then I pick it and wrap it together in a bundle with some thread. You may also purchase sage sticks at a new age shop. My sisters shop sells them up in New Hope PA or on line at Gypsy Heaven.
Regarding the smudge ceremony, remember that no matter the details of your actions, God knows what you are trying to do, and in the end you can't do it wrong, there is no wrong, God and the master spirit guides in the world unseen will understand your actions and bless your efforts.
Well first of all I use sage or sage with sweet-grass. I pick a time when I'm not likely to be interrupted, and sometimes pick some appropriate soft meditative music to play. I begin at what I refer to as my altar in my meditation room with a white candle. I light the white candle and t hen I say a prayer asking God and my spirit guides to be with me and guide my actions. Personally I use the Light Invocation by Dael Walker and repeat it three times as he suggested.
"I invoke the light of the God within I am a clear and perfect channel. Light is my guide."
"I invoke the light of the God within I am a clear and perfect channel. Light is my guide."
The smudge stick is sometimes hard to keep smoldering so when you first light it, blow out the flame after it gets going and then blow into the smoldering embers to really let it take hold or else it might burn out. If it does burn out, just re-light it again and keep going. After I get the stick smoldering, I ask the smoke be blessed and that it will rid myself of any and all negative entities and energies.
The first thing I smudge is myself starting with the bottoms of my feet and then working the smoke up around my body and around my head and crown chakra. After that is done I start in my angel meditation room by slowly waving the sage stick using my right hand to blow the smoke towards the walls and such. As I slowly go throughout the room, including in the closets I repeat the following prayer.
"In the name of the lord and by the powers of my guardians angels & spirit guides. I hereby cleanse this space of all negative energies and evil spirits for only good may enter herein. According to the free will of all & the highest good of all. So be it, so be it, so be it."
Repeat this prayer as you slowly move throughout every room of your home. Try and get the smoke to cover every area including in the closets, basement and attic. When you complete this cycle you can now move on with the candle bringing light to every corner of your home. Some folks I know also combine sea salt and water while saying a prayer and then sprinkle the mixture throughout your home. This is not a must and is all on personal preference.
Once you are done and offer up a prayer of thanks you will begin to feel the positive energy throughout your home. You should repeat this once per month. Some folks like to do it on a new moon while others on the full moon. Once again this is all personal preference. Just as long as you are using sage you will be fine. Happy smudging.
With Love, Light & Desire To Inspire
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Prophets & The 2012 Prophecies, Earth Changes Live On Journey Into The Paranormal Tuesday September 14
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Tuesday September 14, 2010
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