The beginning of a new era


In the near future, I will be transferring all my blogs to my other site, http://www.thefloridahoosier.com.

It has been a pleasure writing this blog and I look forward to many more years of continuing the blog. I just felt it was time to combine this blog with my other one.

I hope you will follow me to continue enjoying and reading what I have to say.

Thanks again and I’ll see you at: www.thefloridahoosier.com.

Gary

The Tree Of Life


 

Written By : Gary Wonning

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.

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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 always near us, and by it understand what life really means to each and every one of us.

A personal journey to enlightenment

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A journey of spiritual discovery

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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Going on Walkabout


Written By; Gary Wonning

A Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the outback for a period as long as six months.

In this practice, they would trace the paths, or song paths, that their ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds.

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The life of the Australian Aborigine

Merriam-Webster, however, identifies the noun as a 1908 coinage referring to “a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian Aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work”, with the only mention of “spiritual journey” coming in a usage example from a latter-day travel writer.

To white employers, this urge to depart without notice(and reappear just as suddenly) was seen as something inherent in the Aboriginal nature, but the reasons may be more mundane: workers who wanted or needed to attend a ceremony or visit relatives did not accept employers’ control over such matters (especially since permission was generally hard to get).

They must have had an extreme desire for freedom, going on walkabout surpassed everything else in importance.

In the modern day, many people are going on their own walkabout, discovering why they exist and in the process, finding their true relationship to their God and its creation.

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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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A journey of spiritual discovery

Boynton Canyon


 

 

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Boynton Canyuon

The  Boynton Canyon vortex is all about balance, while the other vortexes are either male or female, magnetic or electromagnetic, this one is all about balance.

The Balance between the masculine and feminine side is almost as important as growth itself. Even a less evolved person, if he is balanced, at least treats others the same way he treats himself. And that is what balance is all about. If the masculine side strongly outweighs the feminine, you are too strong for the amount of goodness you have, and you tend to do harm to others because you can be pushy and take unfair advantage of others. On the other hand, if the feminine side greatly outweighs the masculine, you have more goodness than strength, and you tend to let others push you around and take advantage of you. Emotions are a good indication of this balance. If you feel anger more easily than fear, your masculine side is stronger, and if the opposite is true, your feminine side is stronger. Having a good masculine/feminine balance also helps relationships by strengthening the things that make relationships work well, such as intimacy, commitment, honesty and openness.

 

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 Gary 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, www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments appreciated

Bashful country

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.
This is an account of my thirty year journey

 

 

Is there something sacred about Mackinac Island


 

I recently visited the Mackinac area and detected a certain spiritual presence about it. I realized the sacredness of the area and assumed the American Indians who inhabited the area centuries ago, must have held the area as sacred.

After returning home I discovered the following article and thought I would share it with you.

Enjoy!

Reprinted for Native American Folk Lore

Mackinac Island was home to a Native American settlement in the 17th century, before European’s began exploration of the area. The island became a valuable position for the commerce of the Great Lakes fur trade, leading to the establishment of Fort Mackinac by the British during the American Revolutionary War.

Archaeologists have excavated fishhooks, pottery, and other artifacts dating back to around AD 900. The Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) indian tribes were some of Mackinac Island’s first known inhabitants, who considered the island to be the sacred home of the Gitche Manitou, or the “Great Spirit”. According to legend, Mackinac Island was created by the Great Hare, Michabou and was the first land to appear after the recession of the Great Flood. The island was a gathering place for the local tribes where their offerings were made to Gitche Manitou and was where tribal chiefs were buried.

The Origin of Mackinac Island
adapted from an Ojibway Legend

High in the heavens there lived a woman, a spirit.  In her solitude she
asked Kitche Manitou (The Great Spirit) for some means of dispelling her
loneliness.  Kitche Manitou took compassion on the sky-woman and sent a spirit to be her consort. Sky-woman and her companion were happy together, and in time she conceived.  Her consort left and sky-woman gave birth to two children–one pure spirit and the other pure physical being.  Because oftheir opposite natures, Sky woman’s children hated each other.  In a fiery sky battle they fought and destroyed each other.

After the destruction of her children, the spirit woman again lived in
solitude.  Kitche Manitou knew of her desolation and so sent her another
companion.  Again sky-woman conceived, and again her consort left. The water creatures observed what was happening in the heavens and pitied the spirit woman.  In their compassion, they persuaded a giant turtle to rise to the surface of the waters and offer his back as a haven.  Then, they invited the

Sky-woman left her home in the sky and came down to rest on the back of the great turtle.  When she had settled on the turtle, sky-woman asked the water animals to get some soil from the bottom of the lake. The animals tried to serve the sky-woman.  The beaver was one of the first to plunge into the depths.  He soon surfaced, out of breath and without the  soil.  The fisher tried, but he too failed.  The marten went down, came up empty handed, reporting that the water was too deep.  The loon tried.  Although he remained out of sight for a long time, he too emerged,gasping for air.  He said that it was too dark.  All tried to fulfill the sky-woman’s request, but all failed.  Finally, the least of the water creatures, the muskrat, volunteered to dive.  At his announcement, the other creatures laughed in scorn, because they doubted this little creature’s strength and endurance.  Nevertheless, the little muskrat was determined to dive.  Undaunted, he disappeared into the waves.  The onlookers smiled.  They waited for the muskrat to emerge as empty-handed as they had.  As time passed, smiles turned into worried frowns.  Finally, the muskrat floated to the surface, more dead than alive, but he clutched in his paws a small morsel of soil.

While the muskrat was tended and restored to health, the sky-woman painted the rim of the turtle’s back with the small amount of soil that had been brought to her.  She breathed life into the soil, and immediately, the soil grew,  covered the turtle’s back, and formed an island.  The turtle had given his service, which was no longer required and he swam away.  The island formed in this way was called Mishee Mackinakong, the place of the turtle’s back, now known as Michilimackinac.

Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

Your comments appreciated

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.

Available in both Hard Copy and Ebook formats.

Canary Islands Pyramids


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Interesting article I found, sorry I have misplaced the author.

Every year thousands of vacationers come to the Canary Islands to enjoy the sunshine, beaches, and many resorts that dot the islands!

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Very few even realize the islands boast many pyramids, which are well worth seeing. Most of the pyramids are located near the town of Guimar on the Island of Tenerife.

Located on the east side of the island, near the south end, the pyramids were first discovered by the famous explorer Thor Heyerdahl.

According to most reports, the pyramids were described as just piles of rocks or agricultural terraces made by ancient farmers. Upon observing the pyramids Thor didn’t agree and was so impressed by them, he remained to study them during the last years of his life.

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Resembling step pyramids found in Egypt, Mexico and Peru, the question remains, who built them, and when?

One of the theories is that they were built by the Guanches, the original inhabitants of The Canary Islands. Although the Guanches were thought to not have the technical abilities needed to build the pyramids, they did mummify their dead as the Egyptians,and they also knew about pyramid design as has been illustrated on their  artistic seals known as pintaderas.

There is much evidence the pyramids were aligned astronomically and it has been theorized they were used for ceremonies at special times of the year, such as the solstices and equinoxes. Not only are the pyramids located on the south of the island, they can be seen on the west side of the island and in the north as well.

Although no one knows for sure who built them, most of them are located in areas of the island the Guanches inhabited. Could these ancient inhabitants be the same peoples that immigrated to Egypt and constructed the pyramids in that ancient land? Are they remnants of a great society that possibly existed in this part of the world, possibly Atklantis,before recorded history,and before the ancient Egyptian empire rose from the ashes?

Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

 

You can also follow him on your Kindle.

Your comments appreciated

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Uluru, To the Top!


Uluru, To The Top!

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Ayres Rock, Northern Territory, Australia

As the “Rock” came into sight, I began feeling the energy from this ancient monolith, which was formed from a featureless landscape during the Tjukurpa, or creation.  As the bus approached Uluru, I began to wonder what adventure awaited me.

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The “Rock” became a very impressive sight, rising from the floor of the outback. It was the only object to be seen for miles!

To Aborigines, Uluru is a Cathedral and though the outside form is visible, the underlying spiritual concepts are not a matter of public record. It is a living reminder of the Dream time struggle. The stories which relate to every aspect of its extraordinary form carry clear moral codes, good prevailing over evil. The spiritual over the physical, the importance of hospitality and the maintenance of the law.

If I was to climb this monolith, it would be very difficult,  my right arm  was still very weak from a  motorcycle accident three months earlier. The way to the top was very steep and the only way was to pull oneself up by a large chain that had been provided.  I almost quit climbing twice.

I had to do it, several months earlier I had felt the need  to climb to the top and find a man-sized pit surrounded by three circular ones,  this was one of the reasons I had come to the Land of Oz.

Intuition had  told me to leave my forty pounds of camera equipment in the bus, I didn’t do it, the reason became apparent, myself and some of the other photographers had extreme difficulty. Our light meters would not give a correct reading. After I had returned home and had the slides developed, they were all black! Whatever energy that emits from this shrine had played havoc with the electronics in our cameras. I encountered the same problem in Egypt, as I had to replace some of the electronics  in my camera after trying to photograph the step pyramid.

Arriving at the top I immediately found the pit and three circles that had been carved into the stone many ages ago.
As I Lay in the pit I could only imagine what ancient ceremonies had taken place here.

It was very beautiful, standing on top of this ancient landmark, with the Australian plain stretching out before me , I could see forever.

After several minutes of contemplating the wonder of being  in this great place, it was time to start the trip down the side of the “rock”. The trip down was a lot easier, as the old saying goes, it’s all downhill from here.

By the time everyone reached the bus it was nearing sunset, so we raced to get a photo of Uluru as the sun sat behind us. As the sun raced down, the sky changes  from blue to orange and back to purple, the color fading as darkness descended upon us.

Time to eat!! Time for a tinnie (can of beer), our dinner of steak, shrimp, beans and potato was being prepared on the barbie! It doesn’t get any better than this!!

The weather was turning cold, we were headed for a record low of twenty degrees F, it would be a long night with only my  light jacket and an uninsulated swag to sleep in!!

The effects of the tinnies and long necks were being felt, three o’clock in the morning and it was time for a bathroom call, freezing, I made the long trip to the latrine, being chilled to the bone, there would be no sleep the rest of the night.

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A Modern Day Walkabout, an Ebook about a walkabout in the Land of Oz.

Gary 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 hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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Egypt:A New Adventure


Come with me and share an adventure in the Land of the Pharaoh. Explore ancient pyramids and journey up the Nile River to the ancient city of Thebes(Luxor) to the Valley of the Dead. Explore King Tut’s tomb, Karnak and many other artifacts from the ancient world.

Spend New Year’s Eve in Cairo at an Egyptian dance and feast and visit Alexandria.

My recently published EBook written about the Egyptian Culture through the ages.

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The Great Pyramid


An interesting article I found

The Great Pyramid

Cheops of Giza, The Great Pyramid

The
great Pyramid of Giza has been thought to be many things, a water pump,
power plant, a tomb, an observatory, as well as many other things.

One of the most interesting concepts is that it might represent the human body.
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The Giza Pyramids

Our Spiritual Anatomy

According to esoteric teachings, human beings are composed of eight elements.
1. The four elements of earth, earth, air,water, and fire.
2. The twelve signs of the zodiac.

3. A secret 13th sign, containing the other 12 within itself.
4. Chakras, or the body’s seven energy centers.
5. Third Eye
6. Kundalini, coiled serpent or energy force.
7. All seeing eye
8.Androgeny (two genders in one.)
How does the Great Pyramid contain all this? Let’s start with the four elements.

The Elemental Pyramid.

Each of the pyramid’s four sides represents one element. Our bodies have the
four elements of Earth (that which gives us substance), Air (allowing
us to breathe), Water (over 85 % of our total body mass), and Fire (what
keeps our inner temperature at 98.6 degrees), and the Great Pyramid
contains these as well. That’s it. Simple as that.

The Astrological Pyramid.

How does the pyramid display the twelve signs? Easy. According to
astrology, each element has three signs. Therefore, each side of the
pyramid has three signs – one for each corner of the structure. Earth,
for instance, has Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn. Air has Aquarius,
Gemini, and Libra. The Water element contains Scorpio, Cancer, and
Pisces. And as for Fire, we find within it the signs of Leo, Aries, and
Sagittarius.

The Christlike Pyramid.

The thirteenth astrological sign is easily seen within the pyramid: it’s
the capstone itself. Wait a second, I hear people say, the Great Pyramid
has no capstone! Actually, it does. If you want to see the “missing”
capstone, just look at the back of the American dollar bill. What you’ll
see is an ethereal or fiery capstone hovering above the structure. The
premise? That we humans are essentially “stuck” within our individual
earthly signs, but by aligning ourselves with “spirit” or “God” (who
presumably has far greater vision on things) we can become the entire
zodiac at once and thus more in harmony with everyone and everything.

This certainly lends insight into why people like Jesus chose twelve people to chum around with. Such a simple message…

The Crystal Pyramid.

The Great Pyramid is shaped like half of a naturally growing octahedron
crystal: 51 degrees between its slopes and the base. The message? If the
pyramid is a crystal and crystals reside within us (and they do, since
our bodies return to the earth once we die and help in the formation of

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crystals), then we should be able to do everything crystals can. And
where do we find crystals? We find them in calculators, watches,
computers, cellphones, radios, GPS devices, and so on. Eventually we
will discover that we are capable of emulating and surpassing our best
technological discoveries and developments – simply with our own minds.
This might seem like a far-fetched statement to make, but keep in mind
that technology does indeed come from human ingenuity (and some would
say, from inspiration).

The Chakra Pyramid.

What happens to light as it passes through a crystal prism? Answer: it
refracts (bends) and becomes visible to the naked eye as the rainbow
colored spectrum. The Great Pyramid, of course, may not specifically
contain this spectrum since it’s a mountain of stone, but since the
pyramid is crystal shaped and crystals divide light…you get the picture.
Basically, The sun shines into the human body (which, again, contains
crystals) and reveals the seven chakras.

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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.

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, I hope you understand.

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