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
People talk about “the real world” a lot.
Referring, usually, to their self built life of slavery; as if it were something one must accept and welcome.
I learned early on that their version of the real world was never a place I was going to survive.
The real world, as many have expressed, is what you make it.
It can be wild, full of life, and mysterious.
Or, it can be dull, boring, and burdensome.
Engage in beneficial actions, live simply, and remember to laugh.
Have joy (ᚹ) in the moment; nothing is permanent.
Changing and growing are similar but separate concepts.
Change has no positive or negative connotations. It is just the objective and constant state of existence. Growth, on the other hand, means a positive shift towards the best possible outcome of an organism; becoming larger, stronger, and more capable of survival etc.
Things will always change, but things may not always grow…
Make sure your choices and actions aid you in growth. Build the patterns choice by choice, day by day, until you are no longer conscious of them.
Building a habit of positive growth is something that will ensure your success in any aspect of life. Many sacrifices must be made, starting usually with the ones that that lead to short term pleasures. But, the hard choice will usually bring the most long term benefit and reward.
Growth can be a very painful and uncomfortable process. Learn to recognize and love these sensations.
By knowing these instances, we can actually find enjoyment and satisfaction in these painful moments, acknowledging the “need” one has for these experiences in order to reach higher levels of wisdom and growth.
This lesson can most potently be found within the Nauthiz rune; as trials, tribulations, and resistance in life can ultimately force one to become stronger in mind, body and spirit. Likewise, the rune represents a “make or break” aspect within ourselves, where we can either succeed by force of will, or fail out of weakness.
In summary, it is important to remember that the comfortable life doesn’t give one wisdom.
Life, in many ways and for all beings, is war.
Take a look at your life, choices and actions. Make sure they are aligned with your growth and not just pure change. Strive to conquer obstacles and not cowardly avoid things that are hard to do or figure out.
Wisdom must be hunted for within dark corners; wandered for with sweat and blood.
Essentially, wisdom is experienced, not learned.
Get out there and find it!
Unless we establish rigorous and unshakable tradition in our own lives, we will never experience the countless secrets hidden in the rhythms of nature.
Like the seasons, like the cosmos, like music…
Everything is acting in rhythm.
The spinning wheel, the beating drum, ritual, poetry…
All emulations of this rhythm.
Everyday, every minute, every action has its place.
ᚱ ᚱ ᚱ
One of the most important things about Odinism is traveling.
This of course applies to the Shamanic or visionary aspect, but more importantly to the physical traveling or “wandering” of the Earth.
The Odinist must track down sacred places, spend nights alone in new woods, explore the vast deserts, the mountain peaks, the lakes and rivers and valleys green and lush. To enjoy reckless and unwavering ecstasy and new experience, to make new friends and open oneself to all the possibilities of life. To gain as much wisdom and knowledge as possible in this brief incarnation.
Wandering defeats fear and attachments; delivering solace in the self and a destruction of the need for useless “stuff.” Traveling shows us what is important to not only ourselves and our needs, but also that which is important to humans in general, as you will encounter every imaginable type of person to learn from along the way and begin to see patterns and similarities in people and even cultures.
This is Odinic action. The becoming of the wandering God.
Will you simply ride the storm of life, at its’ every whim and want?
Or will you command it’s momentum into the abyss; like the reigns of the chariot of the Thunderer?
Use every day to conquer fear and obstacle; never surrender.
When people approach others for spiritual guidance or advice (aside from dedicated teacher/student relationships) they usually expect them to deliver some sort of elaborate truth on a silver platter; some almighty answer that removes their need to search or do the internal “Alchemy” that is required of them in this life.
However, even if the person being questioned felt like they had those answers, from a completely spiritual context, what works for them most certainly should not work for you. These answers can only be brought forth, reawakened, and transformed internally by your own experience and growth. Teachers can assist in this flowering of spirit, but ultimately it is their job to inspire you to do the work yourself, not do the work for you.
This is how forming a Gnostic and deeply personal spiritual system is undergone. Keep pushing yourself and keep digging deeper. Strive to try new things at every opportunity and never be afraid to experiment with life’s journey; move with it and don’t get locked into any type of stagnation.