How I see the Universe

I observe as much as I can and explore that which interests me. Animism, Gaia, Mother NatureI see the universe we live in as a living entity. Life is everywhere. Just recently, I discovered that my view of the universe had a name, Animism.

I was very surprised. I had no idea that there was a name for it. So I looked it up. Sure enough, it’s in the dictionary.

Animism

noun

  1. the belief that natural objects, natural phenomena, and the universe itself possess souls.
  2. the belief that natural objects have souls that may exist apart from their material bodies.
  3. the doctrine that the soul is the principle of life and health.

Animism in action

Do I believe in Mother Nature? Absolutely. Her ancient name dating back ten thousand years is ‘Gaia.’ I think of her frequently, and use her name in my stories. The spirit of life lives in each of us. Life exists in the flowers and trees outside my window, in the rocks, we step on, in the stars in the sky, in our galaxy and well, throughout the entire universe. If you ask me what I believe, I will often say “We are not alone.”

Mathematically speaking, it is highly improbable that we lowly humans are alone in the universe. I hope that as a species, we mature enough to be prepared for the moment when the question of ‘are we alone?’ is eventually answered. Yet, I suspect we will not and as a result, act foolishly.


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