I've used the term 'Free Range Spirituality' several times now here in this blog, and on me beloved instagram. I like it. It helps put a label on something that is essentially indefinable. My faith.
So for those who are wondering, here is a loose definition of Free Fange Spirituality, so that you can see if it fits, if you happen to be a free ranger too... Also, I invite you to add your own interpretations in the comments below, for that is the nature of Free Range, it is something free and fluid and as unique as the individual!
Free range spirituality is based on, whatever the hell you want it to be. After centuries of spirituality being very dogmatically defined to us, it gives you permission to believe whatever the heck feels right, in any way you wish and without any kind of abiding rules. It pulls on your personal experiences, with life, with spirit, with a rainbow of feelings and inner knowings. It is undeniably a part of everything, and creatively interpreted dependent on your situation, mood, life challenges...
Free range spirituality, asks nothing of you. It just is, pervasive and part of everything. It is there in your happy, it is there in your sad. It is a connection to something that feels, on a cellular level, to be all. And yet, is indescribable.
It visits your dreams maybe, shows up in signs, glimmers across a lake to you as the sun is setting and you just feel 'something'. It was that kiss, that moment, those words, an understanding, a symbol. It goes far beyond the constrictions of words.
You might borrow a little from other faiths, but only in the sense that they borrow from each other. Nature, her synchronicities, spirals and patterns are a big influence on my spirituality. But I am not a Shaman, nor am I a Witch. I'm a person spiritually connected, motivated and magically empowered by the world in which I currently find myself. I believe in a life after this, but I am not a Spiritualist or a Christian. I simply know on a heartfelt level, and because of my personal evidence (much detailed in my books) that this life is not all. There is more, so much more, cosmically more.
As far as tools of the Free Range Spirit go, most of mine are bits of mother earth. The ammonite fossil on my altar, the small number of crystals I find scattered throughout my handbags, my garden. It being in the outside, the sunshine, the moon, wishing on a star.Then there are my tarot, and meditation and energy healing I was taught in sixty minutes as a child by my wiccan father. They fit nicely, for they are what I know. Feel free to apply what you know, be that art, creativity, something your grandmother shared with you, your parenting, your cookery, the way you care for others or animals and your mad tantric skills in the bedroom. Apply what fits, make it your sacred.
At the heart of Free Range Spirituality sit whatever concepts you find yourself challenged and enmeshed in. Your life lessons and those that capture your heart being the gospel necessary to follow, to feature, to commit oneself to...
And whilst Free Range Spirituality puts you at the heart of spirit, it equally ripples out to the causes and difficulties of this world. For as you experience connection with all things, so your heart beats hard for others and their troubles. This is not done in a vacuum. Your spirituality inevitably becomes a place from which you can support, speak and stand for others.
As for magic, you believe in it. As for science, you believe in that too probably, especially the fascinating cutting edge stuff that makes some kind of exciting sense of your spirit. You find power in this life, and sense in the senseless. You have faith and hope and allow those things to decorate life in ways that make you your very own priestess and guru.
That is my take on what Free Range Spirituality is. The possibility of anything, the connection to everything, the freedom to craft it precisely as it arises to you, for the grit of your very imperfect life.
How does this Free Range approach suit you? Does it make sense to your heart? Please share your thoughts and feelings on your Free Range Spirit below, and let us know any other definitions that you feel are fitting!
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