Guboo Ted Thomas, Australian Aboriginal Tribal Elder, 1909-2002
The last initiated tribal elder of the South Coast, Guboo Ted Thomas. Guboo, which means "Good Friend," is an eighty-year-old Chief Elder of the Yuin Tribe in Australia. He speaks about the beliefs of his people and his ancestors, stressing the need for balance and harmony between humans and with their surroundings. "We must learn to appreciate the things Mother Earth has to offer in abundance," he says. By using the Aboriginal medium of "Dreamtime," the mystical state in which Aborigines experience themselves at one with nature, Guboo hopes to spread his message to a world that needs to hear it.A gentle activist and a spiritual innovator, Guboo believed that everyone, black and white, could share the Dreaming once they truly respected the land and began to open their hearts to her mysterious teachings. His mission was to make Aboriginal spirituality relevant to the 21st century. It was a message that many in black Australia were not ready to hear. 1
1. Taken from the Koori History Website Guboo Ted Thomas at http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/heroes3.html and New Dimensions http://www.newdimensions.org/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=2152&Category_Code=iw
§ “About a couple of months before that I seen this great wave going. And I tell them over there about this wave. It wasn't a tidal wave, this was a spiritual wave. So, to me, I believe that the Dreamtime is going to be that. I believe the revival is going to start in Australia when we're dreaming. It's the humming bee that I'm talking about. And love. We've got to learn to love one another. "So, you see, that's really what's going to happen to the Earth. We're going to have tidal waves. We're going to have earthquakes. That's coming because we don't consider this land as our Mother. We've taken away the balance and we're not putting it back. I look at the bush and those trees are alive. They're not dead, they're alive. And they want you to cuddle them.”
§ And on Dreamtime (the Aboriginal mystical trance state)- "The mountain teaches the dreaming. Time as you know it is all backwards,What you call the past is sincerely future and what you call future is sincerely past.You already became your destiny. You travel back, forth. Dreamtime, daytime. Same thing. They overlap always…When you sleep at night, you wake up inside your dreams, right?.You have good dreamtime walkabout. Go on adventures. Meet other dreamers. When dreamer get tired, go to sleep. Now this dreamer wake up. You wake up and think you stop dreaming. Nobody stop dreaming."
§ In his own words: “The Earth is our Mother. When I die I'm going down there. When you die you're coming too! And what are you doing for the Earth ?”
2. Taken from Futureverse website. No longer online. (hard copy available upon request)