Can we separate Aboriginal Dreamtime facts from Aboriginal Dreamtime myths? Could this version of the Shamanic Journey hold the secrets to astral projection and time travel?
The familiar creation mythology of the Western culture is a combination of stories from ancient Assyria, Babylon, and Persia. We find them in the writings of Hammurabi, the sixth king of the First Babylonian Dynasty (1810 — 1750 BC). However, the myths of the indigenous people of Australia offer a different and diverse mix of cosmology and spiritual context.
Aboriginal Dreamtime Myths
The Dreamtime state of the Australian Aborigine is one of the most exciting forms of the Shamanic Journey.
The Aboriginal form has a rich traditional background of stories, including several myths and legends about creation. It is a system with unique spiritual symbolism and cosmology. The Aboriginal Dreamtime myths are as detailed as many religions. Many historians believe these legends are even older than those of Western theology.
Each region in Australia has its unique twist on cosmology and spirituality, which continues to be passed along in the oral tradition.
“I lived for a couple of years when I was 9 years old on beautiful Aboriginal sacred land in a town of a thousand people in northwestern Australia. It’s where the Aborigines are still very connected to their culture, the Dreamtime culture. It was really quite a special experience.” — Isabel Lucas
Most forms of the Shamanic Journey use rhythmic sound and sometimes psychotropic additives. This process is a common thread worldwide in many indigenous cultures. Yet, we do not know the exact mechanism of this process. There are several variations of Australian adaption of this technique, which makes identifying the process here even more complicated.
Aboriginal Dreamtime facts are limited to the elements we can replicate and observe. We are not sure if it requires a specific mantra like the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. If that is the case, the journey is 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.
We know the process comes from the tradition of Shamanism. The Shamanic Journey is a significant part of Shamanism. This inward journey is a worldwide phenomenon that opens awareness to 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.
Here is where Aboriginal Dreamtime facts become murky. When we add our imagination to the mix, we inject elements that make it difficult for others to replicate. It’s not impossible to have a “shared” imaginary experience but to share experiences of out-of-body experiences or time travel are at least for the being impossible.
If you have experienced some form of the Shamanic Journey or guided meditation, you are more likely to believe in the stories of Australian astral projection.
“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 an Aboriginal 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
The Shamanic Journey is found worldwide with many variations on the same theme. This proliferation shows the importance of the inward journey to many cultures. All of these different cultures discovered the same doorway independently. It’s a combination of rhythm and imagination that opens the imaginary landscape of the subconscious mind into upper and lower worlds. Each culture has a unique way of understanding the journey. Their experiences are reflected in the artwork they left behind. They show us how the inward journey mirrors the outer reality.
Aboriginal Dreamtime Facts
The Aboriginal form (1) differs from other forms of the Shamanic Journey in a few significant ways. With this form, practitioners view events in the past or the future. So, this sounds a lot like the experience of projecting awareness and time travel. Most of the other forms of the Shamanic Journey deal exclusively with the spirit world.
The problem is the main aspects of experience that cannot be observed. However, modern-day Shamans like Alberto Villoldo say they can replicate the astral projection experience after years of training. However, the curriculum of training isn’t explicit.
“So what is the Dreaming? I would say the Dreaming is a non-indigenous term used in its broadest sense to describe the stories of our ancestors and how they shaped the land and how they are still part of the land… Across Aboriginal Australia, there are as many different terms for Dreaming as there are language groups.” — Hetti Perkins
Another thing that distinguishes it from other forms of the Shamanic Journey is how the process is implemented. The practitioner often stands on one leg rather than sitting or dancing as in other forms. The traveler stands this way sometimes for several hours.
As with most shamanic journey forms, they also use rhythmic sound to induce this state. Some traditions use psychotropic drugs.
In this state, the practitioner projects their consciousness through time. This projection of awareness 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.
Aboriginal Dreamtime facts vs. Transcendental Consciousness
Another non-ordinary state known as transcendental consciousness is similar to SSC. It’s a partition many cultures use to heal the mind, body, and spirit or explore awareness. Transcendental Consciousness is a measurable partition of awareness that underlies waking, dreaming, and sleeping. Reaching this partition is one of the primary “spiritual technologies.”
The key properties of this state are awareness without thought. So, it is unlike SSC, which uses imagination and creative visualization.
“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?
This process is an accepted window of a separate reality in the Aboriginal culture. 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.
Some see it as the ultimate form of the 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.
We understand that life is a form of time travel and astral projection. We project our consciousness into a biodegradable container and conduct several experiments. Our life is an expression of consciousness. The default setting is the singularity of our awareness in one body, but we have access to other altered states and higher states of consciousness. It makes sense for us to move beyond the default setting of time.
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 combines two Siddhis, invisibility and finding things lost. It’s an interesting comparison to way the Aborigine use their journey to find game and water.
Aboriginal Dreamtime facts give us limited insight into the depths of the processes that enable them to traverse the natural experience of reality. Aboriginal Dreamtime myths are an essential part of the process. Perhaps if we can save their culture, we may also then be able to find the keys to astral projection and time travel?
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(1) Aboriginal Dreamtime, Wikipedia
(2) Michael Harner, Wikipedia
(3) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia