Friday, April 29, 2011

Gumbaynggirr Country

It has been my privilege to learn with and from custodial peoples, about their way of seeing the world we all share.

I experienced a conscious connection with Gumbaynggirr country as a young woman. I was overcome with the beauty and the feeling of this place when for no explicable reason, as I looked to the mountains to the south west of the Nambucca River I found tears falling from my eyes. Little did I know then that this was to be the first of many times when I was to feel taken into the landscape in a way that leaves me bereft of words but overflowing with feeling.

Little did I also know that this was to be the beginning of my learning consciously from the land herself, what it is to feel the nature of connection. Over the years I have come to have the knowing that It is from this place of connection that relationships form. It is very difficult from such a place of relationship, to harm the land and waters of our ‘Mother’.

Therein lies my hope for the future. If we can learn from the custodial peoples of the lands and waters of the Earth how to relate with, feel for, experience and respect the mother and all life, we may learn enough to share some of the respectful caring and responsibility for the Mother.

Janette.