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Living In The World As If It Were Home

Tim Lilburn

Living In The World As If It Were Home

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ISBN 978-1-9999718-6-1


Living In The World As If It Were Home is a remarkable collection of meditations from one of Canada’s finest poets – a truly essential text for students of esoteric thought, natural history and ecological poetry. In these essays Lilburn shares his belief that desire for the world in which we live can lead us to a state of being that he calls the ‘chthonic self’ – a condition that moves towards resolving our separation from the natural world and its innately mysterious inhabitants. First published in 1999, this prescient text makes a vital philosophical contribution to the contemporary debate about ‘rewilding’.


Lilburn, who spent several years as a Jesuit, explores a rare path of early Christian mysticism known as apophatic theology – the ‘negative way’; sharing his belief that a route used to reach the divine can also be used to forge a genuine relationship with nature, which is no less divine than anything alluded to in theological texts. He is concerned with cultivating ‘eros’ and surrendering to an unceasing longing; it is this longing that may remove our anthropocentric beliefs and bring us closer to a world from which we have become estranged.


A quiet path, a path of etiquette, a path of ‘seeing’; the landscape of the South Saskatchewan River becomes tinglingly alive, its various histories become presences, its inhabitants – deer, coyote, poplar, river – are mysterious; distant yet offering glimpses through their singular perfections towards a route home; towards our own lost placement in the cosmos.

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