SHAMANS ARE EXPLORERS

‘Shamans are first and foremost explorers. Just as we have always explored the physical world around us, so the shamans have explored the otherworldly realms, bringing back knowledge and information that enables them to act as mediators, healers and guides. To do this they h ave developed a range of methods by which they are able to leave their bodies behind and, while in trance, send a part of their soul on journeys to other levels of reality.’

PAGE 166 / THE SHAMANISM BIBLE / JOHN MATTHEWS

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NGANGKARI – TRADITIONAL HEALERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK

‘The traditional healers of the Australian outback are the Ngangkari, who are still practicing today as they have always done, quietly and without fuss.’

“You’ve got to remember that this is the tradition, this is the knowledge and Law. It’s something that has been held on to which came from the days before there were hospitals and other forms of doctors… We were responsible for looking after all the people. We have held onto that knowledge.” – Rupert Peter

PAGE 143 / THE SHAMANISM BIBLE / JOHN MATTHEWS

DREAMTIME TEACHING

‘According to the teachings of the Aborigines, the Dreamtime began when infinite space was penetrated by great powers, who literally dreamt the Universe into being. These beings, whose powers are limitless, are the great ancestors of humanity, and their dreams formed the world as we know it. During this period when the earth was coming into being, the first Man and Woman walked the land. The Man shaped the rocks and rivers, the deserts and forests, while the Woman dreamed of the laws and rituals that govern all life. Because the land and the law were created at the same time, they are inseparably related. Since everything originated from the Dreamtime, this represents the foundation of truth and reality, while life as we understand it is merely a shadow of the original creation.’

PAGE 139 / THE SHAMANISM BIBLE / JOHN MATTHEWS