Ayres Rock, Uluru

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Ayre’s Rock, Northern Territory Australia

As the “Rock” came into sight, I began feeling the energy from this ancient monolith, which was formed from a featureless landscape during the Tjukurpa, or creation.  As the bus approached Uluru, I began to wonder what adventure awaited me.
 
 The “Rock” became a very impressive sight, rising from the floor of the outback. It was the only object to be seen for miles!

To Aborigines, Uluru is a Cathedral and though the outside form is visible, the underlying spiritual concepts are not a matter of public record. It is a living reminder of the Dreamtime struggle. The stories which relate to every aspect of its extraordinary form carry clear moral codes, good prevailing over evil. The spiritual over the physical, the importance of hospitality and the maintenance of the law.

If I was to climb this monolith, it would be very difficult as  my right arm was still very weak from my  motorcycle accident three months earlier. The way to the top was very steep and the only way was to pull oneself up by a large chain that had been provided.  I almost quit climbing twice.

 I had to do it, several months earlier I had felt the need  to climb to the top and find a man sized pit surrounded by three circular ones,  this was one of the reasons I had come to the Land of Oz. 
 
Intuition had  told me to leave my forty pounds of camera equipment in the bus, I didn’t do it, the reason became apparent, myself, and some of the other photographers had extreme difficulty. Our light meters would not give a correct reading. After I had returned home and had the slides developed, they were all black! Whatever energy that emits from this shrine had played havoc with the electronics in our cameras. I encountered the same problem in Egypt, I had to replace some of the electronics  in my camera after trying to photograph the step pyramid.

Arriving at the top I immediately found the pit and three circles that had been carved into the stone many ages ago.
As I Lay in the pit I could only imagine what ancient ceremonies had taken place here.
 
It was very beautiful, standing on top of this ancient landmark, with the Australian plain stretching out before me , I could see forever.

After several minutes of contemplating the wonder of being  in this great place, it was time to start the trip down the side of the “rock”. The trip down was a lot easier, as the old saying goes, it’s all downhill from here.

By the time everyone reached the bus it was nearing sunset, so we raced to get a photo of Uluru as the sun sat behind us. As the sun raced down, the sky changes  from blue to orange and back to purple, the color fading as darkness descended upon us.

Time to eat!! Time for a tinnie (can of beer), our dinner of steak, shrimp, beans and potato were being prepared on the barbie! It doesn’t get any better than this!!

The weather was turning cold, we were headed for a record low of twenty degrees F, it would be a long night with only my  light jacket and an uninsulated swag to sleep in!!

The effects of the tinnies and long necks were being felt, three o’clock in the morning and it was time for a bathroom call, freezing, I made the long trip to the latrine, being chilled to the bone, there would be no sleep the rest of the night.

 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery, and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

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Dreamtime Beliefs

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To the Aborigine, life was all about survival, we are taught a work ethic in order to improve our lot and to make a better life.

The Aborigine knew no such thing, because of their extreme environment, their only focus was survival, they don’t understand and laugh at us for working so hard.

People say to them that it must be great to live off the land, their reply is “If people think it is so great, let them try it!”

Only healthy babies were kept, they were suckled for seven years and if the mother couldn’t keep up with work and the child, the baby was killed.

Most tribes contained 20- 30 people, with4-5 in each family, some lived to be 100 and some had more than one wife.
 
It took about six acres of land to support one person, they survived by eating whatever was available, including termites, ants and grub worms. I actually ate a cooked grub worm, it wasn’t too bad!

There are many shapes and sizes of boomerangs which they used to hunt and kill food, everything from birds to kangaroos. The boomerang was designed to come back to it’s original location, that way if the prey was missed, the boomerang word return to the person who threw it, thus eliminating his need  to run after it. In today’s world most Aborigines have lost the ability to make and throw boomerangs, many are becoming like us and we are becoming like them, in time we will all be the same.

 If the tribe became too large and there wasn’t enough food, the weaker ones were either killed or left to die. They would rub animal fat on their bodies to shut down sweating in order to conserve water. They still don’t wear many clothes because clothes create body odor in the heat.

In the dry years, women would not ovulate, they had 0 population growth, sometimes the droughts would last 10 years, so there would be no children born in that time. The lack of food and environmental stress ruined the sex drive.

When woman first felt the kick of child, the first animal they saw was believed to be it’s totem or spirit animal,  because that is the closest source of energy, it could be a snake, kangaroo or anything.

They believe that  newspapers print only bad things, I guess I agree with that.

Earth was flat and void, spiritual beings created what they needed

Rock Art only has meaning to the author, it tells the story of some happening, corroboree, retelling of old stories, creations, photograph carries spirit.

Wouldn’t let anyone photograph paintings, can’t have creation without creator

Corroboree was teaching red facial paintings, costumes, were all teaching aids, stories are memory aid, stories are laws on which Aborigine life is based, music is a memory aid.

Dream time has different meaning, sometimes you are just using memory, or into future it is imagination.Sleep dream time is just anytime past

All spiritual beings instead of settling earth they say they dreamed it, when you go on trip, you dream up. All travel costs in energy, time, money

When you go to Cairns, time and travel is just dream, money doesn’t disappear, when you spend all your time and money on earth physical body dies, have a bank of energy when you are born

Spiritual energy doesn’t die, car suddenly stops just ran out of petrol.

Lifetime called a dreaming(destiny) Aborigines are scientists, we are all spiritual.

Aborigines have been traced to Iraq, Iran, Malaysia, they are Caucasians, aborigine refers to religion, not color of skin. If you follow the way of life you are Aborigine, regardless of color, can get welfare regardless of color.

Color breeds away, after first mating, regardless of color it fades away ½, ¼,1/8 you can either be Australian or Aborigine, you can change each census, and you can be anything you want, German French, etc.1/10 Negro 9/10 European, would be Negro.

Nothing to do with color or physical features, same as being Christian, only 2 types of people, aborigine, and the rest, If you are European Negro, you are white feller,

No scientific evidence they have been here more than 12,000 years

African Negroid has been here 3 civilizations.

Australian Aborigine Negroid have possible been here 200,000. How come every painting 40,000 years old.

Most paintings not very old less than 200 years it flakes off

Used paintings as teaching aids

Nature has caused thousands of species to disappear

Fire is part of nature, shouldn’t be put out.

Rainbow Serpent like a God.

They can sense spiritual sites, which ones are most important, can predict when water will dry up. Cannot cross another tribe’s land without permission, not that way any more.

Rock Art not important anymore

Aborigines one of the 1st people

Same totems can’t marry

Inbreeds become stupid

4-5 in family, some lived to be 100, some had more than 1 wife

Buried in trees, graves cremated, embalmed, wrapped up bones and put in a tree.

Some tribes cut off heads, can’t find skulls

Rainbow Serpent has been seen, snake, similar as meeting god, an Angel.

 He made all water

Compare to Loch Ness Monster only certain people see it.

Snake is more feeling than visual. Like a God, if you believe it there, like wind blowing.

We believe God is our creator, they believe Rainbow Serpent is creator

Rainbow Serpent created everything and watches over us, only tribal Elders meet him. Came from Sun
Rock art is like map, can only paint in own territory. Age is only guess, no records

Tribe tablet, only tribal elder has it; they don’t know where they came from some still in their culture. Women can be leaders but men usually leaders, it’s through blood. If no one in bloodline, next best takes over.

Suicide disgrace, no suicide didn’t see burden could die when they wanted, spiritual way when depressed, they talk to themselves

No better learning than life learning, knowledge not important it’s how you feel about it.

Govt. structured like ours 1200 different tribes

Still are tribes no one knows about not all of Au. Has been explored. People living underground. Didn’t know what to think of whites at first

Time for everything Ted believes in UFOs

If we would be more trusting everything would be provided.

Aborigines would swim in water with crocodiles, they would only take people who had done something wrong, they still swim with them ,they also believe the only time you get sick of a disease is if you did something wrong, the head heals lives, when someone dies dried them out, wrapped in leaves and bark took them home and put in trees.

Living and dead a link between the present culture and its mythic logical origin. Older paintings were said to have been done by spirits from the dream time. Mime spirits are ET’s Aborigines are still proud won’t rummage through garbage or paint graffiti on restroom.

Sacred Site a place where aborigines find a manifestation of divine power, a sense of contact with creative form

All nature is sacred, but in creation place spirit power manifests more readily these are place where great events of creation took place, members of a group share common totem each individual has totem.

They are starting to move into the white society.

 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Available in both paperback and ebook format.

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Adventure On The High Seas.

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Adventure on the high seas

The stay in Dangriga was quite interesting. Dangriga is located south of Belize City,  near the Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve.

There were five of us in the party, so the two men stayed in one room and the three women stayed in an adjoining room,  both rooms were on the second floor overlooking the Gulf of Mexico it was quite a view.

Most of the accommodations in Belize are on a level of what they were in the states in the 50’s, so luxury is entirely out of the question.

By the time we had checked in and unpacked it was time for dinner, noticing that imported beer was on the menu and being quite thirsty, we decided  to splurge and ordered  imported beer, not asking what kind it was.

Lo’ and behold, the much coveted imported beer turned out to be Carling Black Label! I can’t believe we just  gave $4.00 a bottle for Carling Black Label!
 
Let this be a lesson to you, ASK!

Sunday dawned bright and sunny with storm clouds on the horizon. This was to be a day to relax on South Caye, a forty-five-minute boat ride away.
 
Finishing breakfast, I noticed large storm clouds forming in the direction of South Caye, it was about the same time I saw the boat that we would be traveling in, a real luxury liner, about fifteen feet long with a five horsepower Sears motor on the back.

Putting two and two together, I was not getting four, plus the driver looked to be all of fifteen. So I asked him if it was safe to travel in that storm, he replied with the normal Belize nonchalant answer, “no worries, Mon.”

Putting our trust where it probably shouldn’t have been, the eight of us,  five tourists and two Mayas, our driver, and guide, along with the boat pilot, all boarded the small boat.

We hadn’t gone fifteen minutes when we were swallowed up by the most God Awful storm I have ever seen!
  
Suddenly among a torrential downpour, we had encountered ten-foot seas, The sea was tossing us like a bunch of cookies in a drunken sailor’s stomach.

We all began bailing water from the boat, with whatever we had, cups, hats, shoes, etc., about six inches of water had accumulated in the bottom of the boat, we were barely keeping up Mother Nature!

Again I could see the morning newspaper headlines, “Five Gringos lost at Sea!”

Sitting on one of the benches, I immediately took off my poncho and covered my camera bag that contained several thousand dollars of equipment. It would be easier and less expensive to dry me out than all those expensive cameras.

Through it all, our loyal boat captain was standing in the back of the boat, hanging onto the throttle and  guiding us to our destination as though nothing was wrong!

After probably fifteen minutes of this we were out of the storm and approaching South Caye, although there were storm clouds all around  us, the day was spent snorkeling and swimming in perfect cloudless, sun-filled weather.

 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

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Mayan book

It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember, that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate, they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.

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Rio Frio Caves

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Rio Frio Caves

During my stay in Belize, one of my visits was to Rio Frio Caves. I had been in Belize for several days, and because we had received a record eleven inches of rain in three days we experienced a lot of muddy, pothole ridden roads.

The humidity was so high that my cameras were growing mold on the inside of the lenses, and I had several rolls of infrared film with me that had been ruined by the extreme humidity.

Traveling as light as possible I packed only a couple changes of clothes, so I didn’t wear clean clothing every day. On this particular day, I had put on a new change of clothing, vowing to stay clean and dry for at least half a day.

So , off we five Americans and our two Maya guides went for a day trip to Rio Frio Caves located north of San Ignacio. After traveling for about an hour on a crowned clay road, we happened to meet a school bus who decided that they weren’t going to give us our half of the road. So ended my dreams of staying dry and clean as our van slid into a 3-foot ditch along side of the road.!

Experience had told me that no one in Belize owned a chain and we would have to wait until enough people came along to push us out.

Sure enough after about half an hour several people gathered and we proceeded to push the van out of the ditch, during the ensuing endeavor, we all became covered with mud and so ended my dream of staying clean for a day.

After stopping for a few photo ops in this beautiful country, we arrived at the Rio Frio Caves. The caves have much spiritual meaning to the local Maya population, I could almost feel the energy emitting from the caves

. It turned out to be well worth our hazardous trip and taught me that sometimes the road in life will be hazardous, but to succeed, we have to remember the final goal.

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 The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

Improve your health, Increase your wealth

Improve your health, Increase your wealth

Mayan book

It doesn’t take long to discover that Belize is a land of contrasts. From the poverty and disarray of the cities to the quiet countryside, many differences are soon found. With poverty and crime running rampant in cities such as Belize City and Belmopan, the traveler has to be constantly aware of his surroundings and protect whatever is being carried. Remember, that camera hanging around your neck is worth more than the average Belizean earns in a year. All that aside, the Mayan people are wonderfully warm people many of whom go out of their way to please visitors. Traveling into the countryside one discovers thatch roof homes with no doors or windows. Because of the warm climate, they can live comfortably all year with a gentle breeze flowing through the open windows and doors. I was struck with the concept that although no utility lines were visible, a lot of homes had a satellite dish in the front yard.

Available in both paperback and ebook format.

 

 

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