Monday, December 18, 2006

Bioregional Animism

Animism * Shamanism * Deep * Ecology * Bioregionalism. Bioregional animism is the rediscovery of our collective origins and the rebirth of our past for a permaculture. It has been said that animism was our first religion and that it will be the last. This project is focused on assisting others who are committed to living as one with their bioregions and creating a spiritual and cultural expression of the land and sky that we are but an expression of.

The goal of this project is to allow the land to express itself through us again. To reincarnate the old traditions and lost tribes, to see that new traditions are being born as new expressions of the land & skies consciousness, to commune with the land and sky and celebrate our oneness with it.
To help support a diverse system of developing ecological and spiritual cosmologies much like indigenous minds have always done, through the act of communion!
The dream is to establish a body of work that can be shared with others to promote bioregional animist communities around the world, and to establish a network of sustainable earth communities based off the
bioregional animist principles of acknowledging that we are one with our environment, that we are surrounded by other than human persons which we are related to, that we must live in a respectful way with these other than human persons, and last but not least that we can establish respectful relationships through communication with our other than human relations.
The main thesis of Bioregional animism will soon be spelled out more clearly and an open invitation of animists world round to share their perspectives in the hope of establishing a healthy and diverse perspective.

Please share your thoughts on Bioregional Animism. Share your experiences with communing with the land and sky, and the other than human persons that are our relations.

This work is part of the bioregionalism movement, the new animism ( as described by Graham Harvey and indigenous people around the world) movement, the reclaiming movement, the DYI movement, the new shamanism movement, and many, many, many, movements to just live and be in harmony with our natural surroundings. Because bioregional animism is focused on personal and communal relationships with the land and sky and the other then human persons that inhabit land and sky, the bioregional animist tribe does not attempt to find one way for every one, it does not attempt to adopt or culturally appropriate any existing cultures, but instead asks that we do as our ancestors have done, begin anew, go directly to the source or culture and animism and shamanism, and find our own way. The project asks that wee become native again and put down roots in the psychic soil of the place that we live. The project asks that we stop out sourcing our traditions and adapting practices from out side of our own bioregion and find the spirit of shamanism and animism in our back yard. The project asks that we think globally and act locally when it comes to our spiritual practice and life ways.

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