“God can be realized through all paths.
All Religions are True.
The important thing is to Reach the Roof.”
My Beloved Audience,
We have gathered here today for a Moment of Beauty, Peace and Enlightenment which will last through Eternity on my Personal “Fashion” Blog, dedicated to the Land of the Rose Desert and Spiritual Light – which I personally feel the Greatest Respect and Infinite Gratitude for – the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan – my Holy Land.
Endless Words of Wisdom and Thoughts of Appreciation will be displayed to depict the Act of Conscience Transformation which occurred during my 8 days visit, given the fact I chose not to use the Internet or any social media platforms at all, but insisted to stay grounded and fully connected to People and the Universe around me.
I now recommend it to anyone – put your phone down and just start living! As simple as that.
Given the High Interest I manifest in Religious Practices and Spirituality, I have started to bring my Thoughts to Life during the Ramadan month in order to create the divine opportunity for my thoughts to prosper and my 5D Vision to enlighten you with the True Story about my dear Kingdom which houses Petra – the Rose City – one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.
The Powerful Revelation happened during Easter – the most auspicious Time to Receive Divine Blessings, Ancestral Knowledge and Spiritual Gifts. I will start by mentioning I was Lucky enough to travel with my Parents – the Gatekeepers of the Universe – a group of experienced intellectuals and a skilled guide – all a pleasure to discuss, debate and entertain with. I am engaged into a continuous (life-time) process of personal growth – like all of us should – learning by doing and feeling, which leads to gaining a deeper Understanding of Life and the Universe, and, in spite of my various acts of solitude to energetically charge and cleanse, I appreciate how much I can learn from people if I talk or listen.
For your kind information, Jordan is an Arab Kingdom in Western Asia, situated on the East Bank of the Jordan River – bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south; Iraq to the north-east; Syria to the north; Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea to the west; and the Red Sea in its extreme south-west, Land strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe, in the Levant area of the Fertile Crescent, a cradle of civilization.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan is home to around 100,000 archaeological and tourist sites. Some very well preserved historical cities include the majestic Petra and Jerash, the former being Jordan’s most popular tourist attraction and an Icon of the Kingdom. Jordan is part of the Holy Land and has several biblical attractions that attract pilgrimage activities. Biblical sites include: Al-Maghtas where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist, Mount Nebo, Umm ar-Rasas, Madaba and Machaerus.
The thing that impressed me the most during the well deserved visit to Jordan was the way I was received by the Arabic people, who were always greeting tourists with large smiles on their faces; I was especially flattered by the ladies (of all ages) asking to take photos/selfies with me. I love taking pictures – this is how I express myself, remain aware of myself and Self-Confident – I should be doing this for the rest of my Life. I am a Pro and I mix it with Pleasure. That’s the Secret to Success. I am also getting intensively accustomed with being in the Center of Attention, as long as it is Positive and Inspiring for others, that is.
Whenever I was asked the FAQ “Where are you from?”, the fact that I come from Romania reinforced the positive impression I (knew I) had on people. I am pleasantly surprised of how well Arabic people acknowledge and accept the premises of diversity and inclusion. It is an act of Faith and Courage to embrace the cultural differences of your Brothers by the Father in a world which had praised the opposite until now, the Times of Spiritual Evolution we are living. Again, it is in everyone’s Power to design Personal Reality – I am here to let you know which your options are. I choose Peace, Love and Understanding over anything else, considering the Flow of Abundance always manifesting into my Life. A cultural fact to be mentioned is the fact that many Jordanians have studied in Romania, choosing to form families with Romanian women, which is also a reason why Romanian people are respected and warmly welcomed in Jordan. Most of the People I have met even knew a few words or songs in Romanian, lol. This is how Well I was received in One of my favorite Countries I have ever visited.
Therefore, Truth be Told, I feel very Grateful for having the opportunity to be Admired for solely being myself and unique on the historical playground of a different Culture.
You are what you attract or you attract what you are.
I was shining in Jordan! Fully in bloom! I am not willing to make a Conscious effort to remember the last time I felt this great for being in the Center of Attention in such a Positive, Uplifting way. No social media helped regain the Power to control my environment and its influences – how intriguing is that! To be the Master of Reality. I was offered a wonderful chance to observe the environment and interact with people. And that was easy because for the first time I was genuinely interested. Everybody spoke English. Everybody smiled. My Self Confidence leveled up Smoothly to a Graceful State of Mind also when elder women asked their husbands to take their pics with me in historical spots. Stunning!
My vibe was so right – I was like “Woah! I can’t believe how I am seeing myself in other people’s eyes! This must be Heaven.” I love smiling faces. If you personally know me, you can tell. Perhaps I was fashionably dressed for every occasion, too. All the good things happen when you are perfectly relaxed and emotionally opened.
I do remember it was the easiest luggage I have ever made for a trip – especially by taking into consideration the full week I was about to spend in Jordan – but I already knew what I wanted to wear lol. Arabic culture, Fashion, Patterns and Color Associations Truly inspire me, and so does my Spiritual Path, which I have honored by not falling into the temptation of being judgmental but also by wearing white on Easter Day like an Earth Angel. I admit I always go with the Flow of Styling Statements – I find inspiration in anything. I was born with it.
Why not fashionably fitting into the ancient scenario of sacred historical places and times?
It all went perfectly well and that is because, I must confess, I have never felt better in my Life!
Another respectful behavior I learned, would like to celebrate and make a High Moral Standard of (it already was but people seem to forget it when convenient), is the fact that Jordanians do not steal nor cheat – a Quality which I find extremely Inspiring to Adopt and Promote, based on The Law of Attraction I obviously follow, which Guides me and ensures the real Profit in Life. I confess I have reinforced this Enlightening information into my Belief System, which had naturally led to an Auspicious Flow of Events deserving an Honorable mention: my Mom lost her wallet on a Saturday evening and had it returned with all personal belongings the very next day at the front door, and I have lost my driving license at the local grocery store only to be notified on Facebook it is missing for two weeks and where to find it. I didn’t even realize it was missing. What is yours, is yours. Keep that in mind.
These are just a few of the very Blessed Moments which occurred by incorporating the Moral Standards and Principles I have adopted from the Arabic Culture, along the Respect and Moral Duty to honor every Being and the Law of Justice, Love and Charity Manifesto I have written upon my arrival in Romania.
And yes, this is another proof the Law of Attraction is really working – please follow my example if do not wish to follow me lol. I am a bit peculiar in regards to social media, I do not follow anyone on Instagram just to prove people’s Egos and how fame otherwise is achieved. However, if you like what you see, write to me. The Destination and is the Key but it is worth mentioning my advice is to properly enjoy the process while you fulfilling each and every Destiny. Peace!
Nevertheless, let’s proceed with precious traveling information – the 8 days Circuit through Jordan or the Tour of Kings, had promised and accomplished to reveal not more or less than 100 sites of biblical importance – from Abraham and Moses to John the Baptist and Jesus Christ – the founders and Spiritual Leaders of two of the three Monotheistic Religious Traditions which are intimately connected to the Jordanian Universe. Even if you are not religious by nature or choice, visiting such Spiritually charged places is an incredible Movement of Conscience and an Unforgettable Enlightening Experience.
While the day of arrival was dedicated to meeting the local guide, hotel transfer, check in, accommodation and further planning of the following trips, the second day, after breakfast, we started getting intimate into Jordan with a city tour of Amman capital.
Amman, the Capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the Fertile Jordan Valley, a perfect base to delve deep into Jordan as it is no more than four drive from anywhere in the country.
As a modern and prosperous city, almost half of Jordan’s Population is concentrated in the Amman area. There is evidence of the city’s much older past everywhere you turn, you can find modern buildings rubbing shoulders with traditional coffee shops and old souqs. The downtown area is much older and more traditional, with smaller businesses producing and selling everything from intricate gold and silver jewelry to everyday household items. You can find art galleries, coffee shops and a diversity of Artisan shops along Rainbow Street, which truly embodies the unique blend of old and new that this city manifests.
The Citadel is the site of ancient Rabbath Ammon, and excavations there have revealed numerous Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic remains. Located on a mountain, it not only gives visitors a perspective of the city’s incredible history, but also provides stunning views of the entire area.
Speaking of which, you should see Jordan Archeological Museum on the Citadel Hill of Amman. Why? Because it is fascinating, of course! An year ago, I was wrapping up my greatest Prophetic Delivery on Divine Complements the day The Artist formerly known as Prince died – I now had the wonderful opportunity to admire one of the oldest Human statues ever made by Human Civilization, dating from Pre-Pottery Neolithic, in Jordan Museum. Until now, I did not yet find a trace on www which links the Ain Ghazal Bichephalous Statues to Plato’s The Symposium Mythology, however it all makes sense for me as I have reached the Height (literally) to see it Happen. Yes, I might be the only one to link the myth to a stone personification, but such a fact deserves my full attention in my upcoming writings. I will study it accordingly. Meanwhile, let’s meet my friends Jesus, Moses and Mohammed – Manifestations of God – joined by Reindeers and Gazelles, immortalized in all their Splendor on the ceiling of one enchanting Arabic Castle which I have visited.
Let’s now continue with the exploration of East side of Jordan, where the castles and palaces of the desert are located, build up by Umayyad Caliphs in the 8th century, with the purpose of maintaining caravans routes and assuring Jordanian tribes’ Loyalty.
Jordan’s desert castles are beautiful examples of both early Islamic Art and architecture. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco Roman traditions, tell countless stories of Life as it was during the 8th century. Quseir Amra, one of the best preserved monuments, in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its interior walls are covered with unique frescos, and two of the rooms are paved with colorful mosaics. The black Basalt fort at Azraq was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt and is still in use since Late Roman Times.
Other castles of interest include Qasr Al Hallabat, Qasr Al Tuba and Qasr Al Kharraneh.
It is of infinite worth to mention the Delightful Food I had in Jordan. Arabic Food is now my Personal Favorite – very Nourishing and Light – it involves such a wild variety of Powerful Aromas and Natural Spices is definitely hard to ignore! So is the Absolutely Delicious and Famous by now Lemon and Mint Fresh Squeezed Juice – as Creamy as a Smoothie – Mind Blowing! If it is not Famous enough yet for you guys, I have to make it! It is by far the best thing I have ever tried which involves Mint. There is something about the Mint in Jordan that simply mesmerizes you.
It is my pleasure to recommend to you this beautiful restaurant where our guide had taken us to enjoy traditional Arabic food – Tawaheen Al-Hawa – restaurant which had satisfied each and everyone’s tastes – what a wild variety of dishes! Don’t miss it if you are in Amman, I have a commitment to excellence which this place had satisfied completely.
Nevertheless, since I am elaborating my Praise for Food and Aromas, another honorable mention will be made – I Fell Deeply in Love with Black Tea (with sugar) and a hint of Mint, of course. My brothers, the Beduins, make the Best Tea in the World, honestly! There is nothing I drink with more pleasure than Black Tea and Cardamom Coffee (or Arabic Coffee) made in a traditional way – the classical pot method! I even bought a kilo of Arabic coffee as souvenir and I treat myself to it on a daily basis, reaching the High Point in my Life when I actually make myself a ritual coffee every morning. Luxury!
On the third day, we have been welcomed to the north of Jordan at Umm Qais, the old Gadara, lasting since the 2nd century, city adorned by streets with columns, amphitheaters, churches, temples and the prestigious Roman Forum – a strategic point to admire Golan Peninsula and Tibetas Lake from.
Renowned in its time as a Famous Cultural Center, Gadara (known today as Umm Qays), was the home of several classical poets and philosophers, including Theodorus, founder of the rhetorical school in Rome.
Known for its black stone basalt, it is perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking for a Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qays boasts an impressive colonnaded terrace and the ruins of two theaters. Find yourself on a magnificent terrace with a breathtaking view of three countries.
Umm Qais was followed by a pilgrimage to Our Lady of the Mount Church in Anjara Ajloun, a reconstructed cave which is worshipped as a resting place of Jesus and Mary during their journey between Galilei Sea, Decapolis, Bethany, further from Jordan and Jerusalem. Anjara was designated by the Vatican as a pilgrimage site and it is here I have received a precious gift – the Christian Bible in Arabic to Treasure as Travel Memory. I confess it moved me to tears (of Joy) – I was Right in front of the Lady of the Mount statue, which is internationally renowned for the miracle of having cried blood tears – although, the way I think it, this should not be considered a miracle but a warning call for Humanity to reconnect to the Divine Essence. Nevertheless, I took the best picture of the Holy Statue I am now sharing because I kneeled down in front of it. That is something nobody thought of trying. I am also grateful for the priest who had acknowledged and reinforced my Faith with such a meaningful present – a Red Covered Bible in Arabic. I will keep following my Path. Thank you!
After such a Powerful Symbolic Experience, our path lead us to Jerash, a splendid and well preserved Greco-Roman site, whose evidence of settlements is dating back from the Bronze Age – the place where I have met my Arabic friend in charge of taking these wonderful top view pics. It was him who challenged me to take on new heights on the Greco-Roman columns for photo documentary purpose. I am so glad I have met him – my mom was pretty stressed out by the shooting sessions she had to take of me lol. She delegated well. People are very nice in Jordan.
Fortunately, my friend also knew all the great perspectives in Jerash and encouraged me to level up to Greatness.
Historically speaking, the city’s Golden Age came under Roman rule and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop Temples, Handsome Theaters Spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.
On the forth day, we have departed to Towaros Madaba, the Mosaic city, with an impressive history, having been mentioned for the first time in the Bible and The Mesha Stele. Madaba is one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land.
Dubbed “The City of Mosaics”, Madaba offers many sites to explore.
From the Archaeological Park where the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restauration trains Artisans in the Art of the making, repairing and restoring mosaics, to the contemporary Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George, home of a wonderfully vivid 6th century Byzantine Mosaic Map showing Jerusalem and other Holy sites – Jerusalem, Palestine, Jordan, Israel and Egypt, which is the oldest known geographic floor mosaic in Art History, of major use for the localization and verification of biblical sites.
We have then proceeded to Mount Nebo, mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land. It is believed to be one of the most revered Holy sites in Jordan. When atop this mountain, you can see as Moses did the vast panorama that encompassed the Jordan River Valley, the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Jerusalem, often referred to as the Holy Land. The view from the summit provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to the north, a more limited one of the Valley of River Jordan. Mount Nebo’s first Church was built in the late 4th century to mark and commemorate the place of Moses’ death. It remains a place of pilgrimage for Christians as designated by Pope John Paul II. Ruins from the 4th to the 6th century of Byzantine church and monastery can also be found here. Six tombs, from different periods, have been found hollowed out of the rock beneath the mosaic covered floor of the Church. The Serpentine Cross, which stands just outside the Sanctuary, is Symbolic of the brass serpent taken by Moses into the desert and the cross upon Jesus was crucified.
Later followed the Kings’ Highway to Mukawir, the hill which once housed the palace of King Herod Antipas, where it is said that Saint John the Baptist lost his head during Salome’s Dance of the Seven Veils, with a stop at Kerak Castle, one of the largest crusader castles in Levant and one of the most inspired examples of Crusade constructions, for a panoramic view.
Another designated pilgrimage site, Mukawir is within an hour’s drive from Madaba along the picturesque Kings’ Highway, the hilltop stronghold of Herod the Great. Upon Herod’s death, his son Herod Antipas inherited the fortress and it is from here that he ordered John the Baptist to be beheaded after Salome’s fateful act.
To the south of Amman, you would find the majestic Black Iris, the national pride, in landscapes between Madaba and Karak. Its entire flower is dipped in black, as a round sphere as big as 12 to 15cm in diameter; the flower has a glossy lustrous finish, shimmering in the blowing wind. At the base of this sphere, three petals curve downwards, each showing a patch of velvet of the deepest black. The contrast of gloss with velvet is extremely beautiful, black on black, accentuating the mass of the flower, its sharp lines and its delicate transparent veins.
Nature has been very stringent in using black on flowers. It is strange to see black in bloom, but when it occurs, the result is of utmost elegance. The Black Iris, Jordan’s national flower, has adapted to a landscape of ample sun. It has evolved in a harsh environment, wind-blown, to acquire a unique color matching the black eyes of remote shepherds. “Iris Nigricans”, the scientific name of Jordan’s Black Iris, suggests its color. But Jordan has nine other different kinds of iris, so far identified in the wild. Some are extremely rare.
It you spot iris to the south of Tafileh, then it would be the Petra Iris – Iris Petrana – which is similar to Black Iris but is found in groups, 20 or more flowers, in simultaneous bloom. It is dark violet to chocolate brown, and has a large flower on a relatively shorter stem sprouting from waxy sword-like leaves. Superb. I now have a Gorgeous rare Iris wearing my name with Pride. It’s black and although I do not normally cope with this shade as a matter of choice, I highly respect it in nature.
We have then stopped to admire the panoramic view next to a Bedouin cabin and were welcomed by two locals, which obviously had my favorite Black Tea with mint to offer – how can I refuse this opportunity? I bought myself a wonderful wool woven carpet depicting Arabic Life traditionally woven by the Bedouins. The truth is I always choose to invest in Traditional Art – I believe it is truly the One which we should protect and acquire for its meaningful value, since it intimately relates to the Essence of National Identity and Spiritual Legacy, the Ones which represent each individual and Country or Kingdom. We must always honor our Roots, cultural and artistic influences, no matter where we are or where we are going. Esthétique and Kindness – these are (my) Principles to Live by. I personally prefer to shop locally produced artisan products, especially from small businesses, as I choose support Creativity produced on small scales and therefore the Life maintenance of people doing what they Love. I believe everyone should be consciously make the choice to do so because a Positive Personal Contribution to the benefit of other, sustained by True Enthusiasm is a solid premise of Spiritual Evolution.
On the 5th day of the Spiritual Journey (number 5 holding an esoteric significance in my Life for being the day – 2 + 3 – and the month – May – of my birth) I finally had the chance to “(re)turn to myself” by exploring one of the 7th Wonders of the Modern World, the Majestic Petra, the Lost City, possibly the most impressive stone construction I have ever seen.
A world wonder, a UNESCO Heritage site, and Jordan’s most Valuable Treasure, Petra is Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast and unique city carved into the sheer Rose rock face by the Nabateans, an industrious Arab civilization, who settled there more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India, and South Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. The Nabatean Kingdom existed for centuries, and Petra became widely admired for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. Ultimately, however, the Roman Emperor Trajan annexed the Kingdom.
By the 14th century, Petra was completely lost to the West, and so it remained for almost 300 years. Then in 1812, a Swiss traveler, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, persuaded his guide to take him to the site of the rumored lost city. Secretly making notes and sketches, he wrote: “It seems very probable that the ruins at Wadi Musa are those of Ancient Petra.”
The Nabataeans worshipped Arab Gods and Goddesses during the pre-Islamic era as well as a few of their deified kings. One, Obodas I, was deified after his death. Dushara was the primary male God accompanied by his three Female Deities: Al-‘Uzzá, Allat and Manāt. Many statues carved in the rock depict these Gods and Goddesses. New evidence indicates that broader Edomite, and Nabataean theology had strong links to Earth-Sun relationships, often manifested in the orientation of prominent Petra, structures to Equinox and Solstice Sunrises and Sunsets.
Petra’s most famous monument, The Treasury or Al Khazneh, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq. Used in the final sequence of the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” as the final resting place of the Holy Grail, this towering facade is only the first of Petra’s secrets.
Al-Khazneh was originally built as a mausoleum and crypt at the beginning of the 1st century AD during the reign of Aretas IV Philopatris. Its Arabic name Treasury derives from one legend that bandits or pirates hid their loot in a stone urn high on the second level. Significant damage from bullets can be seen on the urn. Local lore attributes this to Bedouins, who are said to have shot at the urn in the early 20th century, in hopes of breaking it open and spilling out the “Treasure”—but the decorative urn is in fact solid sandstone. Another legend is that it functioned as a treasury of the Egyptian Pharaoh at the time of Moses (Khaznet Far’oun).
Many of the building’s architectural details have eroded away during the two thousand years since it was carved and sculpted from the cliff. The sculptures are thought to be those of various mythological figures associated with the afterlife.
The sculptural decoration also underscores a connection to the Hellenistic world. On the upper level, Amazons (bare-breasted) and Victories stand, flanking a central female figure (on the tholos), who is probably Isis-Tyche, a combination of the Egyptian Goddess, Isis, and Tyche, the Greek Goddess of good fortune. The lower level features the Greek twin gods, Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri, who protected travelers and the dead on their journeys. There are other details from the artistic traditions of the Hellenistic world, including eagles, the symbols of royal Ptolemies, vines, vegetation, kantharoi (vase with large handles), and acroteria (architectural ornaments on a pediment). However, the tomb also features rosettes, a design originally associated with the ancient Near East.
I must confess I had a revelation by merely looking at the Majestic Fortress, bathing in the surreal glow of a very peculiar Light. The Treasury’s central architectural detail not necessarily mentioned on wiki is a winged lion. And this is where the Power of Synchronicity stepped in. The most flashy massive metal necklace I own (and felt symbolically attracted to) is a Golden Winged Lion from Top Shop, which I bought from another Arabic country. Not to mention the Twins, Castor and Pollux, thought to be born from the same egg (Divine Complements Theory for the taking), Castor being the son of Tyndareus, the King of Sparta, while Pollux being the Divine Son of Zeus, who seduced Leda in the guise of a Swan. They shared their immortality as transformed into the brightest stars of the constellation Gemini. Guess who’s is a Gemini. This is easy – Me! Castor and Pollux are often associated with horses in Art and Literature. Why am I thinking of Unicorns though? Because they are real. By the way, did I mention I reached The Treasury by chariot? That was definitely one of the bumpiest road I ever took, but nevertheless a funny experience I had with my Dad. Bedouin punctuality should also be a honorable mention.
The whole place was bathing in a Surreal Light and Glow – cool tourists, kids, visitors of all kinds – everyone taking pictures – guides, groups, couples – relaxing, highly vibrating, chilling and enjoying a cup of Black Tea with a hint of Mint or Arabic Coffee and nevertheless, Hot Spot Wi-Fi in front of the Treasury. There are local booths with Bedouin Art and Traditional Massive Jewelry spreader available everywhere, offering a fair trade of Souvenirs, Peculiar Objects and Stone Amulets. Amazing! I was mesmerized by the Serene Pink Sand Landscape and picturesque charm of the Bedouin Art and Jewelry. However, I bought myself a basic – a camel bone necklace with a face sculpted on it – such a High Power Symbol, if taking into consideration that camels never forget. They are philosophical creatures whose thirst for revenge can barely be quenched. Harm one and expect to die.
That is the warning from Ali Al Ameri, an animal psychologist who has spent more than two decades travelling the world helping beasts.
“If you hurt a camel he will never forget you and he’ll do his best to get you. And eventually, if he can, he will kill you.” My protection.
“Only God can judge me and He don’t like no ugly.” Peace.
Bedouins also provided a very welcoming experience into the wonderful shop which deserves to be mentioned – Petra Rosemary – selling all sorts of enchanting aromas, condiments, frankincense, precious resins, Roses and Agarwood, Coffee and Tea. My Mom bought Oud Resin for my Dad, who loves to burn incense and aromatic woods, and so do I. It was recommended as the most precious product in the store because of the particularly powerful scent – very peculiar – and the fact the Royal Family uses it, too. The owner of the shop had charmed me with his Knowledge and dedication to answering my (many) questions regarding incense and different specific aromas and moreover, he invited us to have a Bedouin Tea, Arabic Coffee and a wonderful conversation after we sealed the deal. This is the real customer service I Truly appreciate, and mostly, my preferred business approach towards Delighting the Customers – not tempting them with welcoming tricks in order to get them to buy something but rewarding the exchange with expertise and friendliness. It always helps to know what you want in Life. This is the reason why, if I ever come back to Petra, I will come again and greet my new friend and buy myself what is needed – because I am absolutely sure I will enjoy a positive experience.
A gift I have received from my new friend was a Frankincense Oil – he kindly asked me to choose anything that I would like for a present to take back to Romania with me and I chose this one. I have taken this glorious pic from his store’s Facebook account. At location, I just lost myself in Wonderland.
Frankincense has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma that is stimulating and elevating to the mind. Useful for visualizing, improving one’s spiritual connection, and centering, it has comforting properties that help focusing the mind and overcoming stress and despair. So many benefits!
Frankincense is considered a holy anointing oil in the Middle East, where it has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years. More recently, it has been used in European and American hospitals and is the subject of substantial research. Frankincense is also a valuable ingredient in skin care products for aging and dry skin. The ancient Egyptians used it in rejuvenation face masks.
Since the early days of Christianity, Biblical scholars and theologians have offered varying interpretations of the meaning and significance of the gold, frankincense and myrrh that the magi presented to Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew (2:11). These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankincense as perfume or incense, and myrrh as anointing oil. In addition to the honor and status implied by the value of the gifts of the magi, scholars think that these three were chosen for their special spiritual symbolism for Jesus himself—gold representing his kingship, frankincense a symbol of his priestly role, and myrrh a prefiguring of his death and embalming—an interpretation made popular in the well-known Christmas carol “We Three Kings.”
This must be the Beauty secret of All these Desert People with refined features and deep sight because the Bedouin culture and their physical features simply fascinate me. Again I felt most welcomed to Petra and The Majestic Treasury – girls taking selfies with me, my parents taking pictures of me, group pics taken by others, of course, everyone creating their personal memories, along the sacred vibe in the air, the smiles on all faces and my name called very often – it all has been a wonderful experience of Spiritual exploration and an Empowering Feeling of Being Myself, at Home, in Peace and at Ease.
Nevertheless, another meaningful experience was when the Powerful Sun came shining down on me – I got sunburnt on my Right shoulder after an intense Dream Prophecy the night before (I dreamt I was kissed on that precise Hot Spot on my Swan Neck) so and I came out with some words of wisdom I have distributed on my Facebook page: “Better to be burnt by the Sun, than by People.” God acts in mysterious ways. I love that about Him. He makes me Famous. Blessed. And He acts through People. I own my Divine Desert blush in the following framework to Arabic men, who knew how to keep me Pretty and Smiling. The guide showed me a ceramic stone which would turn into dust which I could wear as blush and he made my make-up lol. The traditional way. Enchanting. “I am born to be a star, just look at my performance.” And I got the right people around me. Just look at this photo looking like a selfie but it is not. Surrounded by the daggers. Proph3tic Justice.
Little Petra was next on our agenda – a valuable suggestion we have followed from the other (larger) Romanian Group traveling to Jordan; also known as Siq al-Barid (literally “the cold canyon”), Little Petra is an archaeological site located north of Petra and the town of Wadi Musa in the Ma’an Governorate of Jordan. Like Petra, it is a Nabataean site, with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons. As its name suggests, it is much smaller, consisting of three wider open areas connected by a 450-m (1,480 ft) canyon. It is part of the Petra Archaeological Park, though accessed separately, and included in Petra’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is often visited by tourists in conjunction with Petra itself, since it is free and usually less crowded.
Itt was probably built during the height of Nabataean influence during the 1st century C.E. While the purpose of some of the buildings is not clear, archaeologists believe that the whole complex was a suburb of Petra, the Nabataean capital, meant to house visiting traders on the Silk Road. After the decline of the Nabataeans, it fell vacant, used only by Bedouin nomads, for centuries. Along with neighboring Beidha, Little Petra was excavated in the later 20th century by Diana Kirkbride and Brian Byrd.
In 2010, archaeologists made public a discovery from the 1980s. In one of the small biclinia in the western open area, a nearly intact ceiling fresco had been mostly concealed by years of soot from Bedouin campfires and graffiti. Restorers from London’s Courtauld Institute of Art were hired in 2007; the existence of the paintings was announced once their work was complete. The area has since been opened to visiting tourists; it is known colloquially as the Painted House.
In addition to its aesthetic accomplishments, the art has considerable historic significance. While much Nabataean architecture and sculpture remains, Nabataean painting is very rare today. Courtauld expert David Park says the Little Petra frescoes are, in fact, “the only surviving in situ figurative [Nabataean] wall painting.” They are also rare as a large intact surviving Hellenistic painting, since most that do survive are fragments. Another restorer, Stephen Rickerby, says they “are as good as, or better than, some of the Roman paintings you see, for example at Herculaneum” which show Hellenistic influence.
So there is a Rose Majestic Petra and a Little White Petra (we also benefited from a local act of a Wedding Dance performed by kids at Little Petra, act which deserves to be mentioned), and it is here I was introduced to the sand stone I could use as blush. Our skillful guide showed us a few Beauty tricks coming from the heart of the Desert, I bet with a hundreds of years of testing, of course. It was a Truly magical experience to acknowledge how adaptable we are to the environment and to have solid proof People do make the most of it with the Resources available at their reach. That’s a wonderful example to follow. It is here I reinforced my respect towards Graceful living, by seeing Spirit not altered by Ego or Technology.
After Petra came the mesmerizing Wadi Rum or the Famous Valley of the Moon, where we embarked on a two hours safari adventure exploring the places by Lawrence of Arabia, enjoying the romantic desert of Arabia by marking down the most spectacular objectives of Wadi Rum and appealing landscapes of Famous movies such as Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Red Planet (2000), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Frankincense Trail (2009), Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen (2009), Prometheus (2012), The Martian (2015) followed by a Bedouin dinner and a party and a deep goodnight sleep under the magnificent stars and impressive clear sky.
Wadi Rum is a Selene landscape formed by old valleys and eroded travertine mountains, emerging through White and Pink Colored Sands.
T. E. Lawrence of Arabia and Sharif Faisal Bin Huessin based their headquarters in Wadi Rum during the Arab revolt against the Ottomans in World War I. It joined the Unesco World Heritage Site List, under both the natural and cultural significance categories. A maze of Monolithic rockscapes rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1,750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces.
Visitors should head for the Visitors’ Center where, apart from visitors’ facilities, they can hire a 4×4 vehicle, together with driver and/or guide, and then drive for two or three hours to explore the best known sites. Alternatively, they can hire a camel and guide. The duration of the trip can be arranged beforehand through the Visitors’ Center. For those looking for adventure, there are various aero sports activities, such as experiencing the breathtaking natural rock formations from a hot air ballon, or one of the many aircrafts.
There are two types of accommodation available in Wadi Rum area: camping and bed and breakfast. Campers can choose either the ‘wild campsites’, which are without facilities and Visitors must bring their own tents and equipment, alternatively, there are Bedouin styles campsites with all facilities and entertainment. Bed and Breakfast facilities are available In Rum Village. Because Wadi Rum is a Natural Reserve, there are no facilities available within the site. However, there are many opportunities to experience its Famous hospitality and eat with the locals. There are also shops and a restaurant at the Visitors’ Center.
There is nothing more majestic than to sleep under the clear sky, while all the stars are watching over you. The tents we have spent the night in were far from the idea of “modern” European accommodation you would have in mind but a splendid opportunity to connect to the natural environment – I have never slept better and felt so refreshed in my life – this revelation happening pretty much in the same time my companions were complaining on various issues regarding their personal comfort. While others often tend to freak out with every detail which does not fit into a predetermined program and routine, I prefer to enjoy whatever it is in store for me, especially one in a lifetime experiences, which enrich my experience. As simple as that – it is all a matter of choice. Who would have thought I would sleep in a tent under the clear sky of Jordan? Well, if it wouldn’t be a touristic attraction, no one, actually, so why not to make the most of it and quit judging?
Next followed a full day relaxation and yachting on the Red Sea in Aqaba – another revelatory experience if we take into account I did snorkeling for the first time. Let me tell you more about this fascinating experience because, along the shared activities I have done with the travel group, there were very powerful lessons involved in regards to the judgmental nature of people I have watched and flew over, apart from diving into the Sea to See the coral reefs.
Contrasting the rose colored desert to the North, the indigo colored deep water lies just off shore in Aqaba, offering a glance of the kaleidoscopic marine life within easy reach, and arrays of fish darting through the ocean. Common species are branch coral, fungus and montipora, and the rare archelia – a black, tree-like specimen found at great depths and first discovered by the late King Hussein himself. Of course, there can be snorkeling involved, fishing and sailing, or glass bottomed boats for those who prefer to keep marine life at an arm’s length.
The Gulf of Aqaba is renowned worldwide as a tourist’s paradise overflowing with wildlife and adventure. It hosts about 110 species of soft corals, 120 species of hard corals and over 1000 species of fish. Sting and manta rays, clown, angel, butterfly and lionfish, and occasionally turtles, eels, sea cows, and dolphins are spotted amid the resort’s exquisite coral reefs.
The absence of stormy weather, along with the mild water currents contribute to clear waters, one of Aqaba’s exceptional environmental conditions. Warm, clear waters provide a hospitable environment for the growth of corals, and favorable salinity levels provide an environment for myriad varieties of marine-life forms.
Why did I mention divine lessons learnt over the Red Sea? Because I freed myself of judgement and mirrored it back to people stuck with a disruptive frame of Thinking. I was on a cruise on the Red Sea. Please allow me to relax and do my thing. I only talk if I want to. That is what happened, although I enjoyed the full trip. It was an acknowledged moment of defying other people’s negativity and imaginary drama which culminated with starting the Life Coaching course I am now studying, although I have already chosen to subconsciously walk on this Self-Realization path long time ago. I would like to take you all with me. It is always too easy to judge others by any detail which could differentiate from a predetermined program of Thinking that we often forget how important learning and earning new perspectives on Life is and most importantly, the value of human contact.
While I learn from people mostly by watching their actions and communicating, some get stuck in the low frequency act of judging which prevents them from creating a valuable contact with others and enriching their social skills and knowledge – there isn’t one person I talked to in this life time that I haven’t learnt something from and that is the transformative act of conscience we must all acknowledge – the true value of Social Life. People do not differentiate themselves by functions, academic studies and titles, but through the fact that each has a divine mission to fulfill and situates at a different stage of Spiritual Development. That is another reinforcement to the fact that we are all Brothers by the Father and must honor and respect each other, independently of race, culture, background and color.
What did I do on the yacht? Except to finish reading The Spirits’ book by Allan Kardek, I got bored at a moment and jumped into the water, to the surprise of my parents and the travel group which might have thought I lack the adventurous side of Life because of all that reading. Actually, it is obvious by now I do what I want. I wanted to see the coral reefs, I put the Life vest on and I Just Did It like Nike – it was a majestic moment which took me by surprise, as I never thought I would swim so close to it and I did not know what to expect. One of my elder travel companions said not to touch it but I was swimming so close to it lol. It was my first time snorkeling and the epic Sea Life was breathtaking – I even panicked for a second thinking this might be too much for me. I swimmer back so quickly I almost fainted on the stairs lol. I’m a Survivor. Nevertheless, it was a magical experience to tell everyone so we took a cool boat to see the coral reefs through the bottom glass. The guy knew all the right spots. Excellent.
The warm waters of Aqaba provide a perfect habitat for an array of unique and dazzlingly colored fish. Due to Aqaba’s transparent waters, this rainbow of colors can be experienced without even having to enter the water! The shores of the Gulf are also frequented with friendly sea turtles that spend their time swimming amongst the swirling schools of fish.
Contrary to what many people think, corals are not plants but very delicate animals. Due to their slow rate of growth (about 1 cm/year), the corals that are seen today in the Gulf are centuries old.
Besides being a main tourist attraction, the coral reef plays an important role in supporting the survival of various life forms. Thousands of marine creatures coexist in a complex ecosystem ranging form almost invisible species to huge fish and mammals.
What I would like to point out in this case is how I felt about the beer and juice cans I saw under water, which I find offensive. As I am aware Jordanians would never act so reckless in regards to their environment, I would like to bring into awareness that I jumped to the conclusion such tourists with careless attitude towards nature should definitely pay the consequences of poor behavior. The shores must be cleaned from the invasive entities, especially plastic and non biodegradable.
If you do this in a foreign country, you probably do it in yours too, so considering Earth is my place and we are all living in it, I feel personally offended by the lack of environmental education all of us should have but some are ignoring it.
After all this intense feeling of actually living in real life, no Facebook, observing the environment, taking pictures, connecting to people, always smiling, going on adventures, trying new stuff, drinking Arabic coffee all day, feeling intensely opened to the Universe and bonded to divine timing, we had taken the road to Wadi Araba along the Dead Sea to visit Bethany.
For a long time, this place was known only in the Bible and Byzantine and medieval texts.
Two Millenia ago, the area opposite Jericho has been identified as the place where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, making it one of the focal Christian pilgrimage sites. The Area Known as “Bethany Beyond Jordan” has been discovered between the Jordan river and Tal Al-Kharrar (St. Elijah’s Hill). A cave was discovered where John was living when he baptized Jesus. It is from this hill that he ascended to Heaven in a chariot of fire. Findings from the early 1st century AD confirm the site was inhabited during the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist.
After the signing of the Israel–Jordan Peace Treaty in 1994, de-mining of area soon took place after an initiative of Jordanian royalty, namely Prince Ghazi. The site has then seen several archaeological digs, 4 papal visits and state visits and attracts tourists and pilgrimage activity. In 2015, the site was designated as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, excluding the western side of the river.
In the millennium year 2000, John Paul II was the first pope to visit the site. Several more papal and state visits were to follow. In 2002 Christians commemorated the baptism of Christ at the site for the first time since its rediscovery. Since then, thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world annually have marked Epiphany at Bethany Beyond the Jordan. Also in 2002, the Baptism Site opened for daily visits, attracting a constant influx of tourists and pilgrimage activity. In 2015, the UNESCO declared the Al-Maghtas site on the east bank of the River Jordan as a World Heritage Site, while Qasr el-Yahud was left out.
What to see? St. Elijah’s Hill, another’s one of the designated pilgrimage sites, is now the focal point of the Baptism Site and is covered with the remains of a Byzantine monastery with churches, large baptism pools and a water storage system. These facilities were mentioned in texts by Byzantine writers, who linked them with the tradition of Jesus’ baptism. One of the earliest Christian prayer facilities discovered in the world, can be found in a 3rd century building with a white mosaic pavement. You can also find five plots of Church including: The Anglican Church, The Catholic Church, The Armenian Church, The Coptic Church and The Russian Pilgrim’s House.
Approximately 81,000 people visited the site in 2016, mostly European, American and Arab tourists. Thousands flock to the site on January 6 to mark Epiphany.
The thickets surrounding the Jordan are referred to in scripture as the “Pride” of the Jordan (Zech 11:3). Especially prevalent in this growth are tamarisk, willow, and Euphrates poplar trees. Since the growth is so thick, wild animals find refuge in this area. Nineteenth-century explorers reported seeing lions, tigers, bears, hyenas, jackals, and otters. Jeremiah used the image of a lion coming up from the Jordan’s thickets in his prophecies (Jer 49:19; 50:44).
Then followed the Dead Sea day off, floating on salty waters, bathing into the sun, dressed in a possibly large, probably revealing swimming suit with a stop at the lowest point on Earth.
What happened? I just relaxed in the gently lapping waters, amazed of how I can’t sink! I was in the largest natural spa on Earth where I treated myself to a soothing float, and tried the well known healing powers of the minerals from the sea’s muddy floor to treat many skin diseases or simply rejuvenate your skin. I enjoyed a more leisurely stay, enjoy the day sunbathing, swimming, and dining, hanging around the surroundings which withhold none of the Dead Sea Magic.
What to see? Lot’s sanctuary, one of the most significant Archeological discoveries in Jordan, is located near modern Ghor Al Safi. A dried pillar of salt nearly is said to be the remains of Lot’s wife, who disobeyed God’s warning not to look back as she fled Sodom. For a more enriched memory of this ancient storm, visit the “Museum at The Lowest Point on Earth” that showcases the series of cultures and activities that has surrounded this area for the past 10,000 years.
This is the majestic closure of the Royal Jordanian Revelation for Princessa Petra, Your Serene Highness Queen P.riestess – another divine chapter of the Royal Endeavors Book of Life.
I am now Chosen to reflect the values and virtues of Peace and Harmony.
I re-calibrate my Thinking Pattern through Positive Emotional Impact and Spiritual Meaning – a Statement of Grace. I stepped into the/my Truth. I have been asked recently during a coaching session how do I reinvent myself lol. By a person who I have met for the first time. Well, I believe it is obvious. I learn, grow and get more beautiful by mind and appearance with every enriching experience. What a fantastic journey this has been, my friends. I know Own my Spiritual Ascension to Godly Vibes in Sacred Places – a deep dive into the Glorious Mystic Space and Place of Kingdom of Jordan, my Love. Petra 2 Petra and Petra 4 Petra. Peace! ✊✊✊
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