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an·i·mism

(an'i-mizm),
The view that all things in nature, both animate and inanimate, contain a spirit or soul; part of many religious doctrines that a soul or spirit dwells within people and nature.
See also: animatism.
[L. anima, soul]

animism

A term of historic interest for belief that inanimate objects (e.g., earth, wind, fire, et al) are alive, move with purpose and intent, and have an agenda. The current equivalent is the Gaia hypothesis, which is widely regarded by mainstream biologists as a form of pseudoscience.

animism

(an′ĭ-mizm) [ anima + -ism]
Attribution of spiritual qualities and mental capabilities to nonhuman living creatures, e.g., animals or trees, or to inanimate objects, e.g., mountains.

animism

The belief held by many primitive peoples that a spirit resides within every object, controlling its existence and influencing events in the natural world.
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If you wish to try and contact wood elves, or ask for their help and blessings, Elm trees are believed to be a channel for communication with various nature spirits.
Embracing the Spirit of Nature is a delightful chronicle of the author's interactions with nature spirits, including full color photographs and dialogs.
To enlist the aid of nature spirits, string hazelnuts on a cord and hang up in your kitchen.
Skills attributed to shamans include various forms of divination; shape-changing; control over the elements; healing; soul retrieval or accompaniment; the ability to see, hear, or send messages over great distances; and obtaining the cooperation of animal and nature spirits.
Spirited Away tells an ''Alice in Wonderland''-style story about Chihiro, a girl who becomes trapped in a world of nature spirits and must escape to rescue her parents from a spell that transformed them into pigs.
Fairies, elves, devas, salamanders, leprechauns, gnomes, sprites and pixies are among the Nature spirits that I work with regularly in the garden.