Saturday

Dreamtime Reading Cards

Try these amazing Dreamtime Reading Cards: Connect with the Ancient Spirit and Nature of Australia by Laura Brown.

Dreamtime Reading Cards: Connect with the Ancient Spirit and Nature of Australia

Drawing on the ancient wisdom and spirit of Aboriginal Australia, Laura Bowen has created the Dreamtime Reading Cards using indigenous dot painting techniques. These beautiful cards are powerful meditations, showing you the world with a new pair of eyes and allowing you to connect with spirit. The 36 cards feature the flora and fauna and sacred spaces of land, water and sky that reflects those that surrounds us, exists below us and lives above us.

Each card contains spiritual meaning and personal messages and the accompanying book offers a detailed explanation to guide you in your understanding. Back in the beginning, in the Dreamtime when the earth was being created, there was spirit. Some of these spirits became a part of the landscape, some took on the shape of the Australian continent's abundant flora and fauna, and some became man and woman - and it is from them that we are all descended.

About the Author

Laura Bowen is an artist, writer and nature lover. Her Aboriginal connections are to the Worimi/Biripai people of the Manning River area of New South Wales, Australia. Laura takes pride in her Aboriginal heritage and in all of the influences that are sewn into the tapestry that is her bloodline. She lives in the Bellingen valley on the mid-north coast of New South Wales Australia. My Dreaming is my past, my present and my future. It is the space where I can follow the threads of my personal bloodline, through all those who have come before me and who are still to come. It is the place within my heart where I feel the connection to the land I was born on and the creatures that inhabit my immediate environment. With this connection also comes a responsibility to care for and acknowledge the spirits of the land on which I live.

Wednesday

Dreamtime Story - How The Birds Got Their Colours and Songs

How the Birds Got Their Colours and Songs



This particular Aboriginal Dreamtime Story is from the Western Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Australian Aboriginals believe that there are two forms of time. The first relates to the daily activity, and the second is an infinite spiritual belief called the "dreamtime". 

The dreamtime establishes the values, symbols, and laws of Aboriginal culture and society. It is believed that some people who posses unusual spiritual powers can have contact with the dreamtime.

It can get a little confusing because the word "Dreaming" is also used in reference to someones beliefs and  spirituality. As an example, an Australian Aboriginal might say that they have Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings connected to their "country". "Country" is the traditional lands of a particular family group.

However, "The Dreaming" can also be used to refer to the creation time. To make it a little clearer, "The Dreaming" was the time of creation, and The Dreamtime set out the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people. 

There are many variations of Aboriginal Dreaming stories throughout Australia that run along the lines of the same theme. The purpose of Dreamtime stories is to teach young children the necessary skills to survive on the land, and to abide by the lessons learned from their forefathers in combination with the cultural laws of their society. 

There are many, many Dreamtime stories which cover a vast range of themes and topics. Some of them include how sacred places were created; how geographical features of the land were formed; people; animal behaviour and plant species; Aboriginal law, customs and culture. 
 

Tuesday

Dreamtime Story - The Biggest Frog

A very long time ago in the Dreamtime, The Biggest Frog in Australia woke up thirsty. He was so very thirsty that he drank all the water from all the oceans, from the lakes and rivers, the billabongs and puddles, and even drank all the water from the clouds in the sky. When he was finished, the earth was very dry, and the other animals were very are thirsty.

The wise old Wombat suggested to the other animals that they should try to make the biggest frog laugh a lot, so that the water would spill out of his mouth so that everyone could have some. But alas the biggest frog in Australia could hardly hear the Kookaburra's jokes, and he was tired and just yawned at the Kangaroo attempting to make him laugh by doing acrobatics. Koala tried waddling around in a ridiculous way, but still had no luck in making the biggest frog in Australia laugh.

Are you curious to know what will make the biggest frog in Australia laugh?

This is a great Dreamtime story for ages 5-7 and is wonderfully illustrated. A great additional for home or school - the children just love it!