Using Logic to Right the World

Written By: Gary Wonning

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 unknowingly follows logic and we often 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.

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 bus 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, I’m just going to savor this for a while.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 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?”

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 upon returning to the states.

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 of 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 during the war.

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 and the left.

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 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.

We don’t have to do anything new, the mysteries of masons in masonry aren’t secrets, they are out in the open for those able to see them.

The planet is rebooting 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 bathwater, discard what doesn’t work and keep what works.

How do we know what to keep?

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,” by the way, it’s available on Amazon along with the six other books I have written, I list 39 different principles we were taught growing up that are no longer taught to many of our young people,

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

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.

Those are the principles we stand for.

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

We just use logic, 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.

We don’t 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.

We walk by faith, not by sight.

Retiring in 1994 from United Parcel Service where he became a member of the distinguished UPS Circle of Honor, whose nine thousand plus members have all attained over twenty-five years of safe accident-free driving

Gary has done everything but retire.   After moving from his native state of Indiana to Sedona Arizona, he continued to not only drive but study native cultures and the changes in our own American culture.

The author of seven books, all published on Amazon.

www.journeysthrulife.com

He has seen the decline of a once great nation, to one that has become lost and struggling for a new identity.

Just like some of the great cultures of the past, America has become a victim of it’s own success, achieving much in the field of science and technology, but losing the spiritual foundation that once made it great.

We also run the risk of losing our culture and our way of life if we don’t once again return to the doctrines that made this great nation great.

  

The Times Are Changing

 

Written By: Gary Wonning

We are the ones we have been waiting for.

These are the times the Hopi, Maya, and others spoke of.

These are the times of endings and new beginnings.
Many believe the world will someday come to an end. The reality is, someday it will, many millions of years from now when none of us living today will be around to see it, at least not in this lifetime.

The reality is,  the present time isn’t going to end, neither is civilization. Since the beginning of time, humanity has been looking forward to the end of the world. There is something in our human DNA that prevents us from envisioning life going on forever, we are always looking for the end, life is cyclical, it never ends.

In the present reality, we are in the end times, the end of one era and the beginning of another. As the popular song of the seventies so eloquently stated, We are leaving the age of Pisces and entering the age of Aquarius.

Sorry to say, humanity isn’t ending, our way of thinking is, we are entering a new era of consciousness where we will become more aware, not only of our physical existence but the nonphysical one as well.

As a whole, humanity is evolving towards a time when many souls will become more enlightened than they have been in the past, many are becoming able to tune into their innermost thoughts and act on their instincts rather than raw emotions.

They are now more enabled to instinctively know what others are thinking and feeling, others thoughts and motives are becoming known to us so they will no longer be able to mislead us thru their words and actions.

As a result, people will need to be more honest in both their thoughts and actions, politicians and others will no longer be able to hide their true intentions, leading to a society that is more open and able to function as it should. People will slowly become aware that they do control their destiny and are able to determine what future they would like, by passing karma in the process.

In time, this will lead to increased prosperity and content on the planet earth.

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 world is coming to an end

Written By: Gary Wonning

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

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

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

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

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

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

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

The Head And Heart, Twin Pillars

Written By: Gary Wonning

The two pillars, Jachin and Boaz, of masonic teachings have many meanings and refer to several different facets of our daily lives.

From time immemorial, these two pillars have stood as a symbol of our efforts to lead a just and moral life.

They not only allude to the physical attributes of life but our spiritual and emotional as well.  In ancient times they alluded to King Solomon establishing his kingdom in strength, in more modern times than can often allude to our ability to establish our life in strength and stability.

Often times we make decisions based on the whims of the heart. This is not all a negative, but many times we let our emotions overrule our good common sense and what may be the correct course of action to take over the long run.

That is where the logic of the mind or head comes in.  In the final analysis, what we would really want in the long run would be what would be the most beneficial for us over the span of a lifetime or beyond.  For that, we need to temper the emotions of the heart with the logic of the mind.

What may be good for us or seem to be the emotional course to take, could very well lead us down a path we should choose not to go.

In order to choose the correct path for ourselves, we should consider the needs of the heart and our emotional well being with the sensible decisions of the mind, thereby using the twin pillars of our own being to contemplate what is the best path for us to follow.

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

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

The Pleiadian Believe

An excerpt from the book, A new World, If You Can Take It.

The Pleiadians are said to believe that our Earth religions are cult-like and primitive and that they keep us from evolving spiritually.

They also say that there is really no conflict between science and religion because the spiritual beliefs are based on reality and not someone’s opinion. What has intrigued me so much about this story is that the Pleiadians speak of an Intelligence which they refer to as “the Creation.”

Life is Creation’s dream of oneness and all comes from this one intelligence that we would label as “God.” Yet the word “God,” according to Pleiadian cosmology, is an old Earth word for the Pleiadian leader who was governing the planet Earth about 11,000 years ago.

That leader, who was named Jehovan, was an evil minded ET who deceived humanity by telling them that it was he who created them and was their true God and master—sound familiar? Now there are some, especially those who are of the school of thought originating with noted author and researcher, Zecharia Sitchin, who would argue that Yahweh was of the Annunaki race and that they created and enslaved humankind. This discussion goes beyond the scope of this book, but the fact remains that the “God” of the Bible is a Star Visitor. As the story goes,

Now there are some, especially those who are of the school of thought originating with noted author and researcher, Zecharia Sitchin, who would argue that Yahweh was of the Annunaki race and that they created and enslaved humankind. This discussion goes beyond the scope of this book, but the fact remains that the “God” of the Bible is a Star Visitor. As the story goes,

The fact remains that the “God” of the Bible is a Star Visitor. 

As the story goes, Jehovan was so treacherous that he even killed his father, Arus, who was just as demented and warlike as he was. So the original concept of “God” comes from a time when humanity was intimidated and dominated by Star Visitor dictators who created a religion designed to facilitate their rule over human beings. Creation is, therefore, above what we mistakenly refer to as God.

There is also no duality in the worldview of the Pleiaidans. There is only One Power and presence in the universe. There is not some great cosmic battle going on between God and Satan. Creation is one. There is no Trinitarian doctrine here. They see only oneness, which means there is no separation between us or them—or anything else in the cosmos for that matter. In fact, the Pleiaidans do not acknowledge any creator. They say there is Creation but no creator and all is one with it. Self-responsibility According to Pleiadian thought, spiritual growth is the responsibility of the individual. Accepting this fact is a sign of spiritual growth for we must take responsibility for our lives and the actions and choices that we make. Yes, there have been messengers who have come teaching us about the truth of why we are alive on planet Earth, but we wind up worshiping the individual and not heeding the message after they die. The messages and teachings get twisted and distorted as they drift further and further away from the original truth. Human egos then become more involved, secrets are kept, and the people become “sheeple,” as they are led around like sheep. The Pleidians say that one evolves by connecting with Creation and studying natural law.

In fact, the Pleiaidans do not acknowledge any creator. They say there is Creation but no creator and all is one with it. Self-responsibility According to Pleiadian thought, spiritual growth is the responsibility of the individual. Accepting this fact is a sign of spiritual growth for we must take responsibility for our lives and the actions and choices that we make. Yes, there have been messengers who have come teaching us about the truth of why we are alive on planet Earth, but we wind up worshiping the individual and not heeding the message after they die. The messages and teachings get twisted and distorted as they drift further and further away from the original truth. Human egos then become more involved, secrets are kept, and the people become “sheeple,” as they are led around like sheep. The Pleidians say that one evolves by connecting with Creation and studying natural world. The natural world follows the laws of Creation, harmony, and peace are achieved. The Pleidians teach that knowledge is the key to a spiritual life because that knowledge applied can be wisdom. Knowledge in and of itself is nothing. This is the basis for the Pleidian “religion.” The Pleidians encourage humanity  by telling them that it was he who created them and was their true God and master— sound familiar?

Carter, Rev. Michael J.S. (2014-10-13). A New World If You Can Take It: God, Extraterrestrials, and the Evolution of Human Consciousness (p. 69). Grave Distractions Publications. Kindle Edition.

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

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

Searching For Enlightenment

Written By; Gary Wonning

It was in 1987 and I had just returned from Egypt, theShirley Mclaine movie, “Out On A Limb” had just premiered on TV. 

A friend of mine approached me about starting a metaphysical study group in town. 

I was all for it, but I made the statement that I doubted that many would come, I knew everyone in town and even though I had discussed it with several people, no one really showed an interest.

My friend went ahead and started the group and much to my surprise, almost sixty people came to the first meeting and the meetings went on for years.

People were reluctant to discuss their beliefs with someone else. Even though most were catholic, which I thought would be a deterrent, once they were in a comfortable environment with like-minded people, they willingly discussed their feelings on various topics.

You never know how what you do will effect others until you do it.

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

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

 

The Vietnam Conflict

Written By: Gary Wonning

Like many my age, the Vietnam war came about during my late teenage years and I was faced with a difficult decision.

The conflict was, to say the least, controversial. I assume all wars are controversial, but this one seemed more so because many couldn’t justify a reason for going to war in a foreign distant land. Many didn’t even know where Vietnam was or had even heard of it.

The biggest case for engagement was to prevent the spread of communism. We were in the middle of the cold war and the threat of nuclear war was ever present with Russia continuously threatening our way of life and our very existence continuously.

The year before, it was discovered Russia had placed missile silos in Cuba, only ninety miles from our shores. The conflict ended one October evening after we stood up to them saying the missiles  had to be removed. many of us went to bed that evening, not sure if we would wake up in the morning.

The ultimatum had been given, the warships put in place, and we waited.

Many of us went to bed that evening, not sure if we would wake up in the morning.

Someone once told me that if we were dead and pinched oursleves we wouldn’t feel it, upon waking , I pinched myself, it hurt so I got up and went to work.

The crisis had been averted.

I was at the legal draft age and a prime target for the draft, not wanting to go to college or get married, I would soon be bound for the military.

Many questions entered my mind, did I want to serve , and if I did which branch did I want to serve in.

I didn’t really want to kill anyone, even in defence of my freedoms and my coutry.  I decided that if it came down to that , I would, but I had done that so many times in past lifetimes, I really didn’t want to do it any more. But I knew that if push came to shove and it was necessary to defend my way of life, my country and my family, there was no question I would do it.

Many went to Canada to escape the draft, that was totally out of the question and the thought only entered my mind as an after thought. There wasn’t any way that would be an option.

I finally decided that I wanted to serve my country  and the Air Froce seemed to be the best option for me.

Hence I joined the Air Force on Reserve status and began fulfilling my obligation.

As time went by, the Vietnam War heated up and it seemed more likely I  would be called to active duty.

And then it happened, in the spring of 1968, during the Tet offensive, we were called to active duty. There probably never is a good time to be called to fight in a foreign land, but I was getting married and we had bought a hosue, with only a year and a half to serve I was looking forward to getting discharged.

More contemplation, I , like most never wanted to go to war, but I decided to let it up to God, if he wanted me to serve, I would go, and began mentally preparing to serve.

I began comtemplating the reasons to defend one’s country. In the United States, we don’t fight for a King or Queen, we don’t fight to gain foreign lands for the homeland, we fight for an idea, the ideas of what America was founded on, freedom and the right of the idividual to choose the life they desire, without interference from a government.

Even if we don’t approve of our president, or what our government is doing, we fight for the sublime ideas our country was founded on.

My bags were packed and I was ready to go, when word came down three days before my departure. 

I had been deactivated, God didn’t want me to serve in that manner.

It’s best to think things  through, decide what you would do in the most extreme situation, and let God make the final decision.

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

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome