future research


Laurel Richardson’s asks: "How can we use our skills and privileges to advance the cause of the non-privileged?" (Richardson, 1997, p. 58). In particular, how might I use my particular skills as an animist and teacher educator to advance the "cause" of those more-than-human persons with whom I share the planet and what does this mean in terms of future research? When researching with animate Earth research directions themselves are often determined by received knowledge, and thus can be simultaneously emergent, dynamic and unpredictable ahead of time. That said, the following have come to the fore as useful areas for further investigation at this point in time.

  • further development of a dialogic methodology drawing on insights from transpersonal psychology, consciousness studies, and indigenous methodologies,
  • exploring the value of the Yuen Method™ Chinese Energetic Medicine and other energy healing practices to support innovation, change, decolonization, increased congruency between espoused goals and personal action, student success, and health,
  • exploration of the potential of dialogic reading practices in internet search strategies,
  • further exploration of the role of art in developing one's ability to dialogue with animate Earth (see Lipsett, 2009),
  • using animist ways of knowing explicitly and deliberately for environmental assessment data gathering and decision-making,
  • development of ways of teaching through and about animism to provide points of resonance and understanding across Western and Aboriginal ways of knowing, and;
  • exploration of the significance of refiguring academic protocols in ways that can support animist ways of knowing in research.