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The Ancient City of Acco (Acre)

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Walled City

Even though I am “Not in India”, there are exciting and fascinating sites to see everywhere. I went on a guided tour of the Ancient city of Acco (Acre) this weekend, (I did not have the time to photograph the winding alleyways, souk, bazaar etc., – one of the drawbacks of being in a group – but the few things I did manage to shoot will give you some small idea of the sites and perhaps one day you will come visit yourself!! ) and it was much more interesting than I could have imagined, as well as beautiful to see these ancient walls and buildings still in use after so many centuries. The original history of Acco goes back 5000 years (!) but even the current remains of walls and buildings are centuries old. Hope you enjoy this tiny glimpse into the beauty of this intriguing city.

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Clock Tower Acco Acre

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Port

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Walled City

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Ancient Khan Acco

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Church Steeple Ancient City of Acco

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View Across to Haifa

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Port

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Clock Tower Acco Acre

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Port

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Acco-Acre-Ancient Walled City

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Colorful Houses in Kfar Tamra Outside Acco

with love light and JOY
Jane

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As I get ready to leave once again for India, I have been having dreams again about my time there, myself there and some of the lessons I have learned over the years.  One of them first hit me in 2007 on my first sojourn in Rishikesh, (after spending several previous trips mainly in Dharamsala ) but I find myself more and more having this feeling again, even though I am still here at home in Israel.  (All the photos in this post are from Dharamsala area)

The feeling of being so very different.

After meditating on this, I was guided to a post from 2007, and will rewrite parts of it here, including the message I received.  And it is this message which is so appropriate to me today as well.  The poem at the end is result of contemplating the message this afternoon.

I have always felt myself  being different from the travelers I meet.  (And perhaps not just travelers in India, but all travelers on the Planet at the moment-I have felt “different” from the earliest time I remember myself ).

While in India, I find very often that I am the only person  (or one of very few) I’ve met so far who is not seeking. Either looking for the perfect Yoga teacher, the Swami who will bring them enlightenment, the perfect Ayurveda doctor or the ultimate massage. Everyone seems to be searching for something…on some kind of pilgrimage…where is the best puja on the Ganga, the best Thali, the best mountain trail, the most beautiful temple.

I find no need for any of these things and sometimes wonder if something is wrong with me.

Am I just too lazy to bother?

Or is it something deeper?

Mcleodganj in the Distance as Seen During Mountain Walk

…after falling asleep once again with these thoughts, I was awakened early in the morning, my Guides speaking to me loud and clear with the following:

You are not a seeker. Others are seeking. YOU KNOW. Relax into that KNOWING. JUST BE.

Your only quest is inward. Everything you need is already there. The place is unimportant…it is just a means for you to easily access what is already KNOWN to you.

Relax into it. Let it flow.

You are blessed…We love You.

And here is the poem brought through to me today.

The Sudden Need to Know

But knowing is not what it seems to be
Is knowing knowledge?
or is it understanding of TRUTH!
To know what your personal truth IS, is the most profound form of understanding.
And when what you know to be TRUE is what guides you along your path,
Then you may stumble at times, you may even feel a momentary fear when faced with some new obstacle,
But you will never stray.

Because You Know!


with love light and JOY

Jane

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Typical Scenes from Tapovan and Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh, India – 2 Videos

Just missing India once again and going through my journal.  Came across this video taken just this time last year while sitting on the porch of my Indian Doctor’s clinic (DR. Arora) in Tapovan, Rishikesh .  Here in Israel at the moment it is stormy, rainy, cold, windy, some places even having snow -winter seems to be hanging in with a fury this year -and just remembering that it is already Spring in India.  And Holi coming up in a few days  (more about that in my next post).  Hope you enjoy the video…on second thought – I will post another one as well with views of a typical scene in Laxman Jhula, Rishikesh on a regular weekday, as well.  Hope you enjoy them both!!  They certainly brightened up MY dreary wintry day!

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