On the rocks

The photos in this post were taken at Dog Rocks, Victoria, Australia.   The traditional owners of this country are the Wathaurong aboriginal people.  I recognise and respect their continuing connection to this country and their cultural beliefs and practices.   This post is simply a reflection of how I felt when I visited Dog Rocks in October, 2019.

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The  last time I went out to Dog Rocks  was the day after Uluru in the Northern Territory was closed to climbers.   I felt I wanted to honour the occasion somehow.   Ulura is a very long way from where I live so I went to the closest rock formation I know of.  One of my daughters came with me.

It was an unusually warm spring day when we visited.   We climbed the hill up to the rocky outcrop and found a wide rock ledge to sit on.   We sat there in quiet contemplation  from some time.   A hawk appeared as if from nowhere.   It gave a loud cry as it flew over our heads then flew off in a north westerly direction.    It felt like confirmation that our presence on those rock at that time was not unwelcome.

As the heat mounted we decided to wander around the rest of the site.     Although Dog Rocks is considered to be a natural phenomena parts of it bear a strange resemblance to standing stone configurations in the northern hemisphere.

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We came across several arrangements of rocks that looked like alignments but to what we couldn’t say.   As we explored them I found myself wondering just what am aligned to?

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As we began to wind our way back down the slope  my daughter spied an ancient face in the rock looking out at us.  “Just what do you stand for?” it seemed to ask.

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At this crucial time in Australia and the larger world, I am questioning just where my allegiance lies.   Is it in continuing to act in ways that further the agenda of patriarchal capitalism or do I seek to align myself with new ways of being that are aligned with respecting the Earth, indigenous knowledge and the inter-connectivity of all life?

In choosing the latter just how do I go about re-aligning myself to the new? How do I release the old cultural conditioning and work with others to find the way forward?  I can see that things must change, both in the outer world and within my own heart and mind, but I don’t always know just what to do.    I feel like I am exploring new terrain where the old markers I am accustomed to are no longer relevant.

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This post is written in response to Sue Vincent’s prompt -https://scvincent.com/2020/01/09/thursday-photo-prompt-presence-writephoto/

 

 

 

23 thoughts on “On the rocks

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  3. Whenever I have questions like the one’s you asked at the end there, I find that sitting with the Earth, (bare feet, hands, etc in direct contact with the ground, rock, old trees) letting my sense of Self sink down into Her, letting go of the threads that bind me to the surface, almost always lets Her provide the answers I need. 🙂

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    1. And sometimes the answer is too just a bit and let the bigger answers emerge over time. I find personally at this time on Earth the answers that lead to me to ideas about new paradigms emerge slowly over weeks, months, even years, I
      rather than an afternoon. I guess I must be a slow learner or maybe I’m just not tuned in enough, hey!

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    1. The comments here made me look up aboriginal stone circles. There aren’t many but the biggest one one, Wurdi Youang, is somewhere in the same area. It’s not possible to visit unless your invited. Some aboriginal stone arrangements do have straight lines too but knowledge about them is largely secret I think. I can’t find anything about Dog Rocks but am very grateful to be able to visit it sometimes.

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      1. A lot are ‘secret men’s business’ and have to with male initiation rites. Pools and gentle waterways are sometimes associated with “secret women’s business”. The deeper stories would only be known by a select few I think.

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  4. The earliest stones that were held in respect here were probably also natural placements and shapes in which spirit could be seen. And once you see the earth as a being in he own right, it changes the way you walk upon her.

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    1. I didn’t know the early stones were natural placements. Thanks for letting me know. That broadens my understanding of the links between sacred sites in Australia and the stone circles and other formations in the northern hemisphere. 😊

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      1. Absolutely. Natural land formations are very significant in aboriginal culture. Some ancient knowledge is shared freely. Other stories are only for the initiated.

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