I guess we all have that not so pleasant friend that only complains, see the negative side of everything and tires us with a never ending speech where all of the problems are present, but with hardly any solution. Read “Primal Awareness: Reconnecting With The Spirits Of Nature,” by Rob Wildwood, and you will feel you’re listening to that kind of friend.
As Pagans, we are aware that humankind has damaged this planet, our sacred home, in a big level, one that was never achieved before people existed, or before the so called progress came to happen in our lives, a better way to explain it which is fair with the first human beings who were may much more connected with nature than we are.
As Pagans, we also know that nature is sacred, that it is a portrait of the Divine, whatever we may want to call it. This land is ours and we are part of the same land, we are the home of the other and so we should be careful not to hurt ourselves in order to live in peace, in love, balance and harmony. That’s nothing new to any of us.
What is new, at least to me, is that a whole book as this one could have been written with the very same idea over and over again, trying to shame the progress and discoveries of this kind we humans are. Of course we have made a great mistake letting our own progress destroy our home, but to have someone as Rob Wildwood to repeat it for 117 pages has done anything but preventing me from reading anything that comes out of his mind.
The intention is good, I have to admit. There is a purpose in this rant about how we have let ourselves be separated from nature, but I expected Primal Awareness to be a tool, a book that helped the reader to reconnect with the Earth, its cycles, its sacred energy; I thought it would be filled with meditations, stories, lore and a lot of help to transform what is a harmful lifestyle to the planet into one more benevolent for both parts. Not the case at all.
Primal Awareness is a collection of negative vibes, a long commentary about harm, hate and wounds inflected with little, very scarce information about how to heal this situation, improve our relationship with the planet or anything else that could give a sense to the time spent since the first line of this book was written until the final part of the editing process.
If there’s a single thing that “Primal Awareness: Reconnecting with the Spirits of Nature” gave me and that will be of actual use in the future, was a good amount of quotes, fragments and phrases I wrote down to re read and meditate about when I need, the only real useful parts of such a toxic text which I will try to forget about, also banning the author for my future reading references.
Primal Awareness: Reconnecting With The Spirits Of Nature
Print Length: 136 pages
Publisher: Moon Books (January 26, 2018)
Publication Date: January 26, 2018
About the author:
Rob Wildwood is a writer from Yorkshire. He is a photographer, researcher, shamanic practitioner, geomancer and world traveler specialising in the origins of spirituality, earth energies, sacred sites, and primitive and pagan beliefs. He has an established pagan following who enjoy reading about his travels, adventures and mystical journeys. Rob lives in Glastonbury, Somerset.
About the reviewer:
Bader Saab is a digital journalist and self-published writer; a solitary, eclectic wiccan interested in the darker side of magic and divination; a gothic guy that tries to educate whenever he cans. Hopefully, someday he will succeed in one of them.