Sedona: My First Encounter With Bell Rock

 

Written by Gary Wonning

An excerpt from my book, The Portals of Sedona.

Soon we approached the Hwy 179 exit and began driving towards Sedona.  Suddenly, rounding a mountain, in clear view directly in front of us was a large red rock that looked like a bell.

I remember her saying something about it being Bell Rock, Well, that makes sense since it looks like a bell.

For whatever reason, I began to feel light headed, extremely hungry, and disoriented.

This is crazy, I just ate a big breakfast two hours ago, and I can’t be hungry. I continued looking at Bell Rock and the feelings intensified.

I stopped the car just short of Bell Rock for some photos of this captivating rock. I was extremely hungry and making an effort to stay grounded, I ate everything Emma brought from home, and I was still hungry.

The journey was just beginning.

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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, as well as studying native cultures.

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

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

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome

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Sedona Arizona: Red Rock Country

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Written by Gary Wonning

Sedona is approximately ninety miles north of Phoenix and is accessible by driving north on I-17 from Phoenix, Arizona.

The terrain is mountainous and has many trees and vegetation along Oak Creek which meanders through Sedona.

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

 

Sedona Arizona: Mysterious Happenings

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Written by Gary Wonning

The mysteries of Sedona are endless, and the stories never end,  it sees  everyone has an account of something mysterious that they saw or were a part of while in Sedona.

Roaming the streets and trails of the area, you feel as if you could have an encounter at any moment. There certainly is magic in the air.

There may be a logical explanation for them, but black Apache helicopters are constantly at the small airport on Airport Mesa.

The Apache helicopters are manufactured in nearby Mesa Arizona and could just be on a test run, but, military personnel always man them, so you often wonder what they are doing here, especially with all the paranormal activity that is associated with Sedona.

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The portals of Sedona

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

One of the powerful vortexes of Sedona

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

 

Defining Reality: Part Two

 

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

Written by Gary Wonning

It was a cold Sunday January morning in southern Indiana, the previous evening a cold front had blown through and deposited a few inches of snow on the stark winter landscape .The day began under a  bright winter sun, with the temperature hovering near zero.

My three teenage daughters and I were preparing to leave for Sunday school, when suddenly this ear piercing noise resonated from the field across from our rural home.

My oldest daughter and I curiously peered out the large bay window overlooking a pasture across the road.

What we saw was almost unbelievable. We saw a large black panther just waking up from his sleep, stretching and growling, ready to start it’s day. After doing it’s morning yoga, he looked around and  hastened into the adjoining forest, never to be seen again.

We stood in awe, what was this big cat, larger than anything we had ever seen before doing here in the frozen northland of Indiana?

My two younger daughters didn’t see  the panther, they were in the back of the house getting dressed for church.

Aside from the physical abnormalities, what did it represent on a spiritual level and was there a message being conveyed to us through the symbolism?

It was unheard of to see a panther in Indiana, and the weather certainly wasn’t conducive to what a panther would gravitate to in real life. It was black, what did the color black represent, and what does a panther represent in the spiritual world?

At the time, none of this entered my mind, we were just overwhelmed about what we had seen and that was enough of a jolt last us for some time.

It would take several years before the full meaning of that vision would be understood and the message spirit was trying to convey.

Many times these revelations come during times of emotional stress or extreme weather changes, the cold front and snow certainly created an extreme weather change.

The black panther can symbolize many things that warn us of coming events that could be construed as negative. In this case it was a reminder of a marriage that was on the rocks and the resulting disappointment in love.

The marriage had been on the rocks for several years, and we were divorced a short time after that.

In retrospect, the whole scenario was a message from beyond reminding us of our current life situation.

I never interpreted it at the time,but over time, because of it, I learned to interpret such messages from other realities and be forewarned or informed of current or future coming events.

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

 

Defining Reality: Part One

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

Written by Gary Wonning

Many times it is impossible to define reality.

I think we all have had moments in time when objects or living beings appeared to make us question our definition of reality.

There are many stories I have heard about people seeing objects or their relatives that have passed on, appearing before their eyes in three dimensional reality.

These instances suddenly occur, we see them, think about them, maybe we even related them to those we think may be receptive and then the moment is stored away in our subconscious mind, often to never be thought of again.

We contemplate the singular circumstance, maybe even find someone else who has had a similar experience, and after finding no logical explanation, we go on with our lives.

These holes in reality can occur and do occur anywhere on planet earth, but can be more prevalent in areas like Sedona Arizona where the vortex energy leads to a more favorable environment for such activity.

Often times they occur because the individual is trying to deal with a life changing event or they are ready to begin a new spiritual enlightenment, or maybe, because of the symbolism involved, it may be a forewarning of events to come in their life.

I have heard of several such events in people lives soon after the passing of a loved relative or friend where the person who has passed suddenly appears before their own eyes.

Often times, no words are spoken and before the observer can comprehend what is happening, the entity leaves without a trace. The observer is often left  perplexed, astonished, and questioning his sanity.

In my own humble existence on planet earth, there have been several such reality shattering events.

To be continued tomorrow

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

 

Does A Person In A Coma Have A Soul?

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Written by Gary Wonning

There is always  controversy concerning the human soul and what it is, if it exists at all. 

We can’t actually see the soul and many people believe that if something can’t be  seen, it doesn’t exist. They forget that we can’t see electricity but we all know electricity exists.

I think most clear thinking people do believe we have a soul. Falsely thinking that we are a body who has a soul, when in actuality, we are a soul that occupies a human body.

Our soul is who we really are, we only occupy a body in order to be able to express ourselves in a worldly form.

Along with this issue, many debate when and if the soul enters the human body.

My personal opinion is the soul enters the fetus at conception,  it only makes sense that the soul would need time to acclimate itself with its new form of transportation for the next ninety or so years. The soul may come and for for a time during pregnancy while it decides if it really wants to experience the chosen life, but in the long run, the soul is almost always present in the fetus.

The soul needs this time, along with childhood to to learn its new environment and to adjust to its new body. 

There is also discussion as to whether the soul leaves the body when a person is in a coma  after a traumatic life experience. 

Many people, after recovering from a coma relive experiences they encountered while in a coma, sometimes remembering going somewhere to learn new skills and talents.

Often times after they re-enter the human existence, their lifestyle and belief structure changes completely, often to the amazement of fellow workers and friends.

This would mean that the soul of a person in a coma is no longer in its body, especially if the body is on life support. The human body is then supported by artificial means, leaving the soul to wander about the universe as it pleases. 

Many times the person can remember meeting Jesus, God, or some other spiritual leader, which often changes their life completely and they go on to accomplish many acts which they wouldn’t not have had the skills before the out of body experience.

We actually think with our soul, the brain is just a physical manifestation of our soul, the vehicle which enables the body to function, taking orders from our soul or Higher Self. 

In my way of thinking, the body cannot function on it’s own without a soul.

It would be like trying to operate a computer without a hard drive.

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The Tree of Life

 

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

 

A Spiritual Encounter In The Outback Of Australia

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Written by Gary Wonning

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

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

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

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

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

Rainbow Serpent Gallery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The aborigines of Australia

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

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

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

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

Your comments are welcome