The Ecstasy of Faith: A Firsthand Look at a Sufi Rave

We’re all familiar with the well-known dervishes of Morocco, Egypt and Turkey, but what is a Sufi? What do they believe? Why don’t they get dizzy and fall down? Veteran traveler and spiritual adventurer Greg Roach will dive deeply into the world of Sufism, exploring the mystical, transcendent aspect of Islam and sharing from his personal experiences in Egypt, Morocco and beyond. Greg is a popular speaker whose signature humor, presence, depth of understanding and amazing visuals will help you get your Sufi Rave on.

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A Virtual Visit to Tanah Lot Temple in Bali

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30,000 Miles and One Foot

I’ve just returned from a five week trip around the world. I traveled over 30,000 miles, and visited over a dozen cities in seven countries on four continents. I was on just about every means of transport currently available on the planet: planes, buses, taxis, minivans, camels, scooters, motorcycles, and, of course, my two trusty

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Naritasan Temple Tokyo

Greg talks about the perfect spot for an afternoon layover from Narita airport in Japan, Naritasan temple is a gorgeous, peaceful retreat in the middle of bustling Tokyo. But be careful about meditating during the Fire Ceremony – you might be in for a huge surprise…

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At the Osirion in Abydos on 12/12/12

For reasons unknown, this was shot, edited, posted as private and then promptly forgotten about (probably because I was still on the road for weeks). But, no time like the present…

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Mystical Bali – May 20, 7pm, Mystical Lands Bookstore, Pasadena, CA

Come hear about the spiritual and mystical island of Bali from Spirit Quest Tours’ own Greg Roach & Halle Eavelyn, including their amazing photos and video – if you’re in Pasadena Monday evening, don’t miss it! PLEASE come on time – this FREE talk is only an hour! Distant Lands – a Traveler’s Bookstore 20

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Pasupati Ritual at Gunug Kawi Temple, Bali

Pasupati is kind of purification and blessings that Balinese priests will perform on object (usually rings or other jewelry). Here’s a clip of the Pamanku (priest) at Gunug Kawi, one of the oldest sites in Bali, giving our junk some juju…

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The Narrowest Street in Venice and the Cinquedea

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On the Ground in Tahrir Square

Halle Eavelyn of Spirit Quest Tours gives her impressions on what’s really happening on the ground in the heart of the Cairo on 12/9/12. Very different from what the media has been showing!

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Join us for a life-changing spiritual adventure to Egypt!

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Egypt is a place like no other. The vital energy in the land itself is truly remarkable. And the temples and sacred sites are powerful spiritual technologies built to work in concert with this energy to awaken and transform human consciousness. Our experiences in the energy fields of Egypt have changed us completely. And this December, during the most potent and pivotal days of the current age, 12-12-12 and 12-21-12, we’re going back. Going back to the sacred Nile. Going back to the stillness and wonder of the Great Pyramid. Going back to unfathomable age of the Osirion. Going back to the source. Going back to remember… This is the most important trip of my lifetime. We are returning to help usher in the dawn of a new era in the life of our planet. We are returning activate our highest purpose during this period of profound cosmic alignment. If you’re called too, then I won’t let anything stand in the way of you joining us. I’ll personally cover $1,000 of the cost of your trip.

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Spiritual Surprises in Mexico

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“They’ll cut your head off down there!”

Having spent the last decade traveling to some of the more exotic, if occasionally troubled, parts of the world, I’m used to friends and family responding hyperbolically to certain destination choices. But this was a high water mark.

“Mom. It’s Mexico, not Somalia.”

“Well, don’t you watch the

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A Visit to Bali’s Pura Uluwatu Temple

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I’ve lead many spiritual trips to Bali over the years – from our “Eat, Pray, Love” trip to the Sacred Mandla Pilgrimage that circles the island in a spiritual tour of the same temples Balinese pilgrims visit. And while I love getting a massage in Ubud, watching people get readings from Ketut Liyer, white water

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The Mysterious Coral Castle in Florida

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Here’s a video podcast about the “8th Wonder of the World” Edward Leedskalnin’s mysterious “Coral Castle.”

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Mystical Bali – Presentation: Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA – February 18, 2012

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I hope all my friends in the Seattle Area can join me on Saturday, February 18th for “Mystical Bali.”

By now millions of people have been introduced to the island of Bali through Liz Gilbert’s best-selling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love.” The recent movie with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem has increased people’s awareness of the

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Baptized in Bali: Lost, found, purified, reborn .

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I have the hiccups.

To be specific, I’ve hiccupped pretty much non-stop for the last 24 hours.

The taxi driver is freaking out a little. Not bad, and not about my hiccups, but the anxiety level is rising in the car. We’re lost.

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“Where you friend go? He drive too fast! This the street!

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Trailer for “The Way”

Martin Sheen, plays Tom, an American doctor who comes to St. Jean Pied de Port, France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees in a storm while walking The Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of Saint James.

Driven by his profound sadness and desire to understand

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The Living Bridges of Cherrapunji in Meghalya India

A bridge in Meghalaya constructed by the living roots of Fig Trees.

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9/11/2001: Lessons from Across the Atlantic

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I’m an American and I was in London on 9/11. I was scheduled to fly home the morning of 9/12 and I ended up stuck in London for 8 days. It was one of the most moving and remarkable times of my life.

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Père Lachaise Cemetery – Paris

I recently spent some time in the presence of Max, the Crystal skull. The skull, as a symbol, has many meanings, but Max, who is a remarkable artifact (and a distinctly palpable presence) brought to mind my visit a few years back to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris: final resting place to hundreds of luminaries,

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Sunday in the Valley of Salts

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My screeching alarm clock coincides perfectly with the call to prayer from a nearby mosque. It’s before dawn and I’m both disoriented and angry. Where am I again? Oh yeah. Cairo.

Why am I awake so early? Oh yeah. Emil.

I’ve just worked two weeks straight and, regardless of the opinions of the muezzin or

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Mysteries of Egypt – Presentation: Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA – February 19, 2011, 10-11 am

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February 19, 2011, 10-11 am. We’ve all been riveted by the recent events unfolding in Egypt.

For those who know Egypt, it’s no surprise that the country is at the epicenter of a wave of transformation rolling through the Middle East. Egypt has a tremendous history of accomplishment: 4,000 years ago ancient Egypt reached the

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Spirit of the East – Presentation: Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA – February 19, 2011, 1-2 pm

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February 19, 2011, 1-2 pm. The West has long been fascinated by the great cultures and spiritual traditions of the East.

Names like India, Bali, China, Bhutan strike a hammer blow to the bell of our souls. We think of mystics, spice and far-flung temples.

It’s ironic: China and India have been (and are, perhaps,

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Sacred Sites Around the World – Theosophical Society, Seattle- December 19th, 2010

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This intriguing lecture will include sites in Bali, England, France, Eastern Europe, Hawaii, America, Egypt, the Sinai and the Holy Land. Topics will include geomancy and earth energies, sacred architecture and geometry, solar and stellar alignments, psychology, spirituality, religion, the alchemy of travel, quantum mechanics and some fascinating new discoveries about the science and psychology of Sacred Places.

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Mystical Bali – Presentation: Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA – July 31, 2010

Mystical Bali Splash Screen

I hope all my friends in the Seattle Area can join me on July 31st for “Mystical Bali.”

By now millions of people have been introduced to the island of Bali through Liz Gilbert’s best-selling memoir “Eat, Pray, Love.” The upcoming movie with Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem will only increase people’s awareness of the

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Read a virtual copy of Jung’s “Red Book”

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El Nur: Capturing the Light of Foreign Lands – Presentation: Mystic Journeys, Venice- July 15th, 2010

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Join me on Thursday July 15th, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at Mystic Journeys Bookstore in Venice for a talk on travel photography called “Capturing the light of foreign lands.”

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1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291 Telephone: (310) 399-7070 July 15, 2010 7:00pm – 8:30pm info@mysticjourneybookstore.com Mystic Journeys’ Online Calendar

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The Secret Alchemy of Travel – Presentation: Mystic Journeys, Venice- May 6th, 2010

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Join me on Thursday May 6th, from 7 pm to 8:30 pm, at Mystic Journeys Bookstore in Venice for a talk on travel and spirituality called “The Secret Alchemy of Travel.”

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1319 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice CA 90291 Telephone: (310) 399-7070 May 6, 2010 7:00pm – 8:30pm info@mysticjourneybookstore.com Mystic Journeys’ Online Calendar

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3D model of the Sphinx

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This is a nice 3d rendition of the Sphinx, and really gives you a good sense of how out of proportion the head is relative to the body. When you see it in person you’re also struck by how much more detailed the head is than the body, which is very heavily weathered in places.

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Mysteries of Giza – Presentation: Mystic Journeys, Venice- April 22nd, 2010

This detailed presentation will offer an in-depth examination of the many facts, mysteries and anomalies surrounding the Great Pyramid and other structures on Egypt’s Giza plateau. From the startling acoustic properties of the King’s Chamber to the controversies surrounding the age of the Sphinx, this remarkable site is a welter of mysteries that have fascinated and confounded humanity for millennia. Greg Roach will share an overview of some of what he’s learned through more than 10 years of travel to this amazing area.

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The Pyramids at Giza circa 1920′s

A silent black & white film of the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, Egypt from award-winning amateur filmmaker John V. Hansen’s travel footage, c. 1926-1930. The Pyramids at Giza are a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are the only site from the “Seven Wonders of the Ancient World” list that are still in existence, and

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Excerpts from my new book: The Modern Day Alchemist

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I’m in very good company in the pages of the new book “Modern Day Alchemist.” My fellow contributers include Nicki Scully, John Anthony West, Christian Bernard and Normandi Ellis, among others.

A few of my chapters have been previously published here in Spirit Quest World, so I thought I’d

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A Visit to Cairo’s City of the Dead

Cairo’s infamous “City of the Dead” is a centuries old cemetery that has become home to as many as 5 million Egyptians during the last decades. The buildings in the cemetery are like full-blown houses and the cemetery has long had mosques, school and markets. “The historic belief in Egypt is that the cemeteries are an active part of the community and not exclusively for the dead. Egyptians have not so much thought of cemeteries as a place of the dead, but rather a place where life begins.”

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The Secret Alchemy of Travel

Join me on Sunday November 8th, from 4pm to 5:30pm, at the Theosophical Society of Seattle for a new talk on travel and spirituality called “The Secret Alchemy of Travel.”

Theosophical Society of Seattle 717 Broadway Ave. East Seattle, WA 98103 206-323-4281

After more than a decade traveling to the world’s most sacred places, Greg

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El Nur: Capturing the Light of Foreign Lands

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Few things are as alluring, or seem as glamorous, as travel photography. From lush tropical jungles to windswept deserts and glorious ruins, travel photography promises adventure and immersion in exotic lands for both the photographer and their audience. But

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HD Video: Wedding Celebration, Egyptian Village near Kom Ombo

On our last trip we docked near a small village in upper Egypt and went into the town (this is one of the advantages to sailing on a private dahabeya) where we ran across a wedding celebration. The local woman were dancing in the streets and they just spontaneously invited us to join them. It

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Video: The Afandina

Here’s a 7 minute promo video about our private luxury Nile cruise-ship “The Afandina.” Spirit Quest Tours’ next three trips will feature this incredible experience. Enjoy!

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A new interview in “Circles of Light”

There’s a very nice interview with me about all aspects of spiritual travel in Circles of Light. Take a look: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/spirit-quest-tours/

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World’s Greatest Ancient Empires: China and Egypt – Presentation: Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA – July 25, 2009

The World’s Greatest Ancient Empires: China and Egypt

Saturday July 25th 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Savvy Traveler 112 5th Ave. S. Edmonds, WA 98020 1-877-225-1994

Savvy Traveler Web Site SPACE IS LIMITED! CLICK HERE to reserve a seat

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Zahi Hawass Inside the Mysterious Tunnel in the Tomb of Seti I

I’ve had the great fortune of visiting this remarkable tomb several times. It’s normally closed and off limits, but I’ve been lucky enough to take groups inside it.

Here’s an interesting video about it: Zahi Hawass takes viewers deep into the mysterious tunnel that leads from the burial chamber of King Seti I. No explorer

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Paulo Coelho’s Statutes For Life

Here’s another great little treasure from the immensely talented Paulo Coelho, that he’s made freely available to everyone. It’s called “Statutes for Life.” Enjoy!

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Paulo Coelho’s Manual for Climbing Mountains

Here’s a wonderful short gem from Paulo Coelho – that in his typical generous manner he’s made freely available to all. It’s called “The Manual for Climbing Mountains” (even though I don’t think it actually has much to do with mountains). Enjoy!

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Abwoon D’Bashmaya – The Lords Prayer in Aramaic

This has long been one of my favorite sacred texts. Not only the pure sound of the Aramaic language, but the meaning of it as well. I grew up with a very different version in my head (as many of us did, I guess) and the differences between that, and this, are pretty profound. And

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Eat, Pray, Puke? How To Be Healthy, Not Hurling, While Overseas

Here’s a terrific article on travel wellness by Spirit Quest Tours alumnus, and veteran world traveler, our dear friend Amy Mosher. Enjoy!

Are you wondering how to avoid digestive upset while traveling abroad? Bali Belly, Delhi Belly, the Turkey Trots, the Cairo Curse, the Bangkok Bloat, the Dakar Dash, or the Hong Kong Crud do

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RockOm interview with David Newman on Sacred Sound

“Historically, sound has been used as a means of spiritual awakening and to utilize the vibrations to resonate certain deep inner places and states within the seeker in a way that typical language cannot.”

-David Newman The info page is here. The MP3 itself is here.

While you’re at it, check out my article on

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Spirit Quest-ions: where is the one place you want to visit?

Where is the ONE place on the planet you would choose to go before your died? If you could only pick one place to visit – where is that, and why? It’s kind of a “desert island” question. I know – it sucks only being able to choose one.

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HD Video from Spirit Quest: The Alley of the Tent Makers

An unedited clip shot at a friend’s stall in the “Alley of the Tentmakers.”

This is truly authentic Egypt – not a place that tourists visit (though we take all of our groups). This is where you can find the most beautiful, intricate, hand-made quilts & embroidery at truly amazing prices.

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A remarkable encounter in Heathrow: The Essence of Forgiveness

Easter is not complete without loving the one who made it possible—Judas. Forgiveness becomes possible when we transcend appearances and realize that those people who represent the Judases in our lives and those qualities within ourselves that seem to have betrayed us have been the divine process growing us into Christs. It’s all Love. -Walter

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AMAZING period footage from Egypt, 1932.

Here’s an awesome piece of video – it’s period footage from Egypt circa 1932.

For those of you that know Cairo, this footage show a SHOCKINGLY clean city. Since the brits were in charge then the narration has more than just a whiff of colonial prejudice to it. For example… “Across the street the Dragoman

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Images from Wadi Natron, Egypt

Wadi Natron is the center of Coptic Monasticism in Egypt and one of, if not the, earliest homes to Christianity. The name means "Valley of Natron" or "Valley of the minerals." Natron salts were used for the preparation of mummies during the pharaonic period.

Christianity was brought to the valley by St. Mark during

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An interview with Paul Coelho: Author of “The Alchemist”

There’s a wonderful new interview with Paul Coelho that’s just been published in The Guardian.

Do you really believe in angels?

Yes.

Have you seen one?

No, I never saw an angel, but it is irrelevant whether I saw one or not. I feel their presence around me. Not the classic angel with the

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Video: A.J. Jacobs on his year of living biblically

About this talk Speaking at the most recent EG conference, author, philosopher, prankster and journalist A.J. Jacobs talks about the year he spent living biblically — following the rules in the Bible as literally as possible. About A.J. Jacobs Immersing himself in alternate lifestyles and long, hilarious experiments (usually with himself the guinea pig), writer

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Video: Robert Thurman on becoming the Buddha

Here’s a wonderful TED talk video from Robert Thurman. I had dinner with Bob (some years ago, now) – he had steak, wine, brandy & cigars. I remember we discussed the point at which an animal or plant’s level of consciousness becomes an impediment to eating it. It was fascinating. I was also at a

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Video: Karen Armstrong’s charter for compassion

About this talk People want to be religious, says scholar Karen Armstrong; we should act to help make religion a force for harmony. She asks the TED community to help her build a Charter for Compassion — to help restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious do. About Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong is

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Headed to New York in April

I’m headed to New York the week before Easter so that my daughter, Leslie, can check out the conservatory she just got accpted to (yes, I am proud poppa): The New York Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts.

While I’m there I’m hoping to have a chance to revisit a couple of modern urban

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Lessons from the Road: Hipless in Seattle

What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What’s the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood? -Buddha Shakyamuni Just before this last Christmas I flew from Los Angeles to Seattle to spend the holiday with my family. A sudden snowstorm closed the airport in Seattle and forced our diversion to Spokane, which ironically was itself sitting under 3 and half feet of snow, but where the airport was at least open. The scene at the airport was a kind of panicked chaos. It was now well past midnight and the tiny airport was overwhelmed with rerouted travelers from up and down the West coast. There were no facilities, no food, not much information, and many unhappy people.

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HD Video from Spirit Quest: Besakih Temple, Bali Indonesia

Here’s a brief handheld POV clip, shot with a pretty crappy camera, of worshipers streaming into (and out of) Besakih Temple on the slopes of Mt. Agung, in Bali Indonesia.

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Balinese Temples: Besakih – The Mother

This is the first entry in a periodic series about the temples of the “Sacred Balinese Mandala.” Today we begin with the center, the heart, the most revered of all nine temples: Besakih.

Bali is often called the land of 10,000 temples, and while no one actually has quite an exact count, that’s as good

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Video: The Sword of God

I don’t know much more about this than that it’s from a 30 episode Arabic language TV series. It look pretty good – in a slightly Cecile B. DeMille way.

Anyway, the visuals are nicely intriguing and evocative.

Sword of God – Reel from aurora fearnley on Vimeo.

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Video: Interview with Ann Daniels of the Catlin Arctic Survey

Wow. Now this is an amazing story. Talk about travel with a higher purpose: these three people are traveling more than 600 miles over three months, in the most extreme and dangerous condition you can imagine, in order to measure the polar ice cap. Here are three videos: two interviews with the leaders and overview of the expedition.

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HD Spirit Quest Video: Coptic Liturgy at the Cathedral of Deir Anba Bishoy

HD video from the Cathedral of Deir Anba Bishoy in Wadi Natrun.

A Coptic priest performs a portion of the liturgy during preparations for the communion service.

This was part of the “transubstantiation” as the wine and bread are transformed into the body and blood of Christ. The big “bundle” in the center of the

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Sacred Sites Throughout the World – Presentation: Distant Lands in Pasadena, CA – March 9, 2009

This intriguing lecture will include sites in Bali, England, France, Eastern Europe, Hawaii, America, Egypt, the Sinai and the Holy Land. Topics will include geomancy and earth energies, sacred architecture and geometry, solar and stellar alignments, psychology, spirituality, religion, the alchemy of travel, quantum mechanics and some fascinating new discoveries about the science and psychology of Sacred Places. Please join Greg Roach, founder of Spirit Quest Tours, for an entertaining and compelling tour with beautiful pictures and fascinating details.

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The Age of Aquarius Begins

Remember that trippy new-age song from the show “Hair” about the dawning of the age of Aquarius? Well, turns out it didn’t just rhyme. We are moving into the beginning of that Zodiacal age, and this Saturday the Moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars. Ring a bell?

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John Cleese Taking the Piss out of Tour Guides

Here’s a video podcast of the inimitable Mr. Cleese making fun of standard issue tour guides.

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The Balinese Sacred Mandala Pilgrimage

There are 9 “directional” temples that cover Bali. These temples are each dedicated to a different deity from the Balinese Hindu Pantheon. In addition each temple (and direction) is associated with a color, a weapon (or ritual object), a sound, a written symbol and a part of the body. This is also called “nawa sanga”

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A Trip to Egypt: The Spirit of Moses

I’m just about to leave for Egypt: Spirit Quest is leading “The Spirit of Moses” for two weeks.

Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Philae, Kom Ombo, Luxor, Karnak, Dendarah, Abydos, Edfu, Sakkara, Giza, Wadi Feran, Mt. Moses, St. Catherine’s Monastery.

I am so EXCITED about this trip. We’ll doing a spiritual pilgrimage through Egypt and to Sinai,

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RaveHenge

Here’s an article that talks about some of the unusual acoustical properties discovered at Stonehenge. Those of you have ever been to an Egyptian temple or a European cathedral will find this familiar and interesting. And given what’s been learned about the acoustic oddities found in sites like Newgrange, this comes as little surprise.

Take a look: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/article2094889.ece

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Happenstance, Coincidence and the Divine Mind

I’ve been recently reminded again of the great genius that is constantly at work behind the everyday events that seem, at first blush, to be accidental.

I’ve just returned from leading a group to Egypt and during our visit to the Temple of Seti I in Abydos, I left the group of forty with my

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Now THIS guy is on a Spirit Quest!

I expect that by now many of you have seen the “Where the Hell is Matt” video – but it’s worth spreading the meme further. It’s terrific – Matt both lives in Seattle and worked in, then left, the videogame business. Even terrificer!

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A trip to Israel in February (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Dead Sea)

I’m taking a trip to Israel between February 8th and February 13th. I won’t get up to the north and the area around Galilee (which I love) or to Tsfat (one of the four Judaic holy cities and a center of the Kabbalah) but it will be great to return to Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and

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Karnak Temple at Dawn Near the Winter Solstice

During our last tour, with Houston Baptist University, I ran into my friend Robert Bauval over breakfast at the Mena House and he reminded about a spectacular phenomenon: the “solar rebirth” at the Temple of Karnak in Luxor which occurs at dawn on the morning of the winter solstice. I was familiar with this, but

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New Photos of Luxor Temple

Here’s a Flickr slideshow of some new shots of Luxor Temple (shot during Spirit Quest Tour’s recent HBU trip to Egypt and the Sinai).

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Spirit Quest Interactive Magazine Now Online

Check out our interactive flash magazine: http://www.traveletvemagazine.com/emagazines/spiritquest/ The folks at travel ETV magazine did a BEAUTIFUL job for us!

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Sacred Sites Throughout the World – Presentation: Savvy Traveler in Edmonds, WA – January 24, 2009

This intriguing lecture will include sites in Bali, England, France, Eastern Europe, Hawaii, America, Egypt, the Sinai and the Holy Land. Topics will include geomancy and earth energies, sacred architecture and geometry, solar and stellar alignments, psychology, spirituality, religion, the alchemy of travel, quantum mechanics and some fascinating new discoveries about the science and psychology of Sacred Places. Please join Greg Roach, founder of Spirit Quest Tours, for an entertaining and compelling tour with beautiful pictures and fascinating details.

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Petroglyphs in Inscription Canyon

I have visited an awful lot of unique and unusual sites over the years, but rarely have I seen a place that is simultaneously as unassuming, and as evocative, as “Inscription Canyon.” Located deep in the Mojave Desert north of Barstow, California, you have to be willing to do some 4 wheeling in order to

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Tourism as an Act of Bravery

For the last eleven years in Egypt, independent travel to places like Abydos or Denderah was forbidden by the government. Numerous cities could only be visited by tourists who traveled together in armed convoys. Happily this decade-long restriction has been lifted. This might seem like ironic news in light of the recent horrific events in

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NG VIDEO: Biblioteca Alexandria

Here’s a wonderful video from National Geographic about the New Alexandria Library. I had the great good-fortune to be invited by UNESCO to present a paper at the library’s grand opening back in 2001. It’s an amazing structure that rivals anything found in Europe or America. We always try and add the library (and Alex) to our Spirit Quest Tours Egyptian itineraries.

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NG VIDEO: Destination Egypt

I ran across this very nice introduction to Egypt from National Geographic. These are all sites we visit on a Spirit Quest Tours trip – but we do them PRIVATELY!!! Imagine ;-)

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Mysteries of Giza – Presentation: Bodhi Tree, LA – November 9th, 2008

This detailed presentation will offer an in-depth examination of the many facts, mysteries and anomalies surrounding the Great Pyramid and other structures on Egypt’s Giza plateau.

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Video from Spirit Quest Tours: The Spirit of Bali

Here’s a video slide-show of hundreds of beautiful shots from our recent “Sacred Mandala Pilgrimage” to Bali.

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HD Video from Spirit Quest Tours: The Spirit of Egypt

I’ve just discovered a terrific video streaming/sharing technology for HD video called Vimeo. Since we’re shooting and editing in High Definition these days I was extremely happy to find something that it offered much better quality than Google or You Tube (all the way up to streaming HD), and I decided to repost the “Spirit of Egypt” video using it.

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Street Scenes and People in Egypt from 1800′s

Another remarkable set of daguerreotype images from the Brooklyn Museum: People and street scenes in Egypt from the last half of the 19th century.

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Stunning Images of Egypt from 1800′s

A remarkable set of daguerreotype images from the Brooklyn Museum: Egypt from the last half of the 19th century.

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Trip Overview – The Spirit of Ancient Egypt – HBU – October 10

Friday, October 10th – 7pm This presentation will preview, through dozens of photos and the accompanying lecture by Greg Roach, founder of Spirit Quest Tours, the upcoming HBU-sponsored trip to Egypt, where we will delve deeply into these influences to create an experience that is provocative, enlightening and fun

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Sacred Sciences in Ancient Egypt – Presentation: Metaphysical Matrix in Houston – October 12th, 2008

Sunday, 12 October 1:00 – 2:30 PM This FREE 90 minute workshop will offer a fascinating glimpse into the profound spiritual genius of the ancient Egyptians: using stunning photographs, maps, music, sound and story to transport you back thousands of years to the pinnacle of the Ancient world.

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Mysteries of Giza – Presentation: Metaphysical Matrix, Houston- October 12th, 2008

Sunday, 12 October 2:30 – 4:00 PM This detailed presentation will offer an in-depth examination of the many facts, mysteries and anomalies surrounding the Great Pyramid and other structures on Egypt’s Giza plateau.

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Video: The Spirit of Egypt

Beautiful images from Egypt: the people, the cities, the land, the temples and the Nile.

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Divide by Zero: A Spiritual Autobiography of Greg Roach

I think the best place to start is with my late adolescence – around age 10 or so. That’s when I first pursued an independent path of spiritual exploration. I was raised as a tepid Episcopalian. We hit church for all the biggies: Xmas, Easter, funerals, etc. But God didn’t intrude much beyond that.

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Spirit Quest Tours: The Spirit of Moses

Presentation about Spirit Quest Tours upcoming “Spirit of Moses” trip to Egypt and the Sinai – featuring 4 star accommodations, private temple and site visits (including a private visit to the Great Pyramid and Sphinx), a deluxe Nile cruise and much more.

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Spirit Guides: Bali, Egypt and Europe

A quick googling of “Spirit Guides” returns well over a million results. Just about every spiritual tradition on the planet embraces the idea of some form of spirit guide: whether they’re called angels, devas or ascended masters. And I have to say that I’ve had my share of experiences with these “non-embodied” helpers. But that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m referring to the real-life, flesh-and-blood, currently incarnated kind of “spirit” guides without whom meaningful experience, if not useful access, at sacred sites would be a lot harder to come by. All over the world I have consistently found myself dependent upon, and deeply blessed by, the kindness of strangers who would become friends.

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Mysteries of Giza – Presentation: Theosophical Society, Seattle- September 21st, 2008

This detailed presentation will offer an in-depth examination of the many facts, mysteries and anomalies surrounding the Great Pyramid and other structures on Egypt’s Giza plateau. From the startling acoustic properties of the King’s Chamber to the controversies surrounding the age of the Sphinx, this remarkable site is a welter of mysteries that have fascinated and confounded humanity for millennia. Greg Roach will share an overview of some of what he’s learned through more than 10 years of travel to this amazing area.

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Sacred Egypt – Free Presentation: East West Books, Seattle – September 23rd, 2008

This FREE 90 minute workshop will offer a fascinating glimpse into the profound spiritual genius of the ancient Egyptians: using stunning photographs, maps, music, sound and story to transport you back thousands of years to the pinnacle of the Ancient world. Greg Roach, the founder of Spirit Quest Tours, will share with you his experiences and discoveries from a decade of travel to this beguiling and mysterious land. If you’ve ever been drawn to Egypt, please join us as we take you on a virtual journey to the roots of our civilization and beyond.

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Trip Overview: The Spirit of Ancient Egypt

Here’s a video overview of one of our upcoming trips to Egypt – The Spirit of Ancient Egypt – with Houston Baptist University. Visit the site for this trip.

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The Mystery at Dendarah

In upper Egypt there’s a temple dedicated to Hathor at Dendarah. It’s a remarkable site. While the current temple is Ptolemaic (i.e. very late in Egyptian history) it’s built on, and contains, elements from much, much earlier times.

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Details for July Talks in Houston

Details for July Talks in Houston: Houston Baptist University, Metaphysical Matrix, Unity Houston

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The Use of Sound in Ancient Rituals

Two recent news stories – from very different parts of the world – help to confirm what we’ve known for a very long time: namely that sound was an integral part of ancient spiritual practices and that resonance was a key technology that was recognized, understood, and used, by the ancients.

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NEWS BRIEF: Recent Archeological Discoveries in Egypt

As you would expect, there’s a never ending stream of discoveries coming out of Egypt. Here are a few of the latest.

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Sacred Sciences in Ancient Egypt – Presentation: Metaphysical Matrix in Houston

Topics include: the sacred science of sound, Egyptian Cosmology, Isis & Osiris, Egypt’s controversial pre-history, precession of the equinoxes, the ancient mystery schools, the neter and their correspondence to the chakras, Akhenaten, Sekhmet, the crypts at Dendarah, Horus and Set, Reiki in ancient Egypt, initiation, ascension and resurrection, Sacred Geometry and more.

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Balinese Hinduism: Generator, Operator, Destroyer

The Balinese practice a unique form of the Hindu religion that they call Agama Hindu Dharma, which is something of an amalgam of “traditional” Hinduism, Buddhism, animism, ancestor worship, Zen and perhaps even a little Shinto. We in the West tend to think of Hinduism as a form of polytheism, but this is erroneous.

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Sacred Egypt – Presentation: Theosophical Society in Seattle

SACRED EGPYT: Mystery Schools and Spiritual Science This FREE 90 minute workshop will offer a fascinating glimpse into the profound spiritual genius of the ancient Egyptians: using stunning photographs, maps, music, sound and story to transport you back thousands of years to the pinnacle of the Ancient world. Greg Roach, the founder of Spirit Quest Tours, will share with you his experiences and discoveries from a decade of travel to this beguiling and mysterious land. If you’ve ever been drawn to Egypt, please join us as we take you on a virtual journey to the roots of our civilization and beyond.

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Balinese Offerings

Practically everywhere you look in Bali you will see offerings made to the Divine: flowers, rice, leaves, food, candy, and even a little money. The tiniest offering is a delicate little cone made from banana leaves and flowers (it looks just like a sushi hand-roll), while the largest and most elaborate will be as tall as a man.

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