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I'm hoping to revive this community by offering a question once a week, and sometimes topics or articles of discussion. Also, the profile page has been revised and is more open and welcoming than it was. There is now only one rule, and that will only be changed at a time when this community becomes active enough to require it.

This week's question for discussion (feel free to answer here and on your own journal, if you like!)

How does your spirituality manifest these days?

Things change, after all. How different is it now compared to when you first realised you were an animist? Do you find your practices are more active than ever, or do you find, instead, that things have become dormant, or have you changed faiths, or changed the way you practice?

Is your spirituality helping you, or is it more of a dormant tool? Is it something you want to get back to, or do you sometimes feel you have too much of it! :)

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My own answer. )

Looking forward to your answers!
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x-posted to my own journal.

One of the things that's hard to find in contemporary shamanic practices (especially if you're not a Core shamanist), is a sense of community. Whether that be online, or in person.

finding communities when you're a non-Core shamanist )
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Basic Rules/Laws of the Otherworlds

1. Never give your true name (the name given to you by birth, or a name gifted to you by gods). Do not expect to be given 'true names' by others either.

18 more behind the cut )

So, do you have anything else to add? Do you agree or disagree? Do you (as I do) feel there are exceptions to some of the rules?) Do you feel that you work by an entirely different set of rules - and if so, why?
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I joined this group for the reason that being that its all that I am for (animals have spirits I think, and spritality is fun). right in the group description also brings up some stuff I recently found out and would like to inquire others about, plastic shamanism and general scammers and people doing what some call misappropriation of culture and all that stuff. And I didn't even know about allot of the stuff going on till a few weeks ago (and though leo Rutherford and carlos castiana are a-ok people and sources for knowledge).

It all started with me just trying to find a good book on shamanism! So I asked in one place
http://community.livejournal.com/neo_shamanism/10979.html and also Lupa has a list of some of the few books she has reviewed (among the hundreds she has reviewed) floating around some places. 
     

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I thought about this a lot, and have decided finally to post this prompt up in this community. I recognise that not all of you may believe in soul-retrieval (as it's possible to be an animist and absolutely not accept it), but I also know that some of you may.

Maybe you will get something of these questions. :)

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Do you believe that you have experienced soul fragmentation? (There is some basic soul fragmentation / injury information here if you are unfamiliar). It doesn't matter if you're not exactly sure if you have, or if it's just a 'sense', I'm not asking you to prove it. Just if you think it may have, or has occurred.

What caused that fragmentation? Was it one, or many things? (You don't have to answer this if you don't feel comfortable.)

If you have experienced fragmentation, do you think you've ever healed from fragmentation or soul injury before? (and if so, what methods did you use? Therapy? Chatting with friends? Being in nature? Shamanising? Something else?)

If you have experienced fragmentation, do you think you are, or may, still be soul-wounded?
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How much time do you spend out in nature? This includes urban and suburban natural settings – like parks, or in a courtyard, or in a back garden. When you’re out in nature, how much time do you take to notice and experience the animals, plants or land masses around you?

Do you get out into nature as much as you’d like? Can you think of anything that holds you back from getting out (like… transportation, or work, or other problems that you might think of)?

If you like, I have a suggestion for those of you interested in shamanism, or just nature in general. Take the time to spend 20 minutes out in nature this week. It might be under a tree in the sun, or it might be in your own garden, or it might be in a park or in an area of forest or bushland or desert. You can take longer if you like, or you can go more than once. As well as responding to the questions in the prompt, take the time to write about your experience, how did you feel? Did you feel uncomfortable, peaceful, agitated, or connected? Did anything catch your eye?

Alternatively, for those who do spend a lot of time in nature already, how does it make you feel? Do you find that gardens or parks have a different feeling to forests, or deserts? Or that a local piece of land might have a more intimate or different feel to something far away?
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