"In Remembrance -
A Spiritual Experience"
Sunday 7th July 2002
We met at the designated park for a quick "car
change", where many of us climbed into 4 wheel drives for the arduous climb ahead.
We then travelled in convoy to a place of many conflicting emotions.
The site was within a state forestry area, which was
in the process of being felled. The bare hillsides, some dotted with pine stumps,
some with windrows of remains piled up ready to be burnt, showed the folly of the
"clear felling" system. Many comments were made about the erosion that would be
caused if the heavy rains came, and how barren the hills were.
We made our way upwards....
The hills were steep and dusty. The signs of destruction assaulted our senses.
Finally we came to the bottle trees. Here was a
still relatively "pure" area of natural forest (although heavily logged in the
remote past) with a group of enormous bottle trees. The largest was the subject of
an aboriginal legend, which Brett related to the group as we observed and marvelled at
these ancient trees.
We stayed here for a "morning tea" break,
with some collecting seeds, others wandering around and finding more bottle trees, and the
rest just enjoying the area and each others company and some interesting discussions on
everything from forestry to yowies!
As usual, click on a pic for a bigger
Climbing up...and up...
Heading to the Bottle Trees
The Goanna Spirit tree
We again entered the 4WD's for the
climb to the top. Here we found a small patch of mountain rainforest and an old slab
hut, the remains of John Green's original storehouse, modified by more recent
timbercutters and forestry workers, but still with the original hand adzed silky oak roof
beams. Unfortunately this hut is now occupied by white ants who are, after 160 odd years,
finally wreaking their own form of destruction on this piece of history.
Brett tells the story....
After lunch, and much chatting, some
wandered back through the mountain rainforest, marvelling at the enormous clusters of tree
orchids, birdsnest ferns, stag and elkhorn ferns, all nestled high in the rainforest
canopy. Strangler figs had gained control of their hosts and created a twisted,
twirling trunk of a new entity. Many fine root systems of "higher" situated
lifeforms dangled to the ground in their search for earth and water, creating a
surreal web of living "vines", almost like a living jail cell, barring the path
of those who wished to enter....
Then it was "off to the rock", the final
resting place of Dhakkanguini and his ancestors, and a ceremonial place of
much signifigance. Many donned the "painted symbols" before venturing to
this magical place. Brett explained about the rituals that were performed here, and Peter
played the didgeridoo while we contemplated the past, the present and the future of this
We then made our way down below to the burial cave.
An ancient Ka'bi artifact was placed in the cave, and we all entered and again
contemplated. Peter once again played, the tonal vibrations transporting many to
Others experienced varying degrees of "spiritual" sensations, which shall
remain (at this stage) private to themselves.
We left this place with deep emotional memories. All
vowing that this had been a "very special" experience.
On the Rock
Many thanks to those 4WD owners who
"loaded us up" in their vehicles for this trip.
Thank you Peter for your "huff and puff" on
Thank you Dhakkanguini, and your ancestors for the
spiritual history you have left ingrained in that place....
"Travel safely to the sky world,
my friend, your torture is ended"
I apologise to those who have waited for this report....
Due to the sensitive nature of the area, and the (in some cases extreme)
experiences of some members, it was prudent to delay this report until those members had
sufficient time to deal with that which they had experienced..... At this
stage all members who had deep "experiences" in the cave, are happy with
themselves and their experiences.......
Webmasters 2nd note....
Resulting from our viewing of the destruction around the area
mentioned above, we contacted the Department of Natural Resources. Their
representatives accompanied Brett and I to the site and have agreed to protect it as best
Our HUGE thanks to Andrew and Ernie for their caring, time, knowledge and attitude.
We are continuing our liaison with these wonderful gentlemen in the interests of
the preservation of "important sites" in the region.
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