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More on the Didgeridoo

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Up to this point I have approached these didgeridoo writings through dreaming an overview. I'd now like to touch more on my personal thoughts of the didgeridoo in a little more detail. For me the didgeridoo has become my passion in expression and I share from this space. I see didgeridoos each as a friend or spirit coming through, helping or guiding each in different ways because of their different tones and energies. The didg contains the spirit of the tree, the land it was birthed from, the Aboriginal spirit, and the ants and nature spirits that brought it into existence.

The didgeridoo is the sound of mother earth and is bringing forth the heart spirit from the depths of our land. So the didgeridoos I make I call 'Heartland Didgeridoo's', and the dance of the didgeridoos the Heartland Dance. The left brain only struggles in trying to work out and analyse didgeridoo playing. There are no rules to playing, there are no musical skills needed. I've felt beginners who're sunk into feeling and spirit in their playing, and haven't even got circular breathing, blow me away, and heard technically good players make lots of noise with no heart. The didgeridoo first feels to be about the mystical, the feeling and the spirit realms, and by journeying and becoming at home in these realms, we can then clearly empower the sounds and vibrations with intent and creative force. And so female and male energies harmonise.
This is why it is an instrument that guides us, rather than one that we control. The more we feel surrender, and embrace the energy, the more the path unfolds, clearer, stronger, more joyous. The sounds and the possibilities are as varied as our land and as different as everyone of us. By letting go of comparing and judging our progress, the didgeridoo as 'friend' constantly reminds us that we are all in our perfect time and place.

The vibrating drone of the didgeridoo is haunting and stirring for it reflects the underlying sound of creation. The AUM (OM) sound. Even the earth rotating as taped from space sounds like a didgeridoo. Sound is powerful and the vibrating didgeridoo moves through the environment back into the earth through space, and back through us the player, permeating all.

Sound being a part of light carries information. So the vibrating drone of the didgeridoo creates an opening in our cellular structure allowing for new information to flood in, and encourages the re-arrangement on a molecular level that is bringing us to vibrate as beings on a higher vibrational frequency.

The Aborigines understand this and have used the didgeridoo in corroborees and rituals to take them into altered states and empower the songlines, and their dreamings playing out their role as caretakers for thousands of years. To give an example, there is one periodic corroboree in Arnhem Land that lasts for two and a half weeks, with didgeridoo, singing and dancing being maintained for the duration, while singing the earth into creation, thus ritually empowering the earth, its energy, and evolution.

The larger picture and rituals that the didgeridoo can play may be some way off for the new didgeridoo player, yet by using it in creating rituals in day-to-day life, and going into meditative, playful, reflective and feeling spaces it becomes our soul companion, helping open and connecting us to our spirit, our higher self, and all that we are.

Everyone I know who plays the didgeridoo in this way and plays regularly as the urge calls feels like their life is blessed and guided powerfully, like its easier to follow your spirit and be true. It enables one to play and dance, relaxing one when tense, it's releasing when angry or upset, soulful and healing when one is sad or reflective. It lifts you higher when you are happy; opens doors to journeying in the spirit, and enlightens the body.

The potential of the didgeridoo in energy and healing work is obviously awesome, and in intentionally empowering new realities, yet I hasten to add; please hold back in imposing one's will on these realms, as the didgeridoo deserves respect. The power of sound and crystals has been misused in past civilisations, so if moved to explore, proceed once a period of opening to and learning from the didgeridoo has made for a strong foundation. The didgeridoo will guide you naturally, in the same way that life brings forth the next perfect step when we're ready.

For me, there has always been a real need that in my unfolding enthusiasm with the didgeridoo that I hold it as sacred and appreciate and understand the gifts and avoid the danger of misusing it, trivialising it, or seeing it as another commodity.

At the same time it is important that more of the essence of the didgeridoo and the bigger picture becomes known alongside the simple adventure of learning to play. With this in mind I offer the following:

WORKSHOPS - Starting Out with the Didgeridoo
Tynon's didgeridoos supplied to learn on at workshops and available for sale.

HEARTLAND DANCE
An experiential didgeridoo workshop for those who can circular breathe and want to take playing further - exploring ritual and the power of sound in accessing our feelings, spirit knowing and clear heart urge.

OUR HEARTLAND DREAMING
An experiential 3 day workshop connecting us with our Heartland through feeling, ritual and dreaming. In becoming grounded in our life we discover and claim our part to play and so become the powerful co-creators and guardians of Earth that we are (didgeridoo playing is only part of this workshop).

I can be contacted on
Ph/Fax: 61 2 66 559881
or write to:
Heartland Didgeridoos,
PO Box 257, Bellingen NSW 2454.

In sharing about the didgeridoo, I hold that the spirit that the didg channels is truly the teacher, and so my way is to support others in finding ways to open up to its gifts, remembering that there are as many ways as there are different people. So each of us then becomes more empowered to become our own channel and bring through and shine our own truth.

Dream on !
Tynon

I'd like to acknowledge Greg McCormack who introduced me to didg playing and making. A thousand blessings. Also my didg brothers and sisters who I've journeyed with, to many to mention.

I also acknowledge inspiration received from 'Voices of the First Day' by R. Lawlor and Aboriginal Autonomy by H. Coombs for some of the ideas expressed.

Also thanks to Wirruunnga from the Gumbaynggirr and the Bellingen mob where I now live who have made me feel at home and supported my expression.

THE HEARTLAND LOGO

The outer circle and dot in the centre symbolises the creator and creation (outer circle) and the smaller circle and dot symbolises the micro/macro reflection and so could symbolise our solar system down to an atom within us or us, an individual spark of creation. The ) ( symbolises a tree - a didg - the earth's energies and the balance of reaching into the heavens and having our roots reaching into the substance of our physicalness. The heart symbolises our centre and perhaps our real focus to open to the heart's energy, love, as a potential that we're to bring through. The heart also symbolises - our heartland - the heart of mother Earth or the heartland where the didg has come to be.

1999 Tynon Bradford-Alaom

 

 

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