Dreamtime is the time you
get into when you go to sleep and have a
Dreamtime talks about
permanent conditions within your own
as they relate to the physical conditions of your life now, at this
For example, you may be worried about whether you are going to
pass an exam. Then you have a dream of some
category of failure. You will find that failure will be associated with many
other failures in your life all piled up together there in your
dream is an inexhaustible source of spiritual
information about yourself.
Now the level of
dream of "Will I pass the exam?" or "Should I
marry, this girl?" that is purely
personal. On another level the problem of passing an exam is not simply a
Everyone has to pass over the threshold of personal
is an archetypal thing.
there is a basic mythological theme there even though
it is a personal dream.
levels; the personal aspect and then the big general
of which the individual's
problem is a local example are found in all social cultures.
To understand your
dream all you have to do is remember your
dream in the first place, and write it down.
Then take one little fraction of the dream,
one or two images or ideas, and associate with them. Write down what comes to
your mind, and again what
comes to your mind, and
again. You'll find that the dream is based on
a body of experiences that have some category of significance in your life and
that you didn't know were influencing you. Soon the next
dream will come along, and your
interpretation will go further.
since Interpretation of Dreams was
published, there has been a
recognition of the importance of dreams. Dream
interpretations have existed for millinium.
People of all cultures have succumbed to superstitious notions about dreams.
For example, "Something is going to happen because I
dreamed it is going to happen," or "I dreamed
that was going to happen."
arising from the
subconscious mind, is a personal experience of that deep, dark ground that
is the support of our conscious
A myth is a social culture's
A myth is a cultural
dream and a dream is a private myth.
If your private myth, your
dream, happens to coincide with that of the culture, you are in good accord
with your social culture.
If your private myth, your
dream, is not in
accord with your social culture, you've got an
the deep dark forest ahead.
Visionaries have moved out of social
cultural protection and into the deep
dark forest, into a reality broken down into it's basic elements,
a reality of first hand original experience.
These original experiences
have not been interpreted for you, and so you've got to work out reality for
Either you are forged in this fire of original
interpretation of reality, seeing things
anew or you become lost and must return to the previously known
interpretation of reality.
have to go very far off the currently popular social culturally
interpreted path to find yourself in very
social culturally difficult situations.
The courage to face the
trials and to bring a whole new
body of possibilities
into the field of interpreted experience for other humans to
experience - that is the hero's deed.
Dreams come from the
imagination is grounded in the energy of
the organs of the body, and these are the same in all human beings.
imagination comes out of one biological
ground, it is bound to produce certain
There are certain characteristics of dreams
that are similar, no matter who is dreaming them.
On some levels a
private dream runs into truly mythic themes and can not
be interpreted except by an
analogy with a myth.
Carl Jung speaks of two orders of
the personal dream and the
archetypical dream, or the
dream of mythic dimension. You can interpret the personal
dream by association, figuring out what it is talking about in your own
life, or in relation to your own personal problem. But every now and then a
dream comes up that is
pure myth, that carries a
There is another, deeper
understanding of dream time - which is of a
time that is outside of time which is simply just an enduring state of being.
-adapted from Joseph Campbell
"Initiation is equivalent to introducing the novice
to the mythical history of the tribe; in otherwords, the initiand learns the
deeds of the supernatural beings, who, in the dreamtime, established the
present human condition and all the religious, social, and cultural
institutions of the tribe. All in all, to know this traditional lore means to
know the adventures of the ancestors and the other supernatural beings when
they lived on earth. In Australia these adventures amount to little more than
long wanderings during which the beings of the dreamtime are believed to have
performed a certain number of acts. As we saw, the novices are obliged to
retrace these mythical journeys during their initiation. They thus relive the
events of the dreamtime. For the Australians these primordial events represent
a sort of cosmogony - although, in general, the work of the dreamtime is one of
completing and perfecting: the mythical ancestors do not create the world; but
transform it, there by giving it its present form; they do not create man, they
civilize him." - Mircea Eliade
The Dreaming is a sacred time outside living
memory when ancestral
heroes traveled across a formless
land creating sacred sites and all the
living things out of their own essence
merging into the Mother of all
things - the Earth.
All life is part of a vast and complex single
network of relationships which can be traced directly back to the great
spirit ancestors of the Dreaming.
In this Dreaming lies the sacredness of the Earth.
spirit of a human being is derived
from connections with ancestors and the Earth.
Each human being is an
incarnation in human form of the
original ancestral spirit.
existed before the life of the individual
begins, and continues to exist when the life of the
individual ends. Both before
and after life, it is believed that an ancestral
spirit exists in the Dreaming and is
only initiated into life by being born through a mother. At
the ancestral spirit returns to the
Dreaming to commune with the other ancestral
Every individual in an essential way exists
eternally in the Dreaming.
When the mother
felt the child move in the womb for the first time, it was thought that this
was the work of the ancestral spirit
of the land in which the mother
currently stood. Upon birth the child was considered to be a special custodian
of that part of the land and was taught
the stories and songlines of that place. Songlines travel across Australia,
through as many as six to ten different language groupings. The songs and
dances of a particular songline are kept alive and frequently performed at
The expression 'Dreamtime' is often used to refer to
the 'time before time', 'time outside of time' or 'the time of the creation of
all things', as though it were the past.
But Dreaming in a real sense
is also of the present and of the future.
Aboriginal people call
Dreaming the all-at-once time because they experience it as the past, present,
and future existing at the same time.
The everywhen of the Dreaming is
considered to be objective, while linear time is considered a subjective
creation of the wakeful consciousness
of one's own lifetime.
The Dreaming is often used to refer to
stories are stories about creation of sacred places, landforms, people, animals
and plants, law and tradition.
The Dreaming includes a complex network
of knowledge, faith and practices derived from stories of creation which
dominates all spiritual and physical aspects of Aboriginal life.
Dreaming sets the structures of society, the rules for social behavior and the
ceremonies performed in order to maintain the life of the
The condition that is
Dreamtime is met when the tribal
members live according to tribal
rules and traditions, and initiate through rituals and songlines a state of
mind relating their subjective consciousness directly to the objective
Dreaming of the Dreamtime.
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