Unknown forms of life were asleep, below the surface of the land. The concept is has a variety of meanings and is seen as a unique entity to all individuals.
Overall, the earth is a 'mother' in a real sense. This is changing as tradition-oriented communities adapt to aspects of western culture although the number of 'artists' in any Aboriginal group would generally be far greater than in non-Aboriginal communities.
Because each part of the landscape is clearly identified with a Dreaming spirit ancestor there is usually no doubt as to the actual Dreaming to which the unborn child belongs.
It is like picking up a piece of dirt and saying this is where I started and this is where I will go' 'The land is our food, our culture, our spirit and identity' 'We don't have boundaries like fences, as farmers do.
But what is the Dreamtime? But these two terms should not be confused: Spiritual "relates to people's deepest thoughts and beliefs, rather than to their bodies and physical surroundings".