Vancouver Island seems to draw gifted individuals, particularly artists and otherwise right-brain geniuses, who resonate with the beauty of nature, the slower rhythm and the sheer wonderful energy of this part of the world. This natural stage serves as a platform on which these creative souls may manifest their particular brand of inspired expression.
One of these dear ones is a man named Shine Edgar, whose natural gift and finely honed ability is to play the didjeridu; a tubular instrument created by Australian aborigines. To Australians, it is more accurately called yidaki (yee-da-kee). Along with his mastery of this ancient expression of sound, Edgar’s insight into shamanic healing and primal song has healed and inspired people all over the world.
This global traveler was born in 1968 in Victoria, Lismore (a south-eastern state in Australia). In his teenage years, he relocated to Western Australia where he lived with his Nyungar aboriginal cousins, and two master didj players, Ted Wilks and his brother Nigel. It was here that Edgar got, "more in touch with the native world-view, a tribal sense of community, and a love for the earth.”
He explains that, "The indigenous peoples of Australia believe that the world and all life are ‘sung’ into existence and that all physical matter is really energy or vibration (sound). We are all eternal beings born with a ‘dreaming’ or soul’s purpose.” Edgar goes on to say, "When we follow our passion and joy, we become the unique person that we are meant to be.”
At the same time, when we do not allow this personal expression of being, dis-ease is the result. This dissonance is expressed through, "our physical body, heart and mind (e.g. feelings of unworthiness, fear, etc.).”
As Edgar embraced this world-view, he quickly discovered that he was a natural didjeridu player. After a week of playing, he retreated into a small cave overlooking the Swan River, in Fremantle, Western Australia.
"When I started to play, I felt a force playing through me,” reports Edgar. "I (spontaneously) remembered who I was (as having come from a long line of didj masters) and I awakened to my true gifts and purpose. I felt the power and force come through me–like a veil was lifted.” He emerged from the cave as a master didjeridu player.
"A powerful elder, healer and artist who lived in the Australian bush, named Maxine Fumagali,” then came into his life. She witnessed the playing of a didj over Edgar’s body, as the fundamental note ‘broke.’ Upon that event, Fumagali exclaimed, "You’re a dreamtime boy.” It was her cue to guide him into a world of "using the sounds of the didjeridu for healing the body, mind and soul of people.” Through this shaman’s first-hand tutelage, Edgar came to learn that the sounds of the didjeridu (one of the world’s oldest instruments) awaken the cellular memory of our innate divine nature. So, in playing this instrument, our entire selves are realigned with the divine. Ultimately, Fumagali predicted that Edgar would be a part of a global phenomenon whereby, "The didjeridu would go around the world and bring us back to ourselves.”
In 1995, another "psychic” predicted that, in the midst of despair, Edgar’s uplifting message was for all people to hear.” Edgar was also guided by an unearthly little voice that said, "It’s time to go.” Compelled by this mission, Edgar left Australia with $50 and a one way ticket to Canada.
Luckily for us, he settled on the West Coast and began his journey of love through the amazing dynamics and gifts of the didjeridu.
"For me, I feel rhythm as movement and shapes,” Edgar explains. "It creates a different pattern in the body (thereby) unlocking the mysteries of self.”
It’s a process. "To truly listen, you have to be able to let go. Listening is the best thing that we can do as human beings.” He explains, "As you go through the process of letting go, you play through and feel the divine forces going through you. When you move the presence on a cellular level, you can master yourself through the breath. It’s a path to enlightenment.”
It’s all grounded in the primal, basic tone. "Once you have the basic sound, you can do more – like harmonics and rhythms.”
If you have ever tried to play the didjeridu, you know how difficult it is to produce the basic drone alone. On top of that, the "circular breathing” (which causes a continuous drone to sound) seems impossible to attain at first. This constant air pushed out of your mouth, at the same time that air is inhaled in small sniffs, defies the logistics of the autonomic nervous system. But if you persist, a fantastic world of insight and awareness opens up for you.
"Breathe deeply – through the nose – then practice pulling in ever more longer breath,” instructs Edgar, "then you can play for hours.”
On a metaphysical level, "When you can hold an idea with your mind and breathe life into it,” Edgar says, "you can manifest whatever you desire.”
After more than fifteen years and thousands of didj sessions, playing for the likes of Eckhart Tolle, Andrew Weil, and Deepak Chopra, Edgar has broadcast his shamanic message of wellness, joy and unity around the world. Through his life-long commitment, that is to share the spiritual legacy that he was entrusted with, he has connected with and is guided by, "a group of Ancestors (Ascended Masters), known as the Council of Twelve.” By channeling as song, Edgar’s speaks in other-worldly "song-lines, which are divine languages.”
Currently, Edgar makes Cortes Island his home base. Along with his playing, teaching, healing and channeling, he also personalizes authentic didjeridus, imported from Australia, for customers. The majestically adorned instruments (carved, painted, or inlaid with rocks and crystals) that he produces may be purchased for $500 – $700. Otherwise, he plans to hold a didjeridu and healing workshop at the Hollyhock Educational Retreat Centre, located on Cortes Island, in the summer (July or August of 2008). It’s all geared to, "awaken the dreaming.”
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Helena Green is a freelance writer in Nanaimo.