We Have Created Our Reality

 

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

Many dispute the fact that we humans create the reality we live in, most just shrug their shoulders and attribute everything that they experience as fate and search no further for answers.

Look around you, look at the current condition of the world, all the violence, the corruption, warfare, discontent, where did that come from? Did it just happen?

The world has always been a pretty cruel place, but it is an awfully beautiful planet as well. There have always been negative events in the world, but in this day and age, things are different. 

People condone bad behavior, it is accepted and no one judges or has an opinion.  This has lead to a general downfall of morals and values, and we have abandoned God.

What have we, as a country been thinking the last sixty years?

We wonder where God is, and how could he let these things happen to a righteous people?

Many look to an outside force for the cure to our ills, but the simple fact is, as a nation, we have become unrighteous., we no longer believe or try to uphold the values that this country was founded on and made us great.

Many discount any reference to people being able to create their reality, they believe it is all up to God.

Things go wrong and they ask,”Where is God?”

God was taken from the equation.

What has our thinking been the last several decades, where have our thoughts been?

Most have forgotten about what is important in life, worrying more about if they can afford the latest smartphone than they are about doing the right thing, or raising their kids in a good environment, teaching them good values and trying to lead them down the correct path in life.

As a nation, our values and ethics have gone down the toilet. If you casually mention how people thought or believed sixty years ago, you are looked at and scorned as if you came from a different planet.

A football player is ridiculed for praying on the field of battle while others are praised for disrespecting the American flag.

The democratic party booed God at their national convention in 2012, and we have kicked him out of the public arena.

Mass shootings are common in this era, all sorts of unnatural behavior is condoned and encouraged, and we wonder what happened.

We created our own reality.

A man reaps what he sows.

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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Our Second Amendment Rights


People often ask, especially people from other countries, why are Americans so obsessed with guns, why are we so insistent on preserving our right to protect ourselves and encourage everyone to have a gun in spite of all the gun violence in the world today?

What they fail to realize is that gun rights have played a part in our nation since the very beginning.

The first shots fired at Bunker Hill, which began our American Revolution was a direct result of the British attempt to seize the guns of the American colonists.

After the revolt over unfair taxation, the first step of the Crown in an attempt to take control over the colonies was an attempt to capture an arsenal and seize our guns, thus eliminating our ability to defend ourselves.

This act implanted in our minds the need to have the ability to defend ourselves from the aggressive acts of government by maintaining a right to bear arms. This measure not only defends Americans from an oppressive government, but it also protects people around the world from oppressive governments as well.

If we didn’t have our second amendment rights, sooner or later we would fall to a different form of government and we would lose our ability to help other countries in need.

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

 

1950s Values and Morals

Many people express the desire to go back to the fifties and the values people had back then.

What do they mean by that? Obviously, people weren’t saints back then and many wrongs were committed.

When people talk about going back to the values of the fifties and sixties they are referring to the things we were taught, whether we listened or not. 

Values such as hard work, self-discipline, marriage, self-reliance, respect for authority, studiousness, patience, the values that ultimately would lead to a happier more productive, successful life than one would have if they don’t follow these principles.

The idea that one should first finish their education, get a job, then get married and once established, then have children. 

Believe it or not, at one time, if a couple couldn’t afford to have more kids, they didn’t have them.

When you start a family before you are financially or mentally prepared, you are only asking for trouble. 

Life is hard enough when you try to do things in the proper manner, it just gets harder when you break the rules.

No one is ever guaranteed a successful life that has no problems, but when a person follows these simple rules of success, the likelihood of having a good life greatly increases. 

Even if issues do come along, which they will, if you have followed the game plan, you will have reserves, financially and spiritually to carry you through the rough spots.

These are time-honored traditions that were carried down through the ages, by responsible people have guided people since time immemorial. 

They are just good common sense values to be followed by everyone, regardless of race, creed or national origin. 

They have nothing to do with white supremacy or racism, sexism or any other ism.

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

Keep the Old Values That Have Stood the Test Of Time

 

As the world changes and old ways are tossed out the window, we need to remember to hang on to what is near and dear to us, to cling to the universal truths that never change, even though society and customs do.

Times and customs regularly change, as they should. However, many ideas have stood the test of time and should never be discarded.

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

Let’s Make America Great Again

 

Let’s Make America Great Again

We have a president that was elected on the premise that we needed to make America great again.

How do we do that, how does every one of us, regardless of our station in life do what is necessary to make this great country once again live up to its highest potential? 

Obviously, not everyone can stand behind a podium and speak to thousands, most can’t write or influence thousands of  people through their actions or words. 

They don’t have to, all the individual needs to do is to try and set a good example for those in their circle of influence, those people they come in contact with every day, family and friends.

No one is perfect and we don’t always speak and act in the proper manner, but that shouldn’t stop us from trying, as long as we have good intentions, our motives are valid. 

Each and every one of us should live up to the morals, values, and principles that made this country great, those Judeo-Christian values this country was founded on and have supported our country through the ages.

We don’t need to influence millions of citizens if each and every one of us only influence a few people, our actions will have a ripple effect that will be unstoppable.

In order to make our country great again, we need to make ourselves great again.

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

Are You Living In Faith Or Fear?

 

After the recent hurricane season, where a couple of strong hurricanes struck the United States, I suddenly realized how many people are actually living their lives in fear. 

People were buying enough supplies to last for months and exhausting supplies for those who needed them.

During Irma, which struck Florida, I determined that there are only two ways to live your life, either you live it in faith, the faith in a Supreme Being and regardless of what happens you will survive. 

Or you live your life in fear, always fearing the next crisis coming down the road, by living in fear and with lack of trust in a Supreme Being one continuously experiences stress, putting undue strain on not only your body but on those around us as well.

To live in faith one needs to realize there is a Supreme Intelligence and we are all connected to it. That Supreme Intelligence or God Force is available to each and every one of us for guidance and protection.

Even though bad things do happen to good people, in the end, each and every one of us only experience what we can handle and the lessons learned through adversity make us stronger and wiser.

We need to realize we never die, regardless of what may come about, our soul never dies and we do live in eternity. Once we totally understand this, it is much easier to live in faith than being constantly in fear.

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 Main Reason Masons and the Church Disagree

 

In the Gnostic work Treatise Resurrection, ordinary human existence is described as spiritual death whereas the resurrection is the moment of enlightenment and reveals what truly exists. Whoever grasps this idea becomes spiritually alive and can be resurrected from the dead immediately.

The Gospel of Philip says those who say they will die first and then rise are in error, they must receive the resurrection while they live, which is in agreement of what Jesus taught.

This is in direct conflict with the church that believes, only those who have had direct access to Christ, or their representatives have direct access to resurrection, all others must go through them.

Most Gnostics view Jesus, not as a God, but as the man who illuminated the pathway.

Whoever sees the Lord through inner vision can claim his or her own authority equals or surpasses that of the apostles and their successors.

In other words, they don’t need an intermediary to communicate with God.

The concept of gnosis (knowledge) is the exact opposite of the Church’s concept of faith, and it is the type of thought process that fits well with masonry,

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