I believe certain Native American medicine men and shamans who created rock art also understood the power of pictures. Though some pictographs and petroglyphs were created as a form of personal expression, I believe others were made with healing, empowering intentions imbued within them. Some contain significant information like solar and lunar markers I've photographed, which precisely show the change of seasons.
We can't know for certain what rock art means because we are not members of the culture who created it and we can't ask them. In the many years I've photographed pictographs and petroglyphs I've often wondered about its' meaning. I've heard many possible interpretations from Native Americans, archeologists and others. Recently, after doing a guided meditation with Dr. Michael Beckwith, one of my favorite spiritual teachers, I gained some deeper insight about rock art's possible function and why I may feel so compelled to photograph and share it.
The work I do photographing rock art doesn't seem to be happenstance. It's astounding how many doors have opened and coincidences have occurred to facilitate my work. Not to mention the growing number of people, some prominent, who encourage, support and appreciate my efforts.
My urge to photograph, share and protect rock art has been greater than my understanding of why I have such strong instincts to do so. I just know deep in my heart I feel it's my calling, which I follow with a passion, sometimes with great ease and joy and other times like a warrior pressing forward on a mission, working hard, moving around obstacles and gathering allies.
Over time I've grown to feel as if I've partnered with some ancients to ensure certain rock art continues to be seen, particularly at this time on the planet. I've wondered if some Native Americans knew way back when that we'd be faced with this challenging period and wanted to do their part to help through their healing art. Thanks to Michael Beckwith I've gained a deeper understanding of what their ancient rock art creations may be doing for us today.
One afternoon while working on some photos for a 2010 Southwest Rock Art calendar I happened to be listening to Michael being interviewed on the Internet. He led listeners on a guided meditation, directing us to connect with our higher selves and ask about our purpose. Mine was no surprise to me. It was to share my healing images. What followed however was illuminating and inspiring. Words spilled into my head. The information I got said that some rock art contains universal balancing energies that people resonate with when they see certain pictographs and petroglyphs. People carry these vibrations within themselves, which get activated when particular rock art is viewed. The activation of these universal frequencies helps keep balance and harmony on the planet.
That explanation sounded as good if not better than other conjectures I've heard about rock art. If true, perhaps this phenomenon is something akin to the 100th Monkey Syndrome. If enough people align with positive vibrations from rock art might it shift others to experience balance and harmony as well? I suspect certain mandalas, labyrinths and other scared art created round the world at different times contain similar resonant frequencies that also get activated when viewed.
Regarding the global picture, the polarity between the old oil-based paradigm and the new sustainable one will continue to build until 2012. The tensions will continue to build. The new paradigm asks individuals to be responsible for their actions and let go of a victim mentality. However, many on this planet still love the victim-perpetrator game because it affords them an out, an excuse for not being accountable. They will want to hang on to the “blame game” and continue to act out against others, claiming they are justified in doing so because they are “victims.” This game promotes more karma. Ultimately, the souls who wish to continue the old paradigm will finish their cycle of experience on another planet somewhere else in the universe. In the Michael system, these are generally infant, baby and young souls, and possibly some mature souls, who are looking for the “old paradigm” experience. Generally speaking, the older souls who understand the need to change and live a sustainable and responsible paradigm will continue their cycle on the earth to completion.
Welcome to Global Wisdom. My name is Holly Coleman. I founded Global Wisdom with a simple intention: to help people connect to Spirit, Self and Nature.
Connecting to nature has been invaluable to my own inner work and years of spiritual practice. You can’t be connected with your authentic self and not be connected to every thing. Tuning into Mother Nature and all her beauty is essential to staying grounded, present and balanced. By connecting to this energy, whether you find it in a leaf, a ladybug, a kind word, a mountain or the Milky Way, you can reclaim a sense of inner peace. To restore your trust in the universe, you need go no farther than your own backyard.
So often we get caught up in everyday life and lose our way. We get confused and frustrated and forget we are spiritual beings on a spiritual path in a human body. Awakening to your authentic self and aligning with nature reminds you of who you really are, what you care about and your true purpose.
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