I have been reading a fabulous book lately called 'Elders - Wisdom from Australia's Indigenous Leaders' and how much we can all learn from this! One of my favourite chapters was called 'Healing', authored by Max Dulumunmun Harrison of the Yuin people on the Far South Coast of NSW.
In this chapter Max speaks of reconciliation as a word that can help reconcile people back to Mother Earth, with the aim of walking together on the land and healing each other (2003, p1). He speaks of 'Knowing Sorry' and the man-made nature of Christianity, versus the 'god-given' nature of spirituality. References to 'The Rock', 'The Tree' and 'Our World Within the Universe' as each representing a special spiritual significance to the healing process. He speaks of the importance of tears in healing,
"Men, they got to learn to shed tears, because tears were meant to be shed and they're human after all, they're human" (p7).
But my favourite part of his story is his unique perspective on world leaders and the planet, the importance of leaders stepping out of their egos and into the spirit,
"One thing is for sure, we all breathe the same air, we all drink the same water.." (p8)
And his views on the health of the planet,
"The planet is okay - this planet will get rid of all the parasites. And the parasites are us.."
"Man has got to cleanse himself, man has got to heal himself, not with medicines but to heal himself spiritually. They must learn to heal spiritually - by bushwalking - watching the waters - listening to the wind - hear the bird sing - watching the antics of the animals, watching the birth of a flower. If we heal ourselves, then we won't have to destroy the planet, because we will be a part of it" (p8)
McConchie, P. 2003 'Elders - Wisdom from Australia's Indigenous Leaders', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Hi there and thanks for dropping by! I'm Tehla Jane and I'm a self-confessed word nerd, bookworm and yoga devotee from Wollongong, Australia. I love to wonder and wander, and especially love spending time with my two little girls and hubby Glen. My blog is inspired by my daily musings in my trusty journal, where I scribble out endless pages in almost illegible handwriting and occasionally convert this into a typed format! Welcome!