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spiritual awakening

How to Keep Growing After a Spiritual Awakening

If an awakening is exponential growth in a short period of time where the doors blow off your previous understanding of the world, how do you keep growing after a spiritual awakening? By adopting mindfulness. To me, this is also the practice of animism. Animism is engaging in life the way that it is, in this moment. Not as an observer, but a participant. It's a romance with the sun, your bed, the fog, your family, and your partner. It's walking a slack line between being you and being a part of a community. If you do this every day, you won't fall asleep. And if you don't fall asleep, there is no need to awaken. Every day offers newness. For example, I have been walking down by a stream in the...

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don't force

Why You Don’t Want to Force Things

In the west, we celebrate the "never give up" attitude. Perseverance is an admired trait that leads to success, abundance, and goal attainment. We push, sweat, and grind our way through life working for everything that comes our way. We see those who don't as lazy, loafers. But what if that were not the most effective way to approach life? What would happen if we flowed with sovereignty and connection instead? What does that mean? Flowing With Sovereignty You are at the center of your life. Flowing with sovereignty is about knowing yourself and doing you. The world is made up of caretakers, artists, craftsmen, nerds, and so many other things. Some of us work methodically, some sporadically. Some people thrive in high stress environments, some in tranquil settings. When you know what...

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Five Ways to Shield Yourself From Negative Energy

Everyone has energy that extends beyond the physical body. The brain energy field can be detected a few inches away. The heart energy field can be measured up to six feet away! Imagine what can happen when someone to your right is upset about a health issue, the person to your left is sick and tired, and several other people in the room are also low for one reason or another. How do you think this energy will impact you? What if one of these people has an active dislike for you? Or if there are dark spirits in the area? Fortunately, we don't have just passively accept whatever is in the environment. We can shield ourselves and strengthen our auras so outside energy doesn't impact us. Here's how. Create an Energy Shield This is...

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how to tell people you're an animist

Coming Out as an Animist

If you are a convert to animism, sooner of later you are going to have to tell people you're an animist. If your family, friends, or lover isn't open minded, it may not be the easiest conversation to have. Here are some tips to make coming out as an animist easier. Pick Your Moment As with all tough conversations, it's a good idea to pick your moment. You want to have this talk when the other person is relaxed,  receptive, and in a good space to hear you. The worst times is when either of you are hungry, angry, distracted, or tired. So pick your moment. Timing is really important. Know Your Goal Why are you having this conversation? What do you hope to gain? Be clear on your intention beforehand. This will help...

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idol worship

Selling God: An Animist View of Idolatry

While browsing eBay, I came across a listing for a god. A god! How do you sell a god? I am sure that the seller thought it was a quaint, backwoods, third world souvenir, but to the household that has a relationship with that god, it's life. It's sacred. It's not something that can be sold for decoration. If you want to understand this, you have to step out of the western world view. In the Judeo-Christian world, idols are a no-no. The third commandment in the Bible says, "You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in the heavens above, the earth below, or the water beneath. You shall now bow down to them or worship them." We also...

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ancestral home

Why Modern Animists Need an Ancestral Home

Non-Americans make fun of us when we say we're Irish-American or Cuban-American when we've never been to those countries and our parents were born in the USA. I don't think they understand our longing for roots because they have them. While we may have been here for centuries, we know our roots lie elsewhere. This is why modern animists need an ancestral home. Almost everyone knows their native place, or the place where their fathers or grandfather's were born. Many modern animists have lost touch with their ancestral home, or the place where their distant people are from. Even when we know, we don't maintain the language, don't know the customs, and don't sustain the lifestyle. When all you have to lay claim to that heritage is oral tradition - which...

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call of the drum

Hearing the Call of the Drum

All life is energy. Everything resonates. When we drum mindfully, we move out of our every day awareness and into the flow of life. It's easier to connect to our spiritual essence, our inner truth, and the Otherworld. This is why we listen for the call of the drum. Let's take a look at how drumming can help you. Drumming Enhances Brain Health Whether you are actually drumming or just listening to it, drumming enhances brain health. The sound synchronizes the right and left hemispheres and makes your intuition and overall awareness stronger. It also creates new neural pathways that can heal damaged or under developed brains and make healthy brains even healthier. Improves Mood Drumming can produce feelings of euphoria that can break people out of depression. Even if you don't get high,...

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beauty of imperfection

Enjoying the Beauty of Imperfection

I have been spending a lot of time in Nature this season. The cool weather invites me to go into the woods and linger. And everywhere I see change and decay. It reminds me that enjoying the beauty of imperfection is a perfect way to cultivate sovereignty and authenticity. The Japanese have made this into an art form that they call wabi sabi. "Wabi" is essentially a "less is more" approach. It means "understated elegance" or "rustic simplicity." "Sabi" means "lean or withered, a flower past its bloom." This refers to the appreciation of age, wear, or scars that result in serenity and come from a life well-lived. It happens here in the forest when trees grow too close to each other and rub each other and making creaking sounds when the wind...

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how to ask spirit for a song

How to Ask Spirit for an Incredible Song

There are times in our lives when words won't cut it. We need a song. When shared, songs can be a way to unite people in ritual, emotion, or community. We can share grief, loss, healing, or celebrations though music and words. Songs can capture the mood of a moment. The simplest songs are not particularly melodic and have no words, but they speak the language of the Soul. They help us to hear ourselves, connect, and reach into the Darkness where symbols go deeper than words. Or into the Otherworld where we can speak to creatures of the nonhuman realm. When you need something dynamic, something deeply meaning, it's often a good idea to ask Spirit for that song. How? Here are some easy tips. Set Your Intention What do you need a song for?...

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woo woo

What To Do When You’re Scared of the “Woo Woo” Label

"Bad ass" is the buzzword I'm seeing thrown around to sell everything from sales courses to jeans. Everyone's not a badass. Some of us don't want to let our freak flag fly and are scared of the "woo woo" label. It's not easy to come out as animist. It's strange. Most people don't even know what that word means. I get not wanting to explain it or defend it. Sometimes you even feel that your closest friends and family wouldn't get it. So how do you handle the conflict between wanting to be authentic, yet not labeled woo woo? Control the Narrative When going into any conversation that's not easy, it's always best to control the narrative. That means you decide in advance what you are going to share, with whom, when, and...

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