Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara, the Aboriginal people of the area and is listed as a World Heritage Site.
It is also referred to as Ayers Rock, and is a single massive rounded red sandstone rock formation rising from the plains around it. It stands 348 m (1,142 ft) high (863 m/2,831 ft above sea level) and most of its bulk is actually below the ground, but because of its position on a flat desert plain, it is visible for many miles. It measures 9.4 km (5.8 mi) in circumference. It has many springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings.
As anyone who has been can testify, it is strikingly beautiful. It appears to change colour as the light changes and is particularly awe inspiring at sunrise and sunset with a predominate colour of red through to pinks and purples. Although rainfall is uncommon in this semiarid area, during wet periods the rock acquires a silvery-grey colour, with streaks of black algae forming on the areas that serve as channels for water flow. All this gives the feeling that the mountain is indeed alive.
Why is Uluru sacred? Because it incorporates every symbolic feature of the spiritual landscape.
It is a mountain, of immense proportions, it is surrounded at its base by Water, during any rain storm it streams with water down its sides – Rivers and streams – which symbolically is equivalent to a massive amount of spiritual input from a very important Intelligence, physically of course these streams nurture life so the two are complementary. It has the symbols of the pond, cave, spring, stone, and palm. It also changes colour very dramatically and is thus associated with the Rainbow.
It should also be blindingly obvious why is it sacrilegious to climb Uluru – apart from being symbolically a ‘great god’ the tip or top is symbolically the Higher spirit of this god and as a consequence is in the Aether level and truly holy.
The source of the experienceAustralian aboriginal
Concepts, symbols and science items
Sacred geography - ancient trees
Sacred geography - areas of gravitic anomaly
Sacred geography - blind springs
Sacred geography - cliffs
Sacred geography - crack or crevice
Sacred geography - crossroads
Sacred geography - cursus
Sacred geography - enclosures and camps
Sacred geography - gardens
Sacred geography - ley lines
Sacred geography - mark stones
Sacred geography - mountain
Sacred geography - physical caves
Sacred geography - rivers and streams
Sacred geography - sacred grove
Sacred geography - water sites