the land down under
By Laurie Leah Levine, Author of “Spiritual Medicine”
As the song and saying goes, “I just call Australia home.” The journey of my soul took me to Australia in 1987. You might say I had a spiritual calling to go there since I was 20 years old, but didn’t actually get there until I was 30. I had done quite a bit of traveling before but never had such a pull to travel somewhere.
When I landed in Sydney for the first time, I started to weep deeply and experienced the clearest realization that my soul felt it had come home. I felt connected to the energy and beauty of the land, and the people. I lived there for over 13 years and still return every 6-8 months. It is interesting that every time I fly into Sydney, I still have that same response — so happy to be home. It is something I have never been able to logically explain and probably never will.
I have been an intuitive healer since I was a little girl and drawn to indigenous culture, especially Native American spirituality and teachings, since growing up in the United States. My intuition became even stronger while I was in Australia.
While living in Sydney I discovered that there seemed to be much separation between the Aborigines and the “white” Australians. This felt a little like the separation with the Native Americans. We have so much to learn from these native people about ourselves, Mother Earth, our spiritual nature and how it is all connected.
I have been in awe of the fact that stories of the native people from this beautiful and sacred land can be found everywhere — in the rock formations, music, songs, dreamtime, paintings, art work, names of cities, in the richness of the land, and in the faces of the Aboriginal men, women and children.
In Sydney, there are beautiful and ancient rock formations known as the Three Sisters. This is one of my favorite places about two hours from Sydney, in an area called Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. Ancient story tells that according to an Aboriginal dreamtime story, the three huge rocks formation were once three beautiful sisters named “Meehni”, “Wimlah” and “Gunnedoo” from the Katoomba tribe.
The three sisters fell in love with three brothers from the Nepean tribe but their tribal laws forbade their marriage. The three brothers did not accept this law and tried to capture the three sisters by force. This caused a major tribal battle and the lives of the three sisters were threatened. A witch doctor decided to turn the sisters into rocks in order to protect them and planned to reverse the spell after the battle. Unfortunately, he was killed in the battle and the three sisters remain as the enormous and beautiful rock formations yet today.
Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of people on Earth estimating back 65,000 years. Dream-time is the Aboriginal religion and culture. The dreamtime contains many parts: It is the story of things that have happened, how the universe came to be, how human beings were created, and how the Creator intended for humans to function within the cosmos.
I always felt so drawn to find out more and would visit the Aboriginal centers in whatever city I was in just to learn more from these beautiful people. Their understanding of spirit and the rhythm and healing of the earth is something I believe is of much value to humanity at this time in our history.
Another adventure that deeply touched my soul was when I traveled to the center of Australia to Ayres Rock or Uluru (as the Aboriginals call it). One of the remarkable things to see and witness at Uluru, along with the beauty and magnitude of Ayres Rock, is the ancient rock art. This is a very sacred place for the Aboriginal people and I felt this as well. It speaks to you in a language only your soul recognizes. I was so fortunate to get a private tour with one of the descendants of the Uluru family, and he shared by translation the importance of the land and the messages the land carries for us all. He showed me the different plants, explained which ones were edible, and I was able to sample several varieties of the plants and foods in the Aboriginal diet.
In several caves in Uluru, the rocks represent many stories of the Dreamtime. The paintings are regularly renewed, with layer upon layer of paint, dating back many thousands of years.
Aborigines believe there it is hollow below ground, and that there is an energy source they call ‘Tjukurpa’ or the ‘dream time’. The term Tjukurpa is also used to refer to the record of all activities of a particular ancestral being from the very beginning of his or her travels to their end. Anangu knew the area around Ayers Rock (Mount Uluru) was inhabited by dozens of ancestral beings whose activities were recorded at many separate sites.
At each site, the events that took place can be recounted, whether those events were of significance or the ancestral being just rested at a certain place before going on. Usually, there is a physical feature of some form at each ancestral site which represents both the activities of the ancestral being at the time of its formation and the living presence of Tjukurpa within that physical feature today. For the Australian Aboriginal people, that physical feature, whatever its form or appearance, animate or inanimate, is the Tjukurpa. It may be a rock, a sand-hill, a grove of trees, a cave. For all of these, the creative essence remains forever within the physical form or appearance.
There is much more for me to learn about the indigenous people of Australia and I am awaiting the opportunity to continue this adventure and journey of the heart and spirit.
The above Aboriginal information came from www.crystal-inks.com/dreamtime.html and http://www.crystalinks.com/ayersrock.html.
Laurie Levine is a gifted healer and has a private practice in LA offering phone sessions, one-on-one body/emotional intuitive healing sessions, workshops and talks. Laurie’s book, “Spiritual Medicine” is a practical tool kit for building a better life and transforming your health and relationships. It is available through her website, Amazon.com, and through your local bookstores. Please e-mail Laurie: email@example.com , call (323) 651-2987 or you may visit: www.spiritualmedicine.net
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