The Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox: Speaking of/to Nature

Why do we speak of animals and plants as “it”? They are our kin, so let’s shift our language and raise our consciousness accordingly.

Humanistic Paganism

This column is for sharing ideas for religious technologies which we might use or adapt to deepen our Naturalistic Pagan practices. It includes the ideas and experiences of others, as well as some of my own, and I welcome you to send me your ideas for sharing in future posts. If you have discovered a ritual technique which works for you that you would like to add to the Naturalistic Pagan Toolbox, click here to send me an email.

Language and Experience

Language shapes our experience.  And this includes our experience of nature.

We tend to think of language as only reflecting your experience, but in reality is that language and experience interact in a cyclical fashion.  To a certain extent, our experience is limited by what we can say about it.  As Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”  For example, lacking words for…

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