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