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Animals & Us
Partners in Destiny
This is summer, a surging time of animal growth with young ones learning living skills and mothers defending against predators. Sheep and mountain goat are scampering on near perpendicular cliffs; moose and caribou are nurturing their young; bear cubs are tumbling and wrestling in mock battle. And the birds! The millions of birds that flock to the Arctic tundra to breed, some travelling as far as from South America, are right now watching their young molt and fly on their own in preparation for the journey south. The newly hatched young ones are finding and swarming bird feeders to stock up for their trip. Barry Lopez, in his book Arctic Dreams says it best:
The movement of animals in the Arctic is especially compelling, because the events are compressed into but a few short months. They come north in staggering numbers, travel thousands of miles to be here during those few weeks. Standing there on the ground, you can feel the land filling up, feel something physical rising in it under the influence of the light, an embrace or an exaltation. Watching the animals come and go, and feeling the land swell up to meet them and then feeling it grow still at their departure. I came to think of the migrations as breath, as the land breathing. In spring a great inhalation of light and animals. The long-bated breath of summer. And an exhalation that propels them south in the fall.
We are bonded with these wild things and their domestic versions, runesters, bonded deeply in our soul. But, for what purpose?
THE GROUP SOUL
Most practitioners understand that the animal world is motivated by a Group Spirit (in our tradition, the province of Freyr, Vanaheim, and any number of Earth elementals and other wights), and this overall Spirit is subdivided into subordinate Group Spirits for the various species.
For instance, all animals of the same species look nearly alike because they emanate from the same Group Spirit, in contrast to the differing appearances of each individual human. All animals of the same species thrive on the same type of food, i.e., horses to grass and wolves to meat, etc., which is another evidence of a Group Spirit. Humans seek different portions and kinds of food based on individual preferences, a freedom few have learned to master.
Likewise, a doctor will administer medicines to one human being that may have differing reactions upon other individual humans, while a veterinarian will administer medicines to produce identical results on all animals of the same species.
Each animal has a physical body, an etheric body , and an astral body, but lacks the individuated "I" consciousness of the human life wave. Certain behaviors that appear to demonstrate "I" consciousness in a domesticated animal actually are the result of the human sharing its "I" with their pet through the bonding power of Love. This is a most interesting, and extremely beneficial happening which we shall discuss later in this article.
Before we move into that dimension of human-animal bonding, we must first establish a base point of comparison by reviewing wild animal patterns, the original environment of Midgard and one that the ancient Northern peoples lived within for centuries. The difference between wild animals and domesticated animals, even those of nearly the same species, is obvious to even the most casual of observers out in the wildwood.
Disney movies aside, wild animals follow the law of survival, live in the present moment, have no moral code except the survival of the fittest of the species, operate within a specific food chain from larger to smaller, and, with some exceptions, follow dominant instinctive behavior patterns peculiar to their own species. Wild animals are the practitioners of the most basic fundamental rule of Life in Midgard, that life eats life. It may not be the most acceptable thing to say at a dinner table, but it surely is a truism. Animals know this great law . . . witness the point in a chase, when the animal hunted as a food source stops struggling and gives its life over to the hunter, or to the life form higher up in the food chain. This is a sacred point in time. From this came the tradition of reverence that indigenous peoples show to the animals they hunt for food.
Domesticated animals actually fall into two categories. There are the barnyard animals (cattle, pigs, chickens, etc.) that tolerate being handled by humans, and in most cases would not be able to survive in the wild. While they do remain aloof and independent of human bonding, we do need to be thankful at the dinner table, knowing that this animal gave up its life for us regardless of the distance from farm to table. The exception to this generalization regarding barnyard animals is the horse. The horse forms a special bond with the human life wave to carry out its unique service mission in Midgard.
The animal demonstrating the greatest capacity for bonding, of course, is the household pet. These animals become companions to us and our families through constant living together and interaction.
It is not unusual for animals in close horizontal association with a human owner to begin to demonstrate individualized thinking behavior, and in narrow zones, appear "almost" human. Love is a great bonding agent between humans and animals, but keep your reasoning hat on. The bridge of love over which individuation flows comes from the human side. Without that human love being extended, there would be little such response from the animal.
However, when that human love is present, great miracles happen between human and animal. Over that bridge of love the pet brings with him or her the sensitive smell, hearing, eyesight of the species, the strength, the endurance and the "extrasensory abilities" of the animal in the wildwood. This animal brings these talents to the human for him or her to use as an extension of their own potentials. What a gift! I have had the pleasure of the company of 8 dogs (mostly all golden retrievers and presently, a black Labrador retriever--a "pound-puppy" now 12 years old), 2 horses, and 5 cats in this lifetime so far, and each of them have brought me and my family great gifts and much wisdom.
The fact remains that many people, unaware of the powerful influence that their own mind has upon surrounding plants and animals, give credence to the intelligence of the pet as if it were unconnected from their own psyche. This is not accurate spiritual thinking. Most evidences of advanced thinking in a pet is derived from human auric influence, in itself a remarkable achievement.
Before we leave this topic, we must recognize the many horizontal services your animal friend can provide you. If you desire protection from harm, there is no better preventative than a dog on a leash during a walk or a run, or in the home on alert to sounds in the night. There are canine companion programs that provide trained dogs for handicapped persons. And, in too few instances, the assignment and training of dogs, cats, and other domisticated animals within prison institutions.
We urge our penal system officials to fully endorse the experimental programs whereby prisoners are assigned animals to care for in prison, there are so many benefits to this practice.
Vertical Association - The Familiar
When an animal evidences behavior clearly outside of its group species' instincts and clearly outside of the influence of the human aura, we can be assured it is acting in a vertical association with the human. In other words, the animal is acting as a channel of communication with the Inner World.
This is the circumstance when a wild or domesticated animal takes on the character of an animal "familiar," or "totem." Humans, especially those who are magical practitioners, often have both physical and non-physical "familiars." The energy potential of the "familiar "is found in the rune Ehwaz:
There is nothing more spiritually rewarding to a practitioner than to receive a signal or even a warning of pending harm from an animal at some unexpected turn of events in Life. It is at this time that the veil between realms comes down and you once again gain an awareness of the interconnectedness of all living things. Birds are particularly sensitive carriers of transpersonal messages between humans and the Inner World.
One of the basic instruction points of the Denali Institute is that we humans bring to Earth and its various life forms, including animals, a consciousness of the Love force. We also stress that the human life wave and the Earth (and its life forms) are co-destined to evolve together. So, while we are to appreciate the gifts that animals give to us, we must not underestimate nor fail to recognize the spiritual gift we have to give back to them. You see, they require this from us for their group spirit to advance in its own evolutionary spiral.
The more we give this gift of Love to the planet and its Life forms, the more the realms of plant, animal and other wights will respond to us, consciously and unconsciously. This truly makes us the caretakers of Earth, as consciously awake stewards.
Lo, there do I see my Father
Lo, there do I see my Mother, and my Sisters and my Brothers,
Lo, there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning,
Lo, they do call to me, they bid me to take my place among them,
In the Hall of Valhalla,
Where the Brave, they live forever.
Viking Jarl Buliwyf
(in the movie
The 13th Warrior, based on the book by Michael Crichten)
At the end of this month, we will observe a celebration of Samhain (Ancestor's Night, All-Hallows Eve) and enter into the traditional family time of the year, when you and your loved ones will gather together physically, and if not, in treasured memories of past gatherings.
At the same time, we are in the midst of a great surge of interest in the field of genealogy, the tracing of family roots back as far as records can be researched. As a runic practitioner, you should not only be searching paper trails (which may take you back into the 1800s and even the 1700s, if you are lucky) but also be addressing "spiritual" genealogy which will carry you back a thousand years or more in your ancestral stream using the energy of the runes and your Elder Northern tradition.
First off, let's talk about what you can do right here and now to discover more about your family roots.
STEP 1: In the next few weeks, develop a list of those things you want to know about your family tree that you can ask your relatives when you have the occasion over the holidays to talk or write to them. You'll be surprised as to how much you can learn of your family tree by just this exercise.
But, I recommend you do not leave this exercise to chance. Write down your questions, and write down their answers. I also do not recommend tape recordings of conversations as your first choice, unless you plan to transcribe the recordings within a few days. Tape recordings sit around for years on the shelf, and by the time your children will want to access them, Ill bet there won't be a tape machine around (it'll be digital voice recordings or something newer).
I recommend you write down your questions in advance and write down the answers in brief shorthand type notes that you can flesh out later. Prepare a special journal to contain your notes. Write as if you were writing, not to your children or grandchildren who know you already, but to the third generation away.
STEP 2: Draw out a family tree diagram so that the linkages are obvious. I will bet you have a family tree in your baby book that ends with YOU. Now, it's time to give this same gift to your descendents.
STEP 3: Don't hesitate to make contact with your older relations this season. In many cases, whole family histories disappear with the unexpected passing of an elder in your family. If you have a "skeleton in the closet" between you and an elder, now is the time to deflate that energy with a sincere inquiry into their past and what they can remember of the generations before them.
After this effort, if you choose to do so, you can begin to search back beyond your living relatives and their memories of past generations. The Internet is the resource of choice for genealogists-just enter the term "genealogy" in a search engine and you will find hundreds of web pages offering quality services at no charge. You can initiate a search in your own name. You are limited only by your imagination and the time it takes to follow through on each lead.
Spiritual genealogy begins where the physical research leaves off, back beyond the past century or two of family records. Fortunately, you are in a spiritual tradition that not only includes but recognizes exploration of ancestral streams to benefit your present life in Midgard, as well as to reveal the variety of experiences you have stored in your family treasure box.
To be clear, we are NOT talking your personal rebirth or reincarnations within the ancestral stream. While you can expect to have incarnated more than a few times in the broad ancestral stream that you now belong to, we are paying special attention to the OTHER souls that have been weaving in and out of your ancestral stream that have left traces of their energy in your inheritance.
The runes that quicken your consciousness to awareness of your ancestral stream are:
Othala (primarily) as rune of the Kin-Fetch and Disir.
Ehwaz as rune of your Fylgja or Fetch (which contains your personal wyrd/orlog and connects to your Kin-Fetch).
Tiwaz to restore inheritances which are justly yours.
Four questions to quicken your mind in meditation:
1. Where did I get my spiritual "genes" to explain my interest and pursuit of esoteric mysteries and runic tradition, especially if none of my present family exhibit such tendencies? Think deeply on this runesters, for this question will lead you back to the ancestors that practiced the tradition openly. NOTE: you may have to leapfrog back and bypass those ancestors who were (are) dogmatic in their religious beliefs and/or fearful of straying from strong Christian dominance (don't underestimate this element).
2. Who else "owned" my name?
3. What traits have I inherited that are certainly "family?"
4. Are there any "like-minded" ancestors alive today in a distant thread of my family stream that I have yet to meet in this lifetime?
NOTE: Those of you who are of non-European ethnic heritage, consider:
(1) your fascination with symbols and a Yggdrasil-type cosmology from a similar type ancient tradition that has since disappeared from your present ethnic heritage; or
(2) leaping back to a thread of your ancestral stream that was part of or dealt with Northern cultures; as well as
(3) your past incarnations that may have been in Northern realms or overlapped with the Northern tradition.
We provide in-depth coverage of ancestral stream dynamics integral to our tradition in Rune Master lessons, as well as a full chapter in our Rune Mentalist Skills book which is further described on this site.
Good "Northern" Luck
Not Just For the Irish
It's unfortunate that a useful and practical metaphysical truth gets relegated to a once-a-year celebration of folklore particular to only one cultural group. The "Luck of the Irish," is celebrated on St. Patrick's Day, and rightly so. But it's not just to the Irish nor to the Irish Church that "Luck" belongs. It's part of the weave of Northern lore, and the Irish have held on to it the longest, to their everlasting credit.
"Luck" is a uniquely identified energy concept within the Elder Northern tradition, and recognized throughout the Northern lands. Far more than the modern definition of luck to the gambler at the race track, or in the casino (although even in this extreme, the principles apply), Northern "Luck" can be identified, quantified (somewhat), and shaped (somewhat) according to individual will.
It is true, in mainstream consciousness, that luck is "90% preparation meeting 10% inspiration." But to a Northern practitioner, the concept of Luck has much greater potential for practical use.
Just what is "Northern" Luck? In the Northern tradition, Luck is defined as mobile force. The universal energy force that fuels Luck in Northern lore is Ond, or vital breath. It is roughly comparable to chi, prana, orgone, nous, and manitu energies in other traditions.
However, in Northern lore this universal energy is given a uniquely individualized identity. When specifically addressed as the energy within an individual, this energy is called megin. Megin is defined as a personal force distinct from physical power or strength, the possession of which assures success and good fortune. It equates to what we call "charisma," but more than just everyday charm, popularity, or ability to persuade.
Megin is stored in an energy construct within the aura of a human being called the "hamingja." Numerous references are made to the hamingja of Northern heroes and kings in the sagas, but it is not easily defined. Briefly, the hamingja is an integral part of one's personal aura which gives the entire field greater potency and much more flexibility for workings of human will. Think of it as being similar to the air sac of Scottish bagpipes. The hamingja serves to concentrate one's personal megin much as the bag in the Scottish pipes acts to store air for future melodies. Consider the hamingja a reservoir for the storage of your megin energies, which in turn becomes your Luck.
Through study of the Northern mysteries, we know that, (1) the walls of the hamingja can be strengthened using the rune Elhaz, (2) its capacity to hold energy can be increased (using the runes Fehu and Elhaz, and (3) it can be tasked to discharge its energy in a "sending" under the will of an illumined mind (using the rune Fehu). The hamingja is an extremely important tool of the mind for the Northern practitioner to become adept in using.
MANAGING YOUR LUCK
Making a relatively simplistic assumption, we can say that the amount of Luck in your life is the equivalent to the amount of megin concentrated in your hamingja or psychic energy reservoir.
It is common that people experience the best of their Luck in the early years of life. That is when the hamingja is fresh and full of megin that is rightfully yours from past life accumulations and through your share of the energy "treasury" provided by your family ancestral stream. Because of this, early in life things happen naturally and effortlessly and you experience any number of "lucky" synchronicities.
However, as the years go by the level of the energy in your reservoir goes down as you go through life passages, and the skeletons accumulate in your mental closet. If your hamingja is not refilled with fresh megin energies, your Luck goes down also. I am sure every reader will relate to this statement to some degree or another.
If you have health problems, you can be sure that your personal megin will be used to counter bodily diseases and other health emergencies. This is an unintended depletion of your reservoir of megin energies which only serves to lower your relative level of Luck. While all the megin stored in your hamingja is instantly available in the event of an emergency, unfortunately, in most people the level of stored megin is just adequate to meet daily needs. This relatively low level is not sufficient to give you what you had known as "good luck" and is definitely not adequate to protect you from threatening situations which call for an abundant supply of megin to protect you from harm.
The Northern tradition does NOT hold that individuals are limited to a fixed allocation of megin energy in life. HOWEVER, we do know that if an individual doesn't learn how to preserve personal megin and how to refill the hamingja after discharging megin, they certainly will appear to "run out of luck." As a student on the Northern path, you will be pleased to know that there are ways in which you can increase your luck so that you will have an abundance of megin energies at your command for positive applications in life.
INCREASING YOUR LUCK
FIRST, Stop Excess Drainage! Extreme diplays of negative emotion (anger, jealousy, etc.) will cause unnatural drainage of your reservoir of energies. Unbridled exuberance that fills your personal atmosphere with energy supplied from your hamingja will also contribute to loss of energy. You wonder why the Ancient Wise Ones are written or observed as (relatively) sober and nonemotional? This is why.
You should also Check Your Eyes! You will want to monitor how much energy flows out of your eyes in the normal course of the day on meaningless trivia that could be retained in your hamingja. Your eyes are truly the "windows of your soul." If you don't "draw the shades" on your eyes, you will needlessly discharge psychic energy from your reservoir of storage. You will also want to remove yourself from the vicinity of the energy "sappers" as defined in our lessons.
SECOND, Add to Your Storehouse of Energy. Meditate on the several runes that are known to build up your hamingja and its reserve of energy. The rune Fehu, a fiery energy rune, is known to increase the production of megin into your hamingja. It draws down the energy of the sun, the moon and the stars into your personal sphere. The rune Uruz will draw upon the powerful telluric rune streams within the Earth to be stored in your reservoir of psychic energy. The rune Elhaz,the Guardian rune, will act to strengthen the walls of your hamingja, giving it a greater capacity to hold new energies.
You should do deep breathing exercises that we include in our lesson instruction to gather more of the mystical Ond into your hamingja. Get in the habit of regular physical exercise and proper eating habits to maintain good health and vitality. You do not want to spend precious megin in restoring yourself to health after unnecessary disease or sickness.
THIRD: Constantly Visualize Build-Up of Energy. As you mentally redirect the energies generated by your rune meditations into your hamingja, (1) see the area of concentration expanding to accommodate this new influx as a water bag expands as it fills with liquid, (2) see the extremes of your auric bubble becoming more defined with increased density at the edges so you can make it impermeable to any leakage or intrusions from outside at will, and (3) visualize a release valve within your auric field so you can "send" some of this energy to loved ones or for other workings.
Because of its capacity for discharge into magical workings and its ability to be refilled at will, albeit with a certain amount of concentrated mental work, you see that the hamingja is a very valuable mental tool for solving the problems of life, most of which are originally caused by a lack of megin energy to begin with.
SENDING YOUR LUCK
This article is neither the time nor the place to go into the operative techniques of sending your Luck to others or onto situations you need to control as did the great Kings, Drightons, and Seers as noted in the Heimskringla (Chronicle of the Kings) when situations deem it necessary. That is left for our Rune Master lessons.
We will take a moment to qualify the matter of Luck regarding gambling and the like. Yes, the storehouse of megin in your hamingja can theoretically improve your luck at gambling or even at the lottery. But remember, at the same time you are applying your megin to the gaming table, there are others probably more skillful and trained than you in the art of gambling, who are also applying THEIR megin to the lay of the cards or dice or even the lottery.
Whoever is the most skillful, of course, will have the most influence. But, remember, even the professionals have to live by the whims of Luck. So, unless you are a skilled gamer, it's best to practice your Luck on getting a better job, finding a mate, increasing your business prosperity and the like. At these tasks, you will have great success because you are applying your conscious use of Northern Luck in situations where you are personally involved.
THE MYSTERY OF "LUCK"
With all this being said, there is still a great mystery to Luck. We used the term "somewhat" earlier in this article, and we meant it.
While the preceding text appears like a 1-2-3 step technical model on how to manage your Luck, be aware of this: how the Breath of Life, Ond, and the magic of megin or charisma work within your aura is more of an esoteric art than a science.
Still, there are others in the mainstream who believe in the concept of "Grace" to intercede in their lives (a worthy, but ill-defined abstraction). In the Northern Path, we have brought Luck to some kind of definition and identity, along with its influencing constructs in your auric energy field, so that you, the practitioner under the influence of Illumined Imagination, can have tools with which to exercise your skills.
When we at the Denali Institute wish you Good "Northern" Luck, we mean something more than just good wishes. We mean something tangible that can be felt with your extra-sensory perceptions.
We can only touch on some of the principles of Northern Luck in this journal article. Much more is contained in the expansive lore of the rune Fehu found in our lesson material as well as a full discussion in Rune Master course quarter #3 on Abundant Living.
Are You Enriched or Robbed?
If a mugger took $ 500 from your wallet
and gave you $ 100 back,
would you feel ENRICHED by his generosity,
or ROBBED of your $400?
Unfortunately, that is exactly the situation most seekers find themselves in when searching for answers from popular spiritual sources.
So much has been forgotten about the true nature of the Life Force, or has been covered over by centuries of dogma, or has been out-and-out changed by power-seeking revisionists, that most of humanity feels "enriched" by the little knowledge being given them by mainstream religion, and even, most New Age sources of wisdom.
In Denali lessons on cosmology, we learn that Life mysteries are meant to be understood by the intuitive and illumined reasoning powers of the human mind. They are NOT meant to be perpetually shrouded in the foggy mists of blind faith and abstractions. The ancient Wise Ones wrote their teachings accordingly, but so much has been lost between then and now. Where did we go wrong?
New students are encouraged to review our foundation documents, such as the Understanding Northern Spiritual Mysteries manuscript and our Quick Study lesson: Runes and Your Destiny, to refresh your mind about the value of the original knowledge contained in the Northern tradition. This will allow us to present NEW information about how modern seekers have been shortchanged, without having to go over the foundation points of Northern lore in this short article.
This is a brief introduction into the teaching points contained in this essay (available as Insight Article #292) and Denali lessons on Northern lore and Yggdrasil cosmology. The singular question to be answered is . . . how do you feel, Enriched or Robbed by cultural trances?
The Understanding manuscript provides
a foundation of knowledge regarding Northern spiritual mysteries. It is offered as part of
the Rune Master instruction program or separately to the general public. The following
extracts will give you an idea of the range and scope of this paper and our
A Surrounding Medium
Like the fish that has no name for water,
those of us who live in modern western culture are surrounded by the heritage of ancient
Northern custom and tradition. It sustains us with a richness and abundance that is unique
in the history of civilization. Just as the fish does not conceive water as an object
outside itself, we neglect to see how much our daily lives are influenced by the
Northern tradition. This is a great mistake, because it leads us to search for esoteric
truths in strange mystical doctrines, attempting to configure our mental selves to
unnatural (to us living in western culture) methods of thinking. All the while, we have
the philosophic substance of Life within our very own cultural heritage. Signs of the
great Northern tradition surround us daily, for instance...
(This paragraph is followed by eight
distinct signs of the Northern tradition in our cultural heritage. The signs include the
foundation points of democracy and our system of law; the overriding drive for equality of
sexes which is more Northern than Middle Eastern tradition; the names of the days of the
week; the festival of Yule; our natural system of measure, etc.)
In Northern lore, Ørlög is the root
concept of the Cosmic Law of Cause and Effect. In Old Norse it literally means
primal layers, and is loosely translated as fate. Ørlög
parallels the Eastern concept of karma, a relatively fixed outworking of cause and effect.
However, within ørlög we find the
Northern concept of wyrd, which is the process by which past actions are
woven to influence your present and future experiences. In the North, the concept of wyrd
provides a flexibility not identified in the karma of Eastern tradition. Wyrd
is the means by which ørlög, or the cosmic law of cause and effect, can be
Because Northern esoteric disciplines hold
that the will of the individual is ever in play to influence events, wyrd can be
bent to the will of the illumined mind. In Northern lore, the web of wyrd is never
looked upon as fatalistic or unchangeable. Rather, past deeds build up weight in the
cosmic fabric by which the lay of future events can be anticipated. If these
events are deemed undesirable, the lay can be redirected (but not negated)
by the active mind and independent will of the individual.
Several runes work to
bend unfavorable wyrd, specifically the rune Nauthiz (#10) when
activated correctly. The energies of Nauthiz help define the existing web of wyrd and
act as a counter force to negative ørlög, much as a karate expert uses the force of
an opponent to render an attack harmless.
In Northern myth the three Norns are depicted as weaving
the web of wyrd for both humankind and the gods alike, for no energy field within the
realm of Midgard (Earth) is exempt from the Cosmic Law of cause and effect. The Norns
are also known as the three Weird Sisters in Shakespeare and the three
Fates of Greco-Roman lore.
(The above paragraph
outlines one of eight identifying characteristics of the
Northern tradition explained in the "Understanding" paper.)
Those who think the Northern mystery
teachings stop at the pantheon (Odin, Thor, Tyr, Freyr, Freyja, etc.) fall woefully
short of an accurate perception of the Northern creation story. The lineage of androgynous, pre-conscious Beings (Ymir, Audhumla, Buri) demonstrates a little known
rudimentary truth found within the Northern mysteries.
By placing the androgyne several levels of
consciousness above the pantheon of gods and goddesses, the Northern ancients
revealed their knowledge of Ultimate Intelligence (Cosmic Mind, Creative Life Force) as a
state of consciousness beyond that of the gods and goddesses. In fact, myths of the
mighty gods and goddesses emphasize that they were human in their appetites, while
superhuman in their feats.
The energy that they used for their
activities comes from the Source of all energy in the universe, Cosmic Mind. This cosmic
energy was called Ond in the North. It is also known as Nous, Chi, Prana, Manitu,
etc. in other traditions. In Northern myth, the Aesir Goddess Frigga (wife of Odin) is
imaged as spinning the (cosmic) Substance that eventually becomes the threads the Norns
weave together to determine the ørlög and wyrd of humankind. This role places Frigga
equivalent to the Cosmic Feminine in other metaphysical traditions. Denali Institute
programs explore the mysterious dimensions of Cosmic Mind beyond the level of the ancient
pantheon as a part of our triune approach to the Northern mysteries.
(The above paragraph
outlines one of four critical points in differentiating the
Northern tradition as contained in the "Understanding" paper.)
Archetypes and Other Psychological
The most accepted modern psychological
structure that comes closest to the ancient Teutonic view of the Life mysteries is that
developed by the Swiss psychiatrist, C.G. Jung. No 20th Century thinker has contributed
more to the understanding of symbols and symbol-making than Dr. Carl Jung. Jungian
psychology postulates that remnants of the primordial dimensions of Being penetrate our
rational consciousness in the form of symbols. There are symbols having personal
resonance and symbols with universal resonance, which Jung calls archetypes.
Although Jung popularized the term
archetype, he didn't coin the word. It first appears in Plato as he described the ideas
or forms of natural objects present in the divine mind prior to creation. Jung
suggests that if you could follow the archetype all the way back to its inception, you'd
pass over the chasm between mind and matter. Archetypes are housed in the collective
unconscious, a term invented by Jung to refer to an ancient symbol making mechanism. While
the personal unconscious is individual, the collective unconscious is universal. Jungian
theory along with quantum physics and holographic theory (covered later) gives us a rational
foothold to understand how archetypal symbols, such as runes and the pantheon of gods and
goddesses, can influence the manifest world through the agency of an illuminated human
OTHER TOPICS covered in the "Understanding" paper include
The Northern Creation Story
Dynamics of the Northern Cosmic World Tree, Yggdrasil
The Pantheon of the North
The Mystical Landscape: Earth's Elementals and the Co-destiny of Earth and Humanity
The Northern Tradition in World History including its Suppression and Modern Revival
The Runes: Origins of the Runes, Quantum Physics and the Hologram, Science and Philosophy Come Together
Mind States for Mystical Practices: Changing Brain Wave Patterns
A - The 24-Rune Elder Futhark - Rune Shapes & their Ancient and Transpersonal Meanings B - Bibliography & Recommended Reading
For a summary of the contents of our Rune Master lesson program, please go to our Rune Master Program page.
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