Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Aboriginal wisdom from Australian Outback: emotions & completing the circles
Few years back I had read a book: “Mutant Message Down Under” by Marlo Morgan. It is an amazing book. It is an account by an American woman doctor who managed to cross the Australian outback from east-coast to west-coast with an aboriginal tribe.
I learnt that time that most of central Australia (called outback) is an extremely tough, hot, completely dry desert. Averse to all life, even trekkers cannot cross it easily with all their water supplies. No one survives there, except for the aborigines. These people who call themselves “REAL PEOPLE” have an amazing relationship with the environment. They communicate well telepathically and have little need for spoken words. They are really connected with nature. They live in harmony with it. They carry no possessions and leave no traces. They use everything that comes on their way with lot of honour. By looking at a plant they can sense if it’s underground tuber is ripe to be eaten. They have their own innovative ways to find water in that extreme climate. They even healed a compound fracture in 2 days!!
As I read the book, I started realizing that in the name of progress, or taming nature, lot of original insights and knowledge has been suppressed. Interestingly these people call the progressive society MUTANTS! - who have mutated from the original design.
Last week I came across another book “Mutant Message from Forever” by the same author. In this the aborigines have an interesting view on emotions. What follows here is an excerpt from that book. You may find it interesting even for our society!!
“Earth is a place for learning by experiencing. As a Forever spirit, you desired to come here and helped to create the way to do so. It was your energy that took the essence of food your mother ate and created a body from what was available. You were aware of the environment, the hereditary, the situations you were setting up and agreed that it was the perfect place for you to experience a special sort of spiritual enrichment.
“If we could only remember our Foreverness, we would easily see that the earth is the school of emotion. Our energy is combined differently from the energy of other things like rain or fire and is different from the energy of other growing forms, the plants and animals. It is unique. We as humans are here to experience emotion and to use our bodies as vehicles to achieve emotional wisdom.
“The body is the way in which humans receive guidance from the spirit world, from the Source, from all our ancestors, from our own perfect Forever Self. All the body senses – seeing, hearing, tasting, feeling, and smelling – are connected to emotions. Actually, I should say emotion is connected to the senses, because the emotion is the foundation.
“Babies are born in a state of emotional peace. What happens to their senses is linked to emotional feelings. As we grow older, for instance, the sound of eagle’s wings seems either to make us feel at ease or to feel apprehension, depending upon our experience with an eagle or what we believe from what we have seen or been told.
“I know as Medicine Man, that when people are aware of this, they can live healthier lives, and I know as a Clever Man, that knowing enables them to bring more Forever light into this human time.”
Googana stood up and, borrowing a digging stick, he began to draw designs in the sand.
“This is the Rainbow Snake. It is the pattern coming from the Source and moving across and under the earth. It is part of the life force going through us like this,”
Googana said, pointing to one of the designs he had just drawn. “The emotion of anger is shaped like this spear.
“When a person becomes angry, instead of flowing freely like water over slippery rocks, the energy of life is pushed off to each side and becomes sharp and pointed. It digs into the body and injures your organs. Just as a spear will inflict a wound and is difficult to pull out, so too, is anger.
“The energy of resentment is like this,” Googana continued,
pointing to another design. “Resentment, too, has a pointed end, but it also contains a barb, so it digs into the person and clings much longer. Resentment is more destructive than anger because it lasts longer.
“When you worry, the energy pattern goes down like this,” Googana said, drawing another design.
“Envy, jealousy, or guilt are more complex then worry and the knots can be in your stomach, under your skin, or can slow the life flow anywhere.
“Sadness is a very minor disruption. And grief is a form of sadness that is actually a loving bond. It can last for the survivor’s lifetime.
“Fear brings things to a halt. It disrupts blood flow, heartbeat, breathing, thinking, digestion – everything. Fear is an interesting emotion because it isn’t actually human. It was taken from the animals, where it serves a wonderful, very temporary survival role. No animal lives in fear. People originally had nothing to fear. They knew they were Forever. They knew any pain or discomfort was temporary. Now fear has become a major energy force surrounding our planet. This is the harm it does inside you.
“When you are happy, smiling, laughing, feeling good, this is how the body receives and uses energy,” he said, pointing to another design.
“And peace, quiet, rest is like this drawing.
“Emotional detachment, such as observation free of judgement is a smooth, complete, healthy, life-enhancing energy like this.
“So you see,” Googana continued, “You are responsible for your energy and for the discipline of your emotions. Everyone experiences how it feels to be in a negative state, but to linger and not to learn from it is to be irresponsible, immature, and unwise. There is alive and non-alive time. Just because someone is breathing doesn’t mean he is alive. Depression is not spending your time alive. It is necessary to mature, to live a long healthy time. Ultimately, we are all accountable for our time as humans and how we use our free-will gift.
“In mutant terms, I think they would refer to it as an eternal scorecard. There is an entry indicating how many seconds you were alive. The record is divided into how many seconds of your life you spent in peace, feeling fulfilled, feeling good, as you do when you help someone else, seconds spent in the joy of laughter or in the bliss of music. Also recorded are the times over your one hundred years or so of existence when you were angry and chose to stay angry, or felt hatred and harboured it.
“Every word you utter goes out into the vapour and can never be recaptured. You can say ‘I’m sorry,’ but that doesn’t retract the first energy. Intent is energy. Action is energy. But a person may act one way with a very hidden intention. All human consciousness is cumulative. There is now such a thick layer surrounding Mother Earth that in some places people are fed by taking in the breath and thought of collective victimness and in turn they replace the void with more of the same. There is also a layer that developed from the beliefs and actions of, ‘me first, nothing else counts, get what is wanted at any cost, it doesn’t matter.’ People’s intentions have been to see what can be invented, what can be used without any concern for the life left tomorrow or even if life will be possible tomorrow. Spirits of the newborns and young children are so wonderfully positive that many now come to earth and stay only a short time. They put all their energy into balancing and eventually removing the negative.
“We as individuals either add to this destructive force by everything we do daily, or we direct our energy into supporting the harmony, beauty, and preservation of life on this earth.
“Your life, your body, your future can be like this,”
“or, this can be your world.
You alone determine which it will be.
“Human life is a spiral, we come from Forever and we return there, we hope at a higher level. Time is a circle, and our relationships are also circles. As aboriginal children, we learnt early in life the importance of closing each circle, each relationship. If there is a disagreement we will stay awake until it is resolved. We wouldn’t go to sleep hoping to find a solution tomorrow or at some future date. That would be leaving a circle open with frayed ends.”
“But,” Beatrice asked, “What if you asked someone to do something? Say you asked a person three or four times, and he failed to do it. Certainly you would be disappointed in that person. It would not be easy just to say forget it, and close the circle on a positive note, as you say.”
“Well, the alternative is to continue to associate the emotion of disappointment with that person. Ten years later the mere thought or mention of that name would cause the feeling, which in turn would cause physical distortion to your body. You must admit that that isn’t very wise.”
“So how would you handle it?” Beatrice asked. “What would you do?”
“Personally I would say to the other person, ‘Guess what? I felt disappointed when you ignored my asking you to do me a favour and I asked again and again and felt more and more disappointed.’ I would laugh and add, ‘I must be a slow learner. I should have realized after your first response that you weren’t going to do this. It wasn’t something you wanted to do. You probably thought it was pretty silly when I asked again. You are right. It was silly. I am sorry it took me so long to see that you weren’t interested.’ We would end up laughing at my actions and both would be the wiser for the encounter. Then my circle would be closed.”
“But what if it were a really serious matter? For instance, a relative of yours was doing or saying things that were very offensive to you. It really upset you. The person was truly acting in a manner that, as you say, didn’t smell right for you. What would you do about the circle in that relationship?”
“I would say to this relative quite firmly, ‘I love you but I do not like the actions you take. I realize they are not a mistake. I know it is right for you to be this way because that is how you chose to express yourself. But I have tried and I cannot accept what you say and do as being right for me, so I must now release our relationship. I cannot put any more energy into it. I love you, but I do not like what you do. So you have my best wishes and good-bye.’”
“Wow,” Beatrice said. “So you are saying that if I close the circle on a spiritual high, that’s the end of it for me! If the other person accepts, then the circle is closed for him too. If he doesn’t accept what I say, it doesn’t matter because any circle left with frayed edges is strictly his circle, his spiritual challenge. He is keeping it open.”
“Exactly. You don’t have to like everybody. Not everybody is likeable. What you did agree to do before you were born was to love everyone. It is easy to do. Love the Forever in all people, and put your energy into those who are of like consciousness. The only way you can influence anyone else is by example. They aren’t going to change until they are ready. And remember, it is okay. In the scheme of Forever, it really is okay.
“You have come into this world on one level of spiritual awareness and have the opportunity to leave on a broadened plane.”
After a moment of thinking, Beatrice asked, “What about people from years ago? People I still feel resentment towards. Someone I may never see again.”
“No matter. Have the talk silently and send it to them on a rainbow wherever he or she might be. It will find them. Turn your old judgement into an observation. No one has to be forgiven. We just have to be more understanding. Heal the wound in your mind, in your emotions, in your wholeness. Close the circle and walk forward.”
Excerpt from “Mutant Message from Forever – a novel of aboriginal wisdom” by Marlo Morgan
I sincerely wish that this excerpt give you a new insight to emotions in life.