Living In Harmony

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.

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About the Author

John Koch was educated at a private school in Melbourne and at the University of Melbourne, where he took a degree in civil engineering. For about 10 years after graduation, he worked for various consulting firms, and also traveled extensively around Europe and Asia. With a desire to live closer to nature, he purchased a 223 acre property about 45 km North West of Melbourne. In his spare time, he built a house which overlooked the Werribee River. He then resigned from his job in Melbourne and started his own building design and construction practice, specializing in alternative modes such as pole frame and mud brick. Initially, he lived and worked on the Mornington Peninsla, a considerable distance from his land and on the other side of Melbourne.

He was interested in the Findhorn experience where three people living in a caravan park had created an extraordinary garden which attracted world wide attention. They were able to do this by attuning to the nature spirits who guided their activities. Learning about Findhorn and nature spirits triggered a heightened level of awareness which led to some extraordinary experiences of his own. When a small group of friends visited the property for an overnight stay, they were amazed to see lights moving around the sky in a way that had no rational explanation. The lights drew them to a circle of trees where they received an unexpected welcome from an angelic being channeling through one of the group. The group continued to visit the property on a regular basis for about two years, each time receiving messages, including answers to questions, from the spirit entity.