Having been born and raised in Turkey, I constantly sought an explanation for the contradiction between the well-known spirituality of Anatolia and the reality of the not-so-loving expressions of some of its people.

One day, though, I came across a book written by the Turkish psychologist Doğan Cüceloğlu. His observations made this contradiction seem crystal clear. A female villager living among nature lovingly mothers several children. One day, she sees one of her sons throwing stones at a bird. She warns him to stop, saying, “All life is valuable. All living things are one.” However, the same woman refers to the people of another religion as “the others” with a negative tone. How is this possible? How can a person possess an all-encompassing love for life yet distance herself and her groupfrom other people? Cüceloğlu concludes that the Anatolian wisdom is there, but it is not entirely internalized by everyone.

This explanation gave me hope that we might someday be able to connect thoroughly with that wise love. To keep up this hope, I know I should remind myself of the seemingly forgotten sparkles of Anatolian wisdom that span the millennia. This can only balance our feelings and ideas about the land, because our multidimensional mind and eyes mostly focus on the fear-based events that occur in our region.

When I set my mind to surfing through known history, it is a joy to dream about the possible bliss of revealing ancient knowledge and heartfelt understanding. It is an even a greater joy to think curiously about the as-yet-unknown history that is waiting to be remembered.

Various races and civilizations have existed on Earth, and some definitely chose Anatolia as their home in which to anchor their knowledge and light. There is an undeniable feeling that this land covers a huge energy vortex, some crucial portal to higher dimensions, and it is there for a reason.

Things can be as simple as they seem, or they can signal a hidden meaning. Anatolia means east in Ancient Greek, because the land lies, more or less, to the east of Greece. Is it simply a geographical definition. The east is also identified with the rising of the Sun and the coming of its light, which allows us to see and gain knowledge. So, does Anatolia represent a land where the light starts spreading?

Is it why the Luwians called themselves the people of Lux (light)?

Why was the Sumerian civilization, which predated all other civilizations in the surrounding area, born between two rivers that start in Anatolia? How are they related to the Lemurians from millennia ago and to the Turks from millennia later?

What was the secret of the Troyans, and how did history almost repeat itself with a different ending in 1915?

Was Antioche just a Roman capital, or is there another reason for why it was home to the first church in the world and the first mosque in Anatolia, as well as for why it was the meeting point for Moses and Hızır? Does it explain why the thousands of locals still respectfully acknowledge reincarnation and other mystical events and use their sixth sense daily. Or am I just biased because I come from there?

Why did Rumi, an enormous beacon of unconditional love and acceptance, choose to become a master in Anatolia and settle there?

Why do people believe that the remains of Noah’s ark sit on Mount Ağrı?

Why did the miracles of Abraham happen in Şanlıurfa?

Why is the tomb of Mother Mary thought to be in western Anatolia, with millions of Christians and Muslims visiting this village?

What is the secret of the Anatolian caves that hosted the miracles mentioned in the Quran and in local stories?

Why are millions of people from around the world attracted to Cappadocia, getting goosebumps while visiting the underground cities? Is it just the cool air, or do they connect with other realms there?

Why did the Cybele cult choose Anatolia as its home? How could these women guard the ancient wisdom and transfer it across time and space via Pythagoras, Paulicians, Bogomils, Cathars, and many others to balance the patriarchal tradition on the surface with the inherent matriarchal ways? Why was Anatolia chosen to feed this divine harmony?

Is there a reason for why the land almost drowned in a darkness that oppressed freedom, female energy, progression, honor, and authenticity until a savior came, although not to do everything himself but rather to remind us that we have the power to save ourselves? Was his mission merely a military success, or was it a spiritual awareness, teaching us to take responsibility for our lives? Was he honoring an ancient promise to spread light onto this land and remind its people of their own nature to beat darkness?

Is it why we now see more people who are intolerant of female energy, knowledge, and nature but also many more people interested in spirituality, environmental protection, and harmonious love-filled living? Are we clearing out a large amount of the world’s karma here on these lands? Is this why some of us get greatly disturbed by negative incidents yet somehow end up staying, subconsciously anchoring to the light? Maybe we travel more to other vortexes to knit a web of love and light across the globe? Like our ancient parents, our previous versions of existence have been doing this since the beginning of time.

I keep asking, just in case the possibilities are valid…