Kemet Nu Know Thyself Educational Tour to Egypt Summer 2019 Some Basic Facts and Overview Highlights

Egypt is on the continent of Africa, considered northeast Africa, (not the Middle East).

It shares land borders with the Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya, the Sudan and includes the Sinai Peninsula which bridges the gap between Africa and Asia. Its population is approximately 95 million people. The River Nile arising from south of the Equator that flows northward through Egypt to drain into the Mediterranean Sea is the longest river in the world and is shared by 11 countries in Africa.

Ancient Egypt was called Kmt, pronounced Kemet which means “the black land” or “land of Black People.”

In the Northern parts of Egypt, people tend to look more like Arabs, while in the southern parts of Egypt, people are darker and look more like people in the Sudan. Throughout the country are people with reddish brown complexions like that of Ethiopians.

Egypt is comprised of desert, buzzling cities/towns, vast farmland and lush vegetation along some parts of the Nile River.

Egypt is an Islamic country, although about 10% Orthodox Coptic Christians also reside there.

Throughout history, Egypt was invaded by the Hyksos, Libyans, Nubians, Assyrians, Persians, Alexander the Barbarian, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Ottoman Turks, Napoleon Bonaparte of France, Britain. Egypt gained its Independence from Britain in 1922.

Arabic is the official language, although most Egyptians in the major cities speak English and/or French, particularly hospitality industry personnel, shop owners and vendors.

Travel and Tourism is the number 1 revenue source, almost 12% of GDP in 2018.

Finally, this article/presentation does not include everything I saw or experienced in Egypt, or all photos that I took at any specific place, but rather highlights and favorite memories. To the extent possible I’ll use both the ancient Egyptian names and the Greek names of deities.

Finally, ancient Nubians, located in the southern region of Egypt and northern Sudan called Kush, contributed immensely to the development and welfare of Egypt. An entire presentation could be dedicated to the Nubian culture…but not at this time.

Hotep Friends and Family,

The Kemet Nu Know Thyself Educational Tour: Egypt from Cairo to Nubia was phenomenal, exceptional, remarkable and worth the price of gold in every respect. There were 110 Black folk that included several families from the US and England. We traveled together by bus, boat, buggy and foot! When we visited designated sites, Europeans looked at us as much as the Pyramids, Temples and Tombs. We were clearly very interesting, and ultimately a force to be reckoned with.

Some of my favorite memories include:

The awesome Pyramids of Giza built some 4,500 years ago, the largest of the 3, the Great Pyramid of King Khufu is the oldest of the 7 wonders of the world, and the only one still standing. Also, the Great Sphinx (Heruemakhet) of Giza, a national symbol of ancient and modern Egypt. The most well-known explanation about the nose is that Napoleon ordered his soldiers to destroy it. We were able to sit on and ride camels on the Giza Plateau!

I’d be remiss not to state that we visited the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities in Cairo, but with exhibits poorly displayed, seemingly in no logical order, without air conditioning, although wall fans were donated, it simply was not impressive. The bookstore sold postcards, but without naming the image shown on it! Now how helpful was that! The new museum has been in the making for several years without an estimated completion date.

The ancient burial sites and step pyramid in Sakkara, a prototype pyramid for ones built later.

Evening visit to the East Bank Temple of Ipet Resyt at Luxor, site of the world’s first universities and citadels of learning for the ancient world, where two colossal statues of King Ramses II are seated at the entryway. Our walk through the imposing columns was awe-inspiring and the energy of the majestic site was palpable. We heard the Muslim Call to Prayer from an overhead Mosque with a colorful minaret.

East Bank Temple of Ipet Isut at Karnak, where we all wore white and members of our group renewed their wedding vows, indeed a very beautiful ceremony. The entrance was lined with Ram-headed sphinxes and the Hypostyle Hall was comprised of a row of columns that looked like papyrus plants.

I especially liked seeing Temples of some of the Powerful Women of Ancient Egypt: the Temple of Pharoah Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahri located on the West Bank of the Nile at the Valley of the Kings; the most impressive Temple of Goddess Het Heru (Hathor) at Denderah; and Aset (Isis) on the island of Philae, to which we traveled by boat…

Our 3-day cruise down the Nile to Aswan was very special; peaceful, scenic and adventurous. We were treated to beautiful nature sites, alluring sunrises and sunsets, captive boutiques whose inventory we ravaged, entertainment and meals that always included sweet watermelon with seeds, did you hear me, watermelon with seeds like what we grew up with…plus the most clever, over-the-top, not to be believed hustle, unless you were there…OMG!

Our flight from Aswan to see Abu Simbel in Lower Nubia was delayed for 7 hours, during which Egypt Air offered pure junk-food snacks! However, finally arriving after a 35-minute flight was truly our greatest pride and joy: home of the rock-hewn Great Temple of Ramses II and the adjacent Temple dedicated to his favorite wife, the beautiful Queen Nefertari, both temples intact from previously threatened flooding and destruction. The Temple was held open just for us, as unlike others, we had tickets. It was evening, not too hot and perfect for photo-taking, plus we were even allowed to take photos inside the temples! The added value was not having to compete with other tourists, which in effect meant that we were graced with a private viewing! The crème-de-la-crème of the entire daylong episode was the heroes/sheroes standing-ovation welcome we received from our tour mates once we arrived at the hotel. Our village was now again made whole! A magnificent blessing for us all!

The modern Nubian Museum was very impressive and I’m glad that I paid extra for authorization to take photos indoors. Since I wondered away from our Tour Leader’s lecture, I actually took photos of artifacts that I know little about, but simply liked or thought were important…

Our visit to the Nubian Village was most memorable with ecstatic dancing and drumming on the feluccas (boats) that took us there! The Nubian Villagers seemed as happy to see us as we were to meet them. For many years Kemet Nu groups have supported their primary school. Historically, Nubia was famous for its gold and it served as a gateway for ivory, incense and other goods from Sub Saharan parts of Africa. Some of the Nubian Kings, such as Taharka, Shabaka and Nectanabo II all of whom helped restore ancient Nubian culture and monuments were the last Afrikan Kemetic Kings.

Lectures before, during and after each Pyramid, Temple and Tomb visit clearly elucidated Kemet’s mastery in astronomy, astrology, architecture, mathematics, medicine, cosmology, spirituality and more, much of which contributed to the development of humanity. As we know, the conquering Europeans tried to destroy every indicator that Black Africans were as brilliant as we were and are; they looted, exploited, desecrated, appropriated, copied…and so it continues centuries later.

I appreciated Sistahs being helped 100% by the Brothas in our group who supported us on and off our buses and handled our luggage at 3 airports and 4 hotels. I also enjoyed rituals honoring those who had traveled with Kemet Nu numerous times, and the closing night Galabia Party, where we were decked out in our elegant, authentic Afrikan attire!

We survived the daily 110+ degree temperatures, the formidable vendors that were everywhere we visited, whom our tour leader called vultures and hyenas. However, we absolutely learned to barter and/or walk away. Egypt is known for its gold, papyrus, alabaster, cotton, natural oils and perfumes, all of which our group had opportunities to purchase, and did so! There were some serious shopaholics among us! In fact, both women and men bought extra luggage for the trip home!

Finally, we never let Europeans exert their attitudes/practices of privilege and entitlement with us—although they undeniably tried…damn, they’re the same everywhere!

The ancient Egyptians built for eternity! Pyramids built thousands of years ago still stand. They were a highly spiritual and spiritually advanced culture who believed in cosmic order exemplified by the principle and goddess MAAT. MAAT means truth, justice, balance, harmony, reciprocity, morality and righteousness. Ancient Egyptians revered the ancestors and believed in an afterlife. Hence temples and tombs were built while Kings and Queens were alive. There is no end to what one can study, learn or understand about ancient and present-day Egypt. Therefore, I can’t emphasize or encourage you enough if you’re African American to see Egypt by way of the Kemet Nu Know Thyself Educational Tour: Egypt from Cairo to Nubia! As advertised, it is indeed a life-changing experience.

To Be Continued…Just A Few Photos…More Complete Photo Collage On The Way…

Tapping into the Truth – My Soul Says Yes!

“How good it is to affirm your Oneness with and connection to the Creator and all creation; to feel the endless flow of divine love, creativity, wisdom and joy pulsating through your every interaction. How good it is to be at peace living the Truth.” – Harriet Tubman Wright

 On a daily basis, we are bombarded from every direction to buy this, sign that, watch this, protest that…enough to drive you “mad” if you let it!

The purpose of this article is simply to guide you back to your Source, your Self, your Soul; to return to another realm of reality that I call Truth.

Living in Truth may mean that you’re living against the grain or contrary to the status quo or the majority. However, I believe Living in Truth generates peace of mind, such that when all is said and done, you can say, “All is well with my soul.”

“Our lives are divinely ordained and ordered. Therefore, whenever you feel doubt, fear or anger, turn within to reconnect with the Truth of your Divinity, your Light and your Divine Destiny, and do so with deep gratitude.”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

“To step into your power, step from your power, the power of the Creator within expressing in, through and as you. Know this Truth. You are power-filled and powerful! Therefore, all things are possible. Step into your field of infinite possibilities now!”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

How are you living your Soul’s Calling, your Divine Purpose?

  • In what ways are you out of integrity, out of alignment? What is this costing you?
  • In what ways can you step up and show up to be all you’re meant to be and do all you’re meant to do?

I encourage you to answer the questions above and feel free to share your responses in the comments section below or by return email.

It has taken growing into my elder years to stop living someone else’s dream, to stop fulfilling their agenda, or playing it safe. And to start believing more deeply in myself, my gifts and my true purpose. More than anything, it has been my spiritual journey that is the foundation that enabled me to create my own dream of The Wright Resort, Your Soul Safari to Success. This is my way of living my Soul’s Calling, sharing my gifts and talents to help guide women to live their Soul’s Calling and thrive doing what they most love to serve others and help transform our world.

Spiritual Communion is Soul Connection. It is wholeness, freedom, power and divine self-expression, that emanates from my Soul at one with Spirit.

– Harriet Tubman Wright

If you’re stressed or frustrated with work that drains you, rather than excite or fulfill you…and you’re ready to transform your frustration to freedom and fulfillment, schedule a 45-minute complimentary Soul’s Calling Vision Session with me at: https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book  At the end of the session you’ll have more clarity and motivation to fulfill your Soul’s Calling!

If anything in this article resonates with you, let me know. If it might help a friend or colleague, please share it.

 “More than ever, the world needs you to demonstrate purpose, passion and power to heal and transform people, so that you, those you empower and the world flourish.” – Harriet Tubman Wright

“Know that you are divinely and lovingly guided through all inner and outer challenges. Allow your thoughts, words and actions to bring forth health and wholeness in your life and in the world. Be at peace with your soul and be a peaceful presence in and to the world.” – Harriet Tubman Wright

To Be Healthy, Whole and Soulful!

“Self-Care and Soul-Care are essential practices to sustain a purposeful and prosperous life.” – Harriet Tubman Wright

Beginning the decade of my 70’s has been quite eventful, enjoyable and exhausting!  Celebrating is work and fun! Affirming intentions requires focus and commitment! Staying aligned and balanced calls for discernment and rest!

In recent weeks I’ve been reminded of how essential self-care practices are to stay healthy and whole; particularly when additional demands on my time and energy compel me to re-establish healthy boundaries. For example, learning when and how to say, “No”, “No, thank you”, or “No, not at this time” without guilt, apology or shame.

In addition to regular exercise, I enjoy quality time in nature and/or in the spa. This recharges me, so that I can serve others from a place of vigor and vitality.

  • What’s your favorite self-care practice?
  • In what ways can you renew your self-care or soul-care practices?

Another self-care strategy is to pause. Author, Speaker, Coach Cynthia James provides useful tips. https://cynthiajames.net/the-pause-perspective/

If you have an office or quiet space you can immediately do this process. If you do not have a quiet place, take a break and go outside or to the restroom.

  • Breathe – Simply take a few deep breaths to bring you out of your head and into your body.
  • Attune – Without judging, get clear about what you are thinking and how you are behaving.
  • Release – Consciously decide to surrender thoughts of lack and limitation.
  • Align – Bring in words or affirmations which support you in being grounded.
  • Recharge – Move your body, put on some calming music, take a short nap, and/or take a short walk.

“Self-care is not about indulgence, it’s about self-preservation.” – Audre Lorde

Finally, another way to practice self-care and soul-care is to engage with a spiritual community or cultural gathering to strengthen your connection with like-hearted others.

The choice is yours, to burn out or blossom, to flounder or flow…

“Our soul is like a soft and gentle flower, it needs to be nurtured, cared for, tended to, with sufficient sunlight, fresh air and freedom to bloom into its most precious and beautiful form. This, my friend, is self-love.” – Miya Yamanouchi

Find Releasing Stress, Creating Serenity A BodyMindSpirit Self-Care Primer for Busy Women by Harriet Tubman Wright, for additional resources.  https://www.thewrightresort.com/book/

3 Keys to Appreciate Milestones and New Beginnings

As some of you know I’m celebrating a milestone birthday this year; 70 years young on April 6!  Most friends know that I normally go to retreat/spa places to celebrate. However, this year I decided to stay in Oakland and have a party!

Maturing into this milestone (along with Mercury Retrograde most of March) has led to a period of reflection and renewal. However, a mini-retreat for more silence and solitude is in the making!

My life is full, rich, ever-changing. I’m increasingly grateful for my BodyMindSpirit health and well-being; my birth family, spiritual family of many branches, village family; appreciating long-time and new relationships that challenge and enrich me. I’m also grateful for the ways in which The Wright Resort continues to evolve into a form of ministry through which I lead mature women career professionals and entrepreneurs to activate, illuminate and liberate their Soul’s Calling, thereby fulfilling their divine life purpose. As change-makers and leaders, they help galvanize those they serve to transform businesses, workplaces, communities and the world.

  • For what are you most grateful at this time in your life?
  • As you enter the next phase of your life, who are you being and becoming?
  • In what ways are your heart and soul frustrated or fulfilled?

As you embark on your own personal introspection, consider that each milestone; a birthday, graduation, promotion, retirement or relocation…is an opportunity to:

  1. Remember your personal mission; that is your divine purpose or soul’s calling. Sometimes as you’re pulled by other people’s expectations or agendas, you can lose sight of the reason you’ve been put on Mother Earth. You absolutely have a higher calling. How are you answering it?
  1. Assess your skills, talents and gifts, and determine to what extent you are sharing them to serve, empower or uplift others. How are you making a positive difference or helping transform your community or workplace so that our world is a better place because of the ways you’ve contributed?
  1. Make renewal and regeneration a priority, be it spiritual, emotional, mental or physical. Refocus and recommit to daily self-care and soul-care practices to maintain optimal BodyMindSpirit health and demonstrate the value of putting on your oxygen mask first! In this way you can serve your family, co-workers or colleagues from a well-spring of vigor and vitality!

Although you may not be able to celebrate with me on April 6, we can still celebrate throughout the month of April. I also want to extend the same invitation I did to my birthday celebrants, and that is to make a donation to my Kemet Nu  Know Thyself Educational Tour. To do so, please go to: https://www.paypal.me/HarrietWrightResort

My fundraising goal is $700! May I thank you in advance for your consideration.

The Kemet Nu Know Thyself Educational Tour is actually my 70th birthday gift to myself and I’m very excited about this long overdue sojourn!

“Take pleasure in your life’s natural unfolding and evolving. Appreciate the challenges and milestones of the journey. Delight in reaching your destiny. Celebrate it all!”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

 

Women Rising, Women Revolutionizing Leading the Movement for Peace, Justice, Sustainability Honoring Women’s History Month 2019

“Women of every color, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual, social and educational background throughout the world are rising up as leaders, visionaries and agents of change to restore balance, peace and justice in the world.” 

– Harriet Tubman Wright

I’m proud to come from a long lineage of powerful African and African American women trailblazers, movers and shakers, those who have defied the odds, broken the barriers and raised the bar of excellence in every field of endeavor!

Africa – In antiquity: Auset, Queen Hatshesut, Queen of Sheba, Queen Nzinga to more contemporary times: Wangari Mathaai, Miriam Makeba, Winnie Mandela, Sobonfu Some’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira…

African American Women Ancestors; Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Madam CJ Walker, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Rosa Parks, Dorothy Height, Ida B. Wells, Shirley Chisolm, Barbara Jordan, Gwendolyn Brooks, Lorraine Hansberry, Josephine Baker, Marian Anderson, Bessie Smith, Katherine Dunham, Zora Neale Hurston, Eartha Kitt, Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Audre Lorde, Octavia Butler, Maya Angelou, Nancy Wilson, Aretha Franklin, Wilma Rudolph, Althea Gipson, Henrietta Lacks, Bishop Leontine Kelly, Rev Dr. Katie Cannon, to name but a very small few… 

Other Powerful Women who’ve made and are making a difference globally include:

Mary Magdalene, Joan of Arc, Mother Teresa, Indira Ghandi, Benazir Bhutto, Isabel Allende,

Ellen Johnson Serleaf, Dolores Huerta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Winona LaDuke, Wilma ManKiller, Angela Davis, Joan Baez, Gloria Steinem, Yuri Kochiyama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Queen Elizabeth II, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama.

“We stand on the brink of a great evolutionary shift, and our feminine consciousness is needed. It is integral to the reweaving of the world. It is what will birth a new way of being that will reignite our care and compassion for the Earth, for the trees, for generations to come.” – Clare Dubois, Founder, TreeSisters

Take a moment to think about your sheroes, that is, in addition to your grandmothers, great grandmothers or other powerful women in your family.

  • What women have been the most influential role models for you?
  • In what ways can you apply the lessons of their trials, tribulations and triumphs?
  • What qualities do the women listed above have in common?
  • Identify other women you’d add to the list?
  • In what ways can you cultivate greater influence and leadership? 

We can look to these women of influence, power and leadership; revolutionary women of courage, wisdom, faith and talent who have changed the world and are changing the world, to help fuel our own desires to BE the change we seek for ourselves and our world! 

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the​ Socialist Party of America, United Kingdom’s Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women’s equality.

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.​ Make IWD your day – everyday.

#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter

https://www.internationalwomensday.com/IWD2019

 

If You’re Not Living Your Soul’s Calling, Who Is?

“Stress is being out of alignment, balance and coherence by not honoring or expressing your true essence, soul’s calling and innate creativity, a condition that leads to dis-order and dis-ease mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually; and is therefore reflected in your external environment.” – Harriet Tubman Wright
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Updated Version, August 30, 2018)

  •  Are you settling for stress, mediocrity or stagnation?

In my own life, as I sought to find and fulfill my purpose, I accepted jobs and assignments that helped me earn a living to support myself and my son. I excelled in some jobs and languished in others, ultimately recognizing that I was not being all I was meant to be or doing what I really yearned to do.

In my work with mature women career professionals and entrepreneurs who feel undervalued, frustrated and stressed, I find that a fundamental cause of stress is not accepting your soul’s calling or living your soul purpose. It is not honoring that deep inner desire, true essence and innate creativity.

  • Imagine the seed that is never planted and not allowed to fulfill its innate purpose to grow into a flower or food? 
  • Imagine the egg that is not nurtured to maturity so that a new life is brought forth? 
  • Imagine a world without the (r)evolutionary pioneers, artists, scientists, educators, leaders and other cultural creatives who by expressing their soul’s calling, sharing their unique brilliance, and making profound contributions uplifted humanity in myriad ways? 
  • Imagine living your life with the seed of genius and magnificence dormant, never realized or fulfilled?

If you’re not radiating your brilliance and magnificence, you are stressed…and it’s showing up in body, mind, spirit…relationships, livelihood, finances. Yet, you have the power to make different choices.

You have the power to show up as the authentic, brilliant, creative person that you’re born to be, living on purpose with purpose!

  • What are you choosing?
  • Are you doing what you most love?
  • Is there something deep inside seeking to be expressed?

You also have the choice to listen to your Soul’s Calling. Your Soul’s Calling is your true essence and divine purpose. It’s what lights you up and those with whom you interact. It energizes, motivates and sustains you. Your Soul’s Calling is what you were born to do, and doing what you most love!

Imagine how you would feel if you were:

  • Clear and excited about your Soul’s Calling
  • Engaged in work that utilized your unique gifts and creativity
  • Expressing mastery and passion doing what you most love
  • Fulfilling your true purpose with enthusiasm and ease
  • Thriving while empowering others to make meaningful contributions to the world

What to Do Next?

Let’s explore your options in a complimentary Soul’s Calling Vision Session.

During this 45-minute complimentary phone consultation, we will:

  • Identify the psychological and emotional cost of denying your true nature
  • Uncover blocks to expressing your Soul’s Calling
  • Explore your heart’s true desire and possibilities ahead for you
  • Define ways to renew your commitment to a purposeful life
  • Outline options and next steps to fulfill your Soul’s Calling

You will complete the session with more clarity and motivation to live your Soul’s Calling and step into your true power doing what you most love in highest service to others.

Schedule your complimentary Souls Calling Vision Session at: https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book

I look forward to talking with you. 

Appreciating African-Americans Who Lived Their Soul’s Calling

Recently, I compiled Black History Month biographical posts and quotes on Facebook. I chose to focus on highly- accomplished individuals that perhaps aren’t as well known by the general public; sometimes African-American “firsts” in sports, politics, science, technology, entertainment, arts, literature and more… The process reminded me about overcoming challenges to be all you could be, to express your innate creativity and gifts, make enduring contributions, and beat the odds to ultimately live your Soul’s Calling.

Therefore, I encourage you to view them at: https://www.facebook.com/harriet.t.wright or https://www.facebook.com/thewrightresort.bodymindspirit/  Many will inspire you!

“Love and accept yourself unconditionally. Honor your soul’s journey, your gifts and unique mastery. From your heart and soul, express and share your God-given talents, as only you can. In doing so, you are living your Soul’s Calling and making a meaningful contribution to the world.”  – Harriet Tubman Wright

YOUR SOUL SAFARI TO SUCCESS