Special message Finbarr received at Iona in 2011:
At Winter Solstice 2012 we are entering a time of shift in the Ascension process, and its energy will spark phase two of the process at Spring Equinox 2013, taking us through the first gateway and step one of 13 steps for humanity and 13 planetary inter dimensional steps that will culminate with Winter Solstice 2023.
On this sacred journey you are being asked to feed your soul as it awakens to the many wonders of the miraculous and the mystical. Join me on this spiritual adventure, and as we journey we will experience the timeless wonder of being a pilgrim, one more unique than the ordinary traveler.
On this magical journey we are offered an opportunity to discover and experience the secret and ancient mystical places of Israel, off the beaten track, with emphasis on the ancient mysteries, cultures, communities and their megalithic remains, those that are known and those that are not known. Israel is considered to be, by most archeologists, the birthplace of the great megalithic cultures of Europe — those who built the great stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury had their example in Israel. Israel is the birthplace of religion and mysticism, the place of Gods revelation.
As we quest we will experience too many sacred sites to name, as Israel is a very small country with many sacred sites. We will explore the Goddess culture, the Templars, Hospitallers, Crusaders, Mystical Sufiism, The Holy Grail, the Essenes, Kabala, Mount Carmel, Elijah, sail on the Sea of Galilee, experience Mount Zion, Magdala, Mount Tabor, Jerusalem and its multitude of amazing Christian sites including Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulcher, the house of Saint Mark, Bethlehem, Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall, Cana, Dome of the Rock, Garden of Gethsemane, Tiberias and much, much more.
Zeev Ben Arieh, who is in this video, will be our tour co-guide.
Astrology has been practiced since way back in ancient times and many cultures and people still believe in it today. Egyptians, Romans, Babylonians and Persians all believed in astrology. Each of these cultures ruled Israel and left their footprints here. The Jews, Christians and Muslims, believed in astrology as well. Astrology is part of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim beliefs. It appeared in mosaics in ancient synagogues, churches, temple and in the 12 tribes of Israel. It also appears in Christian symbology and liturgy, as well as in Islamic architecture.
Arrive in Israel and transfer to Jerusalem meeting at the Benjamin Hotel, Herzliya. Relaxation on the beach before our welcome dinner plus meet and greet at 6.30pm (D)
Today, we start with Akko, the most important city in the world during the crusaders’ time; the Templars had their headquarters in Akko, as did the Hospitallers. Akko is a world heritage site and keeps its ancient atmosphere within the city walls.. We will visit the crusader halls where the traditions of the Holy Grail stories were born. Then we'll visit a nearby Sufi shrine and meet with the Sufi mystics.
Akko is also the most sacred place for the Baha’i religion followers, and north of Akko within a beautiful garden is the grave of Bahahula, the founder of Baha’i; we will visit the gardens and other Baha’i sites in the city.
In the afternoon, we will see the Baha'i gardens in Haifa, the ancient sacred mountaintop of Carmel where the mother church of the Carmelite order was built. This is the place where prophet Elijah had a mystery school of initiates, and as did the Essenes.
In the evening, we will reach a beautiful village nestled in the hills of the Galilee where we will overnight, and which will be our home for the coming days. (B, D)
Today we continue our spiritual adventure as we explore Israel, where wheat was first cultivated, villages and towns appeared, and cities sprung. We will discover Goddess cultures (Yarmukian culture) that existed 8000 years ago, led by women priests in the Jordan valley, then go to the Golan Heights to see the biggest and oldest stone circle in the world, Rugum Hiri, which is oriented towards the equinox. In addition, we will see other sites that have to do with this special day.
We will discover the shores of the Sea of Galilee, with Christian sites where Jesus lived and performed miracles, including Magdala, the village of Mary Magdalene, where an enigmatic old stone was discovered. Overnight in the hills of Galilee. (B, D)
We will follow the call and go to the energetic side of Mount Carmel, the place of fire, a pyramid-shaped summit where Elijah operated. There we will go into the woods to discover an ancient priests' village, most likely to do with the Essenes. Here we will celebrate Autumn Equinox and open the 8th Inter-dimensional and Planetary Gateway for the ascension of humanity with a Golden Flame meditation in this sacred place on earth, of woods, and connect with the spirit of the land and the sky.
Lunch in the Druze villages on the mountain.
We will continue to Armageddon, the place of final battle between good and evil with an ancient temple to the goddess, and finish the day by going up to another sacred mountain, which is the mountain of transfiguration – Tabor. Overnight in the hills of Galilee (B, D)
This evening we will meet with people from the spiritual community of Maale Zvia.
Today we will experience the ancient world of Kabala, the Jewish mystical teaching, we will discover and experience the mountains of upper Galilee, where the book of Zohar appeared before Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. We will visit the cave where he lived for 13 years in the beautiful village of Peqiin. We will also see his burial site, which is a pilgrimage place, and ancient synagogues hidden in the woods.
Around noon we will reach Zefat, the city of Kabala. Here
we will explore the symbolic art in synagogues and galleries, and meet
with Kabala artist. We are here in the energy of the Jewish new year and
there are many prayers done in the night and at dawn. We will see if we
can attend some.
Overnight night in the hills Galilee. (B, D)
Today we start by driving to Mount Hermon, the Olympus of Israel, a 2800-meters-high mountain (almost like the Greek Olympus), which dominates the skyline of northern Israel, at the foot of the mountain sacred springs and cities like Banias and Dan (Laish), Nimrod fortress and more. According to the book of Enoch the sons of the gods landed on the mountain and married the daughters of man. We will visit the sacred sites around the mountain.
In the afternoon we will see the ancient city of Hazor, with its enigmatic earth works, and walk to an unknown megalithic site in the Galilee called the Wave of Jethro.
Overnight in the hills of Galilee. (B, D)
We start today by visiting Nebi Shu'eib, the most sacred place in the world for the Druze people and religion, a mystic Shia sect. In the place below the Horns of Hittim is an extinct volcano, and it relates to and is aligned with the megalithic sites we experienced yesterday, the Wave of Jethro.
From there we will continue to Zippori, near Nazareth,where the Jewish Mishna was compiled. We will see wonderful mosaics of the Zodiac and Dionysus ceremonies from Roman times.
In the afternoon we will discover nearby Nazareth, the city of Jesus, where we will visit the place of annunciation, see a temple dedicated to the mother principle, and meet with a Christian community. We will end this special day with dinner and evening zikr ceremony at a Sufi family in Nazareth. Overnight in the hills of Galilee. (B, D)
Today we visit the Sea of Galilee, and a special Christian community in Domus, Galilee that emphasizes art as a way to reach god. Continue to the energetic site of Cursi with some extra sensual phenomena, go up to the beautiful site of Susita, overlooking the whole of the Galilee, a wonderful place for meditation.
In the afternoon we will go to see some of the recent spiritual communities of Israel, Hararit and Hodfat in central Galilee, and meet with the people who will tell us about their way of life. Dinner in one of the villages. Overnight in the hills of Galilee. (B, D)
We begin our day by going to Bet Shean, the most impressive Roman remains in Israel, but also an ancient Egyptian city, one of the oldest cities in the world and the legendary birth place of Dionysus, the god of wine. We will continue along the Jordan Valley, which is the longest valley in the world and part of the Syrian-African rift, to Jericho – the oldest city in the world, more than 11,500 years old, where we will see the enigmatic remains and have lunch in the Palestinian territory.
In the afternoon, we will visit the place of baptism in the Jordan River and the place of the Essenes, an ancient community of healers and priests. We will feel the energies of the place that is the lowest on earth.
We will finish the day by bathing in the Dead Sea. Overnight in Jericho. (B, D)
Today is a special day to be in Israel as we celebrate the evening of Jewish New Year: we will enjoy the special atmosphere of Jerusalem on the day when man was created, at the place where he was created.
We will visit the Wailing Wall, City of David, and Jerusalem excavations. We'll also stroll the streets of the Jewish quarter and Mount of Zion, where the tomb of King David is, on the night tens of thousands of people gather to celebrate the New Year in the Wailing Wall area.
Our Hotel is in the middle of the old city with a wonderful garden, and island of tranquility in this most sacred city.
Today, we will start to discover the many sacred and mystical sites of Jerusalem too numerous to mention. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)
Today we will continue to quest and discover the many Christian sites in Jerusalem, including the Gezer megaliths, huge standing stones from 4000 years ago that no one can explain, and the underground city of Maresha, a whole complex of halls and passageways built by the mysterious Edomite people 2200 years ago. In the afternoon w
e will return to Jerusalem and see the sites of the Mount of Olives, a very special place to the Essenes and to the world today.
This evening we will explore some sacred sites in the Christian quarter, and meet with the messianic community in Christ Church. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)
This morning we will walk in the footsteps of Jesus through the Via Dolorosa and the Holy Sepulcher. We will see the beautiful sacred architecture and art of some of the Christian churches. We will visit the Armenian quarter and see the ancient Syrian church, the house of Saint Mark.
In the afternoon we will go to Bethlehem, stopping at Rachel's tomb, visiting The Church of the Nativity, plus much more.
Tonight we will go to see the streets of modern Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem (B, D)
In the morning, we will finish our sightseeing in the old city of Jerusalem, and see unknown places like the Pool of Bethesda – a place of healing in Jerusalem. We will walk the Muslim quarter and hopefully visit the Temple Mount.
Around noon we will make our way to the Israel Museum, where the Dead Sea scrolls are exhibited. The museum has a wonderful archeology collection. In the afternoon we will return to the old city and continue to explore the many sites.
In the evening we will go to a beautiful place in the new city for a farewell dinner. Overnight in Jerasulem. (B, D)
Transfer to the airport and our onward journey, grateful for all that we experienced and received on this mystical journey.