Naturalistic Paganism

Monthly Archives: September 2015

“Change the Course: Write Your Own Story of the Year 2050” by Ben Sibelman

The Rainforest Action Network’s new Change the Course visioning process begins with a guided meditation, asking us to imagine a day in the year 2050 when people come together in a “beautiful park” to celebrate “an announcement made this morning that, thanks to deep emissions cuts, we have successfully stabilized the climate.”

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[Starstuff, Contemplating] “Gather together: Harvest and Community” by Heather and Jon Cleland Host

In modern times, the Fall Equinox is a time when summer vacations are ending and school is beginning. Communities that were parted in the spring are reforming again. Stories are being shared. Old friendships are renewed, new friendships begun. It is a time for community. Through it all, the harvest theme shines – the harvest of plants, of stories, of so much of our lives.

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“A PaGaian Perspective” by Glenys Livingstone, Ph.D.

True self-knowledge includes knowledge of the larger Self: that is, knowledge of Gaia. This is Gaian spirituality – taking on the mind of the Universe, participating in the dream of the Earth, beginning to know from within the perspective of Earth, Moon, Sun, Tree – our home and habitat.

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“The Gaea Hypothesis: An Overview” by Dana Corby

Much of the Gaea Hypothesis has been a part of the mythos and outlook of Pagans since time immemorial. It is gratifying to see mainstream scientists coming around at last to our way of seeing things. But we cannot afford smugness. Rather, we must join forces with them in an active effort to ensure that when the Omega Point arrives we are a part of the kind of magnificent being Gaea our Mother was meant to be.

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“Gaia Is Dead. Long Live Gaia!” by Bart Everson

The stronger formulations of the Gaia hypothesis have been authoritatively debunked, but the weaker formulations remain intact.
Toby Tyrrell, author of On Gaia, finds in favor of a coevolutionary hypothesis, the notion that life and the environment are “somehow coupled.” This hypothesis is equivalent to what James Kirchner labels “coevolutionary Gaia.”

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