Aboriginal Dream Time – LEARNING SERIES on Culture & Ceremony – GATHERING 2
Friday, 14 March 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)
About Aboriginal Dream Time – LEARNING SERIES on Culture & Ceremony
The common thread throughout this monthly series is that these teachings by our Original Australians are about culture and myths, about storytelling……About light and darkness, about respect and reciprocity, about re-membering a sense of belonging to Mother Earth, and about custodianship.
GATHERING 2: UNCLE BRIAN BUTLER – RESPECT & RECIPROCITY
Our second teacher is Elder William ‘Brian’ Butler. He belongs to the Aranda Tribe (Brian’s Mother and Grandmother) and Toby (Brian’s Grandfather) the Luritja Tribe from the Uluru and Areyonga areas of central Australia. Brian’s tribal name is ‘Jangala’.
At this gathering, Uncle Brian will be talking to us about ‘Lateral Love is the Mother of all Life’. These are profound teachings, based on decades of Uncle Brian’s work in communities to counteract lateral violence. It is truly a priviledge having Uncle Brian teach us, flying in from South Australia.
“To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order;
To put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order;
To put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life;
We must first set our hearts right.”
Confucius 551-479 B.C.
The true reach of the manifestations of lateral violence has been shown to touch all people in one way, shape or form, regardless of age, race, creed, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, religion, cultural beliefs or disability, – highlighting the importance of dignity and respect for all of humankind.
Uncle Brian and his niece, Nicola Butler, founded Lateral Love™.
Lateral Love embodies the Spirit of Care for all Humankind through Caring, Sharing, Nurturing, Love and Respect in the tradition of our Aboriginal elders past and present.
Lateral Love™ originally came into being to combat the high levels of lateral violence in our Aboriginal and Islander (including the Torres Strait) families and communities. Its main purpose is to reduce the suicide rate and to counter the negative effects that occur through this devastating practice.
Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people need to understand Lateral Violence so that we can focus on practicing the opposite, which is Lateral Love™: through unity and holding hands by practicing the principles of Caring, Sharing, Nurturing Love and mutual Respect.
Uncle Brian offers support and counselling to individuals and communities. He works with the elders in remote communities to eliminate lateral violence. He is advocating for justice for all of humanity, from our infants to our elders, and he is encouraging people to stand on their own feet and take charge of their own lives.
This is a perfect way to progress our learning into the second session of the Aboriginal Dream Time – LEARNING SERIES on Culture & Ceremony with the Women’s Hub.
Yours in unity through lateral love and spirit of care,
Uncle Brian, Nicola Butler and Eva
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