This section explains the delicate threads between
man and nature and how easily these bonds can be
joy in vastness. (Veda.)
and many other interesting
The concepts "nature belief" and "nature worship" can actually not be used, as "belief" and "worship" have got a rigid meaning. Belief is blindness that allows no unwanted questions, and worship is cowardly obedience and flattery, service out of fear to a whimsical god, or to get his rewards - an exiting bargain, soul gambling. Worship is in a way a self- humiliating act, practiced against sound reason of a discriminative mind. It seems to have nothing to do with divinity apart from declarations and preaching thereof.
The verb dýrka (dyrka, actually dýrð+ka; dýrð=glory(+fy)) in Icelandic means to worship, pay reverence to, but in the other norse languages the verb dyrke is to till or to cultivate. That is the meaning that is rækta (raekta) in Icelandic.
see man as being part of Nature is nature belief. To see man as
one with nature is nature belief. But we can not use the word
"belief" any more. It used to be for the “_beloved_
gods and goddesses”. Worship has been abused too. It should
To see the all-pervading ginnungagap to be the innermost core of all things in the universe is the theosophical aspect of nature-and-man-relationship and a part of the wonder that it is. It signifies a mystical spirit within all things which can be contacted and emerged into as it is a part of us, and this nature-and-man-relationship implies that we are a part of it (ginnungagap, the spirit within all things in Nature). Nature is a veil that hides Reality out of sight -- the sight of our worldly eyes, that is.
Deepak Chopra MD warns us against picnic deficiency (!!!). I love how he expresses this medical advice.
The essence of nature-and-man-relationship is lost to some people in the world. It is a delicate contact, thus prone to disturbance. Speed, noise, and artificial living on the surface of life has blocked the channels through which the stream of connection flows. Connection between man and nature is lost and so are the bonds between man and his fundamental essence, the all-pervasive ginnungagap, the mystical spirit within. The channels seem to be clogged.
To find oneself one with nature is not primitive in a negative sense, as this is primal in man and natural to all men. Some "civilized" people do not understand the delicate ties that bind man and nature. To find these ties is not old-fashioned or out-dated or no longer relevant. On the contrary: We loose our very origin if we prefer dogmas of "made-up" religions to our very core found within every man: Providence.
innermost core is revealed when we are one with nature. We are "at
To live in accordance with the gods is to find the flow of Nature, Her love towards us if we have feelings for Her. This is to be found all over mother Earth. It reflects love to the environment and all things. Give love and compassion and feeling, and what you get back automatically and spontaneously is love and compassion and feeling.
The core of nature cults is very deep and profound in man's psyche. Man is a part of nature - and - it involves that there is more to it than we see with our worldly eyes in this worldly world.
people say that man was afraid and crawled before the powerful
forces of Nature. I suggest that pagans of nature cults found
Nature's forces benevolent if they found Her mighty flow and
surfed on it. We just know how fishermen in Iceland used the
mighty oceanic waves to bring their small boats to see, and to
shore again. We know how men used the wind to sail. Hávamál
(Havamal) has very good advise on how to find this flow. Hávamál
(Havamal) even suggests that we sit at the fire to have a friendly
chat in the evening, and kiss our beloved in the darkness of
night!!! In Hávamál (Havamal) we find the forces of
Nature to be our allies, our power, our friends and nothing to be
Hávamál (Havamal) reflects love to the environment and all things, finds greediness unwise, suggests modesty in all fields of life.
thoughts are worldly. By reading Óðsmál (Odsmal)
you get to realise that all thoughts, however pious, are worldly.
In the transcendent there are no thoughts. Óðinn
(Odinn) gets his wisdom (*NEW*)
from that sphere of life: ginnungagap, Mímisbrunnur
(Mimisbrunnur, the well of Mímir (Mimir), Urðarbrunnur
(Urdar-brunnur, the well of Urður (Urdur) and all the profound
places in norse mythology. This sphere is the mystic. This sphere
is the foundation of the very truth that nature-and-man is one and
(holiday season, noël, also called Christmas by some people)
is a part of this "nature and man as one". Yule is at
winter solstice. Light is defeating darkness, life is outsmarting
Christianity was forced upon heathen men but a lot of ásatrú (asatru) still prevails. Yule (yule-tide, Christmas) is jól (jol, jul, yule, noël). It means hjól (hjol, wheel ), the cycle or circle or that which is ever turning in fall and renewal, death and life, death and resurrection. (Skirnismal)
is an age-old Germanic goddess of spring. She is, and has always
been here. The Easter eggs, the Easter hare.
Feasts that could not be suffocated because of the joy they yielded for the nature worshipping natural man, were destroyed by new, deliberate, indoctrinated misinterpretations. This is also called brain-washing.
I have a suggestion: You should from now on always know where the moon is, if it is waning or waxing. It is sheer delight to look at the moon. When it is full it is on the opposite side of the sun (east-west; north-south). When we have new moon (and then we can not see it) it is in the same direction as the sun is. Try this moon-and-me game. It is all fun. Gradually you will find the flow and ebb in you, just as the sea does.
I include something else for you to reflect on and apply to your
concern for coming generations:
Another story -- that counts not only for modern Iceland but perhaps for you too: In every place that the roadrunners (nature through the car window families) stop at or stay in overnight there must be a TV, pizzas, hamburgers, and - so that the kids do not get bored: an organised play ground with kindergarten equipments, and some asphalted soccer and basket ball space. I, really, am worried because all activity for children and teenagers is organised by grown-ups. The "society-providence's" (such as sportsŒ rules, organised day-schedules, man-made equipment, programmed and systematic schemes) is overwhelming and is killing our natural talent for playing creatively. When kids do not have access to the pre-organized playground and perfect schedule or attention-absorbing pass-time games, they do not know what to do. Do we really want the next generation to depend on the townsŒ architects and game-coaches and not to be able to feel at home in our precious, untouched wilderness? Do some people even say: -We do not need to go to the mountains as we have seen them on TV (they have come to us(!)) - along with sound effects such as birdsŒ singing and the burble of a clear brook?
When I have stayed in the wilderness of Iceland for several weeks in a row, then the rhythm of natureŒs sounds is gradually penetrating every fibre of my body and each tiny twinkle of my feelings. When I return to town, I refrain from the city´s sound pollution for the first few days. Sometimes city-people can not, for the first few nights, sleep at night in our wild, untouched nature because of the quietness and lack of city-noise!!!
is unforgivable that missionaries are destroying the pagan
cultures of the world. Greedy governments are, at the same time,
exploiting people and land under that false flag as "philanthropy"
The "forni siður" (forni siðr (sidr) olden custom, traditions of the North, heathenry, paganism) of our ancestors is much deeper than the church's religion that we see and hear most of now-a-days here in the North. - That newly-invented religion was thrust upon us - imposed upon us by threat of death. (In Iceland not until 999 AD, in southern Europe earlier.) It has always been alien to us, so it is changed according to needs when killing those who don't obey is no longer taken for granted.
To sneak in, Christianity adopted nature belief, but at the same time calling it primitive and irrelevant! Actually that newly invented religion, Christianity, was a tool used by kings and warriors to gain power and land. Christianity is very shallow in comparison to nature worshipping, and a dreadful step backwards for humanity, as it contains these monotheistic double ethics (say you are good and that god loves when you kill your fellow men for the god), and its dogmas spoil the innocent and profound essence of nature love, where man is in contact with the spirit within all things, animate and inanimate, without a tool, without a church, without institutions, without another man as a redeemer, as he is one with it and loves it.
Worship is now not seen as due reverence, but as submission and obedience. So those who love (worship) nature are thought to be humiliating themselves before nature as some do before some gods. (This is why nature-worship and nature-belief are words to be avoided as they mislead instead of explaining.)
Some religions are used as tools of dominance-urge. They contain a strategic tool called devil or satan. These do not exist but are invented for the purpose of frightening the credulous mobs. It is a "common enemy", a "scare-crow" used to get a hold on credulous people, summoning them against something frightening. And of course, to follow up, the promise to safe them and shield them on some acceptable conditions: that they give up their search for their divinity within, paganism, use a redeemer, and have an outside-upthere-god.
paganism there are accepted negative powers. These are jötnar
(joetnar, eotens; singular: jötunn, joetunn, eoten) in norse
mythology. They are just corrosive powers, negative acts, natural
destruction, deliberate destruction, rot and decay and
corrosiveness (e.g. free radicals). All this is a part of all the
cycles in the relative world. Part of our ever changing
what you actually need:
We should stay away from artificial beliefs. Actually, believing can be a dangerous thing, because it is of this world. It often leads to narrow-mindedness or even fanatic blindness. It could even retard personal development. It is not at all a secure path to the all-pervading divinity that is to be found within every being and even within inanimate things, every atom, in the relative world. Actually, belief can block the channels to the real divinity within. Believing can retard and disable the sincere seeker of Truth, and can, unquestionably, distract completely from the real divinity within.
heathenry there is no place for a redeemer. Absolutely impossible
to add that trick to heathenry. We would call it idol-worship! We
find it most silly. In heathenry every man is his gods. Óðinn
(Odin) is the free human spirit. We find Óðinn (Odin)
within, - not hanging on a wall on a cross to pray to. For the
nature-man the gods are the creative powers, the Natural Laws of
Nature. They abide in Ásgarður (Asgardur). All is to be
found within us.
men love to trust nature, trust her providence.
is part of nature. That which pervades all (ginnungagap) is within
all things, living and inanimate. It is our essence. It is
ginnungagap in norse mythology, in norse profound theosophy.
has been treated unjustly.
we are told by some that heathenry is inferior to the imposed
religions. It is not true. The imposed religions, widely
propagandized, are designed to make a mass of obedient sheep.
Those who do not obey are doomed stray sheep. This is only the
is not usable as a device of dominance as it contains no belief
system and every individual is responsible for his contact with
the innermost spirit of himself and his surroundings: nature.
Only by that freedom and by that way of living is the evolution for each individual at its best. Every single man is living his dharma for the best for himself and all others.
Still some do not know this, and submit themselves in their blindness to the powerful institutions that are, some of them, the extension of the Roman Empire and its pursuit to rule the world and ply every man to bow at its feet under false labels: "love", "charity", "goodness", "forgiveness" - even "democracy", even "poverty" .
not let others choose a god for you.
golden calf is pagan.
The golden hair of Sif, Þór's (Thor's) wife, is the golden ripe field. "Gold and green forests" is a heathen proverb for gifts from the earth. The golden calf can be heathen men's wish to Mother Earth to yield harvest. Horns are a fertility symbol. Fertility of the all-yielding. It is trust in providence.
(Perhaps these heathen horns are on the invention Christian Devil now.)
Moses was, they tell us, 40 years in the desert dressing his people to obey the new "one and only true god" of theirs, that new god's own people. All disobedient were mercilessly killed, as the god became angry. Pagans were slaughtered and since that very moment they have been killed if they do not obey. Moses's god would give them land and food if they obeyed his (god's or Moses's) commandments. How did this ever become fashionable in Rome -- and the rest of Europe as a bride-of-Christ empire?
descriptions that priests of the church wrote down (to add to
their fame) was of what they had destroyed of heathen temples,
sacred groves, trees, stones, vé (ve, vje), etc. These
descriptions (from priests to bishops) are now (for research) used
to cast light on how pagans contacted nature. Some priests also
boasted about the number of heathens they had killed. (They became
saints if they had massacred a lot of heathen men and women and
What "nature-and-man" is all about is peace to find the power that abides within. I do not know if people still practice the art of finding this peace within. We should, you know, and it is here waiting for us. (Goddess Eir (tranquility).)
nature-and-man cults there supposedly are no bans, no musts, no
commandments to be found. There might have been some rituals, but
everything is lost as it was abolished.
Every individual should try to find the flow within himself. This is best done in quiet to begin with. That flow we eventually find within is also the flow of nature. It throbs within us. The gods are the laws of nature and the creative powers in the world. They are our psyche too. There are many layers of gods.
TM-technique (transcendental meditation) is an easy, strainless
method to able any man (busy in the world) to transcend on
Sleipnir. It is originally (since 1960) taught by Maharishi Mahes
Yogi - all over the world. You sure will find a TM teaching center
in your town or neighborhood. This easy technique is delicate and
has to be learned correctly to lead to the transcendent field
(ginnungagap). It is meant for the modern men, women and kids. It
involves no strain (use Gungnir), but joy only.
man should be all-responsible for himself and his surroundings. He
himself should find the flow within himself. No other man can do
it for him. Only good advice can be given by the wise. Then it is
up to each individual to find his path inwards to his real core
and essence, the supreme divinity that sustains all - also his
actions in life.
For man to communicate with nature we need man and nature. Not should we rush through scenery in noisy cars or trains and call that to enjoy nature. Rather, we should sit in peace and quiet perpetually, leave the radio and disc player at home, and find goddess Eir (tranquillity, peace within, the goddess of healing, true soundness) within. We should listen and feel all things in us. We should seek for the pulsation of mother Earth. She throbs within us too. We should not try to think, just listen without expectations.
you happen to be in a hospital or in prison or if you use your
work or home as a prison, try to bring some of nature in to you.
It need only be a stone or something like that*. Hold it for
example, close your eyes for example, listen to your breath. What
you will find is prana, the first trace of the world. You must
know that this is not a thought. What we enjoy is inside and
between thoughts. Thoughts that come and go in your head are
irrelevant to it. Just dismiss them - without
trying not to think. Trying, expecting and "trying not to",
spoils. The unintended, easy, natural way to find the void, the
effortless way to live the gap (ginnungagap), is most beneficial.
From there all nourishment comes.
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