Developing a Daily Devotional Practice of Place

For many of us, there is no choice but to re-dream the magickal practices that we will follow and that we will teach to others. We can do so in an airy way with no grounding, and our practice will be as thin as the work we put behind it, or we can use the power of aspects of our own culture — of Western science and nature studies along side myth and legend from our ancestors — to provide us with some of the tools we use for that re-dreaming. By tying your religious practice to a daily devotional activity of meeting your non-human neighbors through guides, your sit spot and nature walks, you can find that “advanced” knowledge you have been hungering for. [Read more…]

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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…]

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An Extraenvironmentalist

“This is what we want. We don’t want to be Americans or Germans or English. We want to be extra environmentalists. Always feel that where ever you go, you are a stranger, the outsider, the one looking in. This is the viewpoint that makes all places the same to you.” – Terrance McKenna

It is not fun to be questioned at airports because my travel patterns look strange. It is not fun to be questioned by strangers about why I “can’t” settle down. It is even less fun to be questioned by family members of someone close to me because they are “concerned” that I’m somehow a bad influence on that person. McKenna’s idea that there is value in always being the stranger does not sit quite right with me, even as I live that reality. [Read more…]

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