Spiritual excursion through the Path of the Dharma
Calm! This isn't a religious post, I'm just going to talk about how through our philosophy of life we can transform common places into sublime spaces, like this place.
What I know about the creation of the Path of the Dharma is little, I only know that it is one of the sections in the back of El Morro hill.
This has stones of various sizes stacked on top of each other on the sides of the road, where you can connect with yourself and with that magical environment just closing your eyes.
It isn't a known tourist attraction but it is an obligatory step when you visit the hill in order to take a tour around it, since it is the only way in the area to go to the front of the place or return to the back.
The Path of the Dharma is composed, in addition to the stones stacked, by a sign that indicates the name of the road, and by species of seats made with trunks supported by rocks.
I don't know exactly how long ago they formed the path or who started it, what I know is that now represents a place of spiritual connection thanks to its location.
This is a narrow passage between the rock wall of the hill and the sea, where only the breeze and the waves crashing against the stones break the silence but generate peace.
💫 Transforming beliefs
In Anzoategui isn't common to stack stones, even this is the only public place I know where they have done it, and that is one of the reasons that makes the Path of the Dharma in such an attractive place, the other is its meaning .
At first glance it seems that its purpose is only to serve as ornament, but who began to balance these stones surely knew that more than an ornament, this activity has a spiritual and ancestral origin.
Both the name of this path and the practice of balancing stones were promoted through the Dharmic religions, all those philosophies born in India, which subsequently spread throughout the planet.
I understand that the word Dharma doesn't have a specific translation, each religion translates it differently.
Although basically it has the same meaning in all: it is the philosophy to assume the duty that must be fulfilled in life, and through of their practice to achieve "protection" from suffering.
Rock stacking also has different meanings in each culture. It mainly represents an encounter with the internal balance, while in other cultures they are used as offerings in exchange for protection, as road guides, for the travelers a way to say "I was here", and nowadays as an artistic activity in which there are techniques and modalities for stacking them.
And in the end all these practices have something in common: a positive effect on the human being, because even if you don't know its meaning, just by being among these eccentric stones in that incredible place, you can already perceive its magic.
Perhaps most of the people who travel through the Path of the Dharma don't know its meaning but still use it to establish a closer relationship with itself and with the environment.
We already know what this incredible place denotes, but if we detail what connotes we find that it literally suggests us to go down a path of harmony.
And there it becomes incredible how the creativity and faith of the human transforms their beliefs into special palpable means for those who only see with their eyes but have a bit more trouble with the soul.
🌱 Ecological impact
"Everything in excess is bad", that phrase applies to everything in life, even that which seems very good: as in this case balancing rocks.
When I saw them for the first time I never thought that this activity could be harmful to nature, even when I learned about its explanation.
I read some articles by ecologists that indicate that this practice can alter ecosystems if the stones are removed constantly.
They agree that various organisms live and feed on the rocks, and that when they are raised, their home is destroyed. On the other hand, when these stacks are excessive prevents the flora grows freely.
However, the stones balanced in El Morro are small, they are only distributed through this sector, so I don't think that in this case the ecosystem is being altered.
Perhaps the fact that the Dharma Path doesn't receive many tourists is what keeps it among the places little affected by human activity.
I mention all this just to generate a bit of awareness, so that the next time we stack stones we will not leave any living being homeless. If you are a traveler, the best way to leave your mark there is respecting nature.
If you ever make an excursion through the Dharma Path please take a few minutes to sit on one of the wooden benches or on the rocks, close your eyes and feel! Feel! Feel! The energy of this place is unparalleled.
📷 All the photographs are of my authorship and were captured with a Canon Rebel EOS T2i camera.
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What a beautiful thoughtful Post. The photos and your words are just gorgeous. It seems like a beautiful special place. Rock stacking often annoys me on my Coast because people do it just for Instagram photos as if it's cool. But I always wish they would just leave the environment be. As you say this has a different purpose and I love the gentle Reflections you make.💜🙏
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Your words make me feel very happy Thank you very much! 💙
Where are you from? I ask because I saw that Spain is one of the places where ecologists have spoken the most about that "style" on the beaches, and because of the reports I've seen, the amount of stones piled up is exaggerated.
This activity is cool, and doing it in places like this adds a special value to the site because it is something that breaks with the similarity of the path, but when the human begins to abuse these practices it is no longer great; only we need little more information about it.
I'm surprised that many people who have commented here didn't know the meaning of balanced stones, much less their impact, but I think that educating on the subject may not turn into a major environmental problem in a few years.
Thank you very much for commenting. A big hug.
What a wonderful place, the system is making us to live like robots, but the nature is here waiting for us, saying -I am here waiting for you as always,
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The good thing is that we can still decide how we want to live 😄
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I have always seen rock stacking as an artistic activity, never an indication of internal balance or an offering. I never thought it has anything to do with the spiritual. But yeah, I do agree with the fact the viewing them does give off some sort of a positive vibe. I am always fascinated by them.
So true, too much of everything is bad but I never thought this activity could be harmful in any way. How little I know, thankfully, it's not done much there.
I don't know much about Dharma, actually, I know nothing (apart from what I just read from you) but with one passing through that path fully aware and taking out time to enjoy what's there, breathing in that air, enjoying those views etc. It definitely will have a positive effect on someone.
El Morro is in Venezuela, right? I read a post on it a while back, could it be from you?
I do love the view around there, it looks so serene and the rocks, incredibly beautiful!
Yes, the post about El Morro that you read is mine, I remember your comment; and yes, it's in Venezuela.
I thought that in other countries this activity was much more common, but it seems that it is not, and that is good because there will be less environmental impact.
It really is a very healthy practice, but the excess of it is what creates problems in the ecosystems. So we should be very careful the next time we think about making one, it is important to notice that it is no longer the home of any plant or animal.
However, what can't be denied is that, as you say, traveling here only inspires something positive.
A hug, thank you very much for your time 😄
🤗 I doubt it is so common to an extent where it will disrupt the ecosystem but with time, it might be and it will be really sad. It will be great if we do it in moderation....
Amazing, isn't it? But I doubt we will be able to carry along those positive vibes if this practice becomes destructive...
Nice photos Milka!
I like those stones on their harmonious structure, nothing more nothing less.
There's a balance that made the environment and nature more synchronized so to speak.
You're right, even if we walk around and don't know what it is, just see the structures distributed in that environment transmits positive energy 😄
Thanks a lot!
You're very much welcome!
Nature is a natural thing so, obviously safe from contamination of chemicals out there right?
The path of dharma really looks like a beautiful place. Perfect to sit on that trunk and see the ocean while the breeze hits your face. Then, just go enjoy a beautiful walk.
You couldn't describe it better. It's exactly like that! 💙
Interesting read @milkabustamante, I like the ecological theory you brought.
All I knew is that piling rocks was a backpacker's thing, like 'I've passed through here'.
Thanks a lot! Yes, that's one reason. Even, it was the first reason I heard 😅
However I miht stop doing it ahah if it affects the ecosystem.
Perhaps more than stop doing so, try to be conscious when doing it: take care that the stones we choose are not the home of plants or animals, or avoid doing it in places where people have exceeded themselves by stacking the stones.
When we overdo it, that's where the environmental problems start 😅
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I didn't know anything about dharma before I read your post. I didn't even know that stacking of stones has a name. And I wouldn't ever think that there is something spiritual behind it. For me it was rather artistic. I didn't see many of those in my life but as a matter of fact, I saw it 2 weeks ago in Swiss Alps. I even took a photo of it. I didn't know it had a name. I thought that just some travelers were having fun :) It was in a very windy place and I was worried that it would fall apart but it somehow kept together.
I also really like your photos.. the focus on the stones is very nice..
Thank you for teaching me something new today :)
I thought that balanced rocks and their meaning were very common in other parts of the world. Now it's me who learns something new! Most people who have commented on this post agree with you.
Can you share that photo with me? please! I would love to see it. It seems that the most common reason for rock stacking is for a traveler to say he was there, although it has also become a very interesting artistic style.
Thank you very much for appreciating my work. A big hug! 💙😄
Interesting! I have seen stacked stones in few tourist spots in my country and in Cambodia but I never bothered to really research about it meaning. On a very casual conversation with a friend while we were watching the stacked stones on a beach, she was saying that it is something like a test of how balanced one's life is. The higher you can stack up, the better balance you have. And the higher your stack is, the closer you are to God. It was also just a hearsay that she was passing on that time. We do not know which religion refer to it as being the measurement of closeness to God.
It is a good thing that you mentioned about the environment impact because I am sure almost everybody does not know that. Indeed, respecting nature is the best we can leave in our visited areas.
You have great shots with your photos. What camera did you use here?
On those beaches there were many or few stones stacked? What is the religion that predominates in your country and in Cambodia? In Asia is where there are more followers of the Dharmic religions, perhaps that's why your friend gave you that motive, which is really one of several that exist.
From what I see balancing stones is less common than I thought, maybe that is why there is not so much information about it, especially the negative environmental impact that we can cause if we exceed this.
By the way! I used a Canon Rebel EOS T2i.
Thanks for sharing with me, a hug 😊
@milkabustamante, thank you for sharing this to us. This also first time i heard about this interesting Dharma path. I am a Buddhism and do believe the blessing from Dharma. I would love to pay a visit of this place. May I know whether this spiritual path open to everyone daily or they have open hours.
Wow! I was looking forward to a Buddhist watching this post and telling me what he thought about it.
Do you usually balance rocks? You did before? Or do you know someone who practices your religion who does it? I would love to know a more exact meaning.
By the way, could you tell me a little about the Dharma, please?
And yes, the Path of Dharma is open to all public, at all times and every day; It is on a hill where there is no tourist company or anything, you go there when you want and already.
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Thanks a lot! This is so cool 💙
That's beautiful scenery.I didn't know there was so much to the stacking of the stones. Hopefully that place stays obscure so it can retain its beauty and isn't overrun by tourists. I wouldn't mind seeing more pictures of the water as I normally find that to be peaceful as well.
Beautiful piled stones, I have seen them in other countries in Asia and this is interesting that people from other countries still have something in common. The pictures you have done are almost telling us the story of these stones, they just like migrating once they are on a rock, another time at the beach or on the path. Very romantic and capturing attention of curious people, who probably will be get intrigued in searching and spotting htem around the area :)
Te voy a escribir en español porque sí y porque esto está brutal. Me gusta la intención de tus reflexiones y cada retrato a las piedras es sublime, este lugar me recordó un poco a Game of thrones jajaja. Creo que he visto varias veces tu trabajo aquí y no te había hecho un comment, haces unos post que tienen mucho trabajo. Felicidades, sigue.
Tranquilo, generalmente publico el post en ambos idiomas, aunque obviamente el español es mucho más cómodo para mí 😅
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