Dadirri: The Aborigional gift of Contemplation

“Indigenous Spirituality and its Transformative Impact”
Aboriginal elders in Australia wish to bestow the gift of dadirri, or contemplation, on the British, Europeans and others who have occupied their land. It is an intriguing situation, where those who have been colonised wish to redeem the colonisers by bestowing a spiritual gift. There is a powerful rationale to this: by insisting that the colonisers become contemplatives, the indigenous hope and pray that such a gift would inspire a new and fairer ethics, since they believe an activation of spirit would lead to responsible living and right action. What we see here is similar to Richard Rohr’s idea that contemplation and action are inherently related, two aspects of the one liberation.

David Tacey

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