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.