The Australian Aboriginal people lived in quite a different reality to that of the Europeans who invaded their land. The story of Wharumbidgi and his Portal is a word picture of that reality, and explains why it has been so difficult for them to adapt to European ways. They must have found the behaviour of these newcomers very puzzling and disconcerting.
Wharumbidgi is a discarnate Aboriginal spirit who lived in his physical body about 400 years ago. The information presented is largely based on a series of conversations and related events that took place between July 1994 and April 1997. Within these conversations, Wharumbidgi gives us a glimpse of the simplicity of the life style of a small tribe of Wathaurong people who inhabited an area along the Werribee River, near what is now the town of Bacchus Marsh. Although their life was simple and their needs few, they were sustained by a wisdom extending far beyond the mental levels at which our so-called developed societies function. In matters such as social ethics and eco-system sustainability, they provide a model for the rest of us to rethink our values. Their knowledge of plants and other natural substances provided them with not only food but impressive healing abilities. Their use of ceremony and ritual created a bond between themselves and their environment, an environment which they loved and respected because they knew that within and beyond the world of matter lay the world of spirit.
This spiritual awareness, enabled them to live fully in the present moment without the need to project from a fear based perception, freeing them of the insecurity of having to plan and control their future. They had no need to manipulate their destiny with artificial concepts such as economic growth and competition. They were proud of their skills and achievements, but with a pride that transcended ego, for each had his role, and all were respected for their individuality and the part they played. Far from being perfect, they accepted each other’s weaknesses and respected and supported all members of the tribe as equals. In their understanding of how to live harmoniously with each other, they offer us a key to our successful survival as a species.