" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 5, 2016

Are the Powerful Owls What They Seem?

I had a gut-feeling to visit Sea Acres National Park on the Friday morning I was driving around Port Macquarie, not because I had a hunch, or anything like that, it was because I hadn't had breakfast yet and I saw a sign for their cafe and decided to check it out and feed my hungry stomach.
Sea Acres National Park

The koala sculpture just inside the door of the Sea Acres National Park complex.
I noticed that there was a koala sculpture just inside the entrance of the sliding glass doors, similar to the one outside the ABC radio station that was across the road from my motel room that I wrote about in the post in the red link below-

424s Again
After a delicious breakfast and a coffee I was having a look around the gift shop and noticed this mural painted on the wall pictured below.
I noticed an owl in the top right-hand corner of the mural and wondered if that meant there was owls in this park.
 Then I saw this koala sculpture not that far away from the mural and it had an owl painted on it's right arm.
I also noticed there was a walk you could pay $8 to take just beyond the koala pictured above, so I took a peak outside and saw this white-board with the message that owls have been spotted along the path.
And not just any old owl...these were Powerful Owls, Australia's largest owl I was told by the lady on the counter, so I was in and paid my eight bucks to try and spot one of these powerful owls that I never even knew existed in this country I'd lived in all my life.
Maybe I was going to see my very first owl in the wild and not just any old owl, but the biggest ones this country had to offer.
The weird thing also was I was reading Strieber and Kripal's book, The Super Natural, which I had brought with me to read at night in my motel room and it has an owl eye on the front cover of the book.
I'm actually still reading the book, as I didn't get that much reading in while on the road, as I was usually too tied to read at night and needed my sleep. 
Another reason I had decided to go on the walk was seeing the spiral on this poster at the entrance of the park, which to me is a very shamanic symbol, which I wrote about in this post in the red link below as being the secret to the movie plot of The Revenant -
The Secret of 'The Revenant'
and I noticed the spiral was meant to represent an Aboriginal exhibition somewhere in the park.  
On the path to try and find a powerful owl.
The first thing I noticed on this walk was the sign above of a palm that is named after one of my favourite towns in Australia, Bangalow.
Bangalow palms over and above the path.
This forest is ancient and you can feel it when you walk through it.
A powerful owl?
Now here is something I only noticed just now looking at the photo above. 

The vine growth seems to form the shape of a hidden owl to me and I was told this is the spot in the park that the owls hang around which is among the Bangalow palms.
Do you see an owl shape in the vine?
Powerful Owl holding the back half of a common ringtail possum, Lane Cove National Park, Sydney
No wonder I thought this vine was literally creepy at the time. ;-) 

Then I walked into a big clearing and wondered what had happened here, as it looked like a spaceship had landed here or something like that.
I think I was letting the owl guy and and his alien stories about owls get to me as I walked alone on this eerily silent track.
Left click on photo to make bigger to read.
But apparently this area was made from a tree crashing over in a storm in 2013. 

Then I look up at the sky in the clearing and swear I see an owl in the clouds with two white eyes staring at me and it mouth open.
It even looked like there was a full moon behind it's head with the white circular cloud formation around it's head.
I snapped a picture of the cloud to see if I could capture my experience on film.
 Just after the clearing is this open classroom with some rather eerie woodcarvings, including that owl chair right at the top of this post.
The eerier thing though was this place is called Bryce's Classroom and is dedicated to Bryce Laut who was killed fighting a fire, but the real eerie thing was these wooden sculptures were made by an artist named Stephen King.



May 4, 2016

The Port Macquarie Obelisk

When I was walking the path along the beach front at  
Port Macquarie on the Friday morning that I was there, I saw something of an artificial formation at the top of a hill on the beach and decided to explore getting up to it to see what it was.
The hill with the obelisk jutting out to the sea in the distance.
But apparently it was an unofficial path according to the sign that greets you if you wish to proceed to the top.  
Trust me to be wearing thongs (flip-flops for you American readers) while climbing this hill.
Yeah, it is a dangerous climb, but it's not like you' ll die, more like you could break an arm, or leg at the worst.
Unless you venture off to the side and then maybe you could die, but if you stick to the path you'll be right, so go ahead and break a leg, as they say in the theater. 
The path is pretty much the groove you might be able to see in the photo above. 
Just don't stray from the path, unless you like your scotch on the rocks...if you know what I'm saying. 
When you make it to the top you are met with this
Now, this blew me away as Henry Gardner had drowned trying to save the life of John Hume
I was heading for Canberra and to get there I would have to travel the HUME highway.
This seemed to be a real tragic spot by the plaques stuck onto this obelisk and I couldn't help but feel sad for the loss of life that happened around here...and may happen around here in the future...and I'm not an empath either.
To me there seemed to be a certain timelessness here.
Whether it was just the waves crashing onto the rocks below swaying me into a hypnotic kind of trance, or just my imagination running wild, I couldn't tell.
But later that night I read a blog-post at my friend's blog called
Residual Energy and the Wave
which sent chills up my spine, as the sound of the ocean waves seemed like residual energy waves sending me to the time of the drownings somehow, or bringing that time into my time.
Just my imagination?
I also realized that April 15th (the day I climbed this hill) was the day the Titanic sank, as well as the Hillsborough football stadium disaster, and the Boston Marathon bombings, which also was the date that my friends had posted the residual wave post.  
Megan MacGregor's (residual?) wave painting

May 2, 2016

Manilla, NSW

I happened...much like Darren Hanlon did in the song he sings in the video clip above... into the town of Manilla, NSW on the last Sunday of my road-trip.
I never planned on going there on my road-trip, as I had no idea where this town was, apart from in the state of NSW somewhere.
The Manilla sign I took as a sign to visit Manilla, NSW. ;-)
But on the Saturday afternoon I arrived in Tamworth from driving from Canberra to find my motel, I came across a sign pointing to the town of Manilla.

Fingertips and Mountaintops

I thought, so that is where the Manilla Darren Hanlon sings about is?
Is that a mountaintop behind Manilla?
Prelude to the Woodford Folkfest
It was going to be an eighty kilometre round trip out of my way to get there, but I knew this was my chance to see it, so I set off on the Sunday morning not knowing what to expect. 
Lightning Strikes That Change Lives
Read that post in the red post link above to get the paragraph below.
"In recent years, Manilla has become famous throughout the world as a major sports flying centre supporting hang gliding, paragliding, ultralight aircraft, gyrocopters and gliders (sailplanes)
It boasts nearby Mt Borah, one of the worlds best paraglider and hang glider launch sites. 
In 1998 local paragliding instructor and developer of Mt Borah, Godfrey Wenness, gained the world distance record with a flight of 335 km. 
Major free-flight competitions are staged annually during the summer months. 
The 10th FAI Paragliding World Championships were held at the site in 2007, attended by 150 pilots from 41 nations. 
In the week prior to the event Manilla was in the headlines around the world for the survival of paraglider pilot Ewa Wiśnierska of Germany who was sucked up into a thunderstorm to 9946 m 
(32,000 ft)
The dramatic story was made into a TV documentary Miracle in the Storm which won an AFI award and was nominated for a Logie Award. 
On 14 February 2007, in spite of weather reports heralding the presence of violent thunderstorms, Wiśnierska decided to try and fly in order to train for the 2007 paragliding world championship near Manilla, New South Wales, Australia. 
She got trapped in the updraft of two joining thunderstorms. 
Unable to get out, she was lifted to an altitude of 9,946 metres (32,631 ft), according to her GPS
The GPS variometer also tracked vertical speeds of up to +20 m/s 
(77 kilometres per hour (48 mph)).
She landed 3.5 hours later about 60 kilometres (37 mi) north of her starting position.
In the same weather event, the Chinese paraglider He Zhongpin was killed by a lightning strike."
The main street of Manilla, NSW.

Canberra Cafe?! In Manilla?! WTF?!
I had driven over seven hours from Canberra the day before to get to Tamworth and then another forty kilometres to Manilla the next morning only to find a Canberra Cafe in the main street of Manilla.

That's the hook that greets you, but I'm heading out in this shot.
When you come into the town of Manilla you are greeted with a big hook, which is funny considering the other signs you see coming into town saying Manilla is a fisherman's paradise, but this isn't a fishhook.

Manilla high-rise?

You're also greeted by radio station 2NU's transmitter on your right when you come into town.
Buildings in the main street of Manilla.
I have to say that I was expecting to hit the main street, take a few shots then get out back to Tamworth, but I was drawn into this quaint little town and spent way too much time there on Sunday morning, which I would pay for by hitting my Ballina motel room that night at about 7 pm and in dark rainy conditions.
The Manillia Masonic Centre.
Halfasheep would have a field-day in this town looking for Masonic stuff.
I could see a Halfasheep video being made about this park.
Just check out this park in the main street.
Hmm...the Generating Force?-)Lingam-yoni?

There was even goldfish in the rock-pool. Gee!

A sundial in the park, as well.


It's a nice little park, occult symbolism, or not. 
But I'd still like to see a Halfasheep video about this park. ;-) 
It's  an historic little town, as well, and is like a living museum in many ways.
I love the old street lamp in the main street.

Although, I'm not keen on the high gutters.

The pubs looked interesting, but unfortunately they wouldn't be open until later, so I just had to look at them from the outside. 

A pub with a tattoo parlour? Must be the rough end of the town. ;-)

I had the idea come to me to seek out a newsagent and buy a lottery ticket in this up coming Oz lotto draw on Tuesday night, so I went into the newsagent and bought a $12 quickpick for the draw, but it was probably just a red herring to get me into the shop and see these magazines pictured below, which oddly enough related to a lot of my current thinking and syncs, so I ended up buying over $100 worth of magazines on the day, which I'm yet to fully read.

(UPDATE: May the 4th [be with you:-] The lotto ticket was a dud, if you were wondering)
After buying the magazines and putting on my lotto I had to settle for an iced coffee instead of an ice cold beer. 
I liked the big fish at the coffee shop and the coffee.
The coffee shop was sure worth stopping at for a drink and a look at the interesting art inside and out. 
My Sunday: Between Two Worlds and Trying to Catch the Big Fish
Where did I leave my saucer?-)
And maybe it was the UFO magazine had I just bought, but I thought that I could make out an alien head poking out of that coffee cup looking for where he had put his saucer. ;-) 

Manila sure is an interesting town that is worth a visit.
No wonder the para-gliders like dropping in on it. ;-) 
I was in the audience for the above talk with Darren Hanlon and Missy Higgins about songwriting at the Byron Bay Writer's Festival.