There are many times events in our life we find hard to explain or even understand while they are playing out in front of our eyes. Many times they are only partially understood and it may take many years before the total lesson is understood.
This was the case many years ago as I attended the funeral service of a friend of mine’s father. At first I wasn’t going to attend but decided to go at the last minute. My original intent was to only attend the service at the funeral home and not go to the cemetery.
Arriving at the service, several mutual friends were in attendance and when the service was over myself and three others decided to go to the cemetery. Driving to the grave site, I began to feel as though I wasn’t really living totally in the present reality. It was hard to explain, but I began to feel as though I was sensing more than what is normally sensed in normal living. I began to become more aware of other dimensions and realities.
Egyptian Sphinx at sunset
As we walked away from the grave site, back to my van, an eerie feeling overcame me, I sensed I was on another planet in a far off star system. I had encountered this before. I was in the Sirrus, or Dog Star galaxy.
The Indiana corn fields had disappeared and had been replaced by a very stark, barren environment.
As we continued to the van, my friend and I began walking very close, our shoulders pressing heavily against each other, almost like we were trying to unite our bodies into one. As we walked, I noticed a very dense tree on our immediate left, it seemed out of place and I began to wonder what it was all about. It seemed to be the Tree of Life, but that meant very little to me at the time. I was indeed puzzled about the events that had just transpired as none of the other three participants seemed to be seeing the same visions as I had.
After much thought and meditation, I finally realized we had indeed passed the Tree of Life, but had no idea what the significance of the day’s events were. The only Tree of Life I had ever known of was in the Garden of Eden, and what I had just experienced was no Garden of Eden. I couldn’t even imagine what it all could mean.
I knew in the Garden of Eden story, there was a serpent involved, and a tree, and an apple, which in reality no one knows if it was an apple or not. Shortly after that event, Adam and Eve got kicked out of the garden, but beyond that I was completely bamboozled. Hope I don’t get kicked out of earth, at this point in time, I don’t know of anywhere else to go.
As time went on, I began to realize the serpent actually symbolized knowledge, and what Adam and Eve did was actually a part of the divine plan, we humans didn’t really fall from grace, but were actually exposed to life whereby we were able to learn the necessary lessons so we would someday be able to return to our creator.
The pieces finally began to fall in place, it was all symbolic. Obviously the funeral symbolized death, and by passing through the veil of death, we entered into a new life and thus life continues, our soul never dies. The Tree of Life does symbolize knowledge, however, the missing link is understanding, we can have all the knowledge in the universe, but it does us no good until we reach an understanding as to what it means to us.
It may be the tree of knowledge, however, the understanding has to come from us, the individual, no one can teach that to us. The secret to life is to find the tree of knowledge, which is in reality, within us, and by it understand what life really means to each and every one of us.
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The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature, landscapes and studying native cultures. Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt, the Canary Islands, much of the Caribbean. He has studied the Mayan Cultures in Central America and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!
He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.
For more information and a link to his hardcover and Ebooks, and contact information: please check his website, http://www.journeysthrulife.com.
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At this period of time in the history of man, there is probably more individual searching being done into the theories behind the origin of the human race,what happens after death,the possibility of life on other planets, and what our relationship is to these life forms, if they do exist. There are millions of people who are questioning the existence of God, who he really is, and what is my relationship with him? Is he someone who mysteriously floats around on a cloud watching and judging us from above like some bigger than life Santa Claus, or is he, like many of the esoteric sciences claim, a part of our inner Self, whom we have constant contact with, someone whom we and everything in the universe are connected and are thus one? Each of us in our own way is experiencing what God is, and thus we are each a part of God, thus we are God! This book is a brief account of my search for my own truth as I know it today, everything stated actually happened, according to my own perception. It has been an exciting search,at times very frustrating, very rewarding, and above all, very fulfilling. My main purpose in writing this book is to show that anyone, even a bashful unfamous country boy can have these awakenings, you don’t have to be rich or well-known to find your connection to Divine Source. I began taking notes for this book over thirty years ago, at the time, writing a book was the farthest thing from my mind. My only thought was to have a journal to read over when I got older. As a result, I didn’t record some of my references, many of the references were from Aboriginal and Mayan elders themselves, many of which has been the victim of the ravages of time. Hence my book is short on references, but long on experience,