|Oodgeroo's storybook illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft|
Manning and Malthouse and The Dead End (Drive-in)
"Ned Manning's first wife was Bronwyn Bancroft, an
Indigenous Australian artist and that will be a synchronicity that will be discussed further in my next post."
Well, the synchronicity is that Stradbroke Island was where I had an OBE (out of body experience) as an eleven year-old.
|Our campsite on Stradbroke Island|
It was also the first time I had drunk a full tin of beer by myself.
We got into the father's beer that they had left in the tents, while they all went fishing.
We all had a can each, and no more.
That was so the fathers wouldn't notice so many missing beers:-)
That was our reasoning, anyway and we actually got away with it too, amazingly enough.
Now, I know people will say, "oh, he was only drunk and wasn't having an OBE at all, it was just the beer".
I can tell you it was NOT the beer producing an hallucination, this was as real as me sitting here and watching my fingers type away as my consciousness peers out from my eye sockets at them below working away on the keyboard.
That was the day I knew I could never die, and that my body was no more the thinking part of me than my arm is the thinking part of me.
I could lose my arm and I would lose nothing but the use of an arm ... I would retain 100% of my consciousness.
The arm was not me ... it was mine to use as I saw fit ... but it was not me.
The same went for the body, I knew from this experience that the thinking part of me would survive the death of this body.
As what form that would take, if any, I don't know.
It was very easy for me to understand when people would describe in a NDE (near death experience) and talk about floating outside of their bodies and watching from above what was happening to their bodies below.
Bronwyn has illustrated many books and produced many wonderful paintings, but my favourite would probably have to be Oodgeroo's Sradbroke Dreamtime, a collection of 27 short traditional Aboriginal tales from Stradbroke Island.
|Aerial photograph of Stradbroke Island, just east of Brisbane|
I was too young to appreciate it then, and that was before I ever visited Stradbroke Island.
I love Bronwyn's art, it is so spiritual to me.
And to think if I had not seen Ned Manning's talk at the
Byron Bay Writers Festival, I may never have come across these wonderful works and stories of Bronwyn's.
Ah, The power of synchronicity.
|Bronwyn Bancroft's One Small World|