The vast majority of our human ancestors lived as tribal, indigenous peoples and practiced some version or another of what we might call animism. Animists view humans as only one type of person within a much wider web of relations. Animists aspire to be respectful people, not only with other humans but in relationship with the larger web (e.g., animals, plants, ancestors, deities). Animism is a relational approach to life that recognizes our interdependence on the sacrifice of others.
As we spiral deeper every year into global ecological crisis and the spiritual bankruptcy of modern capitalism becomes apparent, more people of diverse backgrounds are drawn to indigenous paths, shamanism, paganism, and different more or less animist ways of life. For the minority of folks blessed with recent indigenous ancestors, acting on this this calling may look like participation in still-intact ancestral traditions. For the rest of us, expressing a calling to earth-wisdom ways is often less straight-forward and puts us at risk of acting from a place of unconscious privilege.
This evening we will discuss ways to engage in animism and earth-based spirituality in culturally respectful and meaningful ways. We will explore how this can beneficially contribute to earth and social justice and the broader implications for cultural healing. Daniel will also be guiding a three-day immersion in ancestral healing, Fri-Sun, April 13-15 in Victoria (Event Page & Facebook Event Page).
Event is $15 CAD, paid in advance (to the right on this page) or at the door. Location to be announced.
Daniel Foor, PhD, is a licensed psychotherapist and a doctor of psychology. He has led ancestral and family healing intensives throughout the United States since 2005, and has been blessed to live as a student of culture in the Czech Republic, Mexico, Ecuador, Egypt, Morocco, and Nigeria. Daniel is an initiate in the Ifá/Òrìṣà tradition of Yoruba-speaking West Africa and has trained with teachers of Mahayana Buddhism, Islamic Sufism, and different indigenous paths, including the older ways of his European ancestors. He lives in Asheville, NC.