Dreamtime is the time
you get into when you go to sleep and
have a dream.
Dreamtime talks about
permanent conditions within your own
as they relate to the
physical conditions of your life now, at
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 subconscious.
dream is an inexhaustible
source of spiritual
information about yourself.
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 personal
Everyone has to
pass over the threshold of personal self-limitation.
an archetypal thing.
is a basic mythological theme there even though it is a
These two levels; the
personal aspect and then the big general problem
of which the individual's
problem is a local example are found in all
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
A myth is a social
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
These original experiences have
not been interpreted for you, and so you've
got to work out reality for yourself.
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 social cultural
interpretation of reality.
don't have to go very far off the currently popular
interpreted path to find yourself in
very social culturally difficult
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
imagination comes out of one
biological ground, it is bound to produce certain themes.
certain characteristics of dreams that are similar, no matter who is dreaming
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
"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
In this Dreaming lies the sacredness of the Earth.
The life 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
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.
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 large gatherings.
'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
The Dreaming is often used to
refer to spirituality.
Dreaming 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.
The Dreaming sets the structures of society, the rules for
social behavior and the ceremonies performed
in order to maintain the life of the land.
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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