I began practising animism very early in my childhood, before I knew what animism was or how to ‘do it’. It was just part of my everyday experience, as is normal for un-indoctrinated children.
Animism is an inherent part of humanity, it’s inbuilt, and I was lucky enough that my parents were atheists who allowed me to build my own maps of existence, leaving my animism to grow unchallenged until I was in my teens.
They also taught me to think critically and question everything; my culture, the sciences, medicine, religion, them and myself. My animism never went away, but it did take a back seat as I explored religions and the sciences.
Until several years of illness, loss and fear made it clear that science or philosophy couldn’t answer all my questions or solve all my problems, and I returned to full time animism practice and formal training in energy medicine.
Over the nearly 30 years that I’ve been practicing animism, it’s proved an excellent approach for both times of crisis and the mundane quirks of everyday life.
Western culture has forgotten and misunderstood animism, relegating it to folk tales and mythology. But it’s still here, intertwined with our arts and storytelling, our medicine, our land, our family histories, our DNA and our relationships with nature.
We need animism now more than we have in thousands of years, at the turning point of global technology and economic change.
Animism has the tools for changing minds and developing healthy relationships that will build sustainability, equality, mental health, empowering technological integration and a sense of continuity as we grow into star-faring beings.