Aborigine Sacred Sites: Ubirr Rock


 

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It was July 7th, after traveling for a month, this was to be our last day in the outback of Australia. I was beginning to feel as though I didn’t want to go back to the states, this felt like home to me.

Our final stop of the day before traveling to the Alligator River Campground  for the night would be at Jabiru, a new uranium mining town in Kakadu National Park.

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The Australian government is trying to correct some of the mistakes that we Americans created in dealing with our American Indians, they have decided that if any precious minerals are found on Aboriginal Land, the wealth is

shared with the native peoples. The city of Jabiru is one such instance of this policy being put into effect. It is a very modern city with beautiful parks and lakes.

The problem that has been created is that the Aborigines have lived in the bush for 40,000 years and are having trouble adapting to their new way of life, new housing is built for them, but they refuse to live in it, living instead outside the houses in the back yard.

They have lost their motivation because everything is given to them by the government and their way of life is disappearing, as a result alcoholism and drugs are a major problem.

After dining at one of the many  outdoor restaurants, we were looking forward to  having the afternoon off and being able spend it swimming in a large lake nearby. It would have been a welcome relief after spending 6 grueling days traveling the Outback of Australia and sleeping in swags (canvas sleeping bags) stretched out on the ground.

It was about this time that Mark, our aborigine driver suggested that if we wanted to see one more Aboriginal Site, he would be willing to drive us. Mark was of Irish descent, however he now followed the aborigine ways  In Australia, an aborigine can be any one who is following the aborigine ways, regardless of race, creed or national origin

The aborigines are actually Caucasians and as one of them put it, ” Mate , we have stood out in the sun for forty thousand years, if you did that, you would be black also.”

I actually saw some who had taken their shirts off, they were as white as someone from Sweden.

Many things began racing through my mind, we had visited many ancient sites in the last week and I really didn’t want to see any more, the swimming sounded really refreshing, but what the heck, I could go swimming at home next week if I wanted, this was my last day in The Land of Oz. I wanted to enjoy it to the max. I knew deep down that this was
going to be a very special afternoon, it had been pointed out to me before I left that July 7th would be a day I would never forget.

Traipsing around in the outback for almost a month I had lost track of the time.I was unaware of the date, July 7th,and  as I was about to discover, it would be a highlight in my search for truth.

Besides that, everyone knows  all the rivers in Australia are filled with crocodiles and after swimming in those uranium infested waters I would probably glow like a porch light all night.

With that, nine of us boarded the bus for the bumpy, dusty journey of 40 miles of dirt roads that lay ahead. Sitting near the back of the bus I had plenty of time to contemplate what lay ahead and what it would all mean to me.

We bounced along the dusty road occasionally crossing crocodile infested creeks and rivers it seemed as though I was going back in time, to a time long forgotten, a time remembered only in the Aboriginal Dreamtime.
I was a little awed at what was going on around me, I could sense and see the other people on the bus, but it was as though I wasn’t really a part of their reality and they perhaps weren’t part of mine.

The dust from the road filtered into the bus and a  layer of red settled on everyone and everything. At times when passing another vehicle, yes there were others out here, it became so dusty in the bus that we could barely see the driver. These times contributed to my feeling that we were passing into another dimension.

It was at this time that I felt as if I was actually alone with no one else sharing my experience. I could actually feel my body becoming lighter and lighter and at the same time I was becoming less aware of the surroundings around me.

We were passing through sacred lands, and the warning not to enter without permission of the tribal elders continuously entered my mind.

 

My thoughts were interrupted by a sudden jerk and a screeching of brakes, the bus was coming to a stop, we had reached our destination, Ubirr Rock, the home of Lightning Man, a very powerful figure from the
Aboriginal Dreamtime

Part 2 next week! Stay tuned.

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The author 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.

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

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Your Life Plan: One Day at a Time


We all like to think we have our life under control and we know the direction it will go. This can give a false sense of security to us as life’s circumstances are not always what you may wish them to be. The pattern of life does not always go in the direction you may want it to head.

I often say I had my whole life planned when I was twenty-one, and I haven’t done any of it yet. This has been a good thing, my life has turned out better than I could have ever imagined in my wildest dreams. I would have never visualized some of the things I have been fortunate enough to experience. It hasn’t always been easy, and at the time, if I thought I had a choice, I would have never chosen some of the events I experienced. But looking back at the big picture I realize the good times and the final outcome has far surpassed any trials I may have had to endure.

Look to the future

There is an old proverb stating that a thing valued is worth enduring and working for and this is true. The harder we strive to meet a goal and the more effort we put towards achieving that goal , the more we value it. I was told early in life that to work for something would make it more important to me, and I soon found this was true. the people that were handed everything on a sliver platter early in life never appreciated them and in most cases either destroyed what was given them or were extremely ungrateful. Most often they even resented the very ones who were trying to pander to them.

You still see this today, many times, the individuals who are the most privileged are the ones protesting against the society that has given them so much.

Our life circumstances are never exactly as we would want them, but they are as we need them. The pattern of life very seldom goes as we plan, if it did, life would be very boring and predictable. Many times we may think we are being lead off our life plan entirely.

In spite of all this, it is essential to have a plan, to not have a plan is to wander aimlessly in life and accomplish very little. Instead of
wondering or questioning the direction you life has taken , just accept the fact there is a plan and you may not know all the details, it is a play as you go life, often times we need to complete one step before the next step is revealed to us.


If we keep traveling in the correct direction , we eventually reach our destination , often times the destination is far better than we could humanly predict, and in the end we find that it isn’t the destination, but the journey that is important.

Walk your path one step at a time – with courage, faith, and determination. Keep your head up, and cast your dreams to the stars. Soon your steps will become firm and your footing will be solid again.A path that you never imagined will become the most comfortable direction you could ever hoped to follow.
Keep your belief in yourself and walk into your new journey. You will find it magnificent, spectacular, and beyond your wildest imaginings.

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The Ark of the Covenant


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Over time, there has been much controversy concerning the Ark of the Covenant mentioned in the Holy Bible. Many theories abound about what it could have been, where it is, or if it even existed.

Most believe it contains some secret scriptures concerning who God is, or our connection to him. Many believe it may be some sort of energy source or battery that would enable us to see and meet God. Much time, energy, and money has been spent trying to find the Ark, all to no avail.

Movies and books have been written, “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, one of the most recent. In the movie Indiana Jones and his group of merry men, and ladies, try to keep the Nazis from recovering the Ark and thus learning the secrets.

Even the story of Noah, had an ark as the central theme of the story.  In the legend, the people of the known world had fallen from God, and only the people who still  believed in God and followed his teachings were able to board the ark and be saved from annihilation. Whether or not, this is a true story or just an allegory makes little difference in the scope of the lesson being taught.

The story of the Ark, as well as the story of the reptile, the fruit, and the Tree of Life portrayed in Genesis when Adam and Eve were evicted from the Garden of Eden for eating an apple, which probably wasn’t an apple,  pertain to knowledge, or lack therefore of it. Both allude to having the knowledge that would enable mankind to follow God and his teachings and thus secure immortal life.
I feel the point being missed here is the fact we can have all the knowledge possible, but if one doesn’t understand or know  what he knows, the knowledge is lost and does us no good,  in it  fact can even be harmful to our well being.

Thus, understanding is the key, the secret to life is understanding, that is what both stories have been trying to tell us. When one opens his mind and dispels old concepts to the true meanings of these stories from the past, we begin to realize there is a whole new meaning to life and it opens up a vast field of possibilities to each and every one of us.

Education is important, however when we are educated by someone, we only learn what they know, or think they know. Their perception, right or wrong ,always enters into the equation. Only through trying to understand  what the true lesson is, do we finally comprehend what the Supreme Mind is trying to teach us.

This can only be done on an individual basis, no one can teach it to you. The only way is to go within and listen to the God within and experience it on an individual level. Then and only then, will true knowledge will be found through understanding.

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The author 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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Enlightenment

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.

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