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Mutant Message Down Under: A Woman's Journey into Dreamtime Australia Paperback – Illustrated, 6 Mar 1995

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons; 1st Thorsons Edition edition (6 Mar. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855384841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855384842
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A powerful book. A beautiful tale of a woman's mystical journey" -- Marianne Williamson

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This book is a wiork of fiction inspired by my experiences in Australia. It could have taken place in Africa or South America or anywhere where the true meaning of civilisation is still alive. It is for the reader to recieve his or her own message from my story.

Born empty handed,
Die empty handed.
I witnessed life at its fullest,
Empty handed.

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theres actually alot of contraversy about the origin of the information in this book and whether its fiction or fact.its a simple but fascinating account of one westernised womans journey into the outback of austrailia,whwere she is a guest of the Real People from them she learns a totally different way of life and meaning of life itself.I found it really interesting to have my mind challenged by the way they lived (and still continue to?). Its certainly a refreshing and insightful alternative to our materialstic ,dualistic and goal obssessed culture..i really enjoyed the sequel too.
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When a friend lent me this book, recommending it, he mentioned the controversy around it. I looked up the author on Wikipedia and read the scathing commentary, which almost put me off reading the book. I'm glad my curiosity prevailed, because it's worth reading. The book conveys some important messages about the way Western "civilisation" needs to recover our connection with the natural world, and it does so with great poetic simplicity.

The Wikipedia entry makes it sound as though this is a bit of corporate marketing literature, when it is quite the reverse - and the author is a natural writer: there are some really beautiful passages and perfect descriptions (for example, describing the rare sight of heavy rainclouds: "Occasionally we could even walk under the big overhead shadow, catching the same view an ant might see from the sole of a boot").

If books such as Robert Lawlor's "Voices of the First Day" are taken as a reference point, then it's not inconceivable that a tribe exists that lives in this way. In a way, though, does it matter? Although the outrage about cultural misappropriation is understandable, the heart of this book is clearly sincere, and if it's fictional then it is only employing a well-worn literary device that goes back at least as far as the Bible.

This book may well be a consolidation of the wisdom of various indigenous cultures, from Aboriginal to Native American, but distilling that wisdom into such a direct and beautifully written story is probably just what the doctor ordered when it comes to guiding a way out of the mess we've made - which we urgently need to do, for the sake of our planet and our species.
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When I first read this book, I did find some parts of it inspiring at the time. I have no judgement for anyone who has found useful ideas within it to apply to their life. But I could tell while reading it that some things just seemed too fake, the kind of things people make up to make themselves sound important.
However I cannot recommend this book. Having done research into the author and aboriginal peoples, it is almost entirely made up. The author visited Australia for a few months and worked in a pharmacy. She brought back tea tree oil and began selling it. This started as a story she told to sell more tea tree oil. The story grew and grew until she realised people were excited by the idea of learning aboriginal secrets, so the wrote this fictional book. Plans to publish it were originally canceled due to protests by aboriginal peoples. If you google about it you can find plenty of well researched reasons why most of it is fabricated, even details about the land, let alone making up a fake tribe that has very little culture in common with the tribes that actually lived in the areas she claimed to have visited. The reason that it DOES matter is that this woman has made a lot of profit off of exploiting our ignorance of real, living, aboriginal cultures. We should be learning from THEM, not from a charlatan outsider. I will not forgive someone for telling lies about people just because the lies are "nice", because she is stealing their voice. Let them speak for themselves and share their culture on their own terms instead of using them to spice up your writing to sell more books.

If she had been honest and written a book about her spiritual ideas without making up stories that spread misinformation about Australia and the peoples there, then I would have no problem with it AT ALL. Just because we want it to be true doesn't mean we should pretend it is and defend trickery.
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Remembering deep essense of what it is to be human - I do not see the experiences of 'the Real People' as exclusive to them. We can all wake up and live in the moment with a concept of 'forever' in all our actions. This book changed my life in getting to feel what it really is to be free, responsible and alive!!! It's an honour to learn about these very special people and be inspired by them. I read it non-stop in an afternoon. I recommend it to everyone!
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This book puts everything into perspective. It provides a philosophy on life that it is hard to disagree with. An American woman meets her "twin spirit" in the Australian Outback and discovers the real meaning in her life, and managed to persuade me that the Aboriginal "religion" or philosophy of life can, could and should be promulgated round the planet. It ties in humanity with the rest of the natural world. It makes the brutality of Western culture all too evident, but in a non-judgemental way. A brilliant book, that is enjoyable even if read as fiction, but really contains a message of vital importance to humanity, and especially Western society.
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