was surely a feature of other even more ancient civilisations on the earth yet it is the
didgeridoo that reaches back when music, ritual, magic and spirit journeying were woven
together into a holistic way of life.
The Aboriginal culture is known to have gone back at least 100,000 years earthtime on this
continent. For how long has the didgeridoo been played, and how and why?
It is only as we open up beyond our normal third-dimensional reality to the more subtle
worlds that we may clearly interact and direct the sound and the subtle yet strong
vibrations that the didgeridoo emanates.
On one level it is frustrating to realise that perhaps much more under-standing and use of
this instrument was intact only 100-200 years ago, yet luckily, not all of the knowledge
and traditional use was decimated through colonisation. On the other hand, on some level,
there is obviously a perfectly unfolding reason for it all, sometimes difficult to see,
yet I am assured that the knowledge is returning, and this land and particularly the
didgeridoo are part of raising the earth and each of us into higher dimensions of
To paint a picture of how the didgeridoo was used, and to open up to its grander role and
the bigger picture, it is helpful to relate to the myths and meanings of the Rainbow
Serpent. It is a big part of the Aboriginal story or symbolisation of creation, the
dreaming; and it is helpful to understand how it ties in with magnetic energies on and in
The rainbow is a symbol that makes visible the hidden energies that stir earth and animals
to fertility, and the body of this nourishing spirit they see as a serpent energy that
connects the earth with the celestial realms, and is thus responsible for the increase and
flourishing of wild animals and plants, and the health of the earth itself.
It is understood today that the North Pole receives energy that then is internalised
within the magnetism of the earth's core before being released from the South Pole and
distributed along geo-magnetic lines (ley lines, earth meridian lines). The energy
activates the life potential stored in the earth's body at each individual place and along
each individual line. This movement is clearly represented in the Rainbow Serpent myth,
where it flows from south to north along the lines referred to as Songlines.
The whole Aboriginal culture and their surroundings formed a living organism, and each
tribe formed a grounding point for the energies of that area. The songlines formed the
circulatory system that connected the tribal regions. Through recent channelled material
about whales, it is being suggested that the whales' songs hold a grander role, of
actually singing into existence or maintaining the biosphere of the planet. The dolphins
also holding an important role in helping humans and animals on the planet, as we move
through tribulation and beyond to once again take up our role as guardians of mother
earth, alongside the whales, dolphins and indigenous peoples. Like the whales and
dolphins, the Aboriginal people act consciously as guardians, and sing into existence the
energies latent in the earth, and along their lines, and they do this through a complex
series of rituals and ceremonies that are linked and known through their
inter-relationship with the cycles of the earth's seasons and celestial bodies. Through
the use of combinations of didgeridoo, clapping sticks, singing and dancing, they
empowered the songlines, and also travelled as their spirit body along the songlines,
interacting with other tribes and places, and so sharing songs, dances, and mythical
visions of the ever unfolding Dreamtime reality.
This is not just something of the past. In the north of Australia there are tribes that
still understand much, and perhaps all is contained awaiting the right time for opening.
There is a degree of secrecy around many rituals and ceremonies and there is certainly
much that will be shared more clearly in time.
© 1997 Tynon Bradford-Alaom
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