Becoming Ancestrally Wylde
A 3 part series with Steven Cook
- 75 US dollars$75
- Post Road
This series will present relevant information on aspects of what it means to be Ancestrally Wylde. From how we view the world, to how we can deepen our connections to the other than human world. This includes our fellow humans, animals, and plants, and also the land, ocean, sky, ancestors, and deities. The focus will be on practical ways to begin to change our perceptions and ways that we “see” the world around us and how we interact with it. Part 1: Animism - What it is and what it isn't and why it's important. The word animism was coined by Anthropologists to describe the spiritual beliefs of various non-western cultures. There is no central or unified Animistic set of practices, other than the idea that everything in the world is potentially alive, meaning it has a spirit/soul, has agency, and self-determination/sovereignty. At one time, it is believed, all human peoples were basically animistic in their view of the world. All of the world's religions, past and present, have some animistic beliefs infused in them. By viewing the world around us as a network of living relationships we can develop a closer, more intimate connection to the other-than-human world around us. Part 2: Ancestral skills - Connecting with our deep ancestors. Ancestral Skills are a very large category of practices that cover everything from basic survival skills, such as fire making, foraging, and tracking to basketry, woodworking, and pottery. It also involves the way we look at the world around us and our relationship with the other than human beings. When practiced in an informed and ethically sound way, these skills can bring us harmony with our ancestors and with our ancient ancestral state of being. This state of being is one of awareness of and belonging with the natural world, being Ancestrally Wylde. Part 3: Becoming Ancestrally Wylde. Deepening our connection with the other than human world. In order to reawaken our ancestral state of awareness we need to expand our senses and how we use them. Focusing on our physical senses (sight, sound, touch, taste) helps to bring us into a mindful state that is open, curious, and grounded. This ancestral state allows for a deeper more meaningful way of seeing the world around us. Being Ancestrally Wylde brings all three of these ideas together: an animistic way of relating to the world, practicing Ancestral skills to broaden our sense of self and belonging, and reawakening our senses to the living world around us.
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3287 Post Road, Warwick, RI, USA