Animism is a world view that all our global ancestors shared; that nature – animals, plants, rivers and mountains – are alive and conscious.
The New Animism is a retelling of the ancient story, in which the Earth is alive with purpose and meaning, and all life forms, including us, are intrinsic to her Nature.
Once the world was complete, and the gods were marvelling at their creation, a discussion began concerning mankind. This creature, unlike all others, had the power of free will. They had the potential to take care of the Earth, as kind and loving benefactors, and spread harmony and love throughout the world. Or they could become tyrannical, self-important, and destructive in their hunger to demonstrate their power over each other and all other creatures. Surely both aspects would always be present? There will be golden ages, where mankind embraces the light of selfless love, and dark ages, when this creature is tormented in ignorance. This must be so! It is the nature of free will. Mankind must grow from infancy, to eventually embody his true adult nature, through all the painful stages of development. And the completion of this cycle is by no means assured. Mankind must make the critical choices by himself. The gods knew that they could not intervene in this. “But perhaps we can assist” suggested the sky god, “give the support of a loving parent.” “The knowledge of how to maintain balance and harmony must be planted somewhere, so that those who are willing to seek it can become guides to others,” said the ocean goddess. “Perhaps deep in my ocean womb, so they feel drawn to return to me.” “No, that would be too easy. They would find it there in a few millennia,” said the mountains. “The top of my highest peaks would be better. Few will come there, and those who do will carry their far visions back to the valleys.” “These are all good suggestions,” said the moon, “but we have to remember one thing. Mankind has the whole of creation within. The world is a reflection of his nature. He can create heaven or hell on Earth.” They pondered a long time. “We must put the truth in the one place where mankind will hardly ever think to look. This way, the discovery will be gradual, and when completed, it will be irreversible.” And so it was decided. The key to self-realisation would be hidden inside the human heart.