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through our

dark eyes Aboriginal art depicting trauma and healing, future visions and ancient dreaming


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An Aboriginal perspective of trauma and survival 1. shock/denial 2. anger/blame 3. crazy making 4. sadness/pain 5. acceptance

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Life’s waterfall

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Emotional evolution of the soul


Soul journey home

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Love will never end


Re-Cr eatin g Abor Ce iginal remo ny

Masculine and feminine can unite forces and create together

An Aboriginal women’s journey of re-connecting to spirit


Hands hold the spirit

Traditions, ritual, ceremony, song, dance and tribal togetherness


Rebirth, regrowth, ceremony endorsed and embraced. New creations


Prepare the space, send the word, gather. Do the business Letting go and healing from the atrocities of the past


Lead ership & Re silien ce

Aboriginal young people depict what standing up and being successful means to them

Leadership ,means being reliable, responsible and a good role model


Leadership means sticking up for others. Anyone can be a leader, no matter who you are


To be resilient is to not get stressed when under pressure. It is standing up for what you believe in and not letting everyone walk all over you


A leader is a kind, fair person, who deals with problems democratically

Funded by NSW Human and Community Services Produced by Spirit Dreaming Ballina NSW, Australia spiritdreaming.com.au

With many thanks and support from: • Nicoline Schor, Sacred Space Counselling sacredspace.vpweb.com.au • Graphic Design by Keira Wheatley keirawheatley.com.au


Spirit Dreaming respectfully acknowledges the Aboriginal workshop participants for their courage and emotional strength while sharing their experience, wisdom and their hopes and dreams.

SW d by N e d n ily u F t, Fam n e m ces Servi Govern y t i n mu & Com

through Our Dark Eyes  

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