The plane went through turbulence and angry winds as it made a rough touch down in the center of the Australian outback. Surrounded was red sand, vibrant and full of colour. I had pictured it before, but never pictured it the way it actually was. I was told a lot about the red sand, but seeing it with my own eyes was just as fulfilling as taking the journey to the outback itself.
Ayers Rock, or also famously known as Uluru, stands in the heart of the ‘red center’ and is the largest rock in the world. The rock is visible from just about everywhere in the Ayers Rock Resort, which is made up of several hotels, a town center and a restaurant.
All through schooling, we had learned that Ayers Rock is the spiritual heart of Australia, and they weren’t wrong in teaching us this. In and around the resort, driving the 15 kilometers to get to the rock from the resort and through the faces of the indigenous people that worked and lived in Ayers Rock, I could feel the connection to the land. Indigenous Australian’s are connected to the land, not only is it their way of life, but it is a key part of their religion and spiritual beliefs. They believe their ancestors live through what makes up the land, this being water, rocks, trees and even hills and rivers. Therefore, the health of the land is essential to their spiritual connection and growth.
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