The Australian Aboriginal culture has surprised me in many ways. I’m sure it will change your perspective of the world. I’ll be sharing 4 lessons in self-growth that I’ve learned from the Aboriginal wisdom.
When you start learning about the Aboriginals, it’s like unlocking a secret vault. No, I’m not talking about their Creation time, often referred to as Dreamtime by the Western civilization.
What I refer to is the very practical stuff.
I hope not only to change your perspective on the Indigenous people of Australia but to improve your mindset in general.
Let’s dive into what I’ve learned during my 2-week trip and how this improved my personal development.
How I Got To Learn About The Aboriginals
It was getting closer to my expiry date in Australia. I had already used my second-year visa and they were certainly going to kick me out of the country. At that point, I had been living with my girlfriend in Melbourne for 1.5 years.
This raised the question: am I going to travel some more before I leave?
I had just started this website and my girlfriend wouldn’t be able to tag along for the journey. It wasn’t an easy decision to make.
I told myself I had to learn some more about Australia before leaving. This journey wasn’t focused on my personal growth or development but I’m very glad I made that decision to go.
It was this trip that would change my view of the Indigenous people of Australia forever.
Trust The Journey
I was fortunate enough to have the best travel guide for our trip from Adelaide to Alice Springs. This is from the south of Australia up to the center. And the center is rich in Aboriginal culture.
This means that there’s a lot to learn if you’ve got the right people to learn from.
Luckily, our tour guide hasn’t learned the Aboriginal culture from a book. He’s got some very close ties and experiences in the Aboriginal culture, despite not being an Aboriginal himself.
Now that’s impressive!
Because you must understand, for Aboriginals their knowledge and wisdom are precious. They won’t tell you a thing unless you’re ready to gain a new level of awareness. And this is where it gets interesting.
Basic Aboriginal Lesson
Only one thing was important back in the day – survival. Now how do people survive? They need water, food, and shelter.
But how do you find this?
You can figure things out through trial and error. You can observe the behavior of animals. But all those things take a lot of time to figure out by yourself.
And let’s be honest, not everyone wants to figure out the wheel again, right?
Instead, they communicate their lessons from generation to generation. Through this way, old information doesn’t disappear into nothingness.
You consume stories every single day. It could be through social media such as Instagram or Facebook. Maybe you rather watch content on YouTube. What about movies and series? Stories are everywhere.
Information is easier stored and used if you attach emotional intensity to it. This is precisely what stories do.
Stories are powerful ways to remember things and the Aboriginals of Australia have known this for a very long time.
Their stories tell you what you can hunt for food, where to find the right berries at the right times, and the basic guidelines by which you must live.
Importance Of Knowledge
As you can understand, their stories contain knowledge. With these stories, you’re able to go out on your own and collect the necessary products to survive.
Knowledge equals power within the Aboriginal culture.
But not everyone gets to know all the stories. In fact, you learn the stories when you’re ready.
So, when are you ready?
You’re ready when you’re old enough to learn the stories. But this doesn’t work anything that looks to the Western world.
No Understanding Of Time
Aboriginals do not understand the concept of time. They don’t have a word for the past or the future.
What’s also interesting to note here, is that the Indigenous don’t know when they’re born or what their age is.
Wait, hang on…
You’re telling me that they don’t know their age?
What they do know is that my dad is born before me and my younger sister is born after me. Interesting, right?
But then how do they know when it’s their time to learn something new?
You get to know new things when you’re ready to know new things. It’s their belief that you can only know certain things if you’re ready for it.
How do they determine this?
They look at your mental maturity. How do you behave? How do you communicate within the group? Do you take responsibility for your actions?
Older people observe this behavior and tell you what you need to know and only that. With only that, I mean they don’t tell you anything more than you need.
In fact, if you’re a man, you have no business in knowing women things. You’ll never learn things a woman knows because its a waste of time and violates with their cultural guidelines.
Mental Maturity = Power
The more mature you’re, the more you’ll learn. This goes way past the basic guidelines and knowledge about what foods to eat.
You can get into very powerful positions and learn powerful aspects of life. For Aboriginals, these were things such as medicine.
If you know medicine, you’re a very mature and wise man.
The person with the most amount of knowledge and wisdom makes the most important decisions. This is often a woman as they generally grow more mature than men do.
The elders make the ultimate decision. They’re also highly respected within the Aboriginal culture, due to their huge amounts of wisdom.
What You Can Learn
There’s a great amount to learn from the Aboriginal culture in Australia. I’m only scratching the surface here.
My mind has expanded after learning how this culture operates in this world. It’s astonishing how they don’t teach this stuff in school.
The gap between what we Westerners understand about these cultures and reality is shocking.
So let’s look at how you can perceive some of this knowledge and use it in your own life.
Don’t Judge, You Know Nothing…
The reason why I’ve been so surprised is that I was dumbed down by the opinions of the Western people about the Aboriginal culture.
Australian Aboriginals are often stereotyped as drunks who get money from the government to survive. This is the one-sided view I’ve adopted throughout the first few months of my journey.
Especially after seeing some drunk Aboriginals myself. It immediately validated the view that I had from the stories that were told earlier.
But this was the very one-sided side of the story. I didn’t understand why they were like that or what drove them into such behavior.
I simply assumed that all Aboriginals were like that. That’s a scary and terrifying way to live but fortunately, I was wrong.
It’s shocking how easily we adopt beliefs from other people and take it on as our reality. After learning more truths, I was able to expand my awareness and improve my mindset.
Ask Yourself Empowering Questions!
Listen to people but understand that it’s only their perspective. It’s interesting because the more you can see things from someone else’s point of view, the wiser you become.
I should have asked myself more empowering questions. Instead of settling with someone else’s view of the world, isn’t it fair to understand the other side first?
In this case, isn’t it fair to understand the Aboriginal behavior? Why do they act the way they do? And why is the perception of the Westerners so negative?
For as far as the drunk Aboriginals go, I don’t know enough about the precise story. But what I understand is that there’s a sad history behind it that has shaped these behaviors.
But what I do know is that I need to ask myself better questions.
Ask this yourself: do you need to ask yourself higher quality questions??
Are you open to unexpected answers and conflicting perspectives?
Power In Knowledge
Another thing I’ve learned is that knowledge is what gets the world around. The day you stop learning, is the day you’re starting to lose power.
I don’t mean power in a bad way. This is obviously how you can abuse your knowledge. But you can use power in a very constructive and positive way to benefit many people.
And isn’t progress what we all seek for in life?
Knowledge is important to keep flourishing in life. It’s food that nourishes the brain.
Progress Is Wisdom
Knowledge is available on-demand and in every way, shape, or form.
The problem is that it’s easy to get distracted from the main goal. It’s easy to get distracted by shiny objects.
However, if you use the Aboriginal approach in your own life, you learn bits by bits.
Every time you learn something new, use it. Practice until you’ve mastered what you’ve learned before you learn something new.
Knowledge is only useful if you know how to use it. When you combine knowledge + action, you get wisdom.
Constant progression is what you ultimately benefit from the most.
It’s time that we all start to live a bit more like our Aboriginal friends.
This whole story is one massive key point. If you’ve skipped immediately to this part of the article, I’m asking you to start back at the top.
If you’ve read the whole article, I hope that this has changed your perception.
It’s amazing to learn something you think you know, from someone else’s perspective.
Make it a habit to ask yourself higher quality questions. It’s not a bad idea to be a little bit more curious.
Listen openly to other people’s perspective but don’t take anything as a definite truth.
In fact, question your own perspective and stay open-minded. After all, Albert Einstein is only considered a genius because he asked himself better questions.
“The important thing is to not stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
– Albert Einstein
What did you learn? Let me know something you haven’t learned about the Aboriginal culture before. Maybe you’ve got a different culture in your country, that you’ve adopted a certain belief for?
I would love for you to share that with us.