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The only practical consideration that holds water for me, is that fast or hard diaphragmatic circular breathing during pregnancy or when trying to conceive may not be helpful - but slow gentle circular breathing with a sensitivity could be helpful. The only other consideration as to whether a woman should play the didgeridoo is whether you are concerned by or sensitive to the stigma that women shouldn't play, which is changing very fast, or by other more vague myths that may imply the power of didgeridoo to either make you conceive or miscarry. The conception myth is implying the fertile union of male and female energies harnessed by the didgeridoo and empowered by it, and the miscarriage myth is referring to the one practical consideration outlined above*. I will add that I respect each and every person and tribes right to their own way or belief, and so would recommend to any woman who does play the didgeridoo and is travelling in the northern parts of Australia to be aware and respectful of different tribal ways and to the didgeridoos origins in a way that feels appropriate.

In essence, it is easier to see the outer phallic masculine/strong energy of the didgeridoo for we have been brought up to only see with our eyes and understand with our brain - particularly our left side. Yet the didgeridoo emanates sound in a distinctive vibrating way combined with air forced out through our lips. None of this can we see as the air travels through our body and down the hollow log producing sound and vibration, all of which we can best experience by feeling, which can be heightened by closing the eyes and even marginally the ears, and listening with our whole body. This experience is then also right brain and feminine in understanding. There is perhaps a deeper overall significance to the didgeridoo at this time that ties in with this understanding.

There is a clear sense as we come to the end of this millennium that we are coming to the end of a cycle, and we also hear so much of we're going back home, we are being breathed back home by the creator, heaven on earth will be realised. Despite the cleansing period that is and will happen to some degree or other, it is felt that the seed's shell and fruit that is rotting is all compost for the germination of the seed and the new life to come.

I sense the time of expression of extreme opposites on our Earth, in our galaxy and universe is near to completion and a new unfolding beyond our understanding is coming about. Just as earth is of recent origin in a solar system on the outer edge of the most recent galaxy, some say that the earth plays a crucial part in the evolvement of the whole galaxy and universe in moving into new realms. In the same way we can look at Australia, one of the most recent countries, despite it being colonised in the distasteful old way. Yet there is always a reason and the challenges will somehow bring forth fruition. Australia is a country settled on the oldest continent, the least populated, the closest for its size in its intactness despite the degradation we've caused and has an indigenous people who have the oldest culture in the world. We've also become a place for people of the world to come and be together in peace.

So we naturally have the potential to be an example for the world to come and this highlights how we respect and empower the indigenous caretakers, the Aboriginal people. It challenges us to be leaders through learning from all the mistakes of colonisation and the old in general. The biggest lesson would have to be centred around respecting people's rights to self-determination and autonomy. Letting go of judgments and creating space to empower each other to take up our freedom to express, and to find ways of doing so without needing to control another. This can apply to all areas from our indigenous brothers and sisters to how we relate to our spouse, children and friends.

We are living in the lucky country - perhaps chosen for a powerful purpose would be a better term - it's time to perhaps trust that this is so and breathe through the potential it is holding for us to embody. Time to realise this and trust in this every waking moment and dream it fully into existence. The power of this dreaming is strong and we can see our land change in a very short space of time.

In the year 2000, a momentous turning point, we have the end of the millennium and I'm sure much more, and despite the crumbling of the old, I see the new shining and giving us vision and hope. The focus of all on the planet will hold such expectation. For some it may be fear, but the stronger force I see is light and the new. The Olympic Games in the year 2000 will also hold such expectation, and where is it? Australia!
The hopes, dreams, and expectations of this turning point will undoubtedly centre and focus on Australia as a symbol of a peaceful new world. The Aboriginal people will be central to the picture as to how we have resolved past and present issues. I will practically add at this point that there is no clear treaty and there is a lot of whitewash of treaty, landrights, and autonomy issues, despite there being a positive trend towards resolving and healing these issues. There is much more that can be done and I encourage us all to act in some practical way to support reconciliation and indigenous peoples path to autonomy and self-determination.

The Year 2000 - The Olympic Games - Australia - The Aboriginal People - The Didgeridoo.

Yes, the didgeridoo, as the clearest symbol of the Aboriginal culture will become a focus in the year 2000. The world will centre in on the playing of the didgeridoo, and as is already happening, will be caught by the irresistible charm of the instrument, perhaps not knowing why, yet being drawn to play in numbers beyond appreciation now. Already I've even heard it said that there are more didgeridoo players in Germany than Australia! I do appreciate they have a large population, but this is telling us much more. It's part of the trend and attraction, and also reflecting the healing of East/West issues that are symbolic of the opposing forces and perhaps also highlighting Germany's needs to go further in the healing of the inner wall between male and female. Germany is only one example of this trend that is building.

The didgeridoo as a symbol of the 2000 games holds the promise and the dream of harnessing and harmonising the forces of male and female, and also symbolises the forces of creation being brought about by organic rather than mechanistic processes, symbolised by a hollow tree. We can also see the harmonising and integrating with the knowing wisdom of the indigenous people and those that have opened up to their homeland's song, that will unfold out of the didgeridoo playing, and opening to our heartland.

I've painted a picture - dreamed a story - of the unfolding cycles, the desire for union, and the symbolic power of the didgeridoo in bringing the male and female serpents together in union.

All of us playing, feeling, and making the didgeridoo get an awesome sense of where it is going. It is beyond understanding or predicting at this point. The trend towards drums, didgeridoo, and music from indigenous cultures is showing us the desire to move forward and yet back, finding a new way yet bringing with us the roots of what makes a balanced culture and way of life. It's time to own we're coming together to form a new indigenous 'one big extended family of humanity'.

At this point I'll leave you with your dreaming and our picturing of our unfolding part in creation. Happy Journeys. Love, light and laughter.

1999 Tynon Bradford-Alaom

 

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