Puerto Rico: Christmas in San Juan

Photography by Gary Wonning

How do you celebrate Christmas in Puerto Rico? The answer is simple. You relax and enjoy the important things in life – food, drink, music, dancing, beauty, and laughter – and, most importantly, you share them with the people you love. If you love Christmas, you will love celebrating it in Puerto Rico.

The celebrations start in early December, or even in late November with Thanksgiving, and they continue through to about mid-January, when the San Sebastian Festival, or SanSe, is held in Old San Juan and brings the festivities to a close.

Christmas in San Juan

Almost every municipality will have a holiday festival where people gather in the plaza to enjoy food, drink, music, dancing, and each other’s good cheer. Occasionally, the municipality will provide a holiday meal, such as a pig roast. People will travel across the island at this time to join in the different festivities. The unofficial closing festival of San Sebastian is an enormous event throughout Old San Juan. This four-day event features food and drink and music, as well as many vendors and artists. When most of these festivals were started, they had a religious orientation, but many have lost that facet while they continue to celebrate the beauty of life.

Christmas tree in Puerto Rico

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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.

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Free Will and Reality

Sometimes life isn’t what you think.

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

A group of us were having a friendly discussion last evening when the subject of free will and  when bad things happen to good people came up. 

Most in the group agreed that we are in charge of our lives and can choose the type of life to lead, and if some so called negative event does happen, we can change it into something good, thus we all have free will. 

However, when I mentioned that by having free will, we choose everything that we encounter on some level of consciousness, most couldn’t fathom holding themselves accountable for such misfortune. Some blamed God, or a couple only had for an explanation that sometimes S— happens. 

The statement was met with shock and dismay, how could I suggest something this extreme. I wan’t surprised, that is the reaction I most encounter when making this statement. 

S— doesn’t just happen, there is a reason for everything, there are no coincidences.  The universe doesn’t work that way, or the God we all know and love. 

Even though many of us believe in free will, and the ability to live the life we desire, for most there are limits as to how far they are willing to push the envelope. It is really difficult to believe that we would individually be  responsible for our own misfortune. 

Many times these are the same souls that blame God for  misfortune right after stating the individual has free will and they are in charge of their own life.

News flash, you can’t have it both ways, either we have free will or we don’t , it isn’t multiple choice. 

We come into this life to evolve spiritually and learn lessons that will contribute to our spiritual advancement. We map out a life plan with the consul of others in the spirit world. This life plan is a rough draft of what we volunteer to encounter in life and is subject to change by all souls involved. 

Having said this, and realizing how difficult it is for us mere humans to comprehend creating hardship for ourselves; living on school house earth, many lessens we learn are difficult and hard to understand.

But those difficult lessons are the most rewarding once we completely understand why we had to endure them.  

We and the other souls who volunteer for this life lesson are all here to learn and gain knowledge and understanding of the earth existence.  Those that help us create and sometimes give their own life to make it happen, understand this scenario and volunteer to help us in our learning, they also learn much by the experience, their evolvement is magnified by sacrificing for others and are often times settling karma in the process. 

Once the lesson is comprehended and we totally understand we do create our own reality, and it is us and us alone who can change it, it releases a lot of power to the soul. 

Once we come to terms that it is our doing and our responsibility, we own it, it is then we realize that we own it and we are the only one who can do anything to change our reality and create the life we desire, it is up to us and no one an stand in our way.

At that moment, we are free of karma.  

That is powerful!

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

While we have advanced technically far superior to those that came before us, we have lagged behind in acquiring  spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

 

 

You Know You’ve Had Too Much of the 90s if

You Know You’ve Had Enough of the 90’s When…

…you tried to enter your password on the microwave.
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…you now think of three espressos as “getting wasted.”
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…you haven’t played solitaire with a real deck of cards in years.
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…you have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
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…you e-mail your son in his room to tell him that dinner is ready, and he e-mails you back “What’s for dinner?”
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…your daughter sells Girl Scout Cookies via her web site.
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…you chat several times a day with a stranger from South Africa, but you haven’t spoken to your next door neighbor yet this year.
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…you didn’t give your valentine a card this year, but you posted one for your e-mail buddies via a web page.
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…your daughter just bought a C.D. of all the records your college roommate used to play.
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…you check your blow dryer to see if it’s Y2K compliant.
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…your grandmother clogs up your e-mail Inbox, asking you to send her JPEG files of your newborn so she can create a screen saver.
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…you pull up in your own driveway and use your cellphone to see if anyone is home.

photo fo two people, a child and an adult looking at a sunset over the ocean

Life was a lot slower and simpler in the fifties and sixties.

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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.

How Do Diseases Form?

Written by Gary Wonning

We often wonder why bad things happen to good people.  Not only does this apply to tragedy which at one time or another affects each and every one of us. 

It also applies to disease, we often wonder why many are beset with illness when others seem to escape life with never  been sick a day in their life. 

Sometimes life just doesn’t seem to be fair. 

As is often been said, there is a reason for everything: and life is fair, we get what we ask for. 

When you reincarnate to the physical plane you are vulnerable to low vibration energies. Due to the challenges you had with them in previous lives, you retained traumas caused by those negativities.

In order to increase your vibration and rise above the challenges life presents you, you need to overcome those traumas and vulnerabilities.

Consequently, you bring illnesses or diseases with you to this life as opportunities to grow spiritually and increase your understanding of “yourself”.

What a beautiful definition of illnesses: opportunities to evolve spiritually!  This is something we all should learn as well.

On planet earth, the giant school house of life, we design a life that brings us the opportunity to face our fears and overcome them. That which you fear the most is that which you need to overcome. 

On some level of consciousness, we all know that we create our life, we all have free will. Deep down, we all know this, but we often hide it from ourselves because realizing we have brought our hardships on ourself is too big a pill for most to acknowledge. It’s is easier to blame someone else or God. We think God has big shoulders. 

There are no short cuts, blaming God or someone else will only prolong the agony, until we each face up to the reality that we all have free will and we choose the life and the challenges we face, the fears and issues will never go away, anything else is just a band aid, and eventually it will rot and fall away, once again exposing the original karma.

At the spiritual level, you know when you come into the physical realm and develop as a human being you are vulnerable, and you will attract a specific type of negative energy. As a result, you fight your own battles and when you prevail, you free yourself from that or those low vibration energies and the symptoms disappear. Your illnesses heal and you have a better life.

There are no accidents in life, we choose our life to resolve issues we may have, once those issues are resolves, our life gets better.  Any illness can be cured, as long as the physical body is still strong enough to survive. 

We enter our physical journey to begin our  own Journey to Enlightenment

Journey to enlightenment

A journey into the unknown. Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while 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 and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

 

Sedona: Cathedral Rock Vortex

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Cathedral Rock prominently shown in many western movies of the fifties and sixties is  the signature landmark of the area, close to seventy big budget westerns were filmed here during that era.

photo of Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona

Cathedral Rock in Sedona Arizona

Many country and western stars, as well as others have filmed videos, photo shoots, and commercials.

It is also one of the four major vortexes in the area. 

All the major vortexes have either a male or female energy, and  Cathedral Rock is female.

The vortex is actually along the east side of Oak Creek as you walk past Cathedral Rock.

Vortexes are powerful and transformational energy centers that are located at specific sites throughout Sedona, Arizona. Vortexes are the intersections of natural electromagnetic earth energy, also known as ley lines. 

Twisted trees indicate the presence of vortex energy, you will noticed twisted Juniper trees on all the major vortexes. 

Along with being a major energy source, it is also one of the most beautiful locations in the world. 

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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.

Young Living: Purification

 

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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.
http://www.travelnsnap.com
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.