Spiritual, Magical Uluru

(Reader Submission from Australia)

A few years ago, I went to Uluru. I was on a very low budget, but I went there, thinking the climb was closed a decade or two before. I was surprised by the fact there was a choice.

I'm an earthy person, and I know the aboriginals see all who climb Uluru as disrespecting their culture. As a spiritual journey, I climbed it, but not just for the sake of climbing it. It was a very tough climb. During the climb, it made me feel human and almost like a grain of sand on a beach. Seeing, what I only believed were little stone statues created for some aboriginal activity, I found this curious and amazing.

The views from the climb and at the top, are some of the most amazing I've seen anywhere - Emptiness with tiny little mountains / rocks for over 300km & further - It was so amazing.

Being a very depressive & lonely person a lot of the time, nature helps. I believe in past lives, and at the top, looking out, I could almost feel the spirits. It was the most spiritual feeling & place I've ever been up the top. It felt like home.

When things go wrong, or I'm feeling down, I shut my eyes and go back in time to my happy place and time - the top of Uluru, to how I felt there. A feeling I've never had anywhere else at any other time in my life. It felt like home, like a belonged, like most religious people get from church or a divine miracle or something. I breathed in the fresh, spiritual air at the top for nearly one hour before heading down.

After my experience, I'm so glad I was allowed this amazing spiritual experience & opportunity. I guess it was my version of what the muslims would feel for their Mecca. It really helped me feel the same way for this rock, as the aboriginals feel for it.

For me, experiencing this climb, is one of the key things that made me feel Australia can only ever be my only home. No other country or place can ever compare to up there for me. It was like my spirit was home, like the only place I've ever belonged, just me and her - mother earth of Uluru top.

I believe I've had many past lives - one or many of which from there many generations ago. Sounds weird to most, since they've never felt this at any place or time - but if you do have that feeling of any person or place, you will know.

Sadly most people who climbed it at the same time as me, I overheard & saw many people reach the top look around 30-60seconds, saying - that's nice view, we've reached the top & head down, without a care to the spirits up there - to me that seemed more contemptuous and selfish reason, like not a care for the meaning or spirits of this amazing and spiritual place.

Do I believe Uluru climb should be closed forever? No.

I believe maybe they can limit the climb. I believe that maybe instead of free climb for themselves, those who want to climb can maybe be led up there at certain times of the day only, led by a local (preferably full blood) aboriginal person, at certain points on the way up, and at the top, the aboriginal climb leader/s can talk about uluru, the spiritual and cultural signifcance about uluru and how it is used in their legends and dreamtime.

This way, those who climb can learn and understand by the locals the meaning of this amazing place.

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Great submission. Spiritual, Magical Uluru
by: Birgit

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience and thoughts on Uluru in that much detail. You certainly offer much food for thought.

You are inspirational
by: Anonymous

Congratulations! Finally someone with a voice worth reading. Thank you for giving me a fuzzy feeling in my tummy.
To those who take our land, country and culture for granted please sit back and enjoy our culture, religions and spirituality, don't try and change our way of life.

by: Deb

In 2008 I decided to climb Uluru. My aim was never to disrespect anyone, but as an Australian I feel we have the right to climb any rock/mountain in our land.
Even though I never climbed to the top, I did climb probably half way, and I sat quietly looking over this great land of ours. I would have to say it is the most amazing feeling. The Base walk around Uluru is just as magical.
I also enjoyed hiking The Olga's, Kings Canyon and most of West MacDonnell Ranges. We are going back next year to do it all again.

What they do need to stop is the IDIOT who ran down the rock and then once past the chains had to actually jump over a lady who was sitting quietly as he had no way to stop himself. This man put so many people lives in danger. Or the women who walk up the rock in high heel shoes. Crazy.

dangerous Uluru
by: brown1

I was there almost two years ago and decided not to climb it, most importantly out of respect for the Anangu, but also because it was extremely windy that day and the climb had been closed during the morning. It was simply too dangerous to climb that day. Nonetheless some of my mates did decide to climb it. They argued that Uluru, being a sacred place to the Aboriginals, can be compared to, for example, a catholic church and that, since Aboriginals are allowed to enter "our" sacred places, that gave them the right to enter their "church" too. I disagreed, but many people do see this as a justification...

It is not a Church!
by: Anonymous

Do not compare Ayers Rock with a Church. A Church/Temple etc. are built for a purpose. They are built AFTER the religion started.

Ayers Rock was around long before the aborigines began making up stories about it. It came into existence BEFORE the religion started.

Compare it with other geological places in the world that hold significance for other indigenous tribes.

This is not to deny them their culture and its significance to them. They are welcome to their beliefs. As is anyone. These beliefs should not be put onto others.

If you must compare it to a church do it logically.
Can an atheist appreciate a church only for its architecural and artistic beauty?
Can an atheist enter a church respectfully? Certainly.
Can an atheist enter a church disrespectfully?
Can we appreciate Ayers Rock without the aborigine culture?
Can we climb the rock respectfully?
Can we climb it disrespectfully?

Attitude is the key NOT the Action.

Spending Pentecost in Uluru
by: Anonymous

You have certainly made me think! I will be in Uluru on Pentecost Sunday (The birthday of the Catholic Church). I am a practicing Catholic with an authentic relationship with the Jesus of the Gospels. I have a great love of nature and I find real meaning in nature as I do in the celebration of the Eucharist! I do not want to miss this wonderful celebration with my family and parish community but the dates have been finalized.

I was searching for a Catholic church in Uluru to celebrate Pentecost and found your site. I realized, the Lord has driven me once again out into the wilderness to find real meaning and love for land and people. (I was in Patong for Easter Sunday) What more could I ask for?

I was in Uluru in 2000 and refused to climb giving respect to the people, but now I will discern further on whether to climb or not. If I choose to climb it will be with a different type of respect and reverence to the people, their land and what we can accomplish together!

God bless you on your quest! TR

by: Anonymous

No. these people can go away. We don’t like them. Nor do we care about their stupid 'religion'. It is fake, stupid, non realistic and just a way of making us white people keep off 'their' land. They need to get jobs, stop raping each other and STOP sniffing petrol. GET A REAL JOB AND MOVE THE HELL ON YOU STUPID DRUNK GROUP OF PEOPLE!

Thanks :)

nice story
by: starwolf2002

I like the story because sometimes I feel alone so I get flash backs and it's a very very nice story.

For Blah
by: William

Blah, you are a disgusting person.

by: Anonymous

Blah is not very nice...
You don't have to be mean for the sake of being mean.

No just no
by: Anonymous

When you say that this climb was spiritual that's just empty words. If you're not aboriginal it's not spiritual. We have own spirituality and it's not the same thing as how white people see it.
Also, we don't climb it to feel the sacredness if you will. We don't need to as we don't have dominance issues like white people do. That's why the rock climb has been banned because you all don't get it.
And btw, we don't expect you to get it. Just understand our direction about our lands or in this case the Anangu people's land. I am sorry that you're a lonely person as I know how that can be but we all go through rough times. That means we shouldn't step on others just because we are suffering. We should listen and learn. These aboriginal folks are not my mob but I take direction from them and I would never think of climbing their rock. Also don't quote other religious folks. There are white religions and philosophies. Don't steal ones that belong to black and brown peoples. It's not for you to saying about the closing of the rock. Please stop with that garbage. Aboriginal land. Always was and always will be. Take this as a lesson not as an offence. Btw, we don't have legends and dreamtime stories are different for each mob. Your lack of knowledge is disrespectful. Please just stop with that nonsense.

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