THE DIDG JAM OF THE NEW MILLENIUM
COINCIDING WITH THE OLYMPIC GAMES & THE EQUINOX
LETS GATHER TOGETHER IN EVERY
CITY & TOWN, SACRED SITE
If YOU WANT TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HOW YOU
CAN BE INVOLVED IN YOUR CITY or AREA, OR TO CONNECT WITH AN EXISTING GROUP
WE ARE COLLATING A LIST OF GROUPS
"Didgin Around the Globe"
Excerts from August 2000 Heartland newsletter update
on Didgin around the Globe
How often do we stop to give thanks for the simple gifts of others and of life? This can be great opportunity to take that time.
A time to reflect on our natural world and the gifts of indigenous peoples and how important it is ; as Mandaway Yunipinga from Yothu Yindi sais to sing love songs to the land. Yothu Yindi's songs are just that, as are the old traditional songs of his people , and he encourages us all to find ways to sing love songs to the land.
A didg jam worldwide can help us open to the connectedness and clarity of the wise men and women who sung the songlines, spirit travelling and connecting up with others and all life along the songlines. I know via my own didging experiences and confirmed by hearing of so many folks experiences that didg supports us releasing our normal mind constuct and opens us to journeying in spirit realms. Whether journeying with our imagination ,whether experiencing an altered state or whether through having a strong feeling experience brought about by the healing and evocative power of the drone; there is either by accident or intent the potential for powerfull didg playing experiences to happen.
As westerners we often feel imprisoned by dogmatic structure and conditioning, and the openesss and never ending possibilities of didg playing give us much enjoyment. It seems theres no right or wrong way to play and we can explore our own individual expression through it. This is definately one of didgs special gifts
Indigenous people aside from journeying with didg for enjoyment embodied its power in creating and supporting sacred space and ritual. Through this, didg was used with focused intent to enpower ritual and healing .
As with the spoken word -our creative force, didg is an extension of this and so a magnifyer. I've heard it said that whale song is consciously focused by these wise loving beings as a song of love of the planet; that they on another dimension as to spirit sing life into the biosphere, and support life on our planet. Is that what we are needing to remember , how to be consious caretakers -again. When we focus our playing in a positive way it supports or magnifyers our intention , as long as we embody it with our genuine feelings . If we focus it negatively the same applies but so does the boomerang factor that what we put out returns to us. So playing didg with focused intent like any ritual space is something to be respected not played with lightly. As with the whales and aboriginal people, it helps us realize that there can be a lot of good that can come from what may seem to be a simple act.
So in good intent,then lightness and enjoyment and respect is natural. There is always the dance between respect/sacredness and lightness/laughter. One doesn't have to be serious, remembering that its our feelings that ultimately are the magnet in us that bring to life what we desire. Our mind helps , its our servant not our master. So I offer to realize the potential of getting together and playing didg with focused intent whilst being in the simplicity of the enjoyment of just getting together for a jam. How you journey with it from one potential to the other or by exploring both is up to you. As with didg I see theres no right or wrong. We all offer a beautifull piece of the puzzle in our playing and sharing, and so with our part in Didgin Around the Globe.
When the idea for "Didgin Around ther Globe " came to mind there were grand pictures as to how big it would and could be. They are still present and yet over time it has had its own life. I've had to let go of my own investments as to my input and trust its own way. Its always been passed on as a people led happening and so what we've all done that has brought it to now. In recent times I've heard back from groups getting together in Europe , America , Canada, Australia and also from indivduals in other parts of the world.
With about 3 weeks to go, the power of word of mouth is a happening.
So all power to you in passing the word.
For simplicity we are jamming at a time suitable in our respective places across the globe. In a future event we will link up as to an exact time. It is often said that in spirit, time does not exist so in our playing we can be with the picture of others worldwide playing at the same time or imagine the didg droning like waves connecting up and so encircling the earth together.
As to a suggested format or process to follow, primaringly I suggest and affirm that if you'd like some structure then enpower your group to create together ,or yourself to facilitate as you desire.
As to a suggested approach and perhaps what our group will be doing ; the following may help.
We are inviting not only didg players; so we may start the evening with a general jam musically as it unfolds with didg and other instruments; and then at a time set or appropriate we'll gather in a circle and perhaps use a tone from one didg ( overtone ) to bring the focus together, then open up the circle to anyone that wants to share, what it means to them to play in thankfullness of the didg, perhaps what their hopes and desires are for our planet, perhaps a sharing about or a prayer for indigenous peoples. When everyone that wants to speak has spoken then via one person we'll offer a group intent or prayer offering to unite all sharings and focus the circle( which may include acknowledgment of linking up with all the other folk playing around the globe). Then the didgs will come in and travel with our sharings and enpower them. It may be offered that anyone that doesn't play didg , may like to tone or omm along or after awhile as they desire.
Although it would be nice to all be in key, it, besides being generally impracticle, will be fine in acknowledging indivduals within a circle. If your getting together in a small group you may like to key alike .
Its going to be a buzz to be didging together