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We must choose every day how we use power

When I was presenting at a Mind, Body, Spirit Festival in Sydney some years ago, an imposing Aboriginal healer named Burnum Burnum, his great beard lapping over a blue frock coat, grabbed me as we were leaving the platform together.

“You’re one of mine, mate, so I’m going to show you something.”

He drew me to a corner away from the crowd. “Put out your hand.” When I complied, he quickly placed two dart-like objects in my palm. “Do you know what these are?”

“These are your bones.” Actually, one was a piece of sharpened walrus bone, and the other was fashioned from mulga wood.

The Aboriginal elder’s eyes flashed like fire opals. “Then you know they can be used to kill or to heal. That’s the nature of power. The more of it that’s with us, the more we have to choose — every bloody day — how we are going to use it.”

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Patricia Hamilton

    Thank you, again
    I don’t know how many times the guidance for a decision comes through this blog. The World Congress for Psychotherapy 2011 is being held in Sydney this year and it is under the banner of World Dreaming. Picking the days to attend is tricky when the entire five days would mean taking out a bank loan. But attend I must and seeing that beautiful face first thing this morning has urged me on. I’ll just have to remember to do what I have always done in situations like this and that is to make the decision and then trust. I live a lot of my life on trust. After all, my mission statement for the dream playshops I am running is to bring this land back to the dreaming. So, trust, I must.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Sophia Fairchild

    The nature of Power… The power of Nature…
    Co-creation.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment colleen o’brien

    Fascinating.
    I can not help but wonder where this entry came from i.e. why you have written what you have today of all days!!!???
    It is a very powerful piece.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Katie

    wow/

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lauranne Bailey

    Robert…such simple yet profound words…that in this time, we need to pay close attention to all of our thoughts, words, deeds, in every moment…because we have incredibly power when we’re awake to it. Thank you for the beautiful story.

    –Lulu

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Tom Phillips

    I love the directness of his message and yes, it resonates with me this day too.

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