It has been estimated that when the British arrived in Australia in 1788, the indigenous population was somewhere between 750,000 and 1,250,000. By 1900, there was about 75,000 Aborigines living in Australia. Of those who disappeared, it is estimated about 20,000 were directly killed, and the remainder died as a consequence of disease, forced dispossession from their lands, and profound social and cultural destabilisation and demoralisation.
The impact of European culture ripped the heart out of the Aboriginal soul. They were almost totally disempowered physically, psychically and spiritually. When they died, their crippled souls were unable to progress beyond the astral plane, a dimension of reality in which everything appears as it does in the physical world, but where there is no body, no solid objects. It is an in between world, a holding station for souls to gather and reflect on what they left behind. They can be locked into the astral indefinitely by grief, anger or despair, emotions which are fear based and are carried by the spirit after physical death. This is a potentiality available to all people, not just Aboriginals, but in their case their anguish was so great that their energy became like a black cloud over the Australian continent, pulsating that energy and its emotional power down to the living people. The ancestral spirits from earlier days, so revered by the people on the earth, were powerless to help them.
The background theme of this book is the story of how a Portal was opened for the release of the disempowered Aboriginal spirits. Using this Portal, John and his friends enabled the dark energy to dissipate, eventually leading to a more harmonious relationship between Aboriginals and Europeans. It was not long before people starting to call for reconciliation, and governments started to listen. The march on May 28, 2000 across the Sydney Harbour bridge was to become a defining moment in Australia’s social history. More than 300,000 people participated on that day in support of Indigenous Australians. It was soon followed by walks in other capital cities and towns, involving almost a million people around the country.
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.