What makes the Aboriginal form of the Shamanic Journey different from other states? Could it hold the key to things like astral projection and time travel?
Many forms of Shamanic Journey exist around the world. They are a doorway to the spirit world using imagination and creative visualization techniques. It’s a combination that opens the imaginary landscape of the subconscious mind into upper and lower worlds. They see these worlds as mirrors and symbols for what occurs in ordinary reality, and these more conventional processes exist on the Australian continent as well.
However, Aboriginal Dreamtime (1) differs from other forms. It allows one to view events from everyday reality in the past or the future. The practitioner often stands on one leg, sometimes for several hours. As with most forms of the shamanic journey, they often use rhythmic sound to induce this state. Some also use psychotropic drugs.
In this state, the practitioner projects their consciousness through time. It is this projection of awareness that is the essence of time travel or astral projection. Somehow these pioneers of consciousness have a way to leap forward or backward in time. They can accurately describe events thousands of miles away on other continents.
Other forms of the Shamanic Journey use rhythmic sound and sometimes psychotropic additives. We do not know the internal process for Aboriginal Dreamtime. We are not sure if it requires a specific mantra as with the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. So, the journey available only to those who prepare according to tribal tradition. It keeps the integrity of the process safe. But it limits our ability to understand the process.
The foundation of Shamanism is the Shamanic Journey. This journey is a separate state of consciousness. It is humankind’s first “spiritual technology” which opens a doorway to a state of awareness. Michael Harner (2) calls the state “The Shamanic State of Consciousness” (SSC). In this state, the brainwaves are in the theta-wave range between 4 to 7Hz.
SCC is similar to another non-ordinary state known as transcendental consciousness. SCC can heal the mind, body, and spirit or explore. It is one of the primary “spiritual technologies” of humankind, transcending all cultures. It’s a separate state of awareness. It differs from our default states of waking, sleeping, and dreaming.
“Aboriginal Dreamtime infuses all matter and energy, connecting every creature, every rock, every star, and every ray of light or bit of cosmic dust. The power to dream, then, is the power to participate in creation itself. Dreaming reality is not only an ability but a duty, one all humans must perform with grace so that our grandchildren will inherit a world where they can live in peace and abundance.” ― Alberto Villoldo, Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being
Time Travel and Astral Projection
In the Aboriginal culture, this process is an accepted window of a separate reality. This tradition has an advanced understanding of our cosmology. It describes the Earth beginning in a vacuum state devoid of life and even explains complex evolutionary concepts. Western culture came to the same scientific conclusions in the 19th Century.
“The Pintupi believe that nothing was or is created by humans; it was all there from the beginning arising from the Dreaming. The conception and birth of an individual also arise from Dreaming. Before conception, a person is said to be “sitting as a Dreamtime being.” This process is thought of as a transformation from the Dreaming into the actual.
Dreaming links everything together. Thus a person is linked to a place. Dreaming provides an identity for the person, an identity that has existed before the person’s birth and will exist after. Thus Pintupi comes from the Pintupi land, which is their Dreaming.” ― Fred Alan Wolf, The Dreaming Universe: A Mind-Expanding Journey into the Realm Where Psyche and Physics Meet
Some see it as the ultimate form of Shamanic Journey. The traveler does not journey through imaginary realms like most forms. Instead, with Aboriginal Dreamtime, the traveler moves through ordinary reality. It has similarities to lucid dreaming in that there are differing degrees of control. A seasoned traveler can go to a specific point in time and space. In contrast, the novice has little control over where they go.
It means this process is both a means of time travel and a form of astral projection. One projects consciousness through time and space. Others say this is proof the experience of reality is a dream. So, perhaps there is some great wisdom in the nursery rhyme, row your boat?
“Row, row, row your boat gently down the steam. Merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream.”
Some think there is a correlation between lucid dreaming and Aboriginal Dreamtime. We all dream; some people remember more than others. Some people develop the ability to control this landscape of awareness; this is called lucid dreaming. Our normal dream state is something we consider an imaginary realm.
Is All Reality Non-Ordinary Reality?
Everything we experience happens within the mind. The mind is consciousness, and consciousness has no boundaries. Our imagination and memories create our experience of what we perceive. So, everything we experience is a type of dream. We live in a dream world; everything we think about reality is non-ordinary. So, Aboriginal Dreamtime is one culture’s way to experience reality.
Other doorways of consciousness allow us to move beyond the three default settings of waking, dreaming, and sleeping. The Siddhis of Patanjali is an excellent example. Here, astral projection is the combination of two Siddhis, invisibility and finding things lost.
Aboriginal Dreamtime gives us good reasons to think differently about reality and time.
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(1) Aboriginal Dreamtime, Wikipedia
(2) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia