Remember the Sabbath

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

Written by Gary Wonning

The Sabbath has been called a day of rest for many reasons besides the obvious reason; that time to worship God.

There was a time when no business was conducted on Sunday, except for the almost mandatory occupations to keep the world moving and to protect us from harm and provide a service if harm did come to us.  Even most restaurants , what few there were, were closed on Sunday.  Sunday dinner was around the family table, with as many relatives  as possible. 

In most families, going to church was mandatory, and was only missed if weather or other circumstances mandated.  

I grew up in Indiana, basketball country. Hardly a day went by where I wasn’t shooting hoops dodging cow pies in the ban yard. 

Neither snow, nor rain or dark of night kept me from my daily routine. In the winter, Friday nights were spent at the local high school gym rooting on our favorite team.  It was unpatriotic to miss the weekly highlight. 

The only thing that put a stop to shooting hoops, was church on Sunday, or some other event at the local church. That took priority over everything else. 

A few years ago, I took some friends to Fort Lauderdale to sail away on a seven day cruise. Normally, people need to be at the cruise port around noon or earlier, this was no exception. As a result I was driving I-75 on my way home through Fort Myers about twelve-thirty, (noon). I noticed a large soccer field near the freeway and probably about a hundred kids playing soccer. 

Because of my upbringing, I was surprised, and thought,” why aren’t these kids in church?”

Thinking back, I remembered, my mom would have strangled me if I even thought of picking u a basketball on a Sunday morning. I never even considered it. 

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

Growing up on a dairy farm, the weather always played a factor in our daily lives, everything evolved around the weather, even with that, very little work was done on Sunday, except necessary chores , like milking and tending to the cattle.

The most critical and frustrating times were during the hay harvest. The hay(cow feed) had to be cut down and left to cure in the field for three days before it could be baled and put in the hay mow for the winter feeding of the cattle.

The hay consisted of clover, alfalfa, and timothy, if it was baled too soon, it would still have too much moisture content and would soon mold and rot, rendering it useless, in that condition, it could catch on fire and burn the barn down, and kill any animals in the barn. 

Dodging the weather, it seems it never rains when you need it, and always rains when you don’t need it,  we always timed the cuttings so as to not have to bale hay on a Sunday. 

It is one of the hardest and dirtiest duties on a farm. Despite all of our planning, the rains would come and delay our work, making the first day available Sunday. Even though it is eminent to process the hay as soon as possible, the longer it lays in the field and is exposed to the elements, the condition of the hay deteriorates and can become practically useless. 

Even under those circumstances, I don’t remember ever baling hay on a Sunday. We took the chance, and normally the next day the weather would break and the hay was harvested. 

Even today, Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sunday due to religious considerations, and it is the most successful fast food franchises in the United States.

You gotta wonder.

We are told time and time again to keep the day holy, besides the obvious spiritual connotations, there are other factors to consider. 

Regardless of our vocation in life, we all need a break and time for rest and refreshment. We do need time to reflect on our relationship to a supreme being, and we need time to pursue other more enjoyable and relaxing interests than our job can provide, we need time to connect with friends and family, and a Sunday afternoon nap while we pretend to watch football.

Many work on Sunday and take another day off to have that time, it may be a good option but I have done that. It isn’t the same. When you work on Sunday, you miss a very important part of your life. 

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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Christopher Columbus and History

Written by Gary Wonning

On a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I was subject to a tirade by the tour director of a tour I was on.

He went on for twenty minutes about all the evil atrocities that Christopher Columbus performed. Obviously, since he had such an issue with Columbus and because I had gone on the trip to relax and enjoy a foreign culture, not to talk politics,  I somehow forgot to leave a tip.

Without doubt, Columbus did commit some acts that it would have been better if they had never been performed.  In those days people were cruel to each other, regardless of race, creed, religion or national origin. 

The American Indians also are not innocent, there is much evidence of war, rape and even cannibalism before the white man appeared on the scene, they didn’t need any lessons from the white man in that regard.  Regardless of where we look, there are two sides to everyone and everything. No one can go without blame. 

These days the rhetoric is all about blaming someone for our own short comings. The media and most politicians are quick to jump on the band wagon when they can blame someone for an issue for ratings or political gain, regardless if the story is true or not. 

Christopher Columbus began the Columbian Exchange where dozens of plants and animals were introduced to  new cultures. The new world gained horses, cattle, and many grain crops and sundries.  The Europeans and Asians gained potatoes, maize, sweet potatoes and many other important crops.  

One writer argues that Columbus is the most influential man in history because of the changes he initiated with his four voyages, I agree. 

Many want to ignore history and only focus on the negative aspects of a particular event, many times to satisfy their own agenda. 

Christopher Columbus did contribute much to the world, despite his short comings, There are always two sides to an issue, that is the case in most turning points in history. 

Obviously, it did not turn out well for the Indians. Columbus and others did bring disease  to the new world, and the 

Europeans were introduced to tobacco and syphilis, so there were negatives on both side of the ocean. 

The Indians were displaced from their land , that is no small thing, but the horse and cattle and the many food crops greatly benefited their lives. 

A world was created that would give them the opportunity for a better life if they so desired.

But when cultures collide, one wins and another loses, especially when the cultures are so different.  It happens throughout history, If we Americans don’t remain vigilant, some day our culture will be replaced.

It is time for the universities and schools begin teaching history as it actually happened and to give credit where credit is due, many great events took place because of the actions of Columbus and those that came after him. 

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The Masonic Influence on World History

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.

Masonic Lodge Meetings Should Be Held In the Morning

photo of shriner walking up masonic stairs

The Masonic Influence on World History

Written by Gary Wonning

I was quite surprised after moving to Florida to discover the Master Mason degree was always held on Saturday mornings at about nine AM.

The reasoning being that the degree work is rather long especially if there are more than one candidate and it got too late in the evening before lodge was closed.

I assume too many brethren were falling asleep.

It was about this time I began researching the practices of many of the earlier esoteric societies that I discovered something interesting.

It seems in ancient times, many of the present day rituals were performed in the early morning to coincide with the rising of the morning star, Venus and the sun.

The ancient believed that our perceptions were more distinct when we were receiving the influence of the morning star,  along with the moon and rising sun enabling the initiate to more easily comprehend  the esoteric meaning of the rituals.

I also discovered that brother George Washington, before he assumed his duties in the military and  creating a new country, plotted the rising of the moon, sun, and Venus at his Mount Vernon plantation for fifteen years prior, and made detailed notes.

When our nations capitol, Washington D.C. was plotted, he insisted the White House and the Capitol Building be precisely aligned to the rising of Venus in the early morning hours.

Thus the tradition of early morning rituals is preserved and remembered in our nation’s capitol.

The lodge brothers, by looking after the needs of others and providing the opportunity to not keep late hours, actually provided the opportunity to perform the ancients rituals at the proper times.

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.

What If We Volunteer For The Life We Lead?

 

My dad used to have a saying he would utter whenever I got myself into a really big jam, and I hated it .

He would just tell me, “You were smart enough to get yourself into that mess, I guess you are smart enough to get yourself out of it. Let me know how it turns out.” And then leave.

I hated it when he said that, but I did learn how to solve my own problems.

What if we do volunteer for the life we lead, and what if we do create our problems in order to solve life’s lesson and make us a better person?

To me, it never made much sense to blame God for everything that occurs in our life, why would God decide to punish one person and not the other?  He is supposed to be a just God. 

That one question lead me on  fantastic journey to discover the truth, or my truth

Journey to enlightenment

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

My conclusion was that we do actually create our own reality and we do create the events that mold and shape our lives. 

We create these events to resolve karma brought on by past actions and to grow beyond them to create a better life in the future. 

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.

We Are Omnipresent Multidimensional Beings

Many events have taken place over the course of my life to convince me that we do live multidimensional omnipresent lives.

Many cultures teach this, especially many of the eastern cultures, and we often hear stories of people seeing loved ones after they pass on from physical life. I’m sure many people, including myself have at one time or another, either experienced it ourself or heard of a loved one who has.

This in itself should give some credence to the possibility of it being true. There are so many instances of this that it leads me to believe it, along with personal experiences of myself and those I love and believe their testimony, because of their character and reputation of being honest and truthful people.

I, myself had an encounter with the phenomena several years ago.

At the end of the day, a fellow worker had related to me how a friend of his saw myself and another driver at a certain location, with a description of both of us asked if his friend had really seen us. I replied that he had indeed.

I had never met this person, so to this day I have no idea who he was.

After thinking for a moment, I realized that I had not been there. I was about three miles away and my friend was over forty miles away.

In this dimension, it did not happen,but I am to this day totally convinced it did occur in some other reality, I still feel as if I had been there.

Combining this with other accounts people have relayed to me over the years convinces there are other dimensions and realities, and we , as humans are multidimensional and omnipresent.

We can be and are many places at once.

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.

Journey to enlightenment

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

A New Culture Always Learns from the Past

 

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The Masonic Influence on World History 

Written by Gary Wonning

We learn as we study history, one culture or civilization always learns from the previous, takes the knowledge they have acquired, adds to it, and  a new religion or belief structure is born. Many times giving learned beliefs a new name but carrying on what was known before them.

Even though new thoughts are added, if one digs deep enough, the old philosophies never die, they are eternal and unchanging.

So it was with the new Jewish nation,brought forth by Moses, they took what was known to the Egyptians when they left Egypt and settled in the promised land. Moses grew up as an Egyptian, so he would have known much of their culture. They made it their own, sometimes changing the names to fit their own culture. This has been done since the beginning of time.  Out of it sprang a new culture, ready to assume its identity and make its mark in the world.

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.

Sedona: The Purpose of Life Revealed

photo of Bell Rock in Sedona ARizona

The portals of Sedona

Sedona Arizona is a magical place. The vortexes in the area create an environment where it becomes easier to access the paranormal world and receive inspiration from entities existing in other dimensions other than three dimensional earth. 

This was revealed to me while meditating on Bell Rock many years ago.

Even though there are some here on planet earth for the first time, most of us have lived tens, or hundreds or even thousands of lives.

In many of the lifetimes we find most of the same souls we are interacting with today, often times in different relationships, we find  many souls we have been married to several times, often times we exchange parent child relationships, the list goes on and on.

We come back many times, to work out conflicts with others and to join in with some to fulfill a mission or some important work.

I think the important thing to remember is that you don’t need to agree with everyone, the important thing to remember is everyone sees a different truth, a different reality, and no two people experience things in exactly the same way.

Journey to enlightenment

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.

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.