Earth Angels In Everyday Life with Shaun McNiff

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Here is a completely different kind of angel-seeking. Disregarding the transcendent winged beings of traditional lore, McNiff points instead to "earth angels" - objects right in front of us, however mundane or unholy they may seem - that enrich our psychic life with significance and imagery. We usually ignore them, but they can help us re-embody our spiritual awareness and bring it down to earth. Even a styrofoam cup can be an artifact that connects us to memories and dreams, to the light and shadow within us. "The spirits are in all the things of the cities - the debased ones too," says McNiff. "And we need them in order to imagine with the world, to create with the world." He describes simple ways to "ensoul" your home or workspace by welcoming the earth angels. (hosted by Michael Toms)


McNiff is dean of Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • What's missing in the current angelic revival
  • Simple ways to “ensoul” your home or office
  • Seeing soul in styrofoam
  • The power of a household altar
  • How to learn from things that bother you
  • Transcending “politically correct” judgments of materialist culture
  • A defense of Henry Miller
  • The similarity between demons and angels
  • What the cultural crisis in art might accomplish
  • How objects connect you to spirit
  • The spirit in the stones at Connemara, Ireland
Host: Michael Toms          Interview Date: 11/7/1995            Program Number: 2555