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What No One Tells You About Hanging Out With Animists

What No One Tells You About Hanging Out With Animists

Someone recently asked me what it’s like to hang out with indigenous animists. I hadn’t really thought about it until I got that question. Once it was asked, I had to admit that there are differences. Keep in mind that these are only generalities. Everyone is different.

It's Quieter

There are a lot of reasons for the quiet. I think we are more comfortable with silence and don’t fill the need to fill it with chatter. We’re good at witnessing and listening. If we are enjoying something like the stars or a fire, we know that words can sometimes distract from the experience. So we might just communicate with a smile or a gesture. 

It's less self conscious

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If you ever want to see adults and children act a fool, go to an animist gathering. People seem more willing to just be who they are and feel what they feel. This is not to say that adults are childish. Just spontaneous and less judgmental.


If you are introverted or just want to watch, it’s okay. There is no pressure to do or be something that you are not. It’s okay to be you. 

There may be a lot of dancing Or Singing

Rhythm is the spice of life. It’s a way to connect with Spirit, your feelings, and each other. This is particularly true in a group because the group amplifies it. Being with your people supports the process so that you can go deeper into the joy of the moment, your emotions, Spirit, or wherever you happen to be.


When you are with people who know who they are and know where they stand, you’re not really talking with just one person. They bring their ancestors with them. And I am not just talking about the human ones. This connection extends to you… and the next person, and the next. So the everything around you feels like sacred space. 

So even if someone is having high emotions, it feels more alive because there is no pretension in it. You know where you stand. There is a certain safety in that. 

It probably sounds like I am romanticizing it, and maybe I am. I just know that when I am with indigenous people, there is a very different, more grounded AND more spiritual feeling than in the mainstream world. I’d love to hear about your experience.


Laura grew up with animism. She is a co-founder of Pan Society, a licensed clinical social worker, author of Angel Whispering: How to Talk to Your Spiritual Guides and How To Be A Panist: A Guide to Creating a Modern Animist Lifestyle. She also facilitates spiritual pilgrimages. For more information about Laura Giles, see her websites at http://www.lauragiles.org

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