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“Ritual Technologies, Part 2” by Mark Green (Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox)

There is great joy in living in the animal self for a time, such as dancing around a fire to the beat of drums. It’s a challenge, for bleached-out men like me, getting to that animal self and honoring it. But I try, and I encourage you to try, too.

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“Ritual Technologies, Part 1” by Mark Green (Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox)

As I get older, I find I treasure more and more the times when I can experience my animal self. Singing. Dancing. Howling at the moon. In ritual, there are techniques that make it easier.

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“Just Do It!”: Ritual for Atheists by Mark Green (Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox)

The challenge for atheists who move in the direction of ritual observances is that the atheist/skeptic community lauds the analytical part of the brain, and many atheists are accustomed to living there as much as they can. And that is the exact part of the brain you want largely to turn off during ritual.

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Paganism Hasn’t Returned (Yet)

Paganism represents a potential challenge to a paradigm which has dominated the West since the ascendance of Christianity, a paradigm which seeks to transcend the natural world and which has driven Western civilization to the brink of collapse. What would it take for paganism to really become a challenge to the Christian paradigm?

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Walking Barefoot: What Science Is Good For (and What It Isn’t)

Paganism invites us to plunge into matter, to lose ourselves in the sensual experience of the world. But sometimes our big brains get in the way. For me, paganism isn’t an invitation to believe in pseudoscience. It’s an invitation to experience the world without any preconceived notions of what is and isn’t real.

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