For all “Spiritual” and “Wellness” focused people (especially white folks), racial equity work and Anti-Racism is not separate from Spirituality, actually they are directly related to creating authentic wellness in our communities. The work is ours to do, and no one can do it besides us. Web of Life Animists has been committed to decolonizing our church practices and website for some years, and it is never done.
As colonization spread across the planet, it brought many wounds, falsehoods, and lies to our ancestors. Over the generations, our DNA, Minds, and Souls have absorbed colonized ideas about every aspect of life, including what is real and not, valued or not. Also included is shame, self-loathing, “sin”, time, gender, nature, sexuality, “history”, “race”, and the list goes on.
We cannot create an Earth honoring and just culture for ALL Peoples until we specifically and consciously address the ways in which we have been colonized in our minds, hearts and souls. As Animists and Earth honoring People, we sense how everyone is connected, and the connection extends beyond Humanity. WE are the Earth and the Earth is US.
Learning to see the tendrils of Colonized Mind (which includes white, male and human supremacy) within our thoughts, beliefs and actions, helps us remember our place in the circle of sacred humanity. Not doing so continues to inflict systemic and personal harm on our Black, Indigenous and Brown family members, as well as all our non-human kin.
The image above highlights a few places to focus on #antiracism work. Web of Life has changed our language (shaman to animist), our domain name (3 times over 10 years), consistently changing our website to reflect current needs of accountability and anti-appropriation. We added anti-racism language into our Statement of Beliefs and our training programs and healing circles, actively invited and offered support to BIPOC into our church and training programs, donating money and support to BIPOC led racial justice organizations. Web of Life Ministers host BIPOC, as well as Anti-Racist, circles.
The time is NOW to simply start where we are and be radically honest with Self and community. We cannot move forward with ideas like “We are All One” until we fully address the racism that is present in the structures of the dominant culture, and our own internalized bias that is getting in the way of true equality.
Web of Life urges all spiritual practitioners who wield white privilege in this culture to stop and sit with where we are now. All spiritual seekers and proctitioners must own up to how any of our thoughts and actions hurt black and brown people, and how our spiritual bypassing hurts us all.
We are ready for this work. It is necessary work.