Going On A Walkabout

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Most people know the expression, Go On Walkabout, comes from the Aboriginal people. But most people don’t know much about the underlying reasons for the practice. When Aboriginal people set off on a Walkabout, they’re taking a spiritual journey to a “Belonging Place” in order to renew their relationship with their Dreaming and the Landscape.

I was born a Dreamer. And I’d been going on my own version of Walkabouts long before I’d ever heard of the term or learned anything about the Aboriginal people. In fact, I’ve been traveling to my Belonging Places ever since I was old enough to set off by myself. (I took my first one when I was nine years old.) Since I’m getting ready to set off for another Belonging Place, I thought I’d share how the process works for me.

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10 thoughts on “Going On A Walkabout”

  1. John, I gather wild edibles and subsidize with granola and dried fruit. I also carry a water purifier. It’s really important to know about the terrain you’ll be traveling through, and what it can and can’t offer.

  2. What would one do for food and water on these journeys? I’m extremely intested in it but i must learn about getting these things first. Hunting and gathering and all that. If you could get back to me it’d be awesome.

  3. Well if your spirit should lead you to Indiana, I’m sure it’s GingaBoo calling so let us know if you are passing by.

    GingaBoo have called. And I shall be passing through there on my way to my final destination. Just depends on whether I’m driving or flying that part. Looks like I won’t be able to go now until early fall when Cait’s back in school though. Will keep you posted. Would love to pet and give kisses to the GingaBoo in person. :)

  4. I like this. Listening to one’s own heart. I feel the pull to the ocean or water this year. Some years it is the Rockies or desert. The aborigines have the right idea. Have a great walk about!


  5. Definitely going to find some forests, me. Last summer we were home but I was too busy to spend enough time in them. Can’t wait!

    After all that sand, I imagine you must feel starved for trees and green. 

  6. Although I’ve heard the term, I didn’t know it came from the aborigines. Next time I feel drawn to a certain place I’ll have to listen a bit better!

  7. It sounds fabulous, Karen! I read recently that the aborigines measure distance in the Outback during their Walkabouts by songs. They sing and the words coincide with the sections of the Outback they’re passing through. The songs have been passed down through the generations… Perhaps you can make up your own songs as you go along on your Walkabout. Have fun!

    Only two problems. I can’t carry a tune. And I only know all the words to one song, well two — Buffalo Girls and Little Bunny Foo Foo.  But you’re right, it’d be the perfect time to make up some for myself! :)

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