Will You Finish the Year Triumphantly?

We have begun the final quarter of 2019. For those in the business world or government services, plans for the first quarter or first half of the (fiscal) year are already in place. This implies a review of wins and areas for improvement in the current calendar year.

For others, it means yikes, how has the year passed so quickly. I’ve not completed projects, achieved goals or resolved challenges. Therefore, with the remaining weeks of 2019, ask yourself:

  1. Toward what purpose must I focus my time and resources?
  2. What is my most urgent priority?
  3. How do I want to feel about myself, my process and projects on Dec. 31, 2019?
  4. In what way can I have a positive impact on my customers, clients and/or the world?

How does answering these queries make you feel? Panicked or Pissed? Relieved or Resolved?

Not only can you course-correct or bring closure to some of your projects, but you can also begin to establish your priorities or frame your commitments for the new year and beyond. Now ask yourself: 

  • What am I willing to be or do differently?
  • Is there something vital that I’ve been denying or postponing?
  • Do I feel compelled to get support or guidance to get back on track?

Although these questions are thought-provoking, I’m listening to my heart and soul to respond. I encourage you to do so as well.

Fulfilling your commitments can be challenging; staying in your comfort zone or maintaining familiar habits creates a false illusion of security. Holding yourself accountable and seeking the right help or support can make the difference between you falling short or succeeding.

At this time, you are called to Show Up, Stand Up, Step Up and Rise Up, in courageous, creative ways with like-hearted people to transform your challenges into inspiring opportunities on a personal and global level. You must co-create the world that you want for yourself, your children, grandchildren and seven generations beyond…It’s vital that we co-create it together now!

Allow me to support you to stay focused, maintain healthy boundaries, fulfill your commitments and cross the end-of-year finish line triumphantly. Together, let’s identify next steps to Your Soul Safari to Success with a Soul’s Calling Vision Session (SVCS). Learn more about benefits of this 45-minute phone SVCS and schedule at: https://wrightresort.simplybook.me/v2/#book

“It matters not whether you deem your experiences good, bad or ugly. Know they are the unfoldment of the Divine Plan that’s uniquely yours to fulfill. Furthermore, you have EVERYTHING necessary to fulfill it with creativity, joy, talent and love!”

 – Harriet Tubman Wright

Powerful Queens of Kemet (Ancient Egypt) Lessons and Legacies What Can We Learn from Their Roles as Leaders? Part 11

This article continues my look at the Goddesses and Queens of Kemet, focusing on the impact of their leadership on the people and the world.

  • Is there something that we in the West can learn from them?
  • How might their leadership skills be utilized by women, especially Black Women at this time?
  • Given their legacy as significant queens of Kemet, what is the legacy that you’re creating now?

The Goddesses and Queens were the spiritual foundation of Kemet. Queens were considered a personification of Goddesses. Kemet was also a matrilineal society. Women owned land and property. In addition to being mothers, some were priestesses, doctors, musicians. Finally, the Kings of Kemet understood that there could be no man without the woman. Therefore, there was a sense of equality, mutual respect and mutual reliance. A wife could be a co-regent and ruler with the King, or ruler upon his demise.

Queen Ahmose-Nefertari, wife of Ahmose, the founder of the 18th Dynastic Period, was one of the most respected and celebrated Kemetic Queens. She was the first to bear the title of “hemet netjer”, God’s First Wife. She was also known as “The Divine Wife”, “Great Royal Wife”, “Divine Mother.” She ruled with her husband for 25 years, influenced political and religious practices and played an important role in Kemet’s reorganization. Upon the death of King Ahmose, she ruled as Regent for their son Amenhotep I. Once the young King ascended the throne, he included Queen Ahmose-Nefertari in many governmental activities.

Queen Ahmose-Nefertari was one of the most influential New Kingdom royal women. She was deified as the Goddess of Resurrection and worshipped after her death. Five shrines at Deir el-Medina were dedicated to this great Afrikan Queen. Portraits of her were found at Abdu, Deir el-Medina and Waset showing her with black skin, as do most images of her.

  • In what ways have wives of Presidents or Prime Ministers played influential roles during their husband’s terms of office? 

Pharaoh Hatshepsut, whose name meant “Foremost of Noblewomen” married Thutmose II and they reigned jointly. When Thutmose II died after a 15-year reign, their male heir Thutmose III was too young to assume the throne, therefore Hatshepsut served as Queen Regent. She eventually declared herself King, often dressed in male attire and wore the postiche or divine beard. She reigned as the fifth pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty between 1478 BC and 1425 BC and was the longest reigning female pharaoh in Egypt, ruling for 22 years. Pharaoh Hatshepsut is considered one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs. Her reign was one of peace and prosperity. She re-vitalized industry and expanded trade routes, ultimately making the Land of Punt a major trading partner; and thus importing gold, ivory resin, wood and other goods.

Pharoah Hatshepsut restored many monuments damaged by the invading Hyksos. In addition, she built several monuments and temples, including her funerary temple, calling it Zosret Zosru “The Most Select and Holy of Places.”, located in the Valley of the Kings. She also erected a pair of obelisks at the Temple of Amon, located at Karnak. She is remembered in the prayers of the people for her brilliant deeds and amazing ingenuity.

  • Given that there are women candidates running for President of the US, what leadership qualities do you believe are necessary?
  • How would you describe your own leadership qualities?

Queen Tiye married King Amenhotep III who made her his “Great Royal Wife” during the 2nd year of his reign. She was 13 years old, became his constant companion and counsel. She was also called “Lady of the Two Lands” and “Great of Praises.” Queen Tiye played a powerful and respected role in diplomatic relations. Foreign officials corresponded with her because of her influential role in political affairs and she gained the reputation as the true power behind the throne.

Queen Tiye participated in the government of Kemet for over 40 years, both with her spouse Amenhotep III and with her son, Amenhotep IV. During her son’s reign, she corresponded with foreign diplomats and functioned as the world’s first Secretary of State.

King Amenhotep III erected numerous monuments for Queen Tiye. She appeared on more edifices than any other Queen of Kemet before her, and on colossal statues, she was depicted on equal status with the King. He also built an ornamental lake, known as “Lake of Tiye”, and erected a temple for her in Nubia, the first time a Queen had been so honored. She was worshipped by the Nubian people as a divine goddess at that temple. Finally, he decreed her burial next to him in the Valley of the Kings, so that she was his beloved wife in life and death.

  • First Lady Michelle Obama, who some believe resembles Queen Tiye, also played a key role in The White House, establishing initiatives and programs that complimented those of The President.
  • Who do you believe was/is an important woman diplomat in the US or Africa? 

Other Queens of Ancient Egypt include Queen Nefertiti, the Beautiful One; Queen Nefertari, the Beloved One; and Cleopatra VII, the Last Queen.

As you reflect on the lives and legacies of these significant Queens of Kemet, what’s possible for you? The overall value and treatment of women in the West leaves MUCH to be desired. Nonetheless, it’s truly “Our Time” to flourish!

  • In what ways and in what arenas are you exercising leadership?
  • How do you want to be more influential or empowered as a leader?
  • Do you believe that it is “Our Time” as women, and if so, how can we lead?
  • Describe your ideal women leader. 

Women of every color, ethnicity, cultural, spiritual, social and educational background around the world are evolving as leaders, visionaries and agents of change to restore balance, peace and justice to evolve humanity and the world.” – Harriet Tubman Wright 

Resources:

Queens of Egypt, Exhibition Guidebook, National Geographic Museum, Washington, DC

https://ancientegyptonline.co.uk

Hatshepsut Biography (1508BCE – 1458 BCE), Updated September 10, 2019

Afrikan Builders of Civilization, A Pictorial History of Famous Personalities from Ancient Egypt, Ashra and Merira Kwesi, 1995 Kemet Nu Productions 

Lectures before, during and after daily tours to pyramids, temples and tombs during my 2019 educational tour in Egypt.

I look forward to exploring women’s leadership in governance, business and commerce, arts, community enhancement and more…Please tell me what most interests you!

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

 

YOUR SOUL SAFARI TO SUCCESS