We Are Where We Are

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Several years ago, I visited Lookout Mountain in Tennessee with my then teenage daughters.

Waiting in line at one of the attractions we saw a sign which said, “You are Here'”

We wondered out loud how “they” knew we were here. This was in the day before security cameras.

And then we wondered who “they” were.

As we travel through life, the experiences we encounter change us and if we let them, they change us for  the better. 

my life began at an early age, my parents bought a run down farm when I was three years old.  Originally, dad wanted to buy a different farm that was in better condition than the one we settled on. 

Dad’s uncle who was a banker, wouldn’t give dad the money for a farm dad wanted to buy. He said we couldn’t make any money there. In reality we could have make more money there than  at the farm my parents eventually settled.

The farm my parents bought was run down and the land was very poor. We barely raised enough corn the first year to replace the seed needed to plant the crop. To increase the fertility of the land, my parents began raising turkeys, not only were they sold a a good profit, their manure was high in nitrogen, rebuilding the fertility of soil very quickly. 

Years later, while visiting Arizona, we discovered in a past life we had once lived near Cottonwood as Anasazi Indians and were farmer/ gatherers. In those days, the American Indians would live in an area until all the game and fish were gone, the soil depleted then move on to greener pastures.  They did not, as many would have you believe care for the environment. They didn’t belong to the Sierra Club or PETA. 

Because my parents bought an old run down farm and brought it back to being a productive piece of land, they were able to repay a karmic debt, so dad’s uncle actually did him a favor, things always work out as they should. 

There is always plan to life , we are where we are, and where we need to be. 

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, and is available for book signings, and speaking engagements.

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

 

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Christopher Columbus and History

Written by Gary Wonning

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was subject to a tirade by the tour director of a tour I was on.

He went on for twenty minutes about all the evil atrocities that Christopher Columbus performed. Obviously, since he had such an issue with Columbus and because I had gone on the trip to relax and enjoy a foreign culture, not to talk politics,  I somehow forgot to leave a tip.

Without doubt, Columbus did commit some acts that it would have been better if they had never been performed.  In those days people were cruel to each other, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin. 

The American Indians also are not innocent, there is much evidence of war, rape and even cannibalism before the white man appeared on the scene, they didn’t need any lessons from the white man in that regard.  Regardless of where we look, there are two sides to everyone and everything. No one can go without blame. 

These days the rhetoric is all about blaming someone for our own short comings. The media and most politicians are quick to jump on the band wagon when they can blame someone for an issue for ratings or political gain, regardless if the story is true or not. 

Christopher Columbus began the Columbian Exchange where dozens of plants and animals were introduced to  new cultures. The new world gained horses, cattle, and many grain crops and sundries.  The Europeans and Asians gained potatoes, maize, sweet potatoes and many other important crops.  

One writer argues that Columbus is the most influential man in history because of the changes he initiated with his four voyages, I agree. 

Many want to ignore history and only focus on the negative aspects of a particular event, many times to satisfy their own agenda. 

Christopher Columbus did contribute much to the world, despite his short comings, There are always two sides to an issue, that is the case in most turning points in history. 

Obviously, it did not turn out well for the Indians. Columbus and others did bring disease  to the new world, and the 

Europeans were introduced to tobacco and syphilis, so there were negatives on both side of the ocean. 

The Indians were displaced from their land , that is no small thing, but the horse and cattle and the many food crops greatly benefited their lives. 

A world was created that would give them the opportunity for a better life if they so desired.

But when cultures collide, one wins and another loses, especially when the cultures are so different.  It happens throughout history, If we Americans don’t remain vigilant, some day our culture will be replaced.

It is time for the universities and schools begin teaching history as it actually happened and to give credit where credit is due, many great events took place because of the actions of Columbus and those that came after him. 

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

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.

The Curse of Oak Island

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

To me, the television series, “The Curse On Oak Island” that airs on the History channel has been a fascinating series.

I first heard of Oak Island in the 1950s when I read about it in a magazine my grandfather had.  Obviously, that was many years ago, and I had all but forgotten about it until I saw the program on the history channel a few years ago. 

My interest peaked, as I had been studying much about the Knights Templars and other groups who may have possibly come to the Western Hemisphere .

The link to the Knights Templars is fascinating, without a doubt, the group discovered something when they first visited the temple in Jerusalem, they discovered something, or some knowledge, as they suddenly became extremely wealthy. 

It was this wealth and notoriety that eventually lead to their downfall when the king of France and the pope had them killed in the fourteenth century. 

It only makes sense that some would have escaped and fled to Scotland where the political climate would have been better for them. 

Whether on not they went to the new world is open for debate, but there is much evidence that says they did. 

I’ll keep watching, I think this season will determine what and if anything is discovered in the money pit. 

 

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.

 

Montezuma and Cortez

As it was in the new world before the coming of the Europeans.

Upon reaching Tenochitlan (Mexico City), Montezuma asked Cortés if he was the god Quetzalcoatl, who was predicted to return from the east as a white man with a beard and blue eyes, to stamp out human sacrifice and deliver the oppressed.

Cortés replied: “It was true that we came from where the sun rose, and were the vassals and servants of a great Prince called the Emperor Don Carlos, who held beneath his sway many and great princes, and that the Emperor having heard of him and what a great prince he was, had sent us to these parts to see him, and to beg them to become Christians, the same as our Emperor and all of us, so that his soul and those of all his vassals might be saved.”

Montezuma was in awe of Cortés and his men, primarily because of the ominous portents and signs that had recently occurred which were interpreted as foretelling Quetzalcoatl’s return and the end of the Aztec Empire, namely:

  • water of the lake around Mexico City boiling over due to volcanic eruption
  • unusual northern lights
  • comets
  • earthquakes
  • the temple of the sun god catching fire
  • eerie wailing noises at night
  • the king’s sister revived from her grave saying strange beings would enter the country and ruin it

Montezuma showed Cortés and his men their temples. There was a theater made of human skulls and mortar, wherein Gonzalo de Umbria counted 136,000 skulls, which included those in the steps and on poles. A tower was made of skulls too numerous to count.

There were obsidian knives, stone altars, black-robed priests with hair matted down with human blood, idols with basins for human blood, walls and steps covered with human blood and gore, an idol made out of seeds kneaded and ground with the blood of virgins and babies, pits where the human bodies were thrown after people had eaten off the arms and legs.

Bernal Diaz del Castillo recorded: “Our Captain said to Montezuma through our interpreter, half laughing: ‘Señor Montezuma, I do not understand how such a great Prince and wise man as you are has not come to the conclusion, in your mind, that these idols of yours are not gods, but evil things that are called devils and so that you may know it and all your priests may see it clearly, do me the favor to approve of my placing a cross here on the top of this tower.’”

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

Cortez Enters Mexico

Right or wrong, this is the way it was.

Just two years after Martin Luther began the Reformation, on the other side of the world, 34-year-old Hernan Cortés landed in Central America in 1519. His conquistadors had the mixed motives of “God, Glory and Gold.”

In what he believed to be a holy cause, Cortés told his small army: “Soldiers of Spain, we are standing upon the verge of the greatest adventure ever undertaken by so small a body of men. We now leave the known world behind us: from this time forth we plunge into a region never before trodden by men of our race or religion. The hazards of this adventure I shall not dwell upon; they are well estimated by the bravest among you. … The shores we shall storm are lined with teeming millions of savages, unfriendly if not openly hostile. We have only our swords and our good right arms to protect us against their overwhelming numbers. Therefore let not childish strife or inner dissension weaken the front we must present to the enemy. If we go as united as we go courageously, we have nothing to fear, nothing to lose. … We are marching as Christians into a land of infidels. We seek not only to subdue boundless territory in the name of our Emperor Don Carlos, but to win millions of unsalvaged souls to the True Faith.”

Cortés ordered his ships sunk. There was no turning back.

With 500 men, 16 horses and 10 cannons, Cortés set out from Vera Cruz on Feb. 10, 1519, toward Tenochitlan-Mexico City. Mexico City was the capital of the Aztec Empire, which ruled Central America after the Mayan civilization peaked around 900 A.D.

The Aztec Empire consisted of 6 million people stretched over 200,000 square miles. As Americans today are shocked by reports of Planned Parenthood cutting out baby body parts and selling them, Cortes’ troops were likewise shocked by gruesome sights, such as:

  • prisoners with their hearts cut out
  • pyramid style temples covered with human blood
  • bodies of men and boys without arms or legs
  • human skulls stacked on poles
  • hundreds of thousands of human skulls arranged in piles
  • gnawed human bones piled in houses and streets
  • wooden houses built with grates jammed with captives awaiting sacrifice
  • pagan priests with hair matted with dried blood, the stench of carrion, sodomy
  • sacrificed humans rolled down temples where frenzied hoards ate them

This was part of their religion which believed the sun god needed human blood to live and that the Aztecs were responsible to feed him daily with captives from other tribes.

As the Spanish troops went from town to town, other Indian tribes were elated with hopes of being freed from Aztec rule which required them to provide youth for sacrifices. Cortés men freed captives, rolled idols down temple steps and erected crosses.

Francisco Lopez de Gomara, Cortés’ personal secretary and chaplain, reported how they found in Cozumel a Catholic priest, Gerónimo de Aguilar. He had been shipwrecked on Yucatan eight years earlier and had learned the language: “So Gerónimo de Aguilar preached to them about salvation, and, either because of what he told them, or because of the beginning they had already made, they were pleased to have their idols cast down, and they even assisted at it, breaking into small pieces what they had formerly held sacred. … And soon our Spaniards had left not a whole idol standing, and in each chapel they set up a Cross or the image of Our Lady, whom all the islanders worshiped with prayer and great devotion. … They begged Cortés to leave someone behind to teach them to believe in the God of the Christians; but he did not dare consent, for fear they might kill the preacher, and also because he had few priests and friars with him. And in this he did wrong, in view of their earnest request and supplications.”

In giving battle instructions, Cortés exhorted: “Sirs, let us follow our banner which bears the sign of the Holy Cross, and through it we shall conquer!”

The blogger 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

The world is coming to an end

Written By: Gary Wonning

The Earth/ The World—Earth refers to the organic planetary mass. World refers to a social-political-economic organization. So-called worlds may come and go. Empires rise and fall, but the Earth remains. Having said that, the end of the world or end of the age may not mean the end of the Earth unless of course the world (i.e. humanity) decides to destroy it or there is some cataclysmic cosmic event that occurs.

In today’s world, in my view, the ending of the Mayan, Hopi, and various other ancient calendars only signifies an end of an age, the age of Pisces.

With the turn of the century and entering into the twenty-first century, planet earth entered into the age of Aquarius, as exemplified in the song of the same title from the seventies.

This act of earth entering into a different zodiac zone begins a new era of understanding and human evolvement of souls living on planet earth, through it, we will all evolve to individuals with a deeper sense of our own creation and life purpose.  

We will become more aware of our neighbor’s intentions and thoughts. It will be harder for people to deceive us and hence, we will be able to live a happier, more fulfilling life, if we so chose.

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

What’s With Sedona

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book: A Journey Towards Enlightenment

I began feeling extremely lightheaded, I seem to be leaving my body, and although we had eaten a full breakfast before we left Phoenix barely two hours earlier, I am starved. I need to pull off the road, not entirely conscious, I feel I need to get a photo of this strange rock, this one they call Bell Rock.

Getting back in the car, auntie suggested I eat something, wrong thing to say. I consumed the bananas, apples, and the large jar of Planters Peanuts, and drank most of the tea. She’s looking at me like I’m weird or something.

As we drove past Bell Rock, I suddenly felt the need to take more photos, I had never seen or experienced anything like this before. Parking by the side of the road, I walked back up the hill for a better vantage point. I felt as though my body was separating at the knees and very wobbly and not totally conscious. The only place I could feel my body was at the knees and they hurt, it was as if the only part of my body that was still connected to the earth was from the knees down.

photo of bell rock

Snowy Bell Rock

Never leaving sight of the car, I looked up through the camera at the rock, I saw large sparks coming from the top of Bell Rock, looking upward, I focused and took several photographs.

As I walked back at the car, it seemed as my body was returning to some normalcy, however, I was still extremely disoriented. Emma exclaimed that she was getting worried since I had disappeared from sight to my recollection, I had never left her line of vision. This is just too weird.

The strange sensations continued all the time we were in Sedona but did subside some as I left the general area of Bell Rock. I appeared to be fine physically and was driving safely,(according to Emma) and alertly, however, everything else seemed out of whack. Lunch time arrived and in spite of eating practically everything in the car, I was still hungry.

The Coffee Pot restaurant was the place to eat in West Sedona, finding a seat in the busy restaurant we both ordered a plate lunch. I consumed all of mine and half of my aunt’s, what the H#$% is going on?

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