This article is from the Religion-Shamanism FAQ, by Dean Edwards, Stef Jones, Jilara, Jane Beckman, Ann Albers with numerous contributions by others.
The original state of being; the energetic template or dimension
which underlies and affects all physical form.
Ann Albers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dream Time: Among Aborigines of Australia, this is the time and realm
of the foundation, the beginnings. Everyone lives out their lives in
a relationship with this state. Time from this perspective is viewed
as being circular, like the breathing technique employed when playing
the Digeridoo. This is the archetypal or primordial state from which
creation was formed. Thus, time is very different than time in the
normal outer world.
Dean Edwards (email@example.com)
W.F.H. Stanner described the Dream Time as "the common but not
universal way of referring to the time of the founding drama.... two
complementary emphases stood out in the doctrine of the Dream Time:
the fixation or instituting of things in an enduring form, and the
simultaneous endowment of all things--including man, and his condition
of life--with their good and/or bad properties. The central meaning
was clear. Men were to live always under that foundation.?
(W.F.B. Stanner. Religion, totemism and symbolism. In Aboriginal Man
in Australia, edited by R.M. Berndt and C.M. Berndt. Sydney: Angus
and Robertson. 1965, pages 214-215.)