America Has Lost Her Way


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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

Regardless of how much effort we put into following  our life path, we occasionally lose our way.

Events and circumstances occur that can change our direction immediately. When this happens it can create an environment where we begin to question everything we think we know,  as a result, we can lose our way until a new path and way of life  is discovered.

It is the natural order of things. These are the times when our faith will carry us through, regardless of what we may experience, the in-grown values each of us have will eventually shine through and lead us back to our path.

As cultures and values change, we change also. The Australian Aborigines are a prime example. Once a nomadic tribe , they roamed the out back of Australia and became very much in tune with nature and the environment around them. They  became very astute at being able to foretell coming events and adapting to a way of life consistent to their surroundings.

With the coming of the Europeans, they now must adapt to a new way of life, which after living for 40,000 years under a gum tree  is very difficult to do.

In many ways the life they had was more fulfilling than the way of  life they now have. As a result of the cultural shift, many are now resorting to drugs and alcohol as a respite from their daily life. Many have forgotten the teachings of their fathers, and not being able for a variety of reasons to assimilate into modern day culture, they are floundering aimlessly through life.

Hopefully one day they will regain their sense of well being and begin to assimilate into modern society while sharing their  their spirituality with us.

We in  the modern day world, with all the advances in technology, have spiritually lost our way also. It has become apparent there is a great spiritual void in today’s world, evidenced by the discontent and disconnect from society. With all the modern technology and conveniences in today’s world we should be the happiest people to ever inhabit our planet.

Regretfully this isn’t true, modern man has placed too much emphasis on things and not enough on the more important aspects of our lives. Many have forgotten the value of friendships and most of all their connection to their creator, the Grand Architect of the  Universe. The one who is responsible for all we have.

This connection needs to be re-established before it is too late, we have advanced technology  to be able to have more time to enjoy our relationship with each other, not to take away from it. Technical advances are well and good, I don’t think anyone really wants to live in a Tepee any more, or suffer the many diseases of the past. However, there needs to be a balance.

Modern day society needs the inherent knowledge the aborigines and other native tribes have. If we don’t somehow find that balance we will all suffer the consequences, and I don’t think anyone  wants that. They hold the keys to our future.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could combine their knowledge of the spiritual world with our technology?

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The Masonic Influence on World History

What a world we would have.

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.

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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 Old Henry J, Growing Up In the Fifties

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

Written by Gary Wonning

My grandparents had given me a nineteen fifty-two Henry J for my first car, I was only fifteen so I couldn’t legally drive it on the road, but I kept that car spotless. This was in the early sixties, our lives revolved around hot good looking cars. Very seldom did a week go by when I didn’t wash it or clean it up to keep it looking nice.

In all reality, it wasn’t much of a car, but it ran and had a radio, what else did I need?

I was the only one in my group of friends that had a car, so I was top dog.

Soon, Jim  and I would be making weekly trips to Batesville in my juke box on wheels, in search of adventure, and whatever else we could find.

I started to have trouble with it, minor things; the doors wouldn’t stay closed, radiator problems and such.

One Saturday evening, we had decided the proper action would be to circle the Gibson Theater in Batesville and wait for the show to end. We reasoned that girls would come swarming out of the theater and that would be our chance to meet a couple of them. (Teenage logic.)

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.

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What will follow will be several photography books, who knows how many will wind up in his collection.

To contact Gary:

journeysthrulife@gmail.com.

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I Want My America Back

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Wisdom lost through the ages, common sense is no longer common.

Written by Gary Wonning

I grew up in the middle of a corn field in southern Indiana. Like everyone else I knew, we didn’t have much money, living on a small dairy farm, it was often a day to day existence, with no money for extras.

We were poor, but we didn’t know we were poor because everyone else was poor  to.

I often felt sorry for my cousins who lived in Indianapolis, they were better off financially then we were, but they didn’t have the freedom I had, I could roam anywhere without the fear of evil coming upon me. Plus I had the farm animals, a creek with all kinds of playthings in it, fish,crawdads, snakes, tadpoles, you name it.

Growing up, and graduating high school in 1962, I couldn’t wait to get a good job and start making money doing something besides baling hay.

We didn’t know it at the time, but we had landed in my opinion, in one of the best times to be alive.

New technology and jobs were everywhere, and life was simple, so we thought.

I had this vision of leading the same life as an adult I had as a child, only with more money.

I just wanted to live the American Dream, two car garage, white picket fence, 2.5 kids and a chicken in every pot.

It started to become a reality, I got a good job, made good money, and began accumulating all the stuff I wanted.

By the age of thirty-eight, everything I had was paid for, house on acre of land, swimming pool, cars, everything.

One day I  looked around and said,”That was easy, there must be more to life than this.”

Oops, should never had said that.

Three years, I was divorced, and broke.

I still had my job, but everything else was gone.

How did that happen, and why?

In such circumstances, many turn to their church or pastor, which I did, the standard answer, when no one has an answer, It’s God’s Will, wasn’t cutting it for me.There had to be  a reason why myself and others face these trials while many others seems to skate through life virtually untouched.

I wasn’t whining or feeling sorry for myself, I just wanted an answer.

I had joined the masonic lodge a few years previous, and I kept hearing about the secrets of masons in masonry, what was that all about?

Even though my lodge brothers were well versed in masonic ritual, and history,  they had no answers either.

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The Masonic Influence on World History

So I began my own search, after asking the universe many times what were the hidden mysteries of masonry, I began to get answers.

My search took me  to most of the United States, Egypt, Canary Islands. Belize, and Australia.

In the process, I talked with aboriginal leaders in the outback, Mayan Medicine men, visionaries, and many others.

Through it all, I took on a different perspective of life, and how maybe some of life’s problems can be understood and thus made easier to deal with.

But what does this have to do with the state of affairs in the United States and the moral decline that worries each and every one of us?

Let’s go back in time.

I remember standing out in my front yard as a child one evening, I was probably about six years old.

At the time I lived in southern Indiana and looking towards the east, I saw Washington D.C. going up in flames. I hardly knew what Washington D.C. was, I had heard it was our nation’s capitol, but being as young as I was I didn’t realize what the city stood for.

I just knew our government was in trouble and it seemed as if it was a few years after the turn of the 21st century. It seemed to be really troubling times.

This was about 1950, so it seemed really far off, and I pretty much forgot about it.

Several years later, in the late 80s, I had to opportunity to speak with a very knowledgeable and intuitive lady. Someone who should have been famous, but wasn’t.

She gave me the same information about the coming turmoil, repeating what I had heard in my youth.

I listened to what she had said, but it never really registered how bad it could get, we had just survived the protests of the sixties, how much worse could it be?

She said there would be much rioting and discontent, but it would be confined to the major cities and if we stayed out of them we would be fine.

She said the problems would come from the way the majority of our children had been raised after the sixties, the permissiveness and lack of control many parents had over their kids, and the  way American society had forgotten what had made us great.

Soon after that, I went to  a motivational seminar, where Zig Ziglar was speaking, he said the same things, I still didn’t heed the warnings.

Most of us were raised in a different world, and we raised our kids in that world, but somehow things changed and people forgot, or didn’t think it was important to remember any more.

This is how most cultures decline and finally disappear, being taken over by a more barbaric society, until they no longer exist.

I took it with a grain of salt and went about my way as many others had done who had heard the same warnings, after all, our parents and grandparents had been saying the same thing for years, the world was going to hell in a handbasket.

Soon it was the turn of the century, and suddenly, the things I had seen and was told about began coming true.

It seemed chaos was everywhere, no self control or discipline, no respect for the law, or others, profanity, everything that was right was wrong , and everything that was wrong was right.

Bad behavior became condoned and accepted, anyone who disagreed and remembered the values taught them at a younger age, were condemned and ridiculed.

The world had been turned upside down, and all the problems of the world somehow seemed to be the fault of the United States.

You hear constantly on the media and from some politicians how horrible a place the United States is, how cruel we are to minorities, the disabled, etc.

I found during my travels, this is not the way the average person across the globe feels, that is only media and political rhetoric, designed to sell ads and garner votes by pandering to humanity’s basic trait, fear.

While in the outback of Australia, I got into a conversation with a nineteen year old girl from Switzerland, she couldn’t understand why I would travel somewhere besides America, she made the statement that if she lived in America, she would never leave, in her words,”America has everything a person could ever want or need.”

A few days later, we entered the tiny town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory. They were celebrating the 4th of July, being appreciative of how the yanks saved them from the Japanese during WW2.

I’ve been on an Italian cruise ship with about 4000 passengers and only about 20% Americans, they sang our national anthem and everyone stood up placed their hands over their heart and sang, giving us a two minute standing ovation when the song was completed.

Most thinking people appreciate and respect what America has done over the last 200 hundred plus years.

America has endured a lot, and I believe it has a manifest destiny. We would have never become a nation, or survived without what George Washington would call, Divine Providence and Divine Intervention.

Fighting against impossible odds, he often gave credit to Divine Intervention for his successes.

Adhering to the basic tenets of our country, the constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and the ten commandments we have weathered the many storms that have befallen us.

Now we face a new challenge, maybe the most critical challenge in our history.

Before, the threat to our country has come from without, now it comes from within.

Many have forgotten what made us great as a country, or no longer seem to think it is important.

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They seem to believe they can do and think as they please, without regard to anyone or anything else.

We have lost our way.

As I soon discovered in my travels, everyone worships God in their own way , that is what our founders wanted, we have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.

We have the God given right to express our religious beliefs in public or any where we chose, not to force them on anyone, but to express them as we see fit, as long as it doesn’t harm someone else, and we respect what others feel, and not infringe on their space.

The Maya, Egyptians, and Aborigines of Australia were more in tune with their  creator than we are today.

Many of the aborigines still are, even though some of them have become radicalized and developed an entitlement attitude because of what the Australian government has done to try and  help them.

All three cultures have regressed, the Egyptians went from calling their   leaders, Gods, To Pharaohs, then kings, and now presidents.

The Maya have all but disappeared as a culture, and the aborigines are slowly dying off and trying to adapt, in the process turning to drugs and alcohol.

I see the same thing in the United States, many here are also turning to drugs and alcohol because they no longer have a spiritual foundation to rely on.

We have a drug epidemic stretching from Times Square to the cornfields of Indiana.

In an area where the Friday night entertainment was a basketball game, now several people wind up in the hospital from a drug overdose. It happens weekly.

It doesn’t even make the news anymore, it’s not uncommon for the emts to run out of narcan.

Earlier this year,the morgue in Dayton Ohio ran out of room, an airline pilot for a major airline overdosed with his wife while their young child watched.

The list goes on and on,there seems to be no end to it.

We shove Ritalin down their throats at three, instead of allowing them to express themselves and then  wonder why they shoot people at nineteen.

The bad behavior, lack of respect, a sense of entitlement, profanity, and people sit at home watching mindless TV while ignoring their churches, social,fraternal and civic organizations.

In spite of it all, I still believe there are many good people out there, I think the majority of Americans still have their heads on straight, their voices get silenced  and their cause doesn’t get good TV ratings or sell ads in your local paper.

Many are worried , they see what is going on and feel helpless.

Over the last several years, America has been fundamentally changed, because of  negative influences from many politicians and the media, we have forgotten where we came from and what America once stood for.

But we really can’t blame anyone but ourselves, we could not have been fundamentally transformed if we hadn’t let it happen.

We stood by silently as our country was changed from within, no one, or not many even said a word, and few noticed.

Some thought it was wonderful, thinking the world has changed and we need to just go along with the flow.

Many  no longer adhere to the Wisdom of Our Ancestors, that knowledge that was once  passed down from generation to generation, from time immemorial.

The very things we got so tired of hearing and we swore to never repeat to our descendents, we never wanted to sound like our parents, how wrong we were.

This is how great cultures rise and fall, they become great through their deeds and beliefs, they then reach a pinnacle and bergin enjoying the fruits of their labor, allowing decadence to overcome their common sense, becoming a victim of and falling to their own success.

They forget about God and become focused on their own self importance, until they once again fall into subjugation and poverty, completing the cycle, waiting for someone to save them, while forgetting no one will save them if they don’t save themselves.

They forget the spirit of self sufficiency and self reliance that enabled them to become successful.

We have reached a turning point in our evolution. Many of the old ways are once again being thrown out, and new ways of doing things are coming into fruition.

This always occurs in society as we continuously evolve into a new way of thinking.

So where do we go from here?

What is the next step?

Many of the old ways of doing things do need to be discarded, they have long ago outlived their usefulness and no longer are acceptable in society.

This is all well and good, but we need to remember not to throw out the baby with the bathwater.

As we are cleaning house, many want to discard everything, and make changes just for the sake of change, without any regard to to the value of what they are discarding and not considering the unintended consequences of their actions.

Many of our institutions have failed us, and many times we have failed our institutions.

People no longer value what our civic, fraternal and church organizations have to offer, and only look at the negative press some of them receive.

Church attendance is down, I believe that issue might be resolved if the churches started teaching about the God within, instead of the God without.

We need to move past the idea we need to have a savior.

The Maya and Aztecs were looking for a savior, look what that got them.

Jesus was a great man, a great teacher, his message rings true even today,  But, it is for us to save ourselves, no one can do it for us.

We need to learn to discover the God within, that Christ consciousness, our higher self that connects us to the God without, the God who we are a part of.

Until we return to our spiritual and patriotic roots, and remember the values that made our country what it is today, we will continue to be going down the wrong path.

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

Masonry’s Role in the 21st Century

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The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

Sometimes we forget how lucky we are to live in the country we do, and how important Masonry and the Shriners has been in creating the world we live in.

We often attend lodge and partake in the degrees, leave lodge and forget how they can help us in our daily lives.

We just need a reminder, in my former life, I drove for UPS for 27 years without a chargeable accident.

I would like to think that accomplishment had something to do with my outstanding driving abilities.

That may have had something to do with it, but UPS also played a major role also.

Every morning before leaving on our on time delivery missions, we attended a three minute safe driving meeting where safe driving procedures were taught, because of those constant reminders, we sometimes achieved five,ten, or fifteen thousand consecutive safe driving days.

It would be hard to determine how many lives those simple meetings saved.

Regardless of who we are, we all need constant reminders to keep our mission fresh in our lives, so it is with masonry and the Shriners, it is so easy to forget how we came to live in this great country, and how easy it would be for it all to slip away.

Looking back, I remember one evening, I was standing in my front yard as a child, I was probably only about six years old.

At the time I lived in southern Indiana and looking towards the east, I saw Washington D.C. going up in flames. I hardly knew what Washington D.C. was, I had heard it was our nation’s capitol, but being as young as I was I didn’t realize what the city stood for.

I just knew our government was in trouble and it seemed as if it was just a few years after the turn of the 21st century. It seemed to be really troubling times.

This was about 1950, so it seemed really far off, and I pretty much forgot about it.

Several years later, in the late 80s, I had to opportunity to speak with a very knowledgeable and intuitive lady. Someone who should have been famous, but wasn’t.

She solved her first murder when she was 9, and Duke University did studies on her brain to try and discover where she gained her intuitive abilities.

She gave me the same information about the coming turmoil, repeating what I had heard in my youth.

I listened to what she had said, but it never really registered, how bad it could get, we had just survived the protests of the sixties, how much worse could it be?

She said there would be much rioting and discontent, it would be mostly confined to the major cities and if we stayed out of them we would be fine.

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She said the problems would come from the way the majority of our children had been raised after the sixties, the permissiveness and lack of control many parents had over their kids, and the  way American society had forgotten what had made us great.

Soon after that, I went to  a motivational seminar, where Zig Ziglar and others were speaking, he said the same things, I still didn’t heed the warnings.

I took it with a grain of salt and went about my way as many others had done who had heard the same warnings, after all, our parents and grandparents had been saying the same thing for years, the world was going to hell in a handbasket.

And we all swore that we would never sound like our parents.

Most of us were raised in a different world, and we raised our kids in that world, but somehow things changed and people forgot, or didn’t think it was important to remember any more.

When the changes came they were so subtle, hardly anyone noticed.

This is how most cultures decline and finally disappear, being taken over by a more barbaric society, until they no longer exist.

Soon it was the turn of the century, and the things I had seen and was told about began coming true.

It seemed chaos was everywhere, no self control or discipline, no respect for the law, or others, profanity, everything that was right was wrong , and everything that was wrong was right.

Bad behavior became condoned and accepted, anyone who disagreed and remembered the values taught them at a younger age, were condemned and ridiculed.

The world had been turned upside down, and all the problems of the world somehow seemed to be the fault of the United States.

You hear constantly on the media and from some politicians how horrible a place the United States is, how cruel we are to minorities, the disabled, etc.

That isn’t reality,

I found during my travels, this is not the way the average person across the globe feels, that is only media and political rhetoric, designed to sell ads and garner votes by pandering to humanity’s basic trait, fear.

Many today have forgotten how to think, or reason, and logic, forget it.

Today, I would like to discuss logic and how it leads from one phase of our life to another, often without even our knowledge and how applying logic to our lives we can restore faith in America.

Logic teaches us to guide our reasoning discretionary in the general knowledge of things, and directs our inquiries after truth. A regular train of argument whence we infer, deduce, and conclude according to certain premises laid down and we are given the facilities to conceive and reason where we are able to move from one graduation to another until the point in question is finally known or determined.

Sometimes life, guided by an unseen friend, unknowingly follows logic beyond our comprehension and we wind up somewhere and learn something other than what our original intentions may have been.

Such was the case several years ago when I had the opportunity to spend some time in the outback of Australia. Originally, the purpose of the expedition was to photograph various areas of the country with the goal to publish a photo book on the life of the Australian people, including the aborigines.

This particular morning, we were on our way to Ayres Rock, or Uluru as the aborigines call it. A giant monolith in the middle of Australia, the largest sacred site in the world. It’s about five miles in circumference and about 1300 feet tall.

The bus picked us up at about 6 AM and as it made the final stop at another hotel to pick up the last two people, a cute young lady and her brother boarded the bus.

By the time the young lady boarded, the only remaining seat was next to me, being quite shy, she reluctantly sat next to me.

More interested in getting some sleep than starting up a conversation, it was nap time.

A few hours later I woke from my nap and discovered the young girl had fallen asleep on my shoulder.

Being the perfect gentleman that I am, and quietly deciding what my next  move would be , I never moved so as to not disturb her.

Here I am, on a bus , 10,000 miles from  home,in the middle of nowhere, with a bunch of people I’m never going to see again, and I have a cute young girl sleeping on my shoulder, thank you God.

Soon she woke up, and realizing where she was, she was quite embarrassed.

Wanting to strike up a conversation, I asked where she was From. “Switzerland”  was the reply. She said she was traveling around the world with her brother and her final stop would be in the United States to visit her fiance who was a cadet at the Air Force Academy in Colorado.

So much for my well thought out evil plans.

She then asked about me and I informed her I was from the United States.

She then asked rather rudely, I thought,”What are you doing over here in Australia?”

Picking up my shattered ego, and searching for an answer, I replied that I was with a group of 150 photographers that were photographing various parts of the continent and were planning on publishing a book.

I asked her why she asked why I was in Australia.

Her reply,”If I lived in the United States I would never go anywhere else, you have everything there anyone could ever want or need.”

“WOW” I had never thought that before.

A 19 year old kid from Switzerland just told me something I had never really totally  realized before.

I never forgot that.

A couple of weeks later, nearing the end of our journey, we entered the tiny town of Daly Waters in the Northern Territory, a couple of hundred miles south of Darwin.

After spending nearly a month in the outback, removed from the rest of the world, most of us had forgotten what day it was , it really didn’t matter as long as the driver got us where we needed to be when we needed to be there. By that time most of us didn’t want the adventure to end and remembering the day just made the time seem shorter.

As we entered the tiny village with a population of seventeen, I noticed an old C-47 with U.S. markings sitting on an abandoned runway. At the time I never thought much of it.

We entered the pub, looking for something to quench our thirst.

To our surprise, the pub was nearly full, this was unusual , even by Aussie standards. It was the middle of the afternoon in the middle of the week.

I wasn’t sure what day it was, but I knew it wasn’t the weekend, we were scheduled to be in Darwin on Saturday, this wasn’t Darwin, so it had to be the middle of the week.

Getting a drink, someone asked an older gentleman what they were celebrating.

  He replied they were celebrating the fourth of July.

We were startled, why would they be celebrating this America holiday?

His answer was that Australia was really appreciative about how the Yanks had bailed the Aussies out during WW2 when the Japanese attacked them.

Totally unprepared, Australia would have fallen had it not been for help from the United States.

It was gratifying to see people appreciate what America had done in the past.

It was sure a far cry from the rhetoric from the media.

I could go on and on, there have been numerous times the same theme has been conveyed to myself, and I’m sure to others as well.

Most people, even today realize, in spite of our faults, what a force for good the United States has been in world affairs.

Our local Shriner’s center has a weekly luncheon for the nobles who are able to attend.

A few years ago, a visiting noble from Massachusetts introduced himself and related how he was ninety-three years old, a world war two and Korean war veteran and how he was concerned about the direction the country was headed.

As he walked back to his seat, he stopped, put his hand on my shoulder and with a tear in his eye, said,”I just don’t want to leave this world in the shape it’s in.”

Here is a retired veteran, who has already given more to his country than most of us would even think about doing, wanting to do more.

That’s something you can hang your hat on.

In this country, We don’t fight for a president, a congress or a government, we fight for an idea, an idea born several thousand years ago and carried down through the ages by men seeking light. An idea that finally reached fruition by a group of about two hundred men a couple hundred years ago in a hot humid room in Philadelphia .

The idea of freedom and liberty, the idea that men and women should be able to choose how to live and run their lives with the least amount of government interference possible.

That is what our men and women in the military and law enforcement fight for every day of their lives.

We Americans sometimes forget how lucky we are to live in the country we do, and enjoy the freedoms most others in the world can only dream about.

The same can be said for masonry, and its appendant bodies, masonry or a version of it has been around since the dawn of time. The secrets of masons in masonry will tell you everything you need to know, to not only lead a good life, but improve the lives of others and our country.

Aside from the 13 masonic signers of the Declaration of Independence

Our country had an impressive beginning during the inauguration of George Washington as our first president.

Those who accompanied Washington during the inauguration ceremony, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Baron Von Steuben, General Henry Knox, and John Adams, all were masons, except for Adams.

Reportedly, there were many more present, the governors of all 13 states, and many in Washington’s administration.

Many didn’t keep good records in those days, but many more were probably masons and some thought to be masons, even though there were no records to prove it , many conclude Jefferson was a mason , judging by his writings and conversations he had with others.

What do we need to do to restore faith in America?

America has lost it’s spiritual foundation, many are seeking, but they don’t know what they are seeking, the young want answers, when things go bad, as they always do, they aren’t satisfied with the answer, that it’s just :God’s Will.”

The church’s only teach about the God without, many today are looking for the God Within.

I believe that masonry teaches that.

The planet is rebooting as we did in the 60s, some things are disappearing and many others are appearing.

Many of the old ways, thankfully, are falling by the wayside, making way for a new and better version.

All we need to do is to not throw the baby out with the bath water, discard what doesn’t work and keep what works.

How do we know what to keep?

How do we change to keep up with the times and still keep what is important?

Our rituals, and basic tenets and landmarks are unchangeable.

Remember what made this country great and all the good we as Americans  have done in the world.

As I try to explain in my book, “The Wisdom of Our Ancestors,” I list 39 different principles we were taught growing up that are no longer taught to many of our young people, I’m sure there are more, but that is all I could think of.

All we need to do is get back to the basics and apply the time worn principles of masonry.

The laws of nature and nature’s God,

The Ten Commandments

The golden rule.

Obviously, there were no masons as such, in times of ancient Sumeria and Egypt, but many carried the ideals of masonry, Ancient Egypt even had their version of Hiram, and there is strong evidence that rituals similar to the masonic rituals were performed in some of the pyramids, such as the Giant pyramid of Giza and the pyramid of Unas in Saqqara.

Every religion and culture has some version of these basic values, there must be some truth to them.

How do we, as masons, return our country to its rightful standing in the world and before God?

I don’t think anyone has the complete answer.

We just use logic

We can only influence those who are in our circle of influence, our family and friends by living the values that were taught us by our ancestors, and masonry.

Sooner or later, people get it. I woke up one morning and realized how smart my grandparents were, they never graduated from elementary school and had more common sense than most Harvard graduates.

Masonic tenets and symbols have always played an important part in world history, many of which have been in existence since the beginning of time.

We will never have all the answers, we just take one step forward, and follow our guide, the answers will be given to us at the proper time.

Masonic teachings have carried the world through time immemorial.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

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 Difference Between the Soul and the Spirit

photo of the tree of life

Meeting your twin flame at The Tree of Life

Written by Gary Wonning

Many people confuse the soul and the spirit. What is the difference, if any?

Technically, the soul and the spirit are the same energy, they just reside in different dimensions. 

The dimension the energy finds itself in determines whether it is the soul or the spirit.  The soul is that which dwells in every human being during it’s physical existence, when the soul passes from the human body through the light, it becomes the spirit.

The memories of past lives are stored in the spirit, so when a spirit enters human existence most of what the spirit remembers is lost to the soul. The memories remain in the spirit world and only occasionally do the memories flood through to the physical plane. 

When they do , it is to enlighten the individual and is a reminder it is time to delve into the souls past and relearn lessons taught during a previous time. 

The Akashic Records, the memories of the spirit, can only be accessed from spirit, and these live records of the universe’s existence are available to anyone who enters the spirit realm. 

These records are most often accessed by going into meditation and hypnosis, but many times our Christ Consciousness will allow spirit to cross the boundary between the physical world and the spirit world to give us a hint of the existence of the land beyond time, prodding us to investigate further the realities of other dimensions in time.

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

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.

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

 

 

Equality in the Pleiadian World

 

photo of the book A New World if You Can Take it

A New World is Evolving

Pleiadians say that because the entire universe is the manifestation of Creation, of Oneness, all beings are equal.

Some beings are more evolved than others, but all are children of Creation. Many are more evolved because they have lived many lifetimes and have had more life experience.

All men and women are equal as some souls have been born men and women in various lifetimes.

Men and women are treated equally in Pleiadian society. Social ranking in their society is based on spiritual, there’s that word again, evolvement. Total racial equality exists among them, not only in phenotype and skin color but also between humans and non-humans.

This is the way of Creation and it has been a tough lesson for us to learn here on planet Earth.

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.

photo of the Egyptian Sphinx at sunset

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

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome