So, you want to be an animist and you don’t know where to start. We’re glad you’re here. This article can help you on your journey!
The first thing to know is that Panism is a lifestyle that flows from your beliefs. It’s not the beliefs themselves. So essentially, it’s a way to just be a more authentic, whole version of yourself. If you believe that everything is alive, sacred, and connected, how does that show up? Don’t get distracted by the rituals, holy day celebrations, manifesting, gods, peak experiences, or Other World or Inner World travels. Those are great, but may make you miss the forest for the trees. If you keep it simple – especially in the beginning- you will find your way.
The first step in Panism can be to know yourself. Who are you? What do to believe? What do you want? Where do you begin and end? What are your boundaries? What do you want? This is a journey that can take a lifetime as you’re ever evolving. There can be so much programming to undo – yours, society’s, and your ancestors. Take the time to figure this out. It’s your life. What better way to spend it than as a journey of self discovery? Sovereignty is the ultimate expression of integrity.
Once you know who you are, you are in the perfect position to connect. Nobody is an island. We are part of the matrix. We yearn to belong. When we are Sovereign, we can do that in a way that doesn’t harm. Our contact is mutually beneficial to other people, plants, animals, the mineral and spiritual kingdoms. So reach out. Connect.
Lots of people want to be comfortable. Many strive to be on top and stay there. Forget about that! If you’re not growing, you’re dying. Get into the wheel of life and grow beyond your comfort zone. The universe is expanding and you can too. As your awareness grows, let your being grow to match it. This could mean your life gets bigger … or smaller! It could mean you shine more… or less. It could mean anything. Everything is possible.
As you journey through life, I hope you fall in love with yourself over and over again. When you see your beauty and light, it makes it easier for others to, too. We all need a light to guide us. Be that for someone else. Enjoy theirs. Spread the love.
A Cheat Sheet
If that’s not concrete enough, let me give you a cheat sheet. Observe, then Act. Or Observe, Act, Self-Correct.
Have you watched any of Tisha Michelle’s videos on Pan Society’s Youtube channel? She’s showing you what to do. She observes something mindfully. Has an insight. Then she acts on it. She evaluates whether it’s in alignment with her values and purpose . If so, she’s happy with it and keeps on going. If not, she self corrects. That’s it. It doesn’t have to be any fancier than that.
If you notice, I didn’t say anything about prayer, ritual, do this, or don’t do that. In Panism, you can do it your way. If you engage in the fullness of life, you will find your way. Live mindfully. The “wrong” path may end up being the right one. The meandering trail could give you exactly what you need. And sometimes the fast track puts you in line for what you need next. Trust that everything is as it should be.
The plants, animals, minerals, and spirits are here to assist you. If you are ready for them, reach out to them. If you aren’t, be where you are. It’s all good.