Animism Quotes

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William Wordsworth
“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon,
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers,
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not.—Great God! I'd rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreathed horn.”
William Wordsworth, The Major Works

Zeena Schreck
“Shapeshifting requires the ability to transcend your attachments, in particular your ego attachments to identity and who you are. If you can get over your attachment to labeling yourself and your cherishing of your identity, you can be virtually anybody. You can slip in and out of different shells, even different animal forms or deity forms.”
Zeena Schreck

Zeena Schreck
“The material world is all feminine. The feminine engergy makes the non-manifest, manifest. So even men (are of the feminine energy). We have to relinquish our ideas of gender in the conventional sense. This has nothing to do with gender, it has to do with energy. So feminine energy is what creates and allows anything which is non-manifest, like an idea, to come into form, into being, to be born. All that we experience in the world around us, absolutely everything (is feminine energy). The only way that anything exists is through the feminine force.”
Zeena Schreck

“Understanding the physiological and neurological features of spiritual experiences should not be interpreted as an attempt to discredit their reality or explain them away. Rather, it demonstrates their physical existence as a fundamental, shared part of human nature. Spiritual experiences cannot be considered irrational, since we have seen that, given their physiological basis, experiencers' descriptions of them are perfectly rational... All human perceptions of material reality can ultimately be documented as chemical reactions in our neurobiology; all our sensations, thoughts, and memories are ultimately reducible to chemistry, yet we feel no need to deny the existence of the material world; it is not less real because our perceptions of it are biologically based... It is not rational to assume that the spiritual reality of core experiences is any less real than the more scientifically documentable material reality.”
Sabina Magliocco, Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America

Michael Montoure
“He'd grown unused to woods like this. He'd become accustomed to the Northwest, evergreen and shaded dark. Here he was surrounded by soft leaves, not needles; leaves that carried their deaths secretly inside them, that already heard the whispers of Autumn. Roots and branches that knew things.”
Michael Montoure, Slices

Zeena Schreck
“There are Tantrics who deliberately seek to do more active forms of renunciation, so transgression of social norms and breaking of taboo, and breaking of social taboos especially, is a form of renunciation.”
Zeena Schreck

Mary Webb
“She had so deep a kinship with the trees, so intuitive a sympathy with leaf and flower, that it seemed as if the blood in her veins was not slow-moving human blood, but volatile sap.”
Mary Webb, Gone to Earth

Pegi Eyers
“Animism is the way humanity has been deeply connected to the land and its seasonal cycles for millennia, in rapport and conversation with the animals, plants, elements, Ancestors and earth spirits. The opposite of animism is the “cult of the individual” so celebrated in modern society, and the loss of the animist worldview is at the root of our spiritual disconnect and looming ecological crisis. Human beings are just one strand woven into the complex systems of Earth Community, and the animistic perspective is fundamental to the paradigm shift, and the recovery of our own ancestral wisdom.”
Pegi Eyers, Ancient Spirit Rising: Reclaiming Your Roots & Restoring Earth Community

Peter Grey
“Witchcraft is part of a living web of species and relationships, a world which we have forgotten to observe, understand or inhabit. Many people reading this paragraph will not know even the current phase of the moon, and if asked for it will not instinctively look up to the current quarter of the sky, but down to their computers. Neither will they be able to name the plants, birds or animals within a metre or mile radius of their door. Witchcraft asks that we do these first things, this is presence.
Animism is not embedded in the natural world, it is the natural world. Our witchcraft is that spirit of place, which is made from a convergence of elements and inhabitants. Here I include animals, both living and dead, human and inhuman. Our helpers are mammals, reptiles, fish, birds and insects. Some can be counted allies, others are more ambivalent. Predator and prey are interdependent. These all have the same origin and ancestry, they from from plants, from copper green life. Bones become soil. The plants have been nourished on the minerals drawn up from the bowels of the earth. These are the living tools of the witch's craft. The cycle of the elements and seasons is read in this way. Flux, life and death are part of this, as are extinctions, catastrophe, fire and flood. We avail ourselves of these, and ultimately a balance is sought. Our ritual space is written in starlight, watched over by sun and moon.
So this leaves us with a simple question. How can there be any Witchcraft if this is all destroyed? It is not a rhetorical question. Our land, our trees, animals and elements hold spirit. Will we let our familiars, literally our family be destroyed? If we hold any real belief and experience of spirit, then it does not ask, it demands us to fight for it.”
Peter Grey, Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Mat Auryn
“As all things come from and are imbued with the quintessence of Spirit, all things are holy and alive in their own right—and anything that has a physical existence contains within it a unique personality, energy, and expression of Spirit.”
Mat Auryn, Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation

“It is a well known fact that even among highly cultured peoples the belief in animism prevails generally. Even the scholar may kick the chair against which he accidentally stumbles, and derive great satisfaction from thus 'getting even' with the perverse chair.”
Holly Estil Cunningham, An Introduction to Philosophy

A.J. Ayer
“It is now generally admitted, at any rate by philosophers, that the existence of a being having the attributes which define the god of any non-animistic religion cannot be demonstratively proved... [A]ll utterances about the nature of God are nonsensical.”
Alfred Jules Ayer, Language, Truth, and Logic

Robin Wall Kimmerer
“Our toddlers speak of plants and animals as if they were people, extending to them self and intention and compassion---until we teach them not to.”
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants

Barbara Ehrenreich
“A hint of - dare I say? - animism has entered into the scientific worldview. The physical world is no longer either dead or passively obedient to the "laws.”
Barbara Ehrenreich, Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything

Sigmund Freud
“The demons of animism were usually hostile to man, but it seems as though man had more confidence in himself in those days than later on.”
Sigmund Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

Sigmund Freud
“...our philosophy has preserved essential traits of animistic modes of thought such as the over-estimation of the magic of words and the belief that real processes in the external world follow the lines laid down by our thoughts.”
Sigmund Freud, New Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis

Linda Hogan
“Our flesh has never been a boundary for the human being. We only reach out from there to occupy the space around us. Even more significantly, it occupies us.”
Linda Hogan

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
“The body is more than the temple of the soul. It’s the grounded celebration of its rapture.”
S. Kelley Harrell, Life Betwixt: Essays on Allies in the Everyday and Shamanism Among

“The only 'elephant' left in the room is love.”
Benjamin Aubrey Myers

Peter Grey
“Though as Jack Parsons says, witchcraft is the oldest religion, that it lifts us out of ourselves and switches our bristling skin, the fact is, that witchcraft arises from the world. It comes from the land, the people, the plants, the animals, the whole web of life. Do not let anyone tell you otherwise. Witchcraft is here in the present time.”
Peter Grey, Apocalyptic Witchcraft

Linda Hogan
“the important question is not whether all rocks are alive but whether specific humans relate appropriately (respectfully) with specific rocks”
Linda Hogan

Linda Hogan
“Remembering place is significant, and that includes each visitor to a place, insect, plant, animal, or the passing shadow of a cloud in golden sunlight.”
Linda Hogan

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
“There's no such thing as a cultureless anything. By virtue of animism, we are all part of a community.”
S. Kelley Harrell

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.
“Animism is reciprocity.”
S. Kelley Harrell

Tim Winton
“elbows-out walk like a scorpion all burred up for a fight”
Tim Winton, The Shepherd's Hut

Yuval Noah Harari
“In the animist world, objects and living things are not the only animated
beings. There are also immaterial entities – the spirits of the dead, and friendly
and malevolent beings, the kind that we today call demons, fairies and angels.”
Yuval Noah Harari, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Iris Murdoch
“Everything is full of gods, ‘ cousin James once said, quoting somebody.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea

Iris Murdoch
“Everything is full of gods, cousin James once said, quoting somebody.”
Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea

Claude Lecouteux
“In England, a portion of land called "the good man's field" (gudeman's croft) was allowed to survive into the seventeenth century. This was a piece of land that was never plowed or planted and was instead allowed to lie fallow. No one harbored any doubt that it was reserved for some spirit or demon. What we have in gudeman is not the adjective good but the Anglo-Saxon noun god (the Germanic Guda).”
Claude Lecouteux, The Return of the Dead: Ghosts, Ancestors, and the Transparent Veil of the Pagan Mind

Sharon Blackie
“Who will listen any more to their long, slow songs; who understands the language of stones? Not these people, for sure. They don't even know that the stones are alive.”
Sharon Blackie, Foxfire, Wolfskin and other stories of shapeshifting women

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