Why do we have a word for Nature?

For wildlife? What are those words distinguishing from?

When you say ‘Nature,’ does your felt sense of it include you? If not, why might that be? And if it does, why do we distinguish Nature with its own word?

If all things are inherently connected and in relationship, what is the function of the word Nature? When you use the word Nature, does it create distance from you?

If you dropped the word Nature from your worldview, how would you discuss spirit beings differently? How would you see yourself differently? How would you then relate to ecosystem?

What is wildlife? What is it in contrast to? What wording would best describe this dynamic for you?

This caveat of animism can be a fraught one to unravel, yet it’s vital to understand why we think of spirit relationship the way we do.

This exploration is a facet of the self-paced class that I teach, Working with Nature Spirits. Through eight impactful lessons, learn techniques for engaging Nature Allies, creating rituals to draw on ecosystem relationships, and for being a good custodian of ecosystem. Start the class now to change how you see yourself in the world, forever.


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S. Kelley Harrell

S. Kelley Harrell, M. Div.

Kelley Harrell is an animist, author, deathwalker, and death doula held by Tuscarora, Woccon, and Sissipihaw land. For the last 25+ years, through Soul Intent Arts she’s helped others ethically build thriving spiritual paths. Her work is Nature-based, and centers soul tending through the Elder Futhark runes, animism, ancestral tending, and deathwork. She hosts the podcast, What in the Wyrd, and also writes The Weekly Rune as a celebration of the Elder Futhark in season. Work with her in the Runes for Change community or in her intensive soul tending training, The Spirited Path.  Full bio.

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