Myths speak of the dreamtime. Hebrews call the dreamtime the Garden of Eden. The dreamtime has been called heaven, nirvana, paradise, promised land and Shangri-la. Heaven on Earth exists here and now.

Chinese charater for myth

myth : dreamtime

Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime - Alchera

Dreamtime is the time you get into when you go to sleep and have a dream.

Dreamtime talks about permanent conditions within your own psyche
as they relate to the physical conditions of your life now, at this moment.

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.

The 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 personal problem.

Everyone has to pass over the threshold of personal self-limitation.

That is an archetypal thing.

So there is a basic mythological theme there even though it is a personal dream.

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 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.

Ever 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."

A dream, arising from the subconscious mind, is a personal experience of that deep, dark ground that is the support of our conscious lives.

deep dark forest

A myth is a social culture's dream.

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 adventure in 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 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.

You don't 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.

The imagination is grounded in the energy of the organs of the body, and these are the same in all human beings.

As imagination comes out of one biological ground, it is bound to produce certain themes.

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 dream, 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 mythic theme.

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

neverland - never was and never will be


Aboriginal time runs east to west

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"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.

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 ancestral spirit.

This eternal 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 death, the ancestral spirit returns to the Dreaming to commune with the other ancestral spirits.

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 large gatherings.

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 spirituality.

The 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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