Back in 2008, after I spent a years grounding myself spiritually, I got the feeling of really knowing and sensing God. I felt I was IN LOVE.
That’s when the fun started!
I wanted to really, consciously, deliberately express Spirit in the physical world. I didn’t want to live like a monk. I wanted to be in the world. To live in it.
I was asking to know how to leverage the mystical in the material.
I met Abe:-)
Soon after that, I facilitated a book study on Ask and it is Given and attended my first workshop in Orlando. The manifestations rolled in.
In 2011, I attended the Alaskan cruise. That one was a game changer. But, not for the reasons you would think.
Last week, I got back from an 11-night cruise in the Mediterranean with a boat load of Abers (over 1,000).
Here are the highlights:
Adventures in Istanbul
Ironically, the only shore excursion I planned was a day and a half tour of Istanbul, Turkey. However, ater 3 straight nights of partying ’til 2 in the morning, I thought better to cancel it.
As fate would have it, one of our threesome was friends with someone from Turkey, Dervisha.
My new agenda for Istanbul became whatever Dervisha is doing.
I would have been happy just to hear what she had on the agenda and go to those places. She was gracious enough to offer to show us around.
We had our very own customized tour of Istanbul with a local. (I hesitate to call it a tour because that almost landed Dervisha in a Turkish prison. But I digress.)
Rico, Jacqs, and I thought it would be just the 4 of us roaming the streets of Istanbul. But good news travel fast.
Our meeting point was in front of guest relations on Deck 3. When we got there, there were already 6 other people in our party.
Turns out, we were a group of 17!
The day started with Dervisha leading 17 of us through the streets of Istanbul on the Asian side of Turkey, up to the bridge. There we caught the tram to Topkapi Palace campus. It’s home to the Bascilica Cisterns, the Blue Mosque, and Hagia Sophia.
Throughout the day, groups started forming and going off to explore on their own.
Rico, Jacqs, and I ended up at the Blue Mosque where we experienced the next highlight…
The Islamic Call to Prayer
I grew up in Trinidad. In the house to the left of us, there was a Hindu family. In front of us lived a Muslim family. On our right, there was a Catholic family of Spanish descent.
I was surrounded by different faiths and cultures.
Trinidad celebrates the major holidays of Islam, Hinduism, and Catholicism. Even though I went to Catholic and Anglican (Episcopal) schools, we learned of the 3 major religions of the island.
One of the tenets of the Muslim faith that I admired is praying 5 times a day. It’s the practice of praying ceaselessly.
So, it was a real treat to be able to spend a Friday in Istanbul on the campus of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Topkapi palace.
I was enfolded by the Muslim faith.
After we left the Blue Mosque, which was an experience in and of itself, we sat outside waiting for our friends. They didn’t show up, but the call to prayer started.
On Fridays, the call to prayer is longer than usual.
Because of where we were sitting, it was as if the Blue Mosque led the call to prayer, and 4 other mosques repeated the same phrase in succession.
It was call and response. The Blue Mosque would make the call. The other 4 mosques would follow.
The energy of the call swirled around us and kept building on itself. It got bigger and bigger. Deeper and deeper. It was soulful.
The call lasted about 20 minutes while we sat and meditated.
What a privilege it was to meditate at the Blue Mosque during the call to prayer.
Topless in Mykonos
Being able to walk around naked has always represented freedom to me. I means that I’m totally bare. I’m all out. I’m open.
In Mykonos, I took the opportunity to express my freedom. I went topless on the beach!
At first, I was a bit afraid. I’d heard about the beaches, but no one else was topless. I purposely sought a beach where I could be nude. It didn’t take long for one of my travel mates to walk by sans bikini top. That gave me permission I needed.
I took it off and walked proudly into the turquoise waters.
Every now and again, I like to do something that pushes my boundaries. It makes me feel alive.
On Athens day, we had the most synchronous series of meetings.
After leisurely getting out of bed, I put in a call to Rico. He already had lunch and was back in his room getting dressed. We agreed that I would go ahead and get lunch while he got ready.
We finally set out for the day around 12:30. We had the best driver who showed us around town. He dropped us off at that Acropolis.
As we were walking on the path to the site, we spotted Nick. Nick just arrived by train from London. We made no plans to meet him. We were wondering how he was doing.
Nick, Rico, and I kept walking along and marveling at the sights. Once we got to the foot of the Acropolis, Rico spotted the sign for tickets. While deliberating whether we should get tickets and make the hike up to the Parthenon, or just walk around and check out the grounds, Nick spotted Dervisha!
She went wild!
We were so happy to see each other. Most of all, we were happy that our intention manifested.
Little did we know we were in for even MORE rendezvous…
The 5 of us got our tickets and proceeded up the steps towards the Parthenon. Along the way, we were ooohing and ahhing at the ruins. Imagine, hundreds of years ago people walked on this marble where we stood.
On our right, we spotted the stadium. We were busy taking pictures when Rico looked up…
Who did he see?
Paul and Lily!!!!
What are the odds?
Our group was united!
For the next couple hours, our group enjoyed the Acropolis site. Once we were done, back at the foot of the Acropolis, we had a small pow-wow and went our separate ways.
We think that if we had a million dollars, we would feel rich. Or, I hear a lot that when I’m making 6 figures, I will feel…
If you want to feel rich, take a cruise.
The service is bar none. You are pampered night and day. You have someone come in to clean your room twice a day. Every meal is provided to you. You have a variety from which to choose. The entertainment includes musicals, comedy shows, clubs. There is something for everyone.
The Celebrity Reflection, in particular, was a study in opulence.
It was gorgeous. The decor was contemporary with clean lines. The theme was sophisticated bling!