I don’t believe that there’s ever been a time since I’ve started writing this blog that I was stumped on where to begin or what angle to take. I’ve had such a block that I’ve been a bit delayed on actually getting this published.
Angkor Wat and all of its surroundings is full of so much history and culture that I feel that one could only write a book to explain all of its layers and complexities.
I’m reminding myself ,that it isn’t necessarily my job to offer you all of that, and that its perfectly fine for me to stick to my experience. The tricky part is, I feel like my experience with Angkor Wat was extremely personal.
So, here I am left with the dilemma of figuring out how much I want to share with my audience, as I want to preserve the beauty and the magic that was all mine to take ownership of that day.
I tend to be a very transparent blogger, and I see the value in telling it like it is, but I also realize that some things are just sacred.
What I will say is that Angkor Wat was a spiritual experience like no other and it completely blindsided me.
My first experience with Angkor Wat was short lived. I went the evening before my official trip to purchase my ticket to be used the next day. I also had the chance to witness the beautiful sunset.
The following day, I woke up at 3 a.m. in the morning in order to make it to the 4:30 a.m. sunrise. I expected to have a jovial spirit and to be consumed by excitement and adrenaline: but I was quite the opposite.
I found myself the first hour or so asking myself, “What’s up? Why aren’t you jumping up and down with excitement?” I wasn’t sad, don’t get me wrong I just couldn’t be enthusiastic, no matter how hard I tried.
As I posed for photos, I found myself feeling disappointed, as I couldn’t really give my signature smile, and as I’d take a glance at the photos every now and again, I’d feel slightly disappointed with myself for not being able to “get my act together.”
I didn’t feel the way I expected to feel and things were just not going as I expected them to go. Now it’s important for you to know that I don’t really do life with hard expectations. I always have an open mind and I’m willing to see what the Universe offers.
I just never expected for such a huge moment not to feel “exciting”.
At the time, I couldn’t put my finger on what I was feeling so it left me somewhat confused.
After all, this was THE Angkor Wat and the temples surrounding it, the 7th Wonder of the World. Over 2 Million people travel to this 900 plus year old establishment year after year. It is the largest religious site to exist anywhere.
“The architecture, be it in tact or fallen to the ground in piles, is breathtaking. The act of walking through the doorways and halls is surreal. I’m almost moved to tears as I remember it.”
I am still trying to comprehend that I was really there, and that I was fortunate enough to personally behold such splendor.
Oddly enough, with so many visitors, there were so many moments that I was all alone, just me and whatever majestic presence there was surrounding me.
I hope I don’t disappoint you, but I’m not the blogger that deemed it important to keep up with every temple and site that I visited. I did of course visit Banyon Temple and Ta Phrom. I also walked across the Naga Bridge. I specifically remember spending time at Neak Pean which I absolutely loved.
I can also tell you that I was on the grounds for a total of about eight hours, this is easy to do as it has been stated that the entire ground is bigger than the city of San Francisco times two. Most people opt to purchase a 3 or even 7 day pass in order to capture as much of this massive monument as they can.
A huge part of my day consisted of tuk tuk rides through the countryside. It was absolutely beautiful. My eyes captured images of things that my mind had never even imagined. There were stretches of green grass, with cows grazing against a back drop of a picturesque blue sky. It was accompanied by some of the most fluffy and white, cotton like clouds that I’ve ever seen.
There were large families huddled together under tropical trees congregating and laughing while chopping fresh fruit. I saw houses on stilts with people beneath them, hanging from hammocks. I was startled when I witnessed a wild and very huge pig emerge from the woods, roaming around just as free as a bird.
I experienced sensory overload, yet I kept a very calm and almost somber demeanor. As the wind blew against my face and I heard the birds chirping, I felt gratitude, overwhelming gratitude for the moment. It was surreal.
As I stated before so much happened internally for me at this beautiful and historic site, that I don’t feel the need to share it in great detail, but do know that this was certainly a life changing experience for me.
It wasn’t until I made it back to my room, that I was able to sit down and look through my images and I was floored to discover the very evident and beautiful aura illuminating around me. All along I was concerned about not being able to smile and radiate joy. I feared that none of the photos would be “blog worthy”.
I was wrong….. I soon discovered, that in my humble opinion,
these photos are probably the best I’ve EVER taken.
As I am still in Cambodia, I am looking forward to all that is to come. I’ve had revealing dreams, signs and wonders, profound conversations and revelations and I’ve heard very clear messages about directions to take and what my future holds.
My vibrational matches in relationships are aligning perfectly and I’ve never felt more hopeful than I do today.
That says a lot about Cambodia and Angkor Wat. When I made the plans to come here, I had no clue that I had such an important meeting with destiny, but I’m glad I answered the call.
I’ve found myself in a very meditative state quite a bit while here. I want to be mentally prepared to hear and receive all that I can in the limited time that I will remain here. There’s something so magical about this place. I’m not claiming that the same magic will appear for any and every one that comes to Cambodia. I recognize that all of this is extremely personal. There are truly no words for how grateful I am.
My belief is that these kinds of experiences are rare, and I realize that many won’t come close to even grasping the concept of all that I’m speaking of. That’s ok, there will be those of you who just “get it” without a second thought. I’m just happy to be in that number. I will cherish this experience for this lifetime and beyond.
Have you had profound and life changing moments to happen to you while traveling? When? Where? Let’s talk about it.
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