Comrades of Perístanom


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Mission: to raise awareness of the religion of Perístanom.

Perístanom [pe-REE-sta-nomm] is a modern Pagan religion — — a spiritual path that offers naturalistic explanations to support traditionally supernatural beliefs. It provides a rational basis for religious faith without invoking any hidden plane of existence. It endeavors to be a spirituality compatible with science, a metaphysics in accord with physics. The assertions made about physical reality may seem fantastic, yet they are nevertheless consonant with established fact.

Perístanom celebrates and reveres all of life, however humble, in all of its vital diversity. The web of life will continue to evolve into the far future, when mortals will become gods, when the creation will become the creator, when the gods will generate the cosmos itself in an eternal cycle of rebirth.

Perístanom asserts that a multitude of gods exists (polytheism), that these gods communicate with each one of us through our dreams and visions (revelation), and that they will in the distant future assume physical form (incarnation). The collective of gods — the pantheon — worshiped within Perístanom is called Deiwos [DEY-woss], a reconstructed Proto-Indo-European word and the world’s oldest identifiable word for ‘god’.

Perístanom affirms that every physical entity possesses a spiritual essence (animism), regarding consciousness as a primordial feature of all things (panpsychism). It proclaims that the final state of the universe shapes its evolution (teleology), and that the divine pervades and transcends the cosmos (panentheism).

Meaning simply ‘the religion’ in the ritual language of Modern Indo-European. Perístanom embraces all spiritual traditions of the world (interfaith), while it draws particular inspiration from three essential sources:

1. The Proto-Indo-European religion, a tradition of Pagan beliefs flourishing six millennia ago on Asia’s Pontic-Caspian steppe, and tentatively reconstructed by scholars through the shared provenance of deities, rituals, and mythic stories of the descendant cultures.

2. The analytical psychology of Carl Jung, describing a shared psychic anatomy of symbols and archetypes — a collective unconscious — common to all human beings, around the world and throughout history.

3. The Omega Point of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a metaphysical model proposing that the cosmos is guided by its creator through blind evolutionary processes to ever greater states of complexity and consciousness into the remote future, being drawn forward and ultimately joining with the divine.

By combining these three elements as never before, a unique religious faith emerges that is at once both ancient and modern, both traditional and transbiological.

Perístanom strives to be congruous with contemporary science, although not unduly limited by it. In our pursuit of spiritual knowledge, rationalism and empiricism are embraced, yet skepticism is not. Indeed, because metaphysical belief is evidently natural and healthy for the human animal, positivism and Occam’s razor are relegated solely to the laboratory. Physical reality is ultimately deterministic, however, and so superstition is repudiated as well.

In keeping with its primeval origins and progressive aspirations, Perístanom promotes democracy, equality, diversity, pluralism, interdependence, community, sustainability, and the natural and universal spirituality of humankind — as well as the simple values of life, love, truth, peace, and faith.

Perístanom adopts the obscure language of the Proto-Indo-Europeans of the prehistoric past, applies that language (wherever possible) to the key archetypal symbols of modern depth psychology, and in turn applies those symbols to the speculative physics and cosmology of the far distant future.

Location: Burlington, VT, USA

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