Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Traditions of Bioregional animism



When I first started writting about this subject it was to give an example of how through the simple act of communion one could cultivate relationships with other than human persons, learn from them and find oneself self as the larger bioregion. That through doing so one could embody and commune and establish a tutilary relationship with the genius loci. Essentially allowing new ways to emerge from us like a tree growing from a seed from within the earth.

Recently I had a dream where I was discussing the subject of initiation with a practioner if traditional witchcraft, a good friend of mine in the waking world. In the dream he told me that traditions had to be passed on between people for them to be traditions.
I pondered this the last week from a bioregional animist stand point. Animism relates to the world being filled with persons, human and other than human persons. Essentially through opening ourselves up to learning from the land (also a person) and the wind (a wind person) rabbit (a rabbit person) etc, we are receiving traditional knowledge, knowledge that has been passed down before, in different ways to different peoples with different needs and world views, but still one with place.
The traditional knowledge of place is available to us, its ways and traditions are a part of us if we open ourselves to place and see that we are it, that it is also us. The traditions and ways of crow, or rabbit, or fox, or a mountain, may be available to us to learn as well, and we can learn those ways, and those other than human persons can pass down their knowledge and wisdom to us so that we in turn, can pass that knowledge down to other humans thus maintaining and building the traditions. Keeping a tradition alive means to let it flow its got to be passed down lest it die with you.
Bioregional animism is about relationship, and our relations, a larger sense of self that is inclusive of the bioregional with live within. Creating community and sharing in that communion is what animists do.
When I started writting on this subject I didn't wish to see people grabbing the idea of bioregional animism and regurgitating it in their own words for their own careers, or that people would wish to be date about it as a philosophical angle my hope was to see more people doing the work, establishing those relationships themselves and creating new traditions, allowing the land to cultivate new ways based off of the old tradions of the land itself the traditions and ways of the other than human persons that compose the land. What I hoped to see where people sharing those traditions, not under the self identifying monicure of bioregional animist, but self identifying as the land, allowing the land to speak for itself with our voice. I'm still waiting for these new traditions to be passed on.
I'm looking forward to it.

10 comments:

Axel Benz said...

Glad you're back again - I thought, this blog is dead...

Axel Benz said...

Glad you're back again! I thought the blog was dead...

Aidan Wachter said...

Yes, to all of this.

Julia Shaw said...

OK...I share your perspective on the sacredness of the land. Here's my question. How do we deal with the reality of a cosmopolitan biome? There is knotweed and dandelion and a million other imports naturalized in my environment. How do we honor what IS? Do you share the theory of some herbalists that weeds grow in response to the energies around them, including the needs of an individual or society?

Sue Quarto said...

It is starting - the land is opening up to those who admire it.

little lightening bolt said...

No its still alive.

little lightening bolt said...

As an herbalist I don't subscribe to the concept of weeds or demonize plants not native to a region. How do we honor what is? We honor what is through communication and intimate communion with what is.

little lightening bolt said...

As an herbalist I don't subscribe to the concept of weeds or demonize plants not native to a region. How do we honor what is? We honor what is through communication and intimate communion with what is.

little lightening bolt said...

No its still alive.

little lightening bolt said...

No its still alive.