Odin's Way in the Modern World - The Ancient Self Improvement God
Today's post is about Odinism. Odinism is the ancient religion dedicated to the Norse gods.
Odin, the allfather always strives for wisdom, how do you attain wisdom? Through experience, through learning, through always improving yourself.
Therefore you practice this religion by always improving yourself till the die you die. I can not think of a better religion to believe in.
There are many Norse gods with the most famous one being Odin. There are also females gods for example Freyja! She is the goddess of love, fertility, sex, attraction and also of war (she loves cats!).
Of course there are also rituals to honor the gods. For example, the ritual called "Sumbel" in which an intoxicating drink is passed around a table and every time the drink goes around the person having the drink must make a short speech, a toast and an oath. So be careful what you say!
There are also rituals in which runes are painted randomly on a white cloth. And also a ritual called Berserkergang which is a form of religious ecstasy in which the person becomes a bear, a wolf or a boar. These people are also called Berserker.
I have never seen someone entering that state, but I know from others and myself that these people are sensitive and easily enrage and that this is seen as a potential to create furious warriors.
I quickly gotta write something here which fits this post. A crow just landed on a bush in front of my window. Crows bring important messages to Odin. I winked at it greeting Odin, then it flew away. I see this as a sign that I am on the right path, I got goosebumps all over the place now.
(In Norse mythology, Huginn (from Old Norse "thought") and Muninn (Old Norse "memory" or "mind") are a pair of ravens that fly all over the world, Midgard, and bring information to the god Odin)
How to Live Odins Way In the Modern World?
First of all, you can do the rituals I wrote above, to practice those rituals you have to study them first.
Let's talk about the 9 noble virtues which the old ethnic Germans and norseman followed. You can always live after them whatever time it is.
7. Self Reliance
You will sometimes get into trouble for living these virtues. But this is normal when you stand for something.
1. Strength is better than weakness.
2. Courage is better than cowardice.
3. Joy is better than guilt.
4. Honour is better than dishonor.
5. Freedom is better than slavery.
6. Kinship is better than alienation.
7. Realism is better than dogmatism.
8. Vigor is better than lifelessness.
9. Ancestry is better than universalism.
Number 9 and 6 are especially important nowadays. In times of political correctness in western countries, people are always told to help each other all the time.
Stick with your family & tribe. Other people shall not interest you, be friendly, but don't help someone who needs help because that is just a moral thing to do, do it because you want to. If you don't want to do it that is fine too. Normal morals are for moral people.
Of course there is always more to a religion. But as long as you follow those virtues, practice these rituals and always strive to become better you are practicing Odinism.
And this is why I love it so much. First of all, because I am German and these people were my ancestors and secondly these virtues, rituals and the strive towards wisdom create strong people and a great life.
And the crow landing on the bush in front of my window looking at me for 10 seconds and flying away 5 seconds after I greeted it strengthened me to stay on my path to reach my goals. Incredible.
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