April 30 ~  The Way Nature Works The Rock: Traveling to Uluru

"Life is magic, the way nature works seems to be quite magical." ~ Jonas Salk

Ayers Rock, AustraliaThe mythical Ayers Rock, called by its aboriginal name Uluru, is located deep within Australia's interior. Red and magnificent at sunset, blue, purple, and powerful at night, the world's largest monolith rises magnificently in Uluru National Park.

"Going to the mountains," said writer John Muir, "is going home."

In 1872, European explorer Ernest Giles first sighted this wonder and named it after South Australian premier Sir Henry Ayers. In 1985, Uluru and the national park area was returned to the Aboriginal people of Pitjantajatara and Yankunytjatjara whose ancestors moved to the Western Desert over 30,000 years ago.

"On every mountain height," the philosopher Johann von Goethe once said, "is rest."

Uluru is the red heart of Australia, a sacred spot with the passionate colors of tradition, history, and religion. Aborigines believe the climb up the flanks of Uluru follows the spiritual track of Mala, a sacred rock wallaby.

In its caves, the Aborigines have painted and engraved the walls, believed to have been created in ritual and by the Spirit Ancestor during the mystical Dreamtime (the religious belief they call Tjukurpa).

Travel writer Bruce Chatwin described Aboriginal Dreamtime as  "singing out the name of everything that crossed their path - birds, animals, plants, rocks, waterholes - and so singing the world into existence."

Uluru is magic, beauty, and power.

UluruCelebrate the magic in your life.