Thank you for posting this!
I always felt like paganism was a way to (finally!!) connect a little with humans. Because they were venturing a little ways into my world, and no longer seemed like complete and total aliens to me.
Everyone is a unique being formed by their own unique genetic inheritance and individual experience but it seems to me that Aspie’s are even more completely their own unique world than neurotypical individuals who seem much more able to connect and clump like blood cells into group formations.
I don’t know how it is for other Aspie’s but I grew up much more connected, even embedded in nature and the wild than in any human culture or society.
Science tho it can certainly be useful, has often worked from a lamentable tendency to isolate things, to create boxes, niches, categories and hierarchies rather than understanding a being -whether mouse, muon or mountain-it is content to label and categorize.
The dense information our human senses receive as functional cells in the body of Gaia is so concentrated our language and categories are simply unable to dissect and contain it all so the non-rational, intuitive, flowing side of the brain is in charge of this constantly updating avalanche of data.
Even tho I exceeded Shakespeare’s vocabulary before I left elementary school, I’ve always found language inadequate. I live in that other realm where the song of the wind and the sea, the stories told by the rustling of birds wings, the cracking of ice and the dance of sunlight through trees are an endless untranslatable conversation.
As a child my closest friends were more likely to be made of wind or bark and leaves, more likely to be covered in fur, feathers or scales than denim, cotton and polyester.
I grew ever more bewildered by humans as I discovered that most of them not only took little notice of the cacophony of life all around them but they did not *feel* the life in all things and so did not respect it.
To most the lives around them weren’t “real” so trampling a flower, killing a tree in their yard, clearcutting a forest, “euthanizing” ten thousand “unwanted” cats and dogs or factory farms torturing millions of chickens, pigs and cows were all the same unremarkable everyday life.
I began to feel very much like a person who wakes up in a nightmare.
To the majority winds, lightning, forests, storms, wildlife, *nature* were not amazing, beautiful friends but unknown, out of control and frightening.
And people wonder why many autistic children don’t talk (who later prove they can). If you woke up in a dream full of half alive, murderous, apparently crazy people what would you do?!
So when I encountered pagans and decolonized ndns outside of my family I was, I think understandably, amazed and grateful.
They, born into zombie culture, wanted to be fully alive. They felt the life around them and were reaching for understanding and connection with it.
Learning nature on all levels imho is an essential part of being alive. Even Anastasia who has a highly Christianized worldview spends large portions of the Ringing Cedars series explaining how to reconnect with the land and living beings all around us.
I believe colonization is heavily rooted in trauma-in using trauma to program and control people and the root trauma it began with was the deadening of our inborn, inherent connection to all life and to the land of which we are each a living part.
Separation from ourselves, our ancestors and the land was no accident and neither was the loathsome Cartesian duality that tells us we must approach all learning from a position of separation, categorization and hierarchy.
It is all simply a way to cripple and control.
I have not had the pleasure of meeting many druids in person, and only a few online. But the author of this blog consistently exhibits a quality I have long associated with the master druids-teachers like Ross Nichols.
Her writing is deceptively simple and straightforward. She appears to be stating her observations, describing her experience but the words contain a spiral structure of layered ideas that inspire thought, contemplation and understanding long after you finish reading the relatively brief essay/post.
I am delighted by her ability to inspire. I try to type a brief intro to reblog her ideas and end up with a whole post of my own.(I usually don’t feel well enough to write posts so mostly reblog interesting things I hope others will see)
With apologies to Nimue for rambling on-here’s her post:-)
For many people who come to Paganism as adults, connecting with nature is very much part of the point, and also a key part of the work to be done. If you’ve woken up from insulated, urban living and realised you do not have any familiarity with the seasons, the agricultural year or what the trees are doing, that re-connecting can be the essence of Paganism. The Wheel of the Year festivals become important markers as you learn your way around the seasons, and may be the one reliable time you get out ‘into nature’ to experience it firsthand.
Having spent a while running assorted gatherings, I’ve seen a lot of this. People for whom time under trees was not normal. People whose lives had not allowed them to spend time wandering in urban parks getting to know the songbirds. Folk for whom the agricultural year was an arcane mystery…
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