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Learn Like an Animist

If you want to live like an animist, you might want to learn like an animist. The process is totally different. The way you use your brain shows what you value and influences what you see. So, if you want an indigenous birds eye view, you have to get into the bird's head. Here's what I mean. Researcher Peter Gray wrote about his observations of extant hunter-gatherer tribes in his book Free to Learn. He found that: Children are Sovereign Animism is about sovereignty. This extends to children. Unlike in western societies, kids are not monitored 24 hours a day. They don't have structured learning where they sit all day and focus on specific topics for one hour at a time. Indigenous children can choose what to pay attention to and for how long...

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It’s Okay to Be Wobbly

I’m wobbly. This isn’t the first time that this has happened. Spiritual travel can do this to me. Death, birth, graduation, marriage, divorce, menopause, betrayal, bankruptcy, or disillusionment, can create it. Heck, life can sometimes do it for no particular reason at all. It’s where we go when our world breaks open. The boundaries explode and no longer exist. We free fall. It’s complete and utter freedom. We say we want this, but it feels so uncomfortable. We yearn for the known, for walls to help us feel secure. What worked before doesn’t work now. What we knew before is no longer true. Sometimes it’s because we discover that what we thought was truth is a lie. Sometimes we go wobbly because we gain so much more information that our old ways of...

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Today I Lingered

Today I lingered. This is not my usual pace. I am focused, purposeful, and direct. My thoughts and actions are meaningful and targeted. Lingering isn't part of my program. Lingering encourages seeing, feeling, and discovery. It is what children do. That makes me happy. During our spring retreat, we focused on giving a voice to our inner child. I think most people do this in a Shadow way. They let out their Wild Child in rebellious hedonism. They vomit all over people putting their woundedness on display. That's not what I am talking about. I am talking about daring, play, laughter, and a lack of keeping score. A lack of self consciousness. I am talking about being without a reason or explanation. Animals are. They don't ask if they are worthy enough. No...

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