Did you know that shamans aren’t the only ancient people to use dreams and lucid dreaming? Ancient Australian aboriginals had an entire belief system based around “the Dreamtime.” The Dreamtime is at once both the ancient time of creation and the present-day reality of dreaming. Dreaming plays a large and very important part of the aboriginal life.
What is an Aboriginal?
Aboriginals are the original inhabitants of the Australian continent. The earliest human remains found of aboriginals in Australia have been dated at about 40,000 years old. However, the arrival of their ancestors in Australia is a matter of much debate and could be as high as 125,000 years ago. They are believed to be descended from a single migration to the continent. They currently make up about 3% of Australia’s population and are probably the oldest known lucid dreamers. Today their culture has been greatly influenced and diluted by modern-day people. As of 1996 more than three quarters practice some form of Christianity.
Aboriginal Belief Systems
Ancient aboriginals traditionally had an animist spiritual framework. The Animist was a religious and spiritual idea that souls and spirits exist not only in humans but also in animals, plants, rocks and other natural events such as thunder, rivers, mountains, or any other part of the natural environment. Animism is widely found in religions of indigenous peoples. In the case of Australia, the land itself and their ancestors are the primary source for animism. Within their belief systems, a special period of time stretches back to their distant past when the creator ancestors known as the First Peoples traveled across the land. This ancient epoch is known as the Dreamtime.
Dreamtime and Lucid Dreams
Aboriginals explore the Dreamtime to find answers to their questions. The Dreamtime can be described as a state of altered consciousness where the dreamer can travel. Here the spirits of the creator ancestors, those who created the world, exist. Dreamtime is often expressed through storytelling, paintings, and dancing. And what better way to access and communicate in Dreamtime than through lucid dreams. Lucid dreaming allows direct access to the Dreamtime since one is conscious in the dream.
Dreams and lucid dreaming play a vital part in the ancient aboriginal Dreamtime and religious beliefs. Accessing dreamtime through dreams and lucid dreaming has occurred for tens of thousands of years. Do you have to become an animist or believe in the Dreamtime to have lucid dreams? No. But lucid dreaming does take some easily learnable skills and consistent practice that anyone can master. Learn these skills and the Dreamtime is only a dream away.