For those to whom a stone reveals itself as sacred,
its immediate reality is transmuted into supernatural reality.
In other words, for those who have a religious experience
all nature is capable of revealing itself as cosmic sacrality.

Mircea Eliade

The animist understanding sees no part of the world as life-
less, or inanimate. Stones and stars, trees and mountains,
winds and waters…all are understood to be pulsing with
a sentience both universal and also distinctly their own.

This awareness of all of existence being ensouled is held
by those indigenous people who live close to the earth ~
and was one shared by all of our ancestral relations.