Today from the Dreamtime
The reason for our dance with extinction may be that we have a topsy-turvy grasp of reality. According to a number of old traditions, we dwell in the real world when we dream, and awake time is for enacting what we learned in the dream world. There is a dream dreaming us, say the San of the Kalahari Desert. Dream-centered reality is known by many names: enlightenment for Buddhists, akashic records for some Hindus, collective unconscious for those influenced by Carl Jung, along with the various terms for supreme beings. I prefer dreamtime, the English equivalent of an Australian Aboriginal term, as it works well with the commonly-used awake time.
No matter whether the dreamtime tradition is African, Australian, Eurasian, or American, it states that all things in awake time come from and return to the dreamtime. It is the source of all wisdom and inspiration. Every morning we bring dreams, which are memories from the dreamtime, to our awake time to guide us through our day.
The Hopi have a saying that all dreams spin out of the same web. It is through the dreamtime that we are all related, with one reason for being. The essence of relationship is sharing our dreamtime guidance, which is commonly practiced by Native people. In the book Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing What It Is to Be Human, author Robert Wolff describes waking up in a bamboo hut-on-stilts with his Malaysian Aboriginal friends. They would share elements of their dreams with each other, and sometimes with those who slept in another hut. Thus was created the essence of a story, which provided guidance.
We can do the same, as we live together in a virtual village. Here every morning I will post the guidance I was given in the dreamtime, and I encourage you to share yours as well, with those you feel close to. Together we will enrich each other and return to the balance maintained by dreamtime-centered lives.
- My yearning for the Hunt is supported by my entire being. December 27, 2012
- Winnow the facts to get at the seed they hide. December 26, 2012
- It is not what I know that matters as much as how I know it. December 25, 2012
- Bargains and shortcuts turn out to be time and energy drains when we don’t actually need them at the time. December 24, 2012
- Ugliness is only the first impression of beauty. December 24, 2012
- Change comes slow when we keep rehashing the same old ideas. December 23, 2012
- Truthspeaking is just the shadow of living your truth. December 22, 2012
- Ancestral memories, carried by the clan memory, can return bit by bit over time as individuals remember and contribute. December 21, 2012
- Beneath trash, dysfunction, or irrelevance is always something of substance and value. December 20, 2012
- The more consistently I express my needs, the more likely they are to be met. December 19, 2012
- I adapt best to unexpected changes when I am fully present with them. December 18, 2012
- Neither faith nor courage are substitutes for the skills needed to venture out on new challenges. December 17, 2012
- What I experience as lack of control and frustration is actually the alienation that comes from loss of trust. December 16, 2012
- All problems, even the most confounding, have simple solutions. If it appears otherwise, I have made it so. November 30, 2012
- Desire continually denied results in a life of stress and emotional turbulence. November 29, 2012
- To live in fear is being a caged animal ever trying to find a way to escape. November 28, 2012
- When I find myself choosing between this and that, I have stepped off of my intended path. I know I am on it when my choices merely amount to fine tunings. November 27, 2012
- As I dream myself into existence, make sure it’s the authentic me rather than an illusion. November 26, 2012
- In the face of overwhelming odds, consistency can help more than skill. November 25, 2012
- Manage a threat coming from within and you will free up energy for creative solutions. November 24, 2012