The Liberation of the Earth

Many of the ancestors of Modern Paganism were anti-Capitalists, and the reason for this is beneath our feet. Read more

TED Talk: A Sense of Place

We exist only in real places; whether we notice them, or not, whether we respect them, or not, whether we can describe them, or not. This week Traci shares an import TED Talk by poet Dana Gioia. Read more

Wide Angle Vision Part 1: A Useful Meditation

My friend calls this wide angle vision a “useful meditation technique” because you can use it to meditate while you walk and while you do some kinds of work. Which tasks does it help and which does it hinder? Try it out and see what patterns you find. Read more

Please Don’t Hit Me

We drain wetlands and tear down mountains for cars. Why are you driving? Read more

Paganism’s Messiah Complex

A troubling component of the western centric world view can be found within western paganism. As second and first generation pagans continue to question and redefine cultural understanding, one narrative that is particularly antithetical to pagan values ought to be considered: anthropocentrism. Read more

Capitalism and the Spirit of Place

When we decide to move from one place to another, to leave a city for a new one, or a suburb, or the countryside, we individually weigh multiple factors. Amongst those are economic and aesthetic concerns. We each experience this as a set of decisions based on free-will, but there is an external engine that affects these internal decisions. Read more

Traveling Toward Birth (Part 2)

This dream bothered me so much. Why was I taking the little boy to Thailand when his mother is in America? What was this passport that I’d forgotten? What did these symbols mean? (I must be the worst shaman of all time!) Read more

Of Love and Land Spirits

Worlding the spirits of land into our lives is not just for seers or mystics. It’s also the art of the bard, and it’s an act of love. Read more

‘Big’ people are people, too.

Living in Eskdalemuir and not being part of the Samyé Ling community is an interesting experience. It has its advantages. But it’s also strange, in unexpected ways. Read more

Traveling Toward Birth

My dreams have been full of buses and trains. My friend’s baby hasn’t made his way into our world just yet, but I know that he’s found the right vehicle. We’ll meet him in person soon. Read more


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