The Aboriginal Dreamtime and the Great Flood. Part One

.photo of ayres rock, "uluru" in central Australia

The life of the Australian Aborigine

Written by Gary Wonning

This is part one of a three part series.

It had been a month long adventure.

After spending a month in the outback of Australia learning the aboriginal ways, I had seen and learned things I had never even imagined could exist. 

Even though we were looking forward to going home, the highlight of the adventure was yet to come.

Gallivanting around  in the outback for over three weeks, time had become irrelevant, I never realized it at the time, this was July 7th , 1989. Before leaving home, it was revealed to me that this day, July 7, 1989 would be a special day.

At the prompting of our aboriginal driver, begrudgingly, I decided to take a look at one more Aboriginal rock art site on sacred land.

We had seen a ton of sacred sites over the last thirty day, the last thing I wanted to do was go see another one, after awhile, they all begin to look alike.

After giving it some thought, I changed  my mind and decided to go, I probably wouldn’t get back this way anytime soon.

As the bus traveled along the dusty dirt road leading to the site, I began to feel as if I was entering another dimension, I no longer felt I was part of the group of photographers on the bus.

As the bus screeched to a stop, and ignoring the sign about entering sacred aboriginal land without permission was punishable by a five thousand dollar fine, I walked around to the back of Ubirr Rock, the home of Namarrgon, Lightning Man,  and began the steep ascent.

Namarrgon is the name for Lightning Man, a dreamtime figure who signals the arrival of the Wet Season in the Top End of the Northern Territory.

With electric power striking from his ears and his toes, Lightning Man tells Aboriginal people when the time is ripe to pick bush tucker, like the Kakadu Plum.

But his forces are strong, and caution is needed. Simon Badari of Oenpelli in Arnhem Land explains how the story has been passed on from the elders for generations and generations.

Finding  hand and foot holds on the nearly vertical wall was familiar to me, I ascended the cliff like I had climbed it many times before. I was no longer an American photographer, I became an aborigine in search of great truths.

The view at the top was exhilarating, I sat my camera equipment down and lay on the flat ancient edifice.

Soon, I fell into deep meditation and entered an alternate reality.

Slowly my spirit left my body, and hovered above it. I envisioned a white dove which had come to rest on my right arm, I could see it while I was  hovering above and feel it simultaneously  resting on my physical body.

The last few weeks, the aboriginal elders had told many stories of creation, how the Rainbow Serpent had created Australia and the aborigines themselves.

There are similar creation stories around the world, each culture has it’s on version of the same story.

In my own eyes, or my mind’s eye, I began to see Australia being created from the sea. As I watched, the land arose above the sea, as the waters flowed off the land, the mountains appeared first, then the lower elevations appeared.

Soon, the Land of Oz was whole, ready to accommodate its inhabitants.  Creation was complete, at least this part of creation.

Deep down inside, I felt this vision was true but how did it all come about,? Was this really the creation or an event that may have occurred later, and did it coincide with the story of Noah and the flood, it is well known that every culture also has a story of the flood. Could it have really been a worldwide event?

Even though the time of Noah’s flood as told in the bible doesn’t correspond with the ice age, I have always felt the flood occured at the time of the retreat of the ice glaciers.

There are over two hundred fifty legends around the world of a catastrophic flood, it couldn’t have been localized, it had to be world wide, but how?

Was the time of Noah four thousand years ago like many believe or could it have coincided with the end of the last ice age nearly twelve thousand years ago?

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

 

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Aborigine Spiritual Beliefs

Written by Gary Wonning

A few of the aborigine spiritual beliefs, it is a fascinating culture.

Money doesn’t disappear, it just changes place or form when we spend it.

When you spend all your time and money on earth the physical body dies, we have a bank of energy when we are born, when it is gone, we die.

Spiritual energy doesn’t die, a car suddenly stops that just ran out of petrol. When we run  out of petrol, our body dies, but the soul lives on.

A Lifetime is called a dreaming (destiny) aborigines are scientist, we are all spiritual beings.

The aborigines have been traced to Iraq, Iran, and Malaysia.

They are Caucasians, and aborigine refers to religion, not color of skin. If you follow the way of life you are Aborigine, regardless of color.

You can get can get government welfare regardless of skin color.

In time, color breads away, after first mating, regardless of color it graduates 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.

Being an aborigine has nothing to do with color or physical features, same as being Christian, they believe there are  only two types of people, aborigines, and the rest.

There is no scientific evidence they have been here more than 12,000 years, but they believe they have been here at least 40,000 years.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

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

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

 

A Spiritual Encounter In The Outback Of Australia

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Open new avenues in your spiritual journey

Written by Gary Wonning

Ubirr Rock is a sacred monolith in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Ubirr Rock has several natural shelters that contain a collection of rock art, some thought to be tens of thousands of years old. The art depicts creation ancestors and animals from the area including barramundi, catfish, goannas, long neck turtles,wallabies and kangaroos.

Some of the paintings can date back as far as forty thousand years, with most having been done about two thousand years ago and many have been repainted several times.

The main gallery contains many examples of x-ray art and is probably the most photographed. Also is seen paintings of white men and Mimi spirits ( extraterrestrials) , so thin they can slip in and out of the cracks in the rocks.

A painting of a Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, can be seen at the northern end of the gallery. This tiger  has been extinct in the area for about 2000 years, and attests to the antiquity of the paintings.

Rainbow Serpent Gallery

This is a woman only site, and is  the most sacred site at Ubirr, although this rule is often relaxed for non-indigenous tourists. This is the spot visited by the Rainbow Serpent or “Garranga’rreli”, during her path across the top end of Australia, during the Dreaming. As she crossed the land, she “sang” the rocks, plants, animals, and people into existence. This path, or songline is still a sacred path to the indigenous people who live in northern Australia.

From the top of Ubirr rock there is a panoramic view of the flood plains and escarpments.

It is from this idyllic view I experienced my most profound spiritual encounter.

Exiting from the bus that brought me here, I left the main trail and began walking around the back of the rock and started climbing the 100 ft. vertical wall, all the time carrying 40 lbs. of camera gear on my back.

As I began my ascent my reality began to change, I was no longer an American photographer visiting Australia, I was transformed into a native carefully climbing a vertical wall, placing each hand and foot in a strategic place, never pausing, but slowly climbing upward as I had done many times before. Always finding a tree, root or rock ledge enabling me to continue my climb, never pausing but slowly climbing upward in my search for truth.

Photography Prints

Reaching the top of this sacred Shrine in the middle of some of the most isolated land in the world I began to feel overwhelming love and peace and a sense of being home, I had returned to the Land of Oz.

As I lay on this sacred monument my mind began to pass through the veil of time, into a place from whence all things are seen, back in time, back to a previous millennium, back to the birth of Australia

I felt my consciousness leave my body and rise high above the earth. Looking down I could sense two realities, I had a sense of being high above the earth and looking down upon my lifeless body lying on the rocky cliff, I could observe a bird walking on my right arm, at the same time I was the lifeless body on the cliff, feeling and sensing that same bird walking across my arm.

As the land rose from the sea, the mountains began to form high above the plains; the Rainbow Serpent began to transform the land into a new world called Australius.

I suddenly re-entered my body and came back to the present reality, slightly dazed about what had just taken place. Gazing into my camera close by, I knew that someday when the time was right, I would write about this event.

Upon my return to the bus, Mark, our Aborigine driver informed me that I had been on sacred ground, where no one is allowed without permission. There is a $5,000 fine for that. He then looked at me, winked and said” But you had permission!”

Needless to say, the trip back to Jabiru was quite an experience, I felt like I was coming down from a tremendous high, someone remarked and wondered what I drugs I had taken. I have never taken drugs in my life, but there is nothing that could equal this feeling. The rest of the day I was rather worthless as I tried to absorb what had just transpired! I had been told several months earlier that July 7th would be a special day, being in the outback, I hadn’t even realized that today was July 7th, until now! How interesting, July 7th is the day of the Roswell crash, 42 years to the day!

What a perfect ending to our last night of camping, day broke with a Wallaby sauntering about our camp site.

photo of Ayres rock

The aborigines of Australia

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

The Aboriginal Dream Time

photo of Ayres rock

The aborigines of Australia

The Dream time is very detailed and includes every aspect of the aboriginal life.

The aborigine who has been taught the Dream Time is very intuitive and extremely aware of his surroundings, Crocodile Dundee was all Hollywood, but not very far off on this perspective.

The Dream time has different meanings, sometimes you are just using memory, or if  into the  future it is imagination. Dream time is just anytime past or any experience.

All spiritual beings, instead of settling earth they say they dreamed it, when you go on trip, you dream it up first.

All travel costs in energy, time, and money.

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

 

Aborigines: The First People

 

 

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The aborigines of Australia

Aborigines are the first people to live in a land. When you are born, the first animal your mother sees becomes your totem.Same totems can’t marry, Inbreeds become stupid.

After death, they were buried in graves, cremated, embalmed, or they wrapped up the bones and put them in a tree. Some tribes cut off their heads and buried it elsewhere.

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

 

 

Aboriginal Culture: Raising the Young

 

In the past 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, with 4-5 in each family. Some lived to be 100 years old and some had more than one wife. If a husband passed away, many times the wife and family would be supported by another male.

It took about six acres of land to support one person, they survived by eating whatever was available, including termites, ants, and grub worms.

We even had the chance to eat a grub worm, it was prepared in the usual fashion, roasted in an open pit fire, it wasn’t too bad, tasted like chicken.

If the tribe became too large and there wasn’t enough food, the weaker ones were either killed or left to die.

In the dry years, women would not ovulate. They would have zero population growth. Sometimes the droughts would last 10 years, and there would be no children born during that time. The lack of food and environmental stress ruined the sex drive.

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

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

Nature Is Sacred

The aborigines of Australia believe:

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

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

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