42,000 Years Old and Making a Difference to This Day

Jim Bowler speaks at the ceremony

Jim Bowler speaks at the ceremony

Last weekend I was invited to attend various ceremonies to celebrate the return of Mungo Man to country. He is the skeleton of a man who lived some 42,000 years ago near a former lake in the interior of Australia. He was discovered by a geomorphologist called Jim Bowler in the 70s and taken to the Australian National University to study.

Little did anyone realise back then that this was a desecration of his grave to the Aboriginal people. They had to fight for 40 years to get him back home – and finally they were successful.

What was remarkable about the event was the level of healing, recognition and reconciliation that were expressed on both sides of what had clearly been a very tough battle. There appears to be little in common between western rational scientific thought and the deeply embedded connectedness between people and their ancestors that is so powerful in indigenous cultures. And yet, in a series of often moving short speeches, the Aboriginal Elders acknowledged that they had learned more about their culture through the study that had been done on Mungo Man and representatives of the government and local council acknowledged the validity and power of Aboriginal beliefs.

To my surprise I found myself dancing at the ceremony. A school group dropped out at the last minute and so members of the audience were invited, from any culture, to come and join the women’s dancing.

We were taught the moves for a series of short dances. On the surface it was easy to remember and simple to perform, but I was struck by the way our lead dancer talked. She shared with us how the dances connect her with Mother Earth, and I came away feeling I’d been given something that had been missing before. I had a deep feeling of belonging and being at home on this planet.

I have the sense that most of us in the west are missing this connection. We’ve cut ourselves off by being too heady and by adopting mainstream spiritual understandings that are mainly focused on ascension and purification. There’s nothing wrong with developing the mind and that kind of spirituality but it’s better not to lose this older, deeper connection that grounds us and makes us feel part of our environment, rather than separate from it.

The men prepare for their dance

The men prepare for their dance

Many times during the various events that took place over the 3 days someone would half joke that Mungo Man had come back to create this healing and push the white invaders of his lands to recognise the long tradition of a deep culture that has been unbroken throughout tens of thousands of years. It was as if he was finally fulfilling his destiny.

Around midnight the evening before the ceremony I was asked to lead a short activation. As we stood around a fire pit, beneath the stars that can be seen so clearly in the outback, I had the feeling that we were connecting with the deepest roots of humanity and all the way into our future, further than we can possibly see in either direction.

I recorded an activation the next morning, in honour of the occasion. You can listen to it here (the sound isn’t great but the energy was special): https://sarahmccrum.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Mungo-Man-activation.mp3

I record a new activation every day and share them live on Facebook. You can access them here (you’ll need to ask to join the group first): https://www.facebook.com/groups/energyactivations/

 

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