We all start out knowing magic

We are born with whirlwinds, forest fires, and comets inside us. We are born able to sing to birds and read the clouds and see our destiny in grains of sand. But then we get the magic educated right out of our souls. We get it churched out, spanked out, washed out, and combed out. … Continue reading We all start out knowing magic

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Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free

For many of us 2016 will go down in our memories as one of the most significant, surprising and challenging years of the new millennium, and not just because of the giant rumblings in the global political sphere, but because much more personal dramas have also been unfolding: the kind of low key dramas which … Continue reading Fear can hold you prisoner, hope can set you free

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The pendulum swing towards a more explicit political critique

It is with some trepidation and a great deal of relief that I’ve decided to open the shutters and let some sunlight into what has begun to feel like quite a stuffy academic blog: More Than Human is officially entering the fray of current UK political discourse. These feel like momentous times, and not only … Continue reading The pendulum swing towards a more explicit political critique

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What does the word “sacred” really mean?

I was recently in conversation with a colleague of mine who is fortunate enough to be receiving mentoring from nature connection guru Jon Young at the moment. In a recent telephone conversation Jon explained why ceremonies specifically for new parents are not practised in many Native American traditions – apparently this is because the pressures … Continue reading What does the word “sacred” really mean?

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The Descent

In 2012, the same year I met my wife, I began a number of other relationships which have had a big influence on the direction of my life. That was the year I began my counselling training – an experience which has changed so much my relationship with myself – and with other people. It was … Continue reading The Descent

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Letters from Auroville

In February I spent three weeks in a place called Auroville, an incredible experimental community in the state of Tamil Nadu in India. My experience of the place was mixed. It was completely inspiring in so many ways and in other ways, as residents were happy to admit, it was struggling. While I was there I too struggled … Continue reading Letters from Auroville

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The Silvatici and the Spell of the Sensuous

Caught up in a mass of abstractions, our attention hypnotized by a host of human-made technologies that only reflect us back to ourselves, it is all too easy for us to forget our carnal inherence in a more-than-human matrix of sensations and sensibilities. Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, … Continue reading The Silvatici and the Spell of the Sensuous

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Notes from a journey towards ecological consciousness