I've had a lot on my mind lately, the wheels have been turning, I've been down some rabbit holes trying to sort things out and see how all the puzzle pieces fit together. The enigma is all about connecting with sentient non-human beings and how to be in right relationship with the human and non-human beings with whom we share our planet.I'd like to share my thoughts with you, see what you think about it. But first, some background on where I'm coming from.
I have worked as an animal communicator for decades. Each animal and person has brought their own creative and sentient self to the sessions, and each one has left an imprint on me in some way, shape or form. It's been a memorable journey, for sure!
When I first started working as an animal communicator, I was tickled pink that I would be able to help the animals in this way. As I worked with more clients, both human and non-human, I realized it wasn't just about the animal, but about the animal and their human. I then realized that it wasn't just about the animals and their humans, but it also included me.
That was both a shock and an eye opener for me. But in hindsight, it makes perfect sense because We All Do Better When ALL Creatures Do Better, which includes each and every one of us.
While some people consider connecting intuitively and working with the animals through communication a spiritual journey, I don't. All of us - animals, humans, stones, plants, mountains, water, sky, thunder, etc. - have a shared reality here in the physical world and it is in the grounded, physical world where we need to meet, create our relationships and do our work together.
Sure, there are definitely times when I'm connected to guides and spirits who are not of our physical world, but the purpose of those connections is for me to act as messenger, bringing the information from the non-physical world back to the physical world and putting it into action here.
For me, animism is what makes it possible to be in right relationship with all here in the physical world, and what allows me to meet with non physical guides and teachers and bring that information back to put into place in the physical world.
Learning about animism is one of the key tools that has helped me fit many of those stray, enigmatic puzzle pieces together. I first heard about it almost three years ago when I began the shamanic intensive study.
Animism is considered to be the oldest religion and it's a way that helps us experience the world that is greater than our own individual understanding and scope. Animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, words, computers, cars, pencils—as animated and alive. Being animated and alive means that each non-human being has its own agency, or autonomy.
What this means is that with each non-human (and human too, of course) being we encounter, we work to cultivate reciprocal, respectful relationship, rather than ones based on power over another.
While this concept is fairly easy to comprehend with animals (but there is still a lot to learn and practice with this), it's probably more difficult to take in with, say, a teacup. But look at life from the teacup's perspective - it's probably safe to say that the teacup doesn't want to have old tea sitting in it for days, it doesn't want to be thrown and broken, it wants to be cleaned, cared for and respected so it can do its job in bringing you your favorite tea to enjoy. You and the teacup have a respectful, mutually shared experience, to which you both have agreed.
I know, believe me, I really do know, this concept may be foreign to a lot of you and it's a lot to take in. That's why over the next few issues we're going to spend time talking about animism and how you can start to practice it in the everyday of your life.
We'll start off talking about animism and animals, as that is the easiest starting place and will have an immediate effect on the relationship you have with your own animal pals.
Meanwhile, I'd like to share a couple of resources with you. The first is the podcast #EverydayAnimism I co-host with Kelley Harrell and Brandice of Soulful Focus. We started this podcast with the intention of exploring all things animism, particularly animism in everyday life. If you have questions about this podcast, or have topics you’d like to share, please let me know!
The other resource I have is the infographic 6 Steps To Reawaken Right Relationship. You might be surprised to find you are already doing some of these practices already in your life!
And speaking of infographics, if you already don't have the 5 Animal Communication Tips, here's a copy for you. Enjoy!
If this has whetted your curiosity and you have questions or you’re wondering about ways we can work together, let’s talk. Schedule your free discovery call to find out how we can work together.
Here's To New Beginnings,