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The Dreaming is Not A Religion

imageThough often referred to as a religion, the Dreaming is much more than a collection of metaphysical concepts and moral prohibitions. It is the spiritual beacon which provides the societal and personal guiding light to every Original soul and tribe. The Dreaming’s genesis is a time before time began, when the Earth was soft. In this eternity dwell the Creation Spirits who gave form to this unformed reality. But the Original understanding of chronology is not that of naive Western science, and the Dreaming is not a period of formation that is now over but one that is infinite. Indeed, one term for the Dreamtime, Alcheringa, has been translated as –to see things eternal. It is obvious that, in trying to come to grips with the ineffable, words can only get us so far. However, to some extent we can say that the Dreamtime is a place, a time and a vision. One which is all place, all time, it is a dimension of reality which creates and sustains and provides purpose and meaning. Yet in the Original paradigm, this highly mystical concept is thoroughly grounded, for the Creation Spirits manifest through the land which shares this eternal reality. Every person and place in the continent is embraced by these beings (or we might say, this Being). The Creation Spirits determined all personal and tribal identity, relationships of respect and the ways of communicating them, the relationship with non-human species and the land, initiation ceremonies, cosmological tales and every other aspect of life (and death) imbued with deep meaning. These form an eternal circle whose source is the Dreaming. The integrity of the Original spiritual paradigm is guaranteed in perpetuity because of its comprehensive nature; one which is untainted by the materialist and competitive influences of the degenerate societies which have replaced a similar vision. That vision was, doubtless, once worldwide (and as we shall see, was probably initially exported from Australia). Whatever true spirituality exists in the world only does so in so far as it retains some essence of this original teaching and taps into the vision behind it.

Source: “Shunned” by Steven & Evan Strong (2013)

see also my article ABORIGINAL NOT A RELIGION