The Spiritual Component of Autism

The response to my last post on autism and Asperger's really overwhelmed me. I didn't expect to get such a positive response. I was literally bracing myself for the worst. The post seemed to touch a lot of people, particularly women who believe they may be on the spectrum. Just being able to make one person feel less alone made that post worth publishing.I've been thinking about the connection between autism and spirituality. The first and most obvious connection is that religion and … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Aidan Grey on An Introduction to Animism

Native people, running through the jungle naked, feathered headdresses on, and arrows nocked. That's what most people imagine when they think of animists - they're those indigenous, non-Westernized, potentially cannibalistic people. But that's not quite true. Certainly, many indigenous people are animists, but not all of them, and more surprisingly, there's a growing number of animists here in the Western, modern world.Animism is usually described as the belief that all things have a soul. … [Read more...]