The Egyptians Came From Somewhere

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Even though the Egyptians are most noted for their pyramids, the legacy of this people goes way beyond their magnificent structures and architecture.

Their culture has influenced mankind since the earliest of times, however, their culture which seems to have sprung out of thin air, in turn had to be influenced by an earlier civilization, possibly the city builders of Sumer.

Their vast knowledge had to come from somewhere, their culture suddenly sprang forth and built tremendous structures that are the marvel even today, it had to come from somewhere to have the knowledge they suddenly displayed.

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Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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A Spiritual Encounter In The Outback Of Australia

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Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

Ubirr Rock is a sacred monolith in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Ubirr Rock has several natural shelters that contain a collection of rock art, some thought to be tens of thousands of years old. The art depicts creation ancestors and animals from the area including barramundi, catfish, goannas, long neck turtles,wallabies and kangaroos.

Some of the paintings can date back as far as forty thousand years, with most having been done about two thousand years ago and many have been repainted several times.

The main gallery contains many examples of x-ray art and is probably the most photographed. Also is seen paintings of white men and Mimi spirits ( extraterrestrials) , so thin they can slip in and out of the cracks in the rocks.

A painting of a Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, can be seen at the northern end of the gallery. This tiger  has been extinct in the area for about 2000 years, and attests to the antiquity of the paintings.

Rainbow Serpent Gallery

This is a woman only site, and is  the most sacred site at Ubirr, although this rule is often relaxed for non-indigenous tourists. This is the spot visited by the Rainbow Serpent or “Garranga’rreli”, during her path across the top end of Australia, during the Dreaming. As she crossed the land, she “sang” the rocks, plants, animals, and people into existence. This path, or songline is still a sacred path to the indigenous people who live in northern Australia.

From the top of Ubirr rock there is a panoramic view of the flood plains and escarpments.

It is from this idyllic view I experienced my most profound spiritual encounter.

Exiting from the bus that brought me here, I left the main trail and began walking around the back of the rock and started climbing the 100 ft. vertical wall, all the time carrying 40 lbs. of camera gear on my back.

As I began my ascent my reality began to change, I was no longer an American photographer visiting Australia, I was transformed into a native carefully climbing a vertical wall, placing each hand and foot in a strategic place, never pausing, but slowly climbing upward as I had done many times before. Always finding a tree, root or rock ledge enabling me to continue my climb, never pausing but slowly climbing upward in my search for truth.

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Reaching the top of this sacred Shrine in the middle of some of the most isolated land in the world I began to feel overwhelming love and peace and a sense of being home, I had returned to the Land of Oz.

As I lay on this sacred monument my mind began to pass through the veil of time, into a place from whence all things are seen, back in time, back to a previous millennium, back to the birth of Australia

I felt my consciousness leave my body and rise high above the earth. Looking down I could sense two realities, I had a sense of being high above the earth and looking down upon my lifeless body lying on the rocky cliff, I could observe a bird walking on my right arm, at the same time I was the lifeless body on the cliff, feeling and sensing that same bird walking across my arm.

As the land rose from the sea, the mountains began to form high above the plains; the Rainbow Serpent began to transform the land into a new world called Australius.

I suddenly re-entered my body and came back to the present reality, slightly dazed about what had just taken place. Gazing into my camera close by, I knew that someday when the time was right, I would write about this event.

Upon my return to the bus, Mark, our Aborigine driver informed me that I had been on sacred ground, where no one is allowed without permission. There is a $5,000 fine for that. He then looked at me, winked and said” But you had permission!”

Needless to say, the trip back to Jabiru was quite an experience, I felt like I was coming down from a tremendous high, someone remarked and wondered what I drugs I had taken. I have never taken drugs in my life, but there is nothing that could equal this feeling. The rest of the day I was rather worthless as I tried to absorb what had just transpired! I had been told several months earlier that July 7th would be a special day, being in the outback, I hadn’t even realized that today was July 7th, until now! How interesting, July 7th is the day of the Roswell crash, 42 years to the day!

What a perfect ending to our last night of camping, day broke with a Wallaby sauntering about our camp site.

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The aborigines of Australia

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

There Are No Victims, Only Creators

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Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

Throughout history, many people have always looked at themselves as victims, falling prey to those who are in authority over them.

This false belief has continuously put many souls on the continuous cycle of reincarnation and karma, learning the same lessons over and over again until it finally sinks in that they really aren’t victims, they just keep doing the same things over and over again to create the same circumstances until they finally learn the lesson.

As long you keep doing the same things over and over, you are going to get the same results.

Once we take on a new perspective and develop a more positive attitude and become willing to learn from our so-called mistakes, our lives change.

Our lives instantly begin to reflect the shift toward positivity. We learn our conscious and subconscious thoughts, beliefs and definitions can be our best friends or our worst enemies. As Buddha once said, “Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.”

It is a concept many  people have trouble understanding and accepting. It comes from placing our faith in an outside source,  the lack of faith in oneself, and from not understanding who we really are.

Whatever we see from our human perspective is only a small portion of truth. We would save ourselves a lot of grief to have more confidence in the wisdom of our higher self, our eternal consciousness, and its connection to the God Source.

Regardless of how bad or tragic a situation might appear from our human perspective, it can lead to spiritual growth, we actually create those circumstances in our life  to grow. In fact, specifically what is happening isn’t as important as how we feel about what is happening, because our feelings determine our vibrational path.

As Buddha said, “Pain is certain, suffering is optional.”

We learn through adversity, as much as we dislike the so-called negative events in our life, those are the times we experience the most soul growth and fulfillment.

If you never experience negativity, you will never know or appreciate the positive times in your life. That is one of the main reasons to reincarnate, there is no negativity in the spirit world when we go Home, or to heaven.

In Heaven, there is only Eternal Bliss. Eternal Bliss in wonderful, but we can never grow by only having Eternal Bliss in our life. Our soul needs challenges and so-called negative circumstances to reach it’s highest potential.

Thus we are not victims, we are only fulfilling the mission we came to earth to accomplish.

The adverse conditions we all face are actually blessings in disguise.

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Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

Everyone has Dragons To Destroy

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

We all have our demons or dragons to destroy.

Just like Don Quixote who set about destroying the windmills of Holland, we all have our own demons or windmills to destroy.

Each and everyone one of us comes into this world with a mission, and part of that mission is to overcome fear or dispel whatever karma we may be working on at the time.

Every challenge in life presents us with an opportunity to learn. We often erroneously think the challenges we face are someone else’s doing.

They aren’t.We each create our own destiny and learning experiences.

Although there may be a perpetrator, and someone we believe is doing us wrong, that act is something we created ourself to enable us to solve an issue and create an environment for us to move past some karma created by us in this lifetime or in the past.

After we get past the initial anger, the only thing left to do is to understand  what we can do about it and learn from it.

Those instances of perceived injustice can actually make us a better person, and I have found if I don’t learn from them, the actions get repeated until I do.

There isn’t anyway around them.

In today’s world with all the advancements in technology, life should be easier than it ever has been in the history of man, but people keep inventing new ways to make their life more difficult.

This just proves to me that humanity continuously needs new challenges  to grow intellectually, deep down inside, no one wants an easy way in life.

We need challenges to stimulate our minds and souls, the unhappiest people are often times the ones who life has handed them a silver spoon.

As a result, slaying our dragons should be one of our main objectives in life.

Many times we worry about someone else’s dragons and forget about our own.

There is only one person who can meet their own demons, no one else can do it for them.

We can help, but they have to do it themselves, we should always remember this.

That is why it is often said,”No good deed goes unpunished.” When we do too much and interfere with their karma, the universe will let us know in no uncertain terms.

People only want so much help, and to know that someone is thinking of them, then they can do what needs to be done, in their own way.

We have enough to think about taking care of our own issues, and only by solving our own problems can we help anyone else.

 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

 

Saint Thomas: Drakes Seat

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The beautiful Islands of Saint Thomas and Saint John

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

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Valdemar Hill, is a scenic overlook of Charlotte-Amalie Harbor

Drakes Seat is reportedly where Admiral Drake sat to overlook his fleet while in St. Thomas.

The view of Charlotte-Amalie Harbor from Drakes Seat

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

Idiot Sightings

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Sighting #1:

I was at the airport, checking in at the gate, when the airport employee asked, “Has anyone put anything in your baggage without your knowledge?”

I said, “If it was without my knowledge, how would I know?” He smiled and nodded knowingly, “That’s why we ask.”

Sighting #2:

The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it is safe to cross the street.

I was crossing with an intellectually challenged co-worker of mine when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I
explained that it signals to blind people when the light is red.

She responded, appalled, “What on earth are blind people doing driving?”

Sighting #3:

At a good-bye lunch for an old and dear co-worker who is leaving the company due to “right-sizing,” our manager spoke
up and said, “This is fun. We should have lunch like this more often.”

Not another word was spoken. We just looked at each other like deer staring into the headlights of an approaching truck.

Sighting #4:

I worked with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her could not understand why her system would not turn on.

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

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The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.

The World War Two Memorial in Washington D.C.

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written and photographed by Gary Wonning

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The World War 2 Memorial in Washington D.C.

Dedicated to the brave men and women who sacrificed much to preserve our freedom

Located on the Washington Mall, it is something every American should see.

The Washington Memorial in the background

D Day, the end of the war in Europe

Growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Indiana, Gary traveled very little until midlife, when the opportunity became available to him.

Grabbing his camera and a bag full of equipment, he began his vision quest traveling to most areas of the United States and several countries abroad.

Along the way he collected several thousand photographs that he wants to share with everyone.

Gary decided the best way to accomplish his goal was to publish photo documentaries on the various areas of the world he has visited.

What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

http://www.journeysthrulife.com.