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Positive Materialism and Animism

My house is full of amazing good vibes. It’s old and it’s beautiful with a history that goes back over 100 years. It seeps into all of us, that good energy. It’s caring and warm like a comfy blanket.


While we have a home that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy, there are also many of the little bits and pieces that we’ve collected over the years that draw out that lovely glow. A lot of things I’ve found at thrift stores, were gifted, collected, upcycled and created with our own hands. Nothing feels better than to have something you have a special connection to.


These things that have been welcomed into our home each have their own personalities. Every couple of weeks they like to be moved around the house. I know, it sounds crazy. But some days I’ll find myself creating little mini altars around the house. The one above seems to be an Ode to Jacob. Funny eh!? A photo taken by his mother, a sprig of holly for winter and because our surname means ‘of Holly’, and malachite and tigers eye because I love my crystals and stones. It glows with warmth in these cold evenings like how I feel about that dude of mine.

There are so many different ways things can go together.

Putting like and non-like together
Homemade candles and salty ambiance
This amazing tiny bell has a story that needs to be told. Oh yeah, we have a thing for skulls.

Everything has a story. Everything has a personality. Everything has a soul. I can see how everything in my home, and my home included has a soul. It’s a simple thing that plays a big part in my everyday life. But then, I think animism is totally a thing.

From Wikipedia (because the interweb knows all ;P)

Animism (from Latinanima, “breathspiritlife“)[1][2] is the religious belief that objects, places and creatures all possess a distinct spiritual essence.[3][4][5][6] Potentially, animism perceives all things—animals, plants, rocks, rivers, weather systems, human handiwork and perhaps even words—as animated and alive. Animism is the world’s oldest religion, “Animism predates any form of organized religion and is said to contain the oldest spiritual and supernatural perspective in the world.

So what does this actually mean? I treat things as though they have life. I think this idea was solidified in my brain after I read Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to either clean out and declutter their home or just to get their head around the idea of how materialism can effect your well-being.

The idea that my favourite mug is filled with relaxing energy from all of the cups of chamomile tea makes me love it even more and when I hold my hands around it, I just FEEL relaxed. My favourite blanket holds sweet memories which gives me comfort. Each piece of art on my walls is imbued with an artists’ touch and intention. Everything we receive, purchase, keep, hold dear, hate, fix, admire, and love is filled with emotion and intention, the good and even the bad. It’s filled with it’s own life and energy and connects  and melds with our own lives.

When you hold something in your hands that you do NOT like, how does your body react? Do you feel a knot in your stomach? How does your soul and your mind react? And how different does it feel to hold something close that you truly and deeply love?

Even the food we eat and especially the food we make for our families have these same properties. I feel that a lot of processed foods make me feel fine for the moment, but once they are in my system, they feel wrong. How does this differ to something that it grown or sourced locally? For me it is a big difference. It seems like a lot of work to make a lot of things from scratch, but I like to think the love and positive intentions I put into baking bread once a week makes them feel good as well.

So what do you think? Do you think the things around you have energy? How do the items in your home make you feel? Good, bad, indifferent? I’d love to hear your thoughts!




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