Spiritual homesteading is a unique style of sovereign living.
It combines the traditional aspects of horticulture and sustainable living, with the magic of spirituality. Together, a dynamic, symbiotic relationship is created that allows for true harmony and balance to be established in the home and within oneself.
"Homesteading is a lifestyle of self-sufficiency. It is characterized by subsistence agriculture, home preservation of food, and may also involve the small scale production of textiles, clothing, and craftwork for household use or sale." According to Wikipedia definitions.
"Homesteading is not defined by where someone lives, such as the city or the country, but by the lifestyle choices they make."
Spiritual connection is not always the primary reason to choose a homesteading lifestyle, but, individual spiritual growth is a beneficial byproduct of living within nature, weather we know it or not.
Spirituality is defined by Oxford English Dictionary as "the quality of being concerned with the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things." - But, here at Maverick's Attic we somewhat disagree.
While spiritualists are certainly concerned with the souls eternal journey, we do not accept that it is separate from our physical nature, but rather the essence of it.
Spiritual homesteading allows for a reconciliation of the spiritual and physical aspects of us. It allows us to be raw, animalistic, creators of our own reality. And, in turn, ironically, more connected to our human nature.
Who Can Practice Spiritual Homesteading?
Everyone can practice spiritual homesteading.
There are no restrictions in location, race, or gender.
All religious backgrounds can incorporate their beliefs into spiritual homesteading.
There is no need to own a home or land to start your homesteading journey. You can start where you are, no matter where you are.
What are Some Common Activities Among Spiritual Homesteaders?
The list of activities are endless among spiritual homesteaders.
Some common practices include, but are not limited to...
- acknowledging our higher power, or ultimate source we call God
- practicing gratitude and affirmative praise
- gardening or farming
- raising livestock or other live resources such as bees
- harvesting water from nature
- preparing, preserving, and stockpiling food
- cooking and baking from scratch
- practicing herbalism for medicinal and personal use
- following the moon cycles and astrological patterns for ultimate understanding and utilisation of energy in our daily lives
- communal living and working
- establishing off grid electricity
- using "green" or natural products for cleaning the home
- using natural ingredients in cosmetic care
- fabric creation and care for clothing, blankets, home decor etc.
- hunting, fishing and livestock culling
- home and garden design
- eco-friendly art projects
- meditation, prayer
- intuitive training, and energy reading
- building, wood working, and home improvement
- music creation
- community involvement.. parties, markets, festivals, and socializing
- home protection, self defense
- ...plus many more!
There are many ways to homestead. This list includes just a few of our family's favorite ongoings. Other homesteaders may find they enjoy some, none, or all of these activities.
I would love to hear of your family's favorite homesteading pursuits in the comments below!
Why is Spiritual Homesteading Beneficial?
Spiritual homesteaders boast a long list of benefits to their practice, depending on their style of homesteading.
While the benefits of each project are varied, there are consistent benefits that all spiritual homesteaders share.
The most prominent benefit of spiritual homesteading is the meeting of "Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs".
According to Simply Psychology, "Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a motivational theory in psychology comprising a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. Needs lower down in the hierarchy must be satisfied before individuals can attend to needs higher up. From the bottom of the hierarchy upwards, the needs are: physiological, safety, love and belonging, esteem, and self-actualization."
PHOTO: SIMPLY PSYCHOLOGY
We believe, that in order to achieve meeting these needs, one must start at the root of all creation. Nature.
(The essence of nature is synonymous with that of God. But, for the sake of discussing our hands-on practical needs, we will refer to the source of all creation, as nature. It is more tangible and easy to understand for the purpose of meeting the needs on this chart.)
Nature provides us with everything we need to survive. Food, water, and shelter.
Some may say, "But, you can just go to the grocery store for food." or "Just use the water from your municipality."
Some people would not agree that knowing how to build is important if there are professionals to help you, or may feel stable in their current living situation and not feel the need to understand how electricity and heat can be provided in a time of need.
However, for the spiritual homesteader, these beliefs do not serve, nor do they bring comfort.
Modern homesteaders may find it uncomfortable to rely on corporations, government agencies, or common social amenities to provide for them.
They find peace in living closer to the earth, our most reliable resource.
For example, imagine a global pandemic that shuts down the economy, leaving millions of people unable to work and make financial ends meet.
Imagine a world where municipal water is so polluted with toxins, it is causing cancer among your community, but if you don't drink it, you will surely die within days.
Imagine, grocery stores shutting down because of contagious viral spreads throughout the meat processing plants and essential food industries around the world. Imagine empty shelves.
Ok, now stop. Don't think about that anymore...Those are some bad vibes. Bad, bad vibes.
Instead, imagine a world where you can wake up in the morning to make a practically free traditional English breakfast. Eggs, pancakes, and fruit, coupled with fresh water, juice, or tea.
Lunch and dinner are on the table, hot and ready to fill the bellys of a happy family at the end of a good days work.
Not only is food available, but it was grown by you and your family's hands, in organic conditions, with minimal financial investment.
You feel safe that your water is clean, and that you can reduce emissions and carbon footprint by avoiding the trips to the grocery stores.
You have a roof over your head, no matter what the economy looks like because you know how to build, heat, and cook from natural sources.
These are just a few simple examples of how spiritual homesteading can help us meet the bottom and most basic level of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, our Physiological needs.
Beyond that, other aspects of homesteading are added and the needs of the hierarchy continue to be met. This is where the fun really begins!
The ultimate benefit of spiritual homesteading, in my opinion, is self actualization, and joy - as noted above in the pyramid chart.
What do you think about spiritual homesteading?
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