As the path of Odin, Shiva, Socrates, Lucifer, Buddha, and many others will reveal: authority, truth, and wisdom reside in our core, lying within us. Through the emulation and understanding of these most invulnerable and permanent forms, the essence of the Self stirring within every human incarnation, we get a glimpse into a higher, more focused, refined and crystalline sense of reason and awareness. Here is where all answers await, and where all questions of importance in time must be directed, as this is the only conveyer of truth, the eternal Self within all. This is the voice which calls the true seeker; drawing ever closer to its origin; striving to balance the earth and sky.
All men really want is to be irreplaceable.
Mans higher purpose is to become a master of something… a professional at X, a genius on Y, an authority on Z.
When it comes down to it, men want nothing more than to become irreplaceable. They want to know that no one can fill their shoes; that their existence has a meaning tied to their form. They want to know within that they have made a contribution and that their memory/legend will live on beyond the grave; whether or not one has heirs.
Man wants to conquer great obstacles, ascend the highest peaks, and soar into the blackness of space; each one wants his unique piece of the glory.
At a certain point, we must ask ourselves if this is really a bad or negative trait to possess. In reality, yes and no cannot answer this sufficiently, as it seems to be “natural” instinct for driven humans to behave like this.
Do we call the hunting aspects of a mountain lion negative or evil, even when they sometimes kill humans? No, it is natural for them to hunt any prey that is liable and in their territory.
The humans’ need to conquer seems to be akin to this type of instinctual, non conscious behavior; transcending a human “right” or “wrong” duality. Repressing this can be detrimental to one’s own life and the lives of those around him. But, through wisdom, it can be mastered and maneuvered with divine accuracy.
This view ties one in with the physical and metaphysical simultaneously, as one must achieve earthy victories in order to attain the metaphysical “legacy” one wants to build or acquire. In many ways, although this doesn’t seem to offer any sort of climax or end, it reinforces man’s role as the being “in the middle.” We exist within that context, as a wheel in between tracks, moving onward into eternity.
We emerge and dissolve into many forms, although, the deeper parts of our spirit continue to rise ever higher.
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However you choose to celebrate the next couple days, do it with your full attention.
Meditate on life in its myriad forms.
Banish any fetters holding you down in the damp halls of Hel.
Personally, we will be preparing a part of the homestead for the return of our patron deity of peace, plenty, and fair weather (Freyr,Ingwaz, Fraujon).
(In our practice, Freyr departs after Samhain and returns on May Day.)
Before we do this, we wish to shield ourselves and our land from all forms of evil and misfortune with song, ritual, and fire.
Under the darkest of moons we shall embody the Sun,
Becoming the fire that licks the sky.
Filling our hearts with strength,
impregnating our minds with ferocity.
Let us transcend the depths,
On the wings of the eagle!
ᚠ : ᛉ : ᛋ
I’ve seen people living in great wealth and abundance off of less than 1k a month, with enormous amounts of time to live life and grow.
I’ve also seen the same income create poverty, stress, and misery.
Our choice is to decide how much we need and how much we want, while bringing to balance our means with those needs.
If you always live below your means, you will never feel the weight of debt or lack of resources.
No one keeps you enslaved except for your own self and your own desires.
Stop making excuses and change your relationship to money, materialism, and consumption.
Stop thinking about how to free yourself and take the reigns with right action, discipline, and accountability.
The power is always in your hands.
Something I learned from (and credit to) growing up around Buddhism was to take responsibility and ownership of my own mindset and actions.
When you realize that your suffering is not caused by others, but by yourself, you begin to reform the way you view and react to life and its’ obstacles.
This realization brings freedom in knowing that no one can make you feel any sort of way. It is only you who allows things to affect you or not.
I don’t think striving for full disassociation or indifference to the material world is a good end goal to have, but it is wise to realize that you control your mind and your ability to suffer or not, not the others around you.
Even in reference to pain (the easiest argument against this concept), a trained monk or practitioner can remove themselves from the physical sensations of the body, or rather, control the neural pathways associated with their attachment to pain and the phenomenon that it causes within us.
Pain becomes like anything else, an impermanent sensation without negative or positive attachments associated with it, just an experience of the only true constant, change.
All forms of true initiation are meant to be turned inward before they can be directed outward. Not the other way around. This is the premise of what Westerners would call “magic(k).” It isn’t necessarily to control what lies outside the mind as much is it to establish control of the Mind in reflection of its Highest Self or Will.
Remember that if you can control your mind, you can control your world.
This bindrune is used to invoke Loki and associated powers. Carve this into wood, stone or bone, and place it anywhere on your altar with an offering bowl in front of it. Offerings to Loki commonly consist of coins, stones, and knotted ropes. The bindrune consists of the name ᛚ ᛟ ᚲ ᛁ and can be used as a conduit for quick connections to Lokian forces. Most Pagans are shy to working with Loki, but I have found it very useful at certain times, as Loki can be an archetype for indomitable freedom and individuality.
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