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Naturalistic Animism: Seeing the Trees for the Ents

It takes an artist’s eyes—or a lover’s—to really see. It takes a willingness to get our hands dirty, to get up close and personal with messy nature, and to use all of our senses. But most of all, it requires a willingness to be open to receiving, as well as perceiving—an openness to being “touched back” when we touch nature.

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Real religion?

– by B. T. Newberg What makes for “real” religion?  How do you know that what you’re doing isn’t just playing dress-up, a shallow parody of religion? Well, maybe you “just know.”  But aren’t there times when you doubt whether…

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To build a fire: The spiritual art of socialization

image enhanced from original – by B. T. Newberg “You don’t really think that’s going to work do you?” said my dad.  I had arranged the twigs, kindling, and birch bark in a tepee, just exactly so, and he came…

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An experiment in spiritual socialization

This Memorial Day weekend will be spent with my folks and relatives up in Ely, Minnesota.  I’m taking the opportunity to experiment further with Martin Buber’s spiritual practice of dialogue.  Expect a post on this next weekend. Meanwhile, tomorrow’s post…

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Words into action: A Humanistic Pagan retreat

image enhanced from original, original, and Demeter, Attic red figure, c. 480 BC – by B. T. Newberg It is time to put words into action.  I am taking the coming week, starting tomorrow, as a seven-day Humanistic Paganism retreat. …

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