As a student of folklore, including mythology, I knew of indigenous tales in which attentive people were addressed not only by animals but by rivers, mountains, and valleys. Western folktales told of willful objects having their way with us. Could any of this offer clues to help me understand my increasing sensitivity to places, their creatures, lively currents of sea and sky?
“The Environment” is You!
Terrapsychology began as an inquiry into our deep and usually unconscious relations to the places where we come from, work in, or call home. These relations operate not so much causally as symbolically: full streams and abundant feelings, clear roads and congruent conversations. Part of our psyche is outside of us, as the alchemists of old used to say about the soul. It’s in tune with what’s going on.
When we know how connected we are to our surroundings, we care about them more. Also, the world stops being a desert of dead objects and instead changes into a theater of reenchantment.
We are addressed by places and things, by insects and animals, by weather and water, by the living world itself. How will we choose to respond?
For more of the story, see “What Is Terrapsychology?”