The Land of the Pharaoh

Written By: Gary Wonning

As the plane made it’s final approach into Cairo over the Egyptian desert, a chill went up my spine. Looking out the window, I saw the exact same scene I had visualized a few years earlier during the hypnotic regression when I experienced coming to earth several thousand years ago.

I had regressed back to a time in Egypt when I recalled teleporting from another planet, as my soul entered the earth’s atmosphere, I sensed I was forming a body by consciously gathering the minerals and elements out of the earth’s atmosphere.

I set foot on planet earth for the first time, I had come to Saqqara Egypt, a place not far from here. Now as the plane came in for it’s final approach, with darkness descending over the desert, looking out the window and seeing the Giza pyramids, I suddenly recalled seeing the same scene I remembered from my hypnotic session. WOW!

My mind raced back to that session, I had never been here before in this lifetime, there is no way I could have known what Egypt would look like at this time of day. I began to recall the things I had said and remembered during the recall, it had been a time of an awakening, a time to realize there was more to life than conventional wisdom teaches us.

The author 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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Synchronicity In the Modern world

Written by: Gary Wonning

I had replied to an ad in Outdoor Photography. A man living in Zambia was needing to communicate with someone in the states, film processing was difficult there and he needed someone to process film for him. I replied as it sounded like a lucrative business proposition, he even mentioned paying for my passage to Zambia for business purposes. What did I have to lose, he was going to pick up the tab?

The trip was to take place in a few months so I began to make plans and applied for a passport. When I applied for the passport, the birth certificate I had wasn’t the correct one. I didn’t realize the hospital birth certificate wasn’t a legal document, so first off, I had to apply for a new birth certificate from the county health department.

Upon receiving the correct birth certificate, I noticed my first name was spelled differently than the way I had been spelling it all my life. My name was spelled Garald on the birth certificate and I had been spelling it Gerald all these years. The funny part about it, people had always called me Garald instead of Gerald. Quite a revelation. As it turned out, later when I began to understand numerology more, the difference in spelling made a big difference in my life plan.

Evidently, the doctor had written it down wrong at my birth, and my parents weren’t even aware of the error. The original birth certificate couldn’t be changed so we decided to make my passport match my driver’s license,  no one in customs was going to see my birth certificate.

As things progressed, many unseen circumstances prevented me from traveling to Zambia. The adventure was all but forgotten.

Two years had gone by and as I sat reading the morning paper the Sunday before Thanksgiving, a travel ad caught my eye. A group trip was being planned for the two weeks after Christmas to Egypt, it was leaving on December 26th, only five weeks away, and the price was fantastic.

The ad had been placed by a professor Kennedy of Xavier University in Cincinnati and was providing the opportunity to visit Egypt during the Christmas holidays. What better way to spend New Year’s Eve, than in The land of the Pharaohs!

It went on to state it would be a twelve-day trip, visiting Cairo, Memphis, Luxor, Thebes,  Alexandria, Saqqara, and Giza, an all-inclusive trip for $999.

I had some time off after Christmas and so far had no plans. I realized this would be perfect. There isn’t much to do in Indiana this time of year, it would be a good time to travel to a warmer climate. I had been wondering whatever possessed me to take a vacation at this time of year, now I had my answer.

I immediately called and made a reservation, I was on my way to the next step of my journey to enlightenment. The next five weeks flew by, extremely busy with my work I had little time to think about the trip.

As the time approached, I  realized it takes at least six weeks to apply for and receive a passport, if I hadn’t gotten a passport when I was thinking of going to Zambia, this trip would never have materialized and I would have missed one of the great adventures of my life.

The author 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

Time To Leave Egypt

 

new years eve

New year’s Eve in Cairo

Leaving Egypt

Written By; Gary Wonning

Our journey was coming to an end. The next day we would be revisiting the Cairo Museum and the Citadel. If time permitted, a last minute stop at the Cairo Marriott, a refurbished palace . The final evening we would be shopping at the Bazaar, a large flea market type shopping area in Cairo.

They reminded us many times not to give kids any money. If you gave them money, they would go begging on the streets instead of going to school.

Shopping at the bazaar, I felt a tug at my elbow. There stood a little boy who had rubbed fresh dirt on his face to make him look poor. His  outstretched hand and the frown on his face told me he was asking for money.

I thought, what the heck and gave him a quarter. Soon, I felt another tug, there were a dozen kids standing behind me with all their hands outstretched. Lesson learned.

The next morning, it was up at 4:30 to catch our 8:30 flight. The airport was a mad house. A security guard stopped me to check me with a hand held device. I had put my camera film in my coat pocket to avoid sending it through the x-ray machines. When the device reached that pocket, it went off. I attempted to pull my hand out of my pocket to show the guard what I had. He held up his hand, shouting ,”No,No” and turned and left. Guess he thought I had a gun.

As we departed my thoughts turned to home and returning to a normal life.

The Life of the Egyptians

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author 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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Visiting The Cairo Museum

 

photo of Ramses 11

Rameses 11

The Cairo Museum

Written By; Gary Wonning

Getting to the museum can be a problem. When it comes to intense traffic, no city in the world can compete with Cairo. Sharing the streets are cars, buses, motorcycles, horses and camels, delays are common. One must realize that most of your time will be spent getting from your hotel to the museum. You should plan on spending a long day to lessen the number of trips required to see everything.

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There is much is to observe  while traveling the crowded Cairo streets.

There is never a dull moment, be sure to bring your defensive driving skills with you. All the street signs are in Arabic, so unless one is adept in Arabic, it is best to leave the driving to someone else.

This was to be our second visit to the Cairo museum. It would be possible to  spend  weeks here and not see everything. On display in this building are some of the most amazing artifacts man has ever seen. Many are objects from ancient Egyptian history dating back as far as 5,000 years or more. If you are planning on visiting Egypt, plan on spending as least three days in this incredible museum.

I am not  one who is fascinated with museums, even still, I was blown away by what I saw here. Objects are on display from every dynasty and era of Egyptian history. I doubt there is a museum anywhere that has more artifacts than this one. One of the largest displays is King Tut, the boy emperor. Even with all the things displayed from his rule, only about one-fourth are available for viewing. Most of his artifacts are stored in the basement, there just isn’t room for everything. It is hard to imagine how that much wealth could be accumulated in such a short period of time.

There are many artifacts from the 5th dynasty on display. This dynasty dates back to the time of Zohar, builder of the step pyramid and Unas. The 5th dynasty is one of the most prominent and influential in Egyptian history. These pyramids built at Saqqara, are some of the oldest and in the case of Unas, the most beautiful. It is decorated inside with predominately blue walls and ceilings .

Ramses II and his queens are well represented in the museum. As are the many temples and palaces constructed during Ramses’s nearly 70-year reign.

Because of  lax Egyptian policies, photographs can be taken in most areas of the museum. The one requirement that is often invoked, no flash is allowed. With today’s modern digital cameras, that isn’t a problem.

There are thousands of artifacts in the basement of the museum that haven’t been categorized yet.

Many, many items from the ancient culture of Egypt are on display. Much of it from the dynasty of the boy king, King Tut.

Learn more about this fascinating country.

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author 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

Arriving in Cairo

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

As dusk approached Cairo, so did we. Circling for a landing, the Giza pyramids were visible as the sun set over the Egyptian plain.

photo of the pyramids at sunrise

Sunrise, New Year’s Eve,

There was no jet-way to greet us, descending the steps of the plane and taking an airport bus across the tarmac, we entered a different world. Mass confusion abounded everywhere, the airport was old and unclean. People were trying to find their luggage while cats and dogs scampered about.
Extension cords leading to television cameras were lying everywhere on the floor. A  television crew was setting up to broadcast  the arrival of some dignitaries. I’m sure they weren’t there to see me if they were, they missed me.  OSHA would have a field day here. Viewing the entire scene, I couldn’t help but wonder ”What have I gotten myself into?”

Our tour guide met our group and we boarded our waiting bus.  Driving through Cairo was quite interesting. I observed people living in multiple story apartments with only a couple of walls. Many had no roofs and they built fires in their living rooms to stave off the chill of the Egyptian nights.

photo of the three pyramids of Giza at sunrise

Mysterious Egypt, land of a thousand years

The author 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

 

 

Canary Island Pyramids

Interesting article I found, sorry I have misplaced the author.

Every year thousands of vacationers come to the Canary Islands to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and many resorts that dot the islands!

Very few even realize the islands boast many pyramids, which are well worth seeing. Most of the pyramids are located near the town of Guimar on the Island of Tenerife.

Located on the east side of the island, near the south end, the pyramids were first discovered by the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

According to most reports, the pyramids were described as just piles of rocks or agricultural terraces made by ancient farmers. Upon observing the pyramids Thor didn’t agree and was so impressed by them, he remained to study them during the last years of his life.

Resembling step pyramids found in Egypt, Mexico and Peru, the question remains, who built them, and when?

One of the theories is that they were built by the Guanches, the original inhabitants of The Canary Islands. Although the Guanches were thought to not have the technical abilities needed to build the pyramids, they did mummify their dead as the Egyptians,and they also knew about pyramid design as has been illustrated on their  artistic seals known as pintaderas.

There is much evidence the pyramids were aligned astronomically and it has been theorized they were used for ceremonies at special times of the year, such as the solstices and equinoxes. Not only are the pyramids located on the south of the island, they can be seen on the west side of the island and in the north as well.

Although no one knows for sure who built them, most of them are located in areas of the island the Guanches inhabited. Could these ancient inhabitants be the same peoples that immigrated to Egypt and constructed the pyramids in that ancient land? Are they remnants of a great society that possibly existed in this part of the world, possibly Atklantis,before recorded history,and before the ancient Egyptian empire rose from the ashes?

Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

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Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Egypt :Ramses II

Egypt: Ramses II

Ramses II, being powerful and ambitious, was the third ruler of the 19th dynasty. Perhaps  most famous for allegedly being the pharaoh during the Jewish exodus.

Ramses II, the son of Queen Tuy and Sety I was given the throne at age 20,hence he ruled for 67 years. As most pharaohs, Ramses II had a large harem of wives, his favorite and most famous being Nefertiti. Being a pharaoh, he seemed to have a lot of time on his hands, hence he fathered over 100 children .

Being the most extravagant of known rulers and  a lover of power and grand architecture , he lived a life of extreme wealth and demonstrated a need for divine architecture.(Not sure how one can have extreme wealth being the parent of 100 children), Ramses II erected more temples and monuments than any other Egyptian pharaoh.

Abu Simbel, his most impressive was constructed in southern Egypt on the banks of the Nile.When the Aswan Dam was constructed to alleviate the annual flooding of the Nile River, Abu Simbel was disassembled stone by stone. The stones were consequently numbered , moved and re-constructed on higher ground , where it remains today and is one of the most visited shrines in Egypt.

Along with most pharaohs, he improved the temples at Karnak and Luxor , finished many projects his father had started as well as starting many more of his own. His lust for beauty and power drove the Egyptians heavily into debt and thus the country suffered extreme hardships because of this.

 I’m thinking our current government leaders must be descendants of his.

Being a powerful ruler with an army of over 100,000 ,and in an effort to reclaim Africa and Western Asia for Egypt he  attacked his neighbors, the Nubians,Syrians and Hitites many times,with the most famous campaign being the battle of Kadish.

Living to the ripe old age of 90,  the last decades of his life he spent suffering from arthritis and walked with a hunched back. His teeth were continuously infected and much evidence points to his teeth as being the cause of death.

Being a redhead his family was associated with the god Seth, the slayer of Osiris. Ramses II’s father , Seti I ,means “follower of Seth”

Although his tomb, located in the Valley of Kings was found empty and had been continuously looted over the years . It is now slowly being restored and in time will be completely renovated.Because of security reasons,his mummy has been moved several times and is one of the best preserved ever found.

If you would like to learn more of the Egyptian Culture, my photo book is now available on Amazon.

Now you can follow me on Kindle.

 Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

 

egypt journey
Dating back to the land before time, Egypt continues to be a land of mystery and intrigue. Egyptians are still farming and earning a living today much the same way they did in ancient Egypt almost ten thousand years ago. Many are still seen today farming and tilling their crops, using irrigation water from the Nile River via the same irrigation canals that were used many generations ago. Not much seems to have changed in this ancient land. Viewing the ancient Egyptian pyramids and temples, it almost seems as though their civilization has digressed over time. Observing the gigantic pyramids of Egypt and the modern day mud houses at the same time , one wonders how the same peoples could be responsible for constructing both types of edifices. Buildings and homes built over 1500 years ago are very similar to the ones being constructed today, not much seems to have changed in this ancient land. Standing high on the plain overlooking Cairo are the pyramids of Giza, of the nearly 70 pyramids of Egypt, these three are the most popular and well known. Reputed to be nearly 5,000 years old, but in all probability are much older than that, these three landmarks have been the topic of many books, movies, and legends over time. Nothing can prepare one for the first time they are seen “live” and in person. Rising nearly 300 feet above the plateau which is itself nearly 300 feet above the Nile River Valley, they are quite impressive.The pyramids can be seen while passing homes with no roofs, enabling fires to be built in the living rooms allowing the residents to keep warm during the cold Egyptian winter evenings.