The Deep Wisdom of Aboriginal Australians: Quotes on Spirituality and Nature

Claims of Indigenous Australians to be the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been proven to date back more than 50,000 years to the Stone Age, according to new DNA research.

Traditional Australian Aborigines lived a roaming nomadic life, amidst a harsh and inhospitable Australian outback. This has carved a culture of deep reverence and capacity to connect with nature that is amiss in modern society.

From a shamanic history of developing various sorts of psychic abilities to achieving higher states of consciousness that can propel the aborigines across the cosmos in lucid astral ‘dream time’ travels, the philosophy of the Indigenous Australians is one of endless wisdom.

Aboriginal Quotes

Here is a collection of that wisdom from the source; 12 quotes from Indigenous Australians on spirituality, humanity and nature.

On Nature

So I take this word reconciliation and I use it to reconcile people back to Mother Earth, so they can walk this land together and heal one another because she’s the one that gives birth to everything we see around us, everything we need to survive. -Max Dulumunmun Harrison

We cultivated our land, but in a way different from the white man. We endeavored to live with the land; they seemed to live off it. I was taught to preserve, never to destroy. -Tom Dystra

The land is my mother. Like a human mother, the land gives us protection, enjoyment and provides our needs – economic, social and religious. We have a human relationship with the land: Mother, daughter, son. When the land is taken from us or destroyed, we feel hurt because we belong to the land and we are part of it. -Djinyini Gondarra

On Society

Racism is a disease in society. We’re all equal. I don’t care what their color is, or religion. Just as long as they’re human beings they’re my buddies. -Mandawuy Yunupingu

The more you know, the less you need. -Australian Aboriginal saying

To us, health is about so much more than simply not being sick. It’s about getting a balance between physical, mental, emotional, cultural and spiritual health. Health and healing are interwoven, which means that one can’t be separated from the other. -Dr Tamara Mackean

On Spirituality

Our spirituality is a oneness and an interconnectedness with all that lives and breathes, even with all that does not live or breathe. -Mudrooroo

At the Sunrise Ceremony, I meditate and ask the Great Spirit for direction. My hands fill with electricity. I touch you and you feel it, too. I heal people this way. My Grandmother did that, too. I learned all about that when I was a young fellow… We learn to respect the elders who hand on the Law. The elders guard the Law and the Law guards the people. This is the Law that comes from the mountain. The mountain teaches the dreaming. -Guboo Ted Thomas

Keep your eyes on the sun, and you will not see the shadows.

“We are like the tree standing in the middle of a bushfire sweeping through the timber. The leaves are scorched and the tough bark is scarred and burnt, but inside the tree, the sap is still flowing and under the ground, the roots are still strong. Like the tree, we have endured the flames and yet we still have the power to be reborn” — Mirriam Rose

“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal saying

A Highly Advanced Spiritual Tradition

 After returning from a anthropolgical research expedition where Dr. Nandisvara spent significant time living with and learning from the native Aboriginal communities he made an extraordinary statement.

“To those who judge the degree of (a) culture by the degree of (its) technological sophistication, the fact that the Australian natives live in the same fashion now as they did thousands of years ago may imply that they are uncivilized or uncultured.

However, I would suggest that if (a) civilization be defined (by) the degree of polishing of an individual’s mind and the building of his or her character, and if that culture (reflects) the measure of our self-discipline as well as our level of consciousness, then the Australian Aborigines are actually one of the most civilized and highly cultured peoples in the world today.”

From Dr. Nandisvara conversations with their shamans and spiritual elders, he concluded that their spiritual tradition is highly advanced and that their religious beliefs are parallel with those found in the various branches of the deep Perennial Philosophy.

We have so much to learn from the Indigenous perspectives that can help reorient the modern world to our humble roots of balance and connection with the natural world.

Aboriginal activist Miriam Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann’s  words resonate here “There are deep springs within each of us and within them, there is a sound—the sound of the deep calling to the deep. The time for rebirth is now. If our culture and your culture are alive and well, as well as strong and respected, they will grow. In such a case, our culture will not die, nor will yours, and our spirits will not be lost. We will continue, together, as this was always meant to be.”

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