Anima Mundi or World Soul
Anima Mundi means world soul. It implies an intrinsic connection between all living things on the planet, and also things which we don't necessarily consider to be alive such as rocks. I use the words as an approach to how we experience our Earth and ourselves in relation to it. We cannot have a world soul if we don’t engage with it and we can do this by experiencing our individual worlds as us actually being our Earth - after all we wouldn’t be here if we weren’t part and parcel of the Earth. We (mostly Western cultures) have developed a sense of separateness from the Earth and in the process have become distanced from ourselves. It is an illness of our soul and as we are the world soul we make the world ill too.
A way forward is to start to see ourselves as the actual Earth, using our senses as a form of perception, making what we consider to be matter conscious so that it becomes something we can converse with on a conscious level. That means there is nothing ‘dead’ in the world, it becomes alive because all is conscious. And I’m not just talking about being out in nature, I mean everything, from the chair you are sitting on to the device you are reading these words on, to the walls of the structure you are within, to the very air that is passing in and out of your lungs as you breathe. You can arrive at this way of being by an engagement similar to that of the tree and coastline in the above picture. They are 'in conversation with each other'.
When we engage with the anima mundi in this way we begin to engage with ourselves, our souls reconnect compassionately with all around us and we value our selves as we see that we are our Earth. A flow begins, and instead of excess or lack (poverty) an equilibrium begins to form, in a truely Gaian self regulating way.
My exploration of our world soul, or anima mundi, has been developing over the past few years and I have begun running year long trainings under the title of Eco Shamanism which has it's focus on connecting ourselves to our world and the subtitle of 'becoming one with our Earth'.
If you are interested in exploring this area further the Introduction to Eco Shamanism day workshop (click on the yellow type) will give you a taster of the work which is developed in the Eco Shamanism practitioner training - becoming one with our Earth. Although this is a practitioner training it is also an opportunity to dive deeply into your own attitudes and perceptions and so the 'practitioner training' part is entirely optional.
Or you could just go out (or stay in) and notice everything around you and how you sense it, literally.