Perhaps I lost something of myself at Mt Kailash and need to return to retrieve it and again view some of the most magical scenery on the entire planet.
REFLECTING ON MT KAILASH AND WHY.
Sacred site to billions of people, Mt Kailash sits in remote far western Tibet, a great mass of black rock soaring to over 22,000 feet. No planes, trains or buses journey anywhere near the region and even with rugged over-land vehicles the journey can be difficult and often dangerous. Unpredictable weather, can be unexpectedly treacherous yet pilgrims have been coming to this sacred mountain for thousands of years just to walk around it. I was one. Incredibly lucky and naïve I embraced an experience that was life changing, challenging and deeply gratifying. Walking around this holy mountain I had no expectations other than to just walk; to be there and share the experience with 5 others. You do not climb this sacred Mountain - you walk around it.
It was challenging and we climbed to 5,400 meters without oxygen. Three days later we had successfully walked around the holiest of mountains following in the footsteps of thousands of others.
Even as I write this if I close my eyes I can feel that same energy - that maybe the molecules or particles (?) that make up my body are vibrating/moving differently to make a little more space between them. Crazy? Probably. Even though it is difficult to explain the physical feeling it helps in describing emotionally how Kailash effected me. Strong beliefs about life and my self, things that I grasped tightly to feel safe or secure or to have a definite sense of who I am moved a bit, changed momentum. There was more space and less grasping and I was drawn more to feeling, to being aware to just being 'there'. I was not afraid. For a space in time I did not have the need to constantly define myself.
Mt Kailash for thousands of years has been viewed of as the symbolic central point of earth. It has four flat faces each corresponding to the four cardinal points. Like a mandala itis a center from which everything emerges from and connects to.
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