This month the Animist Blog Carnival is being hosted here at Naturalistic Pantheist Musings. This months theme is Science. Each participant writes a blog post around a specific theme for the month and posts it on their blog. One blog each month is chosen as the host to link to those other blogs. Please visit the links below….
Naturebum reminds us of the limits of science and the importance of the search inside.
“So science can do so much, but it can’t take you to your heart; can’t teach you to jump into the cauldron of life, to love, to be kind, caring, to move out of the head; a head that cuts, dissects, isolates, segregates. To become headless – not in the sense of ignorance – on the contrary, to see the myriad possibility, the theories, the beliefs – to become drunk on possibility; to be guillotined by the Unknowable that encompasses all, segregates nothing.”
Pray to the Moon explains why science is all about relationship.
“Science is about understanding, or at the very least, a concerted effort to understand relationships. Relationships are about understanding, or (ideally) at the very least, a concerted effort to understand one another. Animism (at least for this animist) is all about relationships. This webby mesh of understanding creates a queer circular process that happens when you combine science & animism — science feeds relationship with understanding.”
Post Pagan explains how climate change is a physical manifestation of collective trauma.
“The land’s pain is our pain and is reality not a metaphor. Healing is a difficult journey that has to be taken with a realization that there is no separation between humanity and nature. Every act we take to heal the land will help heal us as a whole. Transversely act of healing enacted through systematic questioning and restructuring of power systems which exploit the whole are acts of healing the earth. I firmly believe that the current climate change is a physical manifestation of the shared trans-generational trauma. When hurricanes and earthquakes and tornado, and forest fires are occurring all over the world they are not simply individual symptoms of climate change, but the hemorrhaging of our collective pain(every plant, animal, element, and particle).”
Paganaidd writes about finding meaning in suffering.
“Suffering can be reduced by finding meaning in suffering. In 21st Century, North America there is a presumptuous, and sometimes cruel, urge to try to impose meaning on other people’s suffering. I’m sure that this comes partly from our Calvinist leanings. That idea that misfortune happens because God doesn’t like you.
Truly, bad things happen because bad things happen. At this place and time, many people feel they should be exceptions, because for years we have been told that we *are* exceptional.
No, on the macrocosmic scale, we are just one small piece. If there is meaning, one must impose one’s own within the microcosm of one’s own life.”
Heather explains what science teaches us today that an animist culture would have known via cultural norms and why ancient religion was based around practicality, necessity and an understandings of the world around them.
“Science has enhanced my animistic understanding of the world so much I have called myself a scientific animist. None of my ancestors (yours either) had time to waste on woo woo without science to back it up. Maybe they went to church and some guy spoke in Latin with his back to them and gave them mysterious wine once a week, but to survive our species has always been practical, rooted in the material world. Even today septic system guys will discuss the land as if it is a living person with whom you want to stay on good terms, with is pretty much animism. Ceremonies were done for practical reasons.”
Therioshamanism writes about her wish to be a scientist.
“The longer I’ve walked this path that I’ve detailed in this blog for so many years, the more I want to know about this world we share. I am full of awe and wonder at its intricate workings, the sheer joy of evolution and physics and the other processes by which it works. I’ve felt levels of spiritual connection more profound than just about anything I experienced when my focus was more on symbols and abstractions, where I still felt somehow separate from what it was that I honored. And so where some people may wish to dive more deeply into ancient texts or devote themselves more completely to their gods, I want to immerse myself in this unbelievable world I’ve had the good fortune to be a part of, even if only for a tiny blip in its long lifespan. I’m already doing everything I can to be a more active participant in it–and in its preservation. Perhaps, in a way, I see those immersed in the sciences as a sort of clergy, and fieldwork as ritual, and research as the study and interpretation of sacred doctrines. Not as infallible holy writ, mind you, or “scientism”, but as one more way to know this world in all its parts.”
Green Shinto writes about the relationship of Shintoism to environmental protection and destruction.
“Interestingly, I noticed that Kibune Shrine just outside Kyoto states in its shrine literature: ‘It is a shame that Japanese people seem to have lost their appreciation and respect for nature. Isn’t it time for the people of Japan to reclaim this special ‘Japanese spirit’ that was previously exhibited long ago? It is the hope of Kifune Shrine people all over the world will become aware of this ‘Japanese spirit’ and once again become involved in protecting our precious environment.’”
Anima Lifeways writes about growing at risk medicinal plants.
“Growing our own medicine creates an intimate connection with healing plants as we watch them emerge from the ground, and grow leaves, flowers, and fruits. I tend to be more curious about the plants around me, as I see, smell and feel them throughout the seasons. My curiosity inspires research, experimentation, medicine making, and therapeutic usage. Deep, long- lasting plant friendships are born from these interactions.”
Natural Pantheist – I explain why scientific understanding is vital for animism and animism is vital for science.
“Science is all about investigation, its all about finding out what we can about the world around us, what lives there and how it all works. Surely the basis of Animism requires knowledge and investigation of the world around us too. How can we treat something respectfully if we know nothing about it?”