Contrary to popular belief, Pantheism is not a religion—it is a religious *attitude* toward Nature. It has nothing to do with the supernatural, but instead consists of a deeper, more poignant and personal awareness of the material world. Pantheism is a completely Naturalistic philosophy, in that we reject any and all notions of supernaturalism and instead choose to embrace this physical reality in all its wonder and glory.
Many people talk about having a “spiritual connection” with something greater than themselves that transcends physical reality. Although there is no supernatural world, communion with divinity IS a real phenomenon and something that can be achieved by everyone. Beyond psychosomatic reactions or placebo effects that stem from delusional thinking and projection, this is something that can actually be cultivated and experienced by all.
Like most Pantheists, I find this connection in Nature. In my study of biology and cosmology, etc… and many times, through writing and speaking to others about Biopantheism. For some, they may need an object to worship or a personification to relate to and glorify.
They may need to invent mythologies and embrace elaborate legends to allow their imaginations to stretch and inspire a higher level of thinking and motivate them to live up to the ideals these characters and archetypes represent, e.g., Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Paganism, etc.
It is true that Neo-Paganism shares many of its values with Pantheism, especially in terms of Earth-centered traditions and Nature-based spirituality, so they do overlap somewhat in their focus and ideals, but contrary to what many think, Pantheism is NOT a broad umbrella of belief… it is a very specific philosophy that contains within it, many wide-reaching implications.
According to Wikipedia, the most basic, universally agreed upon definition of Pantheism states:
“Pantheism is the belief that the Universe (or Nature as the totality of everything), is identical with divinity, or that everything composes an all-encompassing, immanent god. Pantheists thus do not believe in a distinct, personal, or anthropomorphic god.”
(you can easily add: no beliefs in ANY gods or goddesses, except in terms of poetic metaphor, or a personification that is acknowledged as such)*
Now, when it comes to the subject of an afterlife and our pre-Big-Bang origins, these things ARE up for debate. And where I get specific in my own ontology is in these areas and in terms of a practical application that involves ethics, morality, environmentalism, wildlife conservation and ecology.
Then there is also a future extrapolation, based on evolutionary biology and the energetic flow of the Torus, etc. I’m not trying to be dogmatic or limiting anyone when it comes to this philosophy, I’m just stating the facts. I have worked very hard to define and establish a practical, Pantheistic model, based on the writings and literature of the collective minds of those noble luminaries who are known to have espoused its philosophy historically: Marcus Aurelius, Giordano Bruno, Spinoza, Tesla, Einstein, Jung, Emerson, Thoreau, Watts, Sagan, etc.
One of the reasons for the creation of Biopan was to organize any and all earnest believers in this path and build a structure for Pantheism, with a complete ontology that can be applied practically in an everyday sense. So, in light of this knowledge, I would like to present to you my own semantic classification. A special thanks goes out to J Pierre Reville, for coming up with the best, “official” definition of Biopantheism to date: “Omnideism”
“Omnideist Monism” – the belief or ‘awareness’ of the unknowable, creator god who became the physical Universe at the moment of the Big Bang and now exists as the unconscious, non-personal, immanent divinity, that simultaneously exists as the physical Universe and contains within It, all the natural laws we observe through science and maintains these functions without duality.
“Progressive”, or “Evolutionary Omnideism” could also be added, in reference to the future postulation of humanity uniting and combining in our collective consciousness to reconstitute into the Deus at the end of time.
And so, “Biopan” is simply the practical application of this philosophy in terms of lifestyle, ethics, morals, values, attitude and theology, with an emphasis on biological Life and the welfare of all living organisms. Of utmost importance is the health and well-being of the ecosystem and the biosphere as well.
Beyond this, there is no greater theme than the acknowledgement and personal recognition of our own divinity and the significant role we play in the evolution of the Omnia. In terms of eschatology and our future, there is within Biopan, a very specific notion that we are the Universe, waking up and becoming conscious.
Our mission in life therefore, is to help facilitate this awakening of the Omnideist god, by channeling the wellspring of creative wisdom and potential available to us through Nature and living up to our highest ideals, in order to evolve and progress as a species—with the ultimate purpose being, to collectively unite and eventually become, the “God” of myth and legend.
THIS, is Biopantheism.