Out With the Old, In With the New

 

Many want to throw out everything old, regardless of it’s intrinsic value or how long it has been believed, they want it replaced. 

Many are trying to change history, discarding what they believe is no longer needed, or what is disturbing to someone’s feelings. 

They want to replace religion or discard it altogether.  replacing it with a  one world religion or government, not thinking about what effect that would have on the world population, or even if it is practical or makes sense. 

They don’t stop and realize that no two people will ever think the same, or should,  when it comes to spiritual matters.

We have different countries, with borders because people believe differently, and come into life wanting to experience different lifestyles and social settings. If there were only one form of government, that would not be possible. Planet earth is a giant school house where we all come to learn different lessons, that would not be possible if we were all the same and believed the same on every issue. 

Obviously, many problems need to be solved and attitudes need to change on some issues, but there are many of the old values that have been carried down from time immemorial, that are being forgotten and discarded that are much needed in today’s world. 

We are forgetting what our ancestors taught us. 

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

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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It’s Time For A New Way Of Thinking

Journey to enlightenment

Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

Written by Gary Wonning

Are you tired of the same old narrative?

Are you ready for something new, a new way of thinking which combines old common sense values and  new thought ideas.

Have you reached a dead end with your religion and the way people try to resolve the problems of the world and the issues in their life?

It seems every conversation ends in the same old time worn ideas that no longer work.

Are you tired of getting the same answers to the same questions, “Why do bad things happen to good people?”

“It’s God’s Will.”

To me that is a non answer.

The only one who can give us the answers to our questions is ourself. The answers lie within, and my answers may not be your answers. Your answers today may not be your answers tomorrow or the next day.

Many of the answers to today’s issues are thought to be hidden in some secret document. The answers are not hidden, they are right out in plain view for those who seek them.

All we need to do is to look within and get our egos and old thoughts out of the way.

It can be quite a journey.

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

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.

 

We Are Looking At This All Wrong

Journey to enlightenment

Searching beyond conventional wisdom. Open new avenues in your spiritual search.

Written by Gary Wonning

Everyone believes they are a body with a soul when in all actuality, we are a soul occupying a human body.

We have it backwards, our body dies and returns to dust, but our soul lives on, it never dies.

All religions and spiritual philosophies believe in some sort of resurrection.  This has been the case since time immemorial. Back as far as we can research, there has been some sort of  a definition of an after life, back past the Egyptians and even to ancient Sumeria, where life is presumed to have begun.

Almost all peoples believe in some definition of life after death.

At least that is what they say they believe, but very few have every researched what that means to them, many just pay lip service and go on with their daily lives. Never again questioning it beyond a simple thought.

They go on looking at the world though the illusion they are a physical body with a soul, many don’t even ever question they have a soul, or what that means.

They just fall in line with what ever the conventional wisdom of the day is and essentially become drones to the popular belief of the day, believing what ever it is that everyone else believes. 

Many of us have forgotten how to think for ourselves. 

Oh how different if we could look at life through the reality of being a soul that occupies different bodies through various incarnations, and realize that through the eons we have all been male, female, gay, straight, religious, atheist, democrat, republican, etc

How many people would have a different view of homosexuals if they realized in a lifetime they were gay?

Same goes for minorities, how about if minorities realized that in a lifetime they were white.

How about if a soul realized on a physical level they treated others as they are now being treated? They a now just repaying Karma for past deeds. 

If people could come to the realization that they actually were souls with a body instead of a body with a soul it would put a whole new perspective on life.

We may finally come to realize what the life experience is all about. 

Buy me here!

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.

I Am Who I Am

Journey to enlightenment

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

Written by Gary Wonning

I have finally come to realize my view points are entirely different than most people on planet earth.

I have traveled extensively and observed life in many ways most people never have the opportunity to participate in.

Many years ago, I questioned the existence of God and the mysteries of life. I began to wonder what it was all about and after asking people of faith, the only answer I received concerning an issue I was having about why bad things happen to good people, the only answer  was that it was God’s Will. To me that was a non answer.

  Why does God will me for a particular event and not someone else. Thus through my search I began to find my answers. The search took me to many lands and I was privileged to talk with many spiritual leaders, many who were from native cultures.

I was fortunate enough to make contact with life forms not of this planet, and from them  have and continue to learn much. We are not alone in the universe.

The life journey we are all one can only be done alone, we must walk alone. Many times others will come into our life for a brief time or longer to aid and assist, but the journey is ours. No one can take it for or from  us. What I have discovered is my truth, and no one can take it from me. If you don’t understand or cannot comprehend what I am referring to, I understand, you are on your own path. We each experience reality in a different manner and what I have seen and felt has set me apart from others, that is OK. 

It just sometimes makes for a lonely life. But,  often times the loneliness gives me the opportunity to explore creation even more and learn new things. We choose to be born into a life situation of our own free will and accord. From the very beginning of life we learn from the environment we are born into.  I was born on a small farm and was an only child for about ten years, during that time, I spent many hours alone and entertaining myself. It gave me much time to contemplate life and to form my own conclusions based on my parents and others input.

It gave me a perspective that stays with me even today, my core values remain much the same as they were during my childhood. I believe, based on universal truths, those truths carried down from the beginning of time: many of the time worn values  that have given us the life and freedoms we enjoy should never change. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0553273701/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=garwonpho-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=0553273701&linkId=f56c4bb38690967e95270b52cd7c5997 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.

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.

Do As I Say, Not As I Do

photo of a distinguished older gentleman

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

Written by Gary Wonning

How often have we heard that comment?

Probably not very often these days. There seems to be a popular misconception held among many that before we can correct someone else’s behavior, we need to be perfect in every way and never have committed an act that was below what is acceptable in society. 

How many of us can do that? 

Often times the individual who makes the statement that we shouldn’t criticize his actions is committing an act that is unacceptable and is looking for an excuse to justify his actions.  

One of my mother’s favorite expressions was, “Do as I say, not as I do.” 

It would be made after she told me not to do something, normally a minor offense and a few minutes later she would do the same thing, and I would catch her in the act. 

She would just look at me and say, “Sometimes you need to do as I say and not as I do,” meaning that it was my decision to do the right thing regardless of what someone else does. 

It most often would be followed by her saying,”Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

This means that just because someone else does it, that doesn’t give you the right to do. That just makes the offense double bad. 

You are responsible for your actions, regardless of what someone else does. 

I often think she did those acts to teach me a valuable lesson. Too many times she would do this for it to be a coincidence. 

Mom was pretty smart. Like many in her generation, she never finished school. She only had an eighth grade education, but knew many things college graduates of today don’t know or understand. 

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.

Art Prints

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.