Many Want a Utopia On Earth

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Since the beginning of time people have talked of a heaven on earth. Many have this illusion that living a life of peaceful bliss would be utopia, and something to look forward to.

Isn’t creating a heaven on earth the same as creating a Utopian society?

Utopian societies never work and actually go against human nature,  we aren’t created to enjoy a life with no challenges and live blissfully for several years. To be content and happy, our souls need to be challenged , and we need to learn and understand this.

When one becomes idle with no purpose in life they become bitter, restless and bored. This is the kind of environment a Utopian society creates.

We all need challenges in life and the ability to succeed, often against seemingly impossible odds. The human soul needs to overcome challenges to realize it’s full potential.

If  society takes away those challenges, there is no need to excel, we all become the same regardless of what we do,  with no need or ability to succeed.

Many, through time and even today look for a savior to save us from ourselves. The ancient Meso-Americans often spoke of a great man who would come from the east and make a better world for them. When that great savior, {Quetzalcoatl}, shows up, guess what, he killed them.

The Australian government in an effort to “fix” past atrocities, have over compensated the aboriginal culture, trying to right a wrong. 

In spite of their good intentions, what they have accomplished, is to make many of the aboriginal culture dependent and resentful.  Many get resentful if they believe the government has given someone else more than they themselves have received, instead of being thankful for what they have been given. They have become dependent on the Australian government, and lost the desire to improve their lot in life, because their basic needs have been met by government. 

The best course in life would have been to let bygones be bygones and move forward to make life better for everyone. 

In today’s world, many look for the return of Jesus to save us from our sins.

I have the utmost respect for Jesus, I believe he did in fact walk upon the earth and spoke great truths.

Following his teachings would give each and every one of us a chance to enjoy a life we could only imagine, while looking for a heaven on earth would only create discontent and jealousies. 

Would Jesus’s return create a promised heaven on earth as some  mystics prophesize? 

I doubt it, we, each and every one of us has free will, and everyone has a side for good side and a side for evil, there is good and evil in each and everyone of us, consequently, we all need to experience the good and evil of life. If we never have a so-called negative experience in our life, we cannot recognize good when it comes. 

We live on a planet of dual polarity, there are always two sides of an issue, good, evil, male, female, rich, poor, light, darkness, etc.

You can’t have one without the other.

This will always be true. No one can change that . I believe that is what Jesus was trying to teach us.

Instead of looking to Jesus as a savior, we need to look to his and other mystics  teachings for wise counsel. 

The best we can hope for is that humanity will reach an understanding that we are all different individuals with different needs and desires, and different life plans.

People need to understand this and accept the fact that no two people will ever think alike on everything.

Its OK to disagree, live and let live, let each person believe as he desires.

As long as his or her beliefs don’t affect me, it is none of my business what they believe.

It is also none of my business what they think of me.

It is only the fear that their thoughts will harm  us  that drives these insecurities. I have never seen a thought harm any one.

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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You Know You’re a Mom When

 

You Know You’re a Mom When…

You count the sprinkles on each kid’s cupcake to make sure they’re equal.

You have the time to shave only one leg at a time.Your kid throws up and you catch it.

Some one else’s kid throws up at a party. You keep eating.

You consider finger paints to be a controlled substance.

You’ve mastered the art of placing large quantities of pancakes and eggs on a plate without anything touching.

Your child insists that you read “Once Upon a Potty” out loud in the lobby of Grand Central Station and you do it.

You cling to the high moral ground on toy weapons, your child chews his toast into the shape of a gun.

You hope ketchup is a vegetable, since it’s the only way your child eats.

You can’t bear the thought of your son’s first girlfriend.

You hate the thought of his wife even more.

You find yourself cutting your husbands’ (spouse’s) sandwiches into cute shapes.

You can’t bear to give away baby clothes – it’s so final.

You hear your mother’s voice coming out of your mouth when you say, “NOT in your good clothes!”

You stop criticizing the way your mother raised you.

You donate to charities in the hope that your child won’t get that disease.

You hire a sitter because you haven’t been out with your husband in ages, then spend half the night checking on the kids.

You use your own saliva to clean your child’s face.

You say at least once a day, “I’m not cut out for this job”, but you know you wouldn’t trade it for anything. 

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.

www.travelnsnap.com

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. 

Antigua: One of the Most Beautiful Islands in the Caribbean

Certainly one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean, Antigua stands out from the rest in natural beauty.

Nelsons Dockyard

Nelsons Dockyard is a sail boater’s Heaven

Daggar Plant

The Daggar Plant has a certain beauty all it’s own. 

Barrel Cactus overlooking the bay

  I always thought it strange to see cactus in the Caribbean Ocean.

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.

www.travelnsnap.com

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.

New Masonic Thoughts

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

I found this some where, it would be hard to improve on the message. 

As masons, we have an identity problem. We’ve all heard the mantras, “Freemasonry is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.” or “We make good men better.”, but that doesn’t quite explain to the average man what we really are about. Reliance on a catchphrases to bring in potential members doesn’t convey what we as an organization are trying to accomplish. In fact, I think it is a banal attempt at marketing ourselves. If you want people to know you exist as an organization, the organization needs to be actively marketing itself and it has to agree on a definition of what it wants to represent. We can’t expect bumper stickers that say: “2B1Ask1” to send potential members to our doors. We can’t continue to take a passive approach and expect our membership numbers to reverse, we need to actively market ourselves and what we represent.

Furthermore, as part of this advertising, we need to stress how important the below values are for men today. As the MSANA report says when discussing the benefits of Freemasonry in the 21st century world: “Masonry offers an opportunity for a principled way of life rooted in the following Masonic values: 

  • Integrity
  • Diversity 
  • Inquiry 
  • Community 
  • Vitality


Masons are men who build community through brotherhood that is based on a principled lifestyle. A Mason’s life is deeply rooted in a system of values. Masonry cannot be kept inside the individual; it is a philosophy of fraternity that must be shared in action through numerous experiences, which are lodge-based, personal, and professional.“

I would substitute personal development in place of inquiry. I don’t see the act of asking for information as being one of our values. Instead, I see personal development more in line with our values. Personal Development covers the activities that improve awareness and identity, develop talents and potential, build human capital and facilitate employability, enhance the quality of life and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations. I personally have observed in my children a lack of certain life skills, for example, although I’ve shown him numerous times, I doubt highly that my 18 year old son could change a tire. As another example, my 16 year old son can’t cook a simple meal for himself. Sure he can microwave a meal, boil an egg, and do other simple kitchen tasks, but if I asked him to cook me a hamburger or pancake for instance, there’s a good chance that he couldn’t do it. Freemasonry can be marketed in such a way to younger generations to show them that Masonry can help teach them these life skills, either from the experience of being with older men who know these things, or by outright setting up workshops to teach them.

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.

photo of the two pillars

Shriner carrying a child up the steps of masonry

Sedona Vortex: The Indiana Pacers Hat

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Written by Gary Wonning

Sometimes people’s imaginations run wild when visiting Sedona, people automatically assume they will have some life changing metaphysical experience.  It doesn’t always work that way.

Once my wife and I were hiking on Bell Rock and we met a couple coming down from the top of  the vortex.

I’m from Indiana and I noticed the young girl was wearing an Indiana Pacers hat.

I realized the possibility of someone wearing such a hat not being from the Hoosier State would be rare, and also looking to strike up a conversation, I asked her if they were indeed from Indiana.

Her eyes widened, she was thinking she was about to have a mystical experience and met a true mystic.

Excited, she asked me, “How did you know?”

With a slight grin, I replied, “You have an Indiana Pacers hat on.”

The excitement turned to disappointment as she realized there would be no extraterrestrial encounter at this time. 

After a short conversation, we realized we did indeed have a mutual acquaintance, that in itself provided the evidence that Sedona does indeed provide a platform for synchronicisity, 

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.

Grand Turk: The First Space Flight

photo of El Morro

The beautiful island of Puerto Rico

On February 20, 1962, John Glenn made his historic flight in Friendships 7, being the first American to travel in Space

NASA station on Grand Turk

After three trips around the earth , he landed near Grand Turk, Lookouts on the destroyer USS Noa sighted the main parachute at an altitude of 5,000 ft from a range of 5 nautical miles. The USS Noa had the spacecraft aboard 21 minutes after landing and astronaut John Glenn remained in the spacecraft during pickup. 

Friendship 7 spacecraft

 Glenn was transferred by helicopter from the USS Noa to the USS Randolph, and then flown to Grand Turk for his debriefing and medical as planned. The capsule joined him later when it was delivered to Grand Turk by ship.

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.

http://www.travelnsnap.com

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.

Sedona: Chapel of the Holy Cross

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

On our way into town, we had driven past the Chapel of the Holy Cross, so we decided to return  to the Village of Oak Creek to visit this magnificent shrine..

Influenced by the Empire state Building in 1932, the chapel was inspired and commissioned by Marguerite Staude. She first attempted to build it in Budapest Hungary, but the project was aborted because of the start of world war two.

With the help of Lloyd Wright, son of Frank Lloyd Wright she decided to build it in Sedona.

 Barry Goldwater, senator of Arizona, obtained a special permit to enable her to build it in the Coconino National Forest at a cost of $300,000.

The chapel was then  completed in 1956.

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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