Thoughts and Antidotes for Sociopolitical Extremism and Modern Misery

If we are constantly complaining or worrying about the things (or people) we do not like or do not agree with, then we are actively giving our energy to a place that doesn’t benefit us at all in a positive or practical way. Instead of letting this type of mental habit consume us and our potential, we must direct this energy source towards positive, constructive and creative endeavors. Use feelings like frustration, anxiety and anger in a way that furthers you and your teams’ position within your given sphere. These seemingly negative emotions are useful catalysts for growth and change if approached with wisdom and awareness.

A collective of individuals doing this will likely achieve greater success than a group who spends their energy thinking and obsessing over what the opposition is doing. I am not saying to be ignorant of potential threats and movements of enemies, but do not let their movements make you stagnant and fettered. Surrender will only prove to you and everyone else that you were not all there to begin with and that your will and drive lacks power and genuine conviction. If you can learn to break through the dark places of life without being crushed in the process, then you will gain access to equally immense plateaus of light.

We should take every ounce of this energy and put it into something that we love and want to promote further. Put everything that you are towards the things you care about, believe in and want to see more of. Actively take initiative and “be the change” you want to see in the world and stop trying to force others to follow suit based on mere words. Actions will always be the most potent source of inspiration to others; words will only enhance this phenomenon and will seldom find power without it. If we can act in a way that people want to mirror or achieve, then we can actively help heal the modern sickness that seems to pervade all aspects and ages of society. This act is reminiscent of the saying “you can’t think yourself into right acting but you can act yourself into right thinking.”

The same goes for men (and women) who complain too much about the opposite sex. Instead of being ultra-critical of what they are doing, be ultra-critical of yourself and the cultural actions and dilemmas of your own sex. Ask yourself if you are even worth the time of a quality woman (or man). If you are unsure in that regard, start working on yourself and stop complaining about the perceived inferiority of others. Too often lazy and unhealthy men and women will demand certain things from the opposite sex without giving the least amount of thought as to whether they themselves deserve them or have truly “earned” them. For example, too often I hear unhealthy, unkempt, and uninteresting men complain about women not being healthy, modest, beautiful or smart enough for them. They will sit around and demand that a woman be X, Y and Z, while they themselves are literal savage Pigmen.

This is likely why long relationships are a rare phenomenon these days, as people are unable to instigate growth or transcendence within themselves. They would rather fall victim to the domestication of the “civilized” and modern human who is told to accept his/her flaws as unchangeable tangents of their personality. More-so now than ever it seems that people have an inability to self-criticize and in turn victimize themselves to the sickness that engulfs our psyche; displaying an unwillingness to fix the self while demanding everyone else be fixed.

We have all met this kind of person, and even the most extreme examples are mirrored and echoed in the most minute ones. This problem pervades all of society in the globalized world and we are seeing a desperate misery like never before from even the most average of plebeians. We must all collectively strive to be our best and actively search for the methods in which to do so. This reminds me of something the neuroscientist and author Sam Harris expressed in his book “The Moral Landscape”, there is way that humans’ “ought” to live. I would go one step further and say that depending on your genetics and placement in the world, this “ought” should be dictated by the setting of your ancestors and the places they inhabited, as a person from the forest “ought” to live differently than a person from the ocean or desert.

Some concluding concepts that are wise to evaluate and reinforce daily are as follows:

– If you are constantly whining about another group, race or culture, then you are probably not doing anything to better your own.

-Spend time doing things you love instead of amplifying the things you hate.

-Spend time doing things that inspire you rather than spending time consuming things you hate.

-Love who you are and love what you do, fuck the rest.

How to View, Approach, and Venerate the Old Gods of Europe

Vendel Helmet Plate (900 A.D.)

For most people practicing European Paganism, the goal is not merely to worship and pray to the old Gods, but to embody them and entwine their forms within us. We should strive to avoid the worship of external deities and instead become them through the emulation of their archetypal expressions.

An example in the most basic sense:

-To be a successful farmer, naturalist and Lord of the Land, one is to embody Frey.

-To be a successful sorcerer, artist and eternal student of wisdom, one is to embody Odin.

-To be a strong and fearless protector, one is to embody Thor.

These Gods personify and preserve different aspects of the ancient European mind and culture. Although they have evolved over time, they will always represent core concepts within the patterns of nature and the psyche of the folk.

Not only do we associate the forces of nature with many different deities and spirits, but each one also possesses an endless repertoire of names and “faces” associated with it. These faces are simply different expressions of the God-Power representative of the deity in focus. We see this in the lengthy list of titles for Odin, including Draugadróttin, Gaut and Grim.  These titles do not refer to different deities but rather a different face, form and focus of the God we are choosing to emulate or venerate. In the same respect, we see the title and focus of the Gods change with culture and time, as the Odian archetype from the North seems to be yet another altered face and form of the original Wōdaz or Gaut incarnation.

Odin Idols
Loshult, Skåne, Sweden

In the word Wōdaz we see that the Odinic force was thought of as an adjective, a way to describe a specific phenomenon, state of mind or being that intoxicates the emulator or practitioner. This personification (or effect) would inspire (or require) a certain state of rage, madness, frenzy and obsession to invoke. When we look at what these forces have in common, one observation is that they are all required in the act of creating and unlocking the highest forms of the self; the unwavering and untamable “Odian” self through a supreme invocation of madness.

The reason why Odin is renowned as a war god is also reflected in this hyper-form of rage and obsession. Through many means of ancient sorcery (such as Galdr and Utisetta) the warrior ascends to a realm of complete and total awareness and focus. Time is slowed down dramatically and stormy forces begin to rise within. This gives birth to a wild flare of intense energy and aggression; a substantial power brought about by an internal means of transformation. In this state, the warrior can achieve things that a normal man cannot and fight with unhinged ferocity.

Eventually, it seems that the Norse took this “Wōdaz” concept and formed it into a more tangible and external “Godlike” force that could be consulted, worshipped, and interacted with. In other words, the act of achieving Wōdaz (madness/obsession/frenzy) was turned into a deity and noun termed Odin or “the frenzied one.” The adjective took on its’ own archetype due to the potency of its’ characteristics, demonstrating further its’ effectiveness in the transforming of the practitioner, solidifying the concept in an objective form.

Odin
‘Der Wolkenwanderer’
by Hermann Hendrich

When we look at the name Gaut, we see a Gothic verb meaning “to flow out of.” This seems to reflect the early stages of the Indo-European migrations when the people came “flowing out” of the Eurasian Steppes during the decline of the last Ice Age. This title seems to be more ancestral in nature, as “Gaut” was said to be the origin of the Goths or “Gauts.” Whether this term correlates with a single originating ancestor or is a term used to describe how the entire Proto-Germanic population came “flowing out” of the North is to be speculated. Either way, this title should be held in particularly high regard, as the Gothic language is one of the oldest recorded languages in this family.

To conclude this short anecdote, it is important that we do not let monotheistic, omnipotent, Zoroastrian/Abrahamic concepts plague what it means to venerate the Gods within our blood. Strive to unlearn those false and foreign concepts about what a God is (or should be) and rebuild the spiritual identity locked within your ancestry and DNA. Our cultures were unique, complex and created during the primordial ages of human development when our relationship with nature was still abundant and flourishing. They were undoubtedly more sophisticated and powerful then the watered-down concepts they “feed” us in school and in mainstream media. This applies to Paganism of all cultures and forms, as all our Gods have been painted in this way to ensure the systematic destruction of our advanced cultures and identities. Our distinct and organic histories are entwined within us; in our Gods, cultures, language and ancestors. We must hold these things in the highest respect and venerate them fully to ensure our spiritual health, freedom, and strength.

Odin and Berserker
Bjornhouda, Torslunda parish, Oland
(600 A.D.)