resources:

the More-than-Human World

waking into wildness

One of the most important truths we can awaken to is our shared consciousness with the other-than-human world. We are not alone as conscious beings on this planet, and if we believe that we are, it’s a sign that we are the lost ones—we’ve forgotten our place in the web of of consciousness that weaves together all life. 

In a world that pays little attention to the conscious lives of animals (much less that of plants or elemental nature), it’s imperative that we remember that other beings are sentient, and that our fates are intertwined with theirs. Our perceived separation from them is not only false, it’s damaging; it’s a sickness of the human psyche that is causing us to objectify and destroy the natural world.

This section offers tools for remembering, including animism, rewilding and nature connection, animal welfare and protection, and spiritual ecology.

resources:

the More-than-Human World

waking into wildness

One of the most important truths we can awaken to is our shared consciousness with the more-than-human worldWe humans are not alone as sentient and spirited beings on this planet, and if we believe that we are, it’s a sign that we are lost—we’ve forgotten our place in the web that interweaves all life. 

In a modern world that pays little respect to the conscious lives of animals (much less that of plants or elemental nature), we’ve forgotten that other beings are interdependent with us, that our fates are intertwined. Our perceived superiority over other species is not only false, it’s deadly; it’s a sickness of the human psyche that’s causing us to objectify and destroy the natural world, the only home we have.

This section offers tools for remembering, including animism, rewilding and nature connection, non-human animal welfare and protection, and spiritual ecology.

books & other writings

Books:

  • Animal Liberation, Peter Singer
  • Animism: Respecting the Living World, Graham Harvey
  • Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature, Jon Young et al
  • The Enchanted Life: Reclaiming the Magic and Wisdom of the Natural World, Sharon Blackie
  • The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben
  • Finding the Mother Tree: Discovering the Wisdom of the Forest, Suzanne Simard
  • Rewilding the Urban Soul: Searching for the Wild in the City, Claire Dunn
  • Soulcraft, Bill Plotkin
  • Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth, Sandra Ingerman and Llyn Roberts
  • The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World, David Abram
  • Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee
  • To Speak for the Trees, by Diana Beresford-Kroeger

Articles:

films & videos

The Animal Communicator, 2012. A film about interspecies communicator Anna Breytenbach, who talks with other species telepathically, and teaches that we are all capable to do the same—for the animals’ sakes, and our own.

Jane, 2017. Documentary on the life of Jane Goodall, who lived among our close relatives the chimpanzees in Africa in the 1960s, and brought a much-needed consciousness of chimps’ lives and being-ness to modern society. 

Repairing Emotional Isolation by Reawakening Deep Nature Connection. Naturalist Jon Young on our ancient connection to wild nature, reprogramming the nervous system, and the power of storytelling for waking into connection.

podcast episodes & audio

from Wake Up, Human

from Others: episodes and audio recordings

teachers & organizations

  • Faunalytics. Faunalytics conducts research and shares knowledge to help people advocate for animals effectively.

  • The Foundation for Shamanic Studies.  Workshops in shamanic journeying and other shamanic techniques for connecting with animal spirits as guides and teachers, recognizing our organic connections to spirit and nature. 

  • Jon Young. Naturalist, wildlife tracker, and nature connection mentor whose work is dedicated to helping people reconnect with our ancient ways of knowing and perceiving the natural world. 

  • Penelope Smith. Deeply experienced animal communicator, offering classes, writings, and tons of resources.

  • Nordic Animism, Rune Hjarnø Rasmussen. Nordic Animism is the recovery of Euro-traditional animist knowledge of Northwestern Europe, engaging and respecting its gods and spirits, cycle of seasons and culture. 

  • Rose de Dan, Wild Reiki Shamanism. Rose’s practice is dedicated to assisting humans and non-human animals to live more full and healthy lives through connection, communication, and energy healing.

  • Sentient Media. A nonprofit news organization that reports on the corruption within modern animal industries and creates transparency around animal welfare and animal industry.

definitions - to come

  • speciesism
  • human supremacy
  • animal communication
  • animal rights (even this is a human idea)
  • anthropocentrism
  • anthropomorphism
  • non-human animals
  • rewilding
  • spiritual ecology

May it be of benefit.

If we have a soul and a spirit, then all the other creatures do, too.

If we have a soul and a spirit, then all the other creatures do, too.