cultural competency

Cultivating Cultural Competency in Spirituality

On September 13, 2007, the The United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. It says in part Indigenous peoples and individuals have the right not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture. If this is something that you believe in, it’s time to talk about cultivating cultural […]

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It’s Not About the Rituals

I get a lot of requests for rituals. That’s awesome. I am glad people are interested in this. I am happy to share rituals, but I’ve got to tell you something. Animism is not about the rituals. Did you know that one third of all lottery winners declare bankruptcy? Do you know why? I think […]

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Working With the Element of Fire

With summer coming to a close and the wildfires burning in Siberia, the Amazon, and 1255 wildfires burning in the USA, I thought it was a good time to talk about working with the element of Fire. We all know that Fire is about power, transformation, will, and action. Most westerners do that part very […]

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Whom Do You Serve?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.” Service also a great way to practice animism. It helps you to share your gifts (sovereignty) and connect with others. So, whom do you serve? In the old days, service was the hallmark of a lady. Rich women […]

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Bee Lore and Spirituality

About ten years ago, I stopped by the beekeepers area at the state fair. They didn’t tell me about bee lore. Instead they blew my mind with all the interesting stories about colony collapse disorder, the importance of bees to the planet, and most of all honey flavors. I decided then and there to become […]

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Are You a Spiritual Expert or Student?

I’ve traveled all over the world and had some amazing, uplifting spiritual experiences. Yet the one that has probably made the biggest impact was when I visited an animist community.  I grew up animist, but lived in a modern, western community. Having people all around me who lived their beliefs and all believed in the […]

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Solo Ritual for the New Moon in Virgo

It’s the new moon in Virgo! It’s the perfect time to reboot. Ready? Here are some keywords for the energies that are in play now that can help you set your intention and go with the flow. Keywords New moon – new beginnings, plant new seeds, refocus, renew, regroup Virgo – perfectionism, service, analysis, communication, cool, […]

damaging programs

Three Damaging Programs That Keep Us From Being True Animists

Einstein said, ““Problems cannot be solved with the same mind set that created them.” If we want to make a deep switch to animism, we have to challenge some of the damaging programs we inherited. These damaging programs are hidden within us and operate without our conscious thoughts. They permeate our culture. If we want […]

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Creating an Ancestor Veneration Practice

Modern people live in extreme disconnection from our ancestors. On the macro level, this extends to the plants, animals, and minerals. Many of us aren’t even aware of that detachment. But perhaps what makes an even bigger impact is the divorce of our own families. How many of us grew up without a father? How […]

ageism in spirituality

Ageism in Spirituality

It’s time to confront ageism in spirituality. To have true connection, we have to value our Elders and include them in our lives. Modern society marginalizes older people. “We don’t value you” and “We don’t want to be you” is hidden in our language, advertising, and behavior. Here is what I mean: Advertisers use the […]