ABSTRACT

Commons are profoundly spiritual. They are sites saturated with significance. Partaking in a commons means moving in currents of transcendence, seeing in relation, acting outside of the self. The spiritual nature of commons is most obviously manifest in the common farming of common land – where holy ghosts and other feathered creatures spring so readily from the soil. But all organisations of objects in common harbour a spiritual capacity. And spirituality helps to harbour the capacity of becoming or persisting as commons. The spirituality of the commons energises commons movements, resonating with religiosity. It binds bodies to a form of life and infuses everyday political practices of commoning with meaning. Spirituality is a snare, a lure to investment,

affective grip – twinning rough fibres of feeling into cords that secure frameworks or heave virtual futures into life.