On first glance, the next three links and video might seem completely unrelated; however, taken together, they form a mosaic of awareness, compassion and navigation for these troubled, yet high potential times. I’ll give a quick intro of each link. Please click through as you feel led. These links will likely find more resonance with those from Europe, the UK or with European heritage, but anyone can extrapolate for his or her own culture and ancestry.
This is a post from February 2013, but it holds increasing relevance today as questions of cultural identity move into front lines of discussion. In addition to exploring a beautiful painting by dear friend and artist Tania Marie, I draw examples from permaculture and monoculture as ways of looking at human culture, global awareness, and “sustainability.”
I also briefly discuss how Runes and a burgeoning Folk Movement were successfully perverted and exploited in Nazi Germany. What began as a deepening of roots and corresponding strength of the People was funneled into the bankster bonanza of WW2. With the current “immigrant crisis” in Germany, as well as the rise of Neo-Nazi’s in Ukraine, Europeans and those of us with European ancestry would do wise to reclaim and nurture our cultural and spiritual heritage, honoring and protecting these from being either snuffed out by censorship, or completely co-opted by far right extremists.
Plants with shallow roots struggle to survive when challenges come. We need to deepen our roots in order to survive the coming storms and droughts — on all the levels.
This lengthy article explores, in depth, ideas from Sebastian Haffner’s book, “Defying Hitler,” which carries inside it the same warning I keep raising to the extremely progressive, “granola,” “love your neighbor” types I usually find myself surrounded by in volunteer settings, Transition Goshen gatherings, or Earth healing events. Many blog readers know that straddling the line between far left media brainwashing/fear-mongering and increasingly far right “alternative” media reactive-fear-mongering creates strange allies and often gathers looks like you’ve got four heads.
Despite the discomfort, we need people to continue and yes, dramatically increase, building viable bridges. We’ve got geo-engineered and natural climate chaos. We’ve got politically engineered, war caused and climate caused refugees situations, and we’ve got poisonous fundamentalism of all stripes fighting against all but their own narrow dogma. Meanwhile, we’ve got incredibly precarious food chains, power grids, national borders, financial systems, and emotional stability. Here’s where the above article puts forth the challenge to those with some awareness of what’s happening:
According to Haffner, people governed by fear but not ready to join the frenzy will “withdraw into their private lives” and pretend that everything is fine as long as they can manage, while ignoring the signs that become more obvious every day. And this is exactly what is needed for the rise of a totalitarian state: people of conscience paralyzed at home, a mob on the streets shouting angry slogans, and everyone in panic. At that point, it doesn’t really matter who steps in as “the savior”, whether he crushes the mob (and the genuine opposition with it) or leads the mob to victory, because the result will be the same – a totalitarian police state, backed by the same elites that created this whole situation in the first place by their plundering of the economy, corruption and endless wars for profit.
I’ll tie in a series of questions from Uniquely You, Divinely One: “Here … and beyond, what form of global awareness do we wish to invoke? What type of Oneness do we wish to invoke? What kind of peace and sustainability do we wish to invoke?”
I don’t continue to raise awareness of right wing concerns because I’m secretly a right wing extremist. I continue to synthesize information from both sides, realizing that the Bankers Manifesto of 1892 remains in effect. Those who wish to stay in control spin both sides of every divisive narrative, every divisive issue, and every divisive religious war. They profit from wars of all sorts, and by keeping us fighting each other, they successfully utilize smoke and mirrors to herd us into ever tighter restrictions. Those who most love progressive values would be wise to engage those who most resist those values. Let each side exchange information, not to become the same, but to find who’s best at which things, so that together, we can breathe.
Northern Soul Complex
The video below gives insight into what Daniel Updike calls the “Northern Soul Complex.” Daniel (“Wodenson”) gives a history and description of important differences between unity and uniformity. This broadcast explains unique language, needs and spiritual concerns of European heritage — not to disparage other cultures, but to help people reclaim their own lost genetic and spiritual heritage.
If you have a different heritage, please consider digging into your own heritage to see if you find any gems from your own folk soul. Again, I share this not to exclude mixing traditions, but rather as an encouragement to deepen the connection between body and soul, and thereby increasing a sense of rootedness in this time of great migration. Be where you are, but also know where you’ve been.
Note from youtube:
The NRR Podcast episode “The Northern Soul Complex” re vamped for airing on the NRR radio station. The diagrams of the “Northern Soul” are inspired by the writings of Edred Thorsson, who discusses this complex in his books “Runelore”, and “The 9 Doors of Midgard” which are recommended reading for those serious about understanding the symbolism presented here.
The pronunciation of the parts of the soul are essentially incorrect in this broadcast, and intentionally so, as the persons listening/watching the material would spend far too much time attempting to find the portions of the soul being discussed thus missing subsequent points being made on the subject matter. It was decided at the time of recording that speaking the words as they would naturally seem in modern English would serve the listener better for this purpose.
One thing I particularly like about this discussion is the observation of expansion or contraction. If you’re not actively expanding your awareness, your reach, your creativity, then the power of contraction dominates your life. In chaotic times, one way of bringing peace to our world includes expanding your inner peace further and further outward from the core of your inner being. IMO, whatever tools facilitate that expansion of peace, positive creativity and blessing merit exploration. Every culture and religion has its own esoteric, mystical traditions, which can inform and inspire deeply rooted strength and action to guide our reality towards love, nurturing and healing.