Sedona’s Rock Formations

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

Gazing out over the large expanse of landscape visible before your eyes, water level marks are visible at various levels of the red rocks. From this it is evident this land was at one time submerged beneath the sea. 

What tremendous land changes could have created this land that  now rises forty-five hundred feet above sea level, and why is there white crystal beach sand present at this altitude?

It is for the imagination to determine what the landscape looked like before and after the waters subsided that created this beautiful landscape, and what did the changes do to create the mysterious events that regularly occur in this unique environment? 

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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

 

 

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Australian Aboriginal Spiritual Beliefs

Written by Gary Wonning

Rock art can be like a  map, one drawing leads to the next. 

Most of them don’t know how old they are, there are no records, they can only guess.  

Women can be leaders but men are normally the leaders, it’s through blood. If there is no one in  the bloodline, the next best takes over.

Suicide is a  disgrace, they never saw a burden in life and they could die when they wanted. They chose the spiritual way when depressed, they talk to themselves if no mates are nearby. 

They believe there is no  better learning than life learning, the  knowledge is not important it’s how you feel about it.

There are about twelve hundred tribes,  and there are tribes no one knows about.  Even today, not all of Australia has been explored. Some of the tribes still live underground.

There is a time and place for everything.

If we would be more trusting in spirit, everything would be provided.

The Aborigines would swim in the water with crocodiles, they would only take people who had done something wrong. They still swim with the crocodiles and believe the only time you get sick of a disease is if you did something wrong.

The living and dead are 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 Extraterrestrials.

Many are are still proud won’t rummage through garbage or paint graffiti on restroom.

Sacred Site is 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.

A totem is the first animal a mother sees after the first kick of the unborn child. 

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 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

 

 

The Australian Dream Time

photo of Ayres rock

The aborigines of Australia

Written by Gary Wonning

More of the Australian Aborigine culture

Dream-time has different meanings, sometimes you are just using memory, or if dreaming into the future it is imagination. Sleep dream-time is just anytime in the  past

They say that all spiritual beings instead of settling on the earth they say they dreamed it up.

When you go on a trip, they say you dream it up first.

All travel costs in energy, time, and money.

When you go to Cairns, time and travel is just a dream, and money doesn’t disappear, it just changes form.

When you spend all your time and money on earth the physical body dies, we all have a bank of physical energy when we are born, when the physical energy is used up, the body dies, just like when a car runs out of gas, it stops.

Spiritual energy doesn’t die, it continues on, it just changes form. 

A lifetime is called a dreaming(destiny) they say aborigines are spiritual scientists. We are all  are spiritual  scientist.

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

You can either be Australian or Aborigine. and you can change each census, and you can be anything you want, German French, etc. 

Being an aborigine has nothing to do with color or physical features, it’s the same as being Christian,  they believe there are only 2 types of people, aborigines, and the rest, If you are European Negro , you are white feller.

There is no scientific evidence they have been here more than 12,000 years, but  legends state they have been in Australia for at least 40,000 years. 

Nature has caused thousands of species to disappear, it has nothing to do with climate change or other human activity.

Fire is part of nature and shouldn’t be put out, it is natures way of clearing dead brush and trees.

The Rainbow Serpent created the world and is  like a God.

They can sense spiritual sites , which ones are most important, and can predict when the water will dry up.

They cannot cross another tribes land with out permission, it’s not that way any more, like everything else, times are changing. 

Rock Art is  not important anymore

The deceased were buried in trees wrapped up bones and put in tree , some were put in graves, some were cremated,  or embalmed,

Some tribes cut off the heads.

Many have seen the Rainbow Serpent, it is described as similar to meeting God, or an Angel. Many compare it to meeting the Loch Ness Monster, only certain people see it.

It’s  more feeling than visual. Like a God, if you believe it’s there, it’s there, like the wind blowing.

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

The Rainbow Serpent created everything and watches over us, only tribal Elders meet him, he  came from the Sun.

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 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

 

 

The Aboriginal Dream Time and Spiritual Beliefs

Written by Gary Wonning

The Australian Aborigine has a long and interesting history. Their elders say the aborigines have been inhabiting Australia for over forty thousand years. During that time, they have developed a culture and a system of beliefs we could learn from today.

I have posted a few of their core values.

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 the 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 , with 4-5 in each family, some lived to be 100 and some had more than one wife, if the man died or left, another male stepped in and took care of her.

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 would return to the person who threw it, eliminating his need to run after it. I

n 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 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.

The 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, and the retelling of old stories, and creation, photograph carries the spirit of the soul, they wouldn’t allow anyone to photograph them, they felt by doing so, the spirit was stolen.

photo of aboriginal rock art

Ancient aboriginal rock art

You can’t have a  can’t have creation without creator.

The rock art is a teaching aid, as is the red facial paintings, and costumes, 

Stories are a memory aid, their stories are laws on which aboriginal life is based, music is also a memory aid.

More to follow.

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 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

 

Sedona Vortex Rock Formations

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

The formations in many areas resemble life forms of extinct animals, such as mastodons and various sea creatures. Often one can sense the presence of souls no longer occupying our earth, in both animal and human form. At times they seem to be communicating with spirit, trying to convey an important learning to those who would only listen.

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.

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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 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

 

 

 

 

Early Sedona Indians

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

It was about 650 A.D., when the Sinagua people entered the Verde Valley. Their culture is often remembered for its art such as pottery, basketry and masonry.

They left rock art, pueblos, and cliff dwellings such as Montezuma Castle, and Tuzigoot, especially in the later period of their presence.

Mysteriously, the Sinagua left the Verde Valley about 1400 A.D.

American Indian cliff dwellings

The Yavapai came from the west when the Sinagua were still there around 1300 A.D. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers.

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 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

 

Sedona Beginnings

Art Prints

 

Written by Gary Wonning

Sedona had rather humble beginnings, settled in the early 20th century, Sedona was named for Sedona Arabella Miller Schnebly. 

Sedona was always known for her hospitality and industriousness, her mother ,Amanda Miller claimed to have made the name up because it sounded pretty.

Sedona’s parents were Phillip and Amanda Miller., she married Carl T. Schnebly on her 20th birthday in Gorin, Missouri. 

They eventually were the parents of six children. In 1901, they moved to Oak Creek Canyon and after two years of hard labor, they opened the first store, the first hotel, which Sedona ran, the first truck farm and the post office, and so the town began. 

Little did anyone know of the mysterious history of the town or the legends that wold surface. 

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

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.

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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.