Humanistic Paganism

Category: The Dionysian Naturalist


Bearing Witness to Social Injustice as A Spiritual Practice: Moving from Pain to Taking Compassionate Action, (Part 2 of 3) by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D. [The Dionysian Naturalist]

Bearing witness enables us to publicly testify about the suffering of our world based upon firsthand observation.  It informs our actions to change the world and to alleviate suffering. 

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Bearing Witness to Social Injustice as A Spiritual Practice: Moving from Pain to Taking Compassionate Action, (Part 1 of 3) by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D. [The Dionysian Naturalist]

Take a deep breath and feel your connection to the Earth and all that surrounds you. Know that your life makes a difference and that you are in part responsible for the state of our world. Know that you are good enough to do this holy work.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 5” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

This is a time for revolution. The climate crisis threatens to destroy much of our planet and we face an environmental catastrophe unprecedented in human history. We are coming to realize that the extraction of valued resources, so central to capitalism and modern industrial civilization, is destroying countless ecosystems. Let us struggle together to transform our social systems and to create a just, compassionate and sustainable society.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 4” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

The heart of this spiritual practice is a guided meditation, in which we take a journey back through deep time to explore the evolutionary pathways of the atoms in our bodies and the previous life forms from which we have descended. Perhaps some of our atoms emerged almost fourteen billion years ago briefly after the Big Bang, while others emerged from generations of supernova. Moving forward we imagine each of our predecessors as ancestors, whether these ancestors are bacteria, sponges, fish or lizards.

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[The Dionysian Naturalist] “Nature Religions and Revolutionary Social Change, Part 3” by Wayne Martin Mellinger, Ph.D.

With each action that we take, we make the world. With each action we take, we potentially make the world better or worse. Our ordinary activities count. For it is through these everyday behaviors that the social world is constituted as an orderly event.

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