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Cultivating Connection: Exploring the Intersection of Eco-Spirituality and Shamanism


Eco-Spirituality is a term that has gained increasing recognition in recent years.  It is a concept that combines the principles of ecology and spirituality.  The practice of eco-spirituality acknowledges the interconnectedness of all living things and the importance of preserving the natural world. At its core, eco-spirituality is a call to action for us to restore the severed conversation with the earth and all the creatures with whom we share this planet.

The earth is a living, breathing organism, and just like we have our own inner voice, the earth does as well.  By learning to attune ourselves to the voice of the earth, we enter into a dialogue which provides us with a deep insight about the needs of the living earth and more-than-human world.

Eco-spirituality recognises that humans are part of a larger ecosystem and that our actions have significant impact on the environment.  One of the central tenets is the belief that nature is not simply a resource to be exploited, rather a sacred being that is to be respected and protected.  This perspective is rooted in many spiritual traditions, including indigenous cultures that have long viewed the natural world as something that should be revered. Eco-spirituality has gained traction as a way to incorporate this perspective into contemporary society.

Eco-spirituality is soul work and can be practiced through the integration of shamanism.  Shamanism is an ancient earth based spiritual practice that dates back thousands of years and is found in cultures all around the world.  At its heart, shamanism is about connecting with the natural world and the spirits that inhabit all there is. By working with plants, animals, and the elements shamanic practitioners seek to restore balance to the natural world.

The shamanic journey is a powerful way in which we can cultivate a deeper connection with the natural world.  By entering altered states of consciousness, we can commune with the spirits of nature and gain first hand insight into the impact of human activities on the environment.   The journey assists us in cultivating a relationship with the natural world and how to listen to the voice of the earth.

Through the practice of listening we begin to notice changes in the behaviour of animals or plants that indicate shifts in the eco-system.  We may hear the voice of the earth through sudden weather changes or natural disasters which may be signals of the earth’s distress.  By expanding our awareness, paying closer attention to these signals and learning to interpret them, we gain a deeper understanding of what our planet needs from us.

Eco-spirituality and shamanism are not just about connecting with the world on a spiritual level.  They are also about acting to protect the planet and its inhabitants. By encouraging individuals to re-engage with the natural world, it can inspire a sense of responsibility and stewardship towards the environment.  In recent years, the concept of the rights of nature has gained momentum as a way to protect the planet.  Eco-spirituality and shamanism recognise the inherent rights of nature to exist, thrive and evolve.  That the earth and all the more-than-human inhabitants who share the planet with us have a consciousness and destiny of their own, well outside of the human-centred view of the world.

In a world that that often values material wealth, and success over spirituality, eco-spirituality and shamanism provide powerful tools and deep insight for environmental action. By working with the spirits of nature, gaining insight and guidance on how to act, we can become powerful advocates for environmental protection and contribute to the restoration of balance and harmony to for all who live on our beautiful planet.

The Soul Praxis Spring series of workshops includes the Soul of Nature.  Follow the link for more information.

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