We have said a number of times that the Northern Path is
a series of realizations.. on many levels..
one may even say it is a "state" of realization..
and in a Folk Tradition like ours.. these insights have
much to do with what we consider to be "our"
traditions... Folkways and people...
And every element.. whether it be the lore, the runes,
or the saga tales of hero's and family's.... our own
family traditions and Folkways.. and the art forms...
the magical shape of things sacred and
everyday...., poetry and music too
Yeah.. every single thing, and everything together..
like treasures waiting to be brought up to
light and marveled upon.
So everything about the Northern Path.. all the external
things that I mentioned.. these are the
expressions of our true nature.. and therefore
exist not only as an act of doing or
expression... but as a state of be-ing within ourselves
where it all begins.
And that state of be-ing.. is not only about us as
individuals, but as a community, a Tribe or Folk,
and a people....
and that community exists not only in linear time and
space.. but in non-linear time and space.. thereby
containing all of the collective consciousness of our
people since the first ancestor....
Tribal people have this understanding.. and the true
depths of insight are not less than
the "Raw silk and uncut wood".. that..
"nobody dares to carve" that Lao Tsu talks
about in the Tao Te Ching...
Not all who come home will understand the full,
true meaning of a place... not all at once
many are the language learned...few though.. can speak
from deepest heart... the ways of our knowing
but this we learn.. one word.. one thought.. one deed..
honoring, listening...speaking more than we know
things from Folk-Soul... coming up through us like a
spring of clean, clear water...
This is the North-Way and we are the people of it..
strong, unassailable... determined- in-our-way...
knowing a great deal.. of things long
forgot.. at the forge of intellect.. hammering with a rhythm..
fire in the heart, and in the mind, and soul..
Some take the way of Seidr and make a rune charm.
.but this is not all...
another might and main his understanding.... shape strength..
.and this too is wisdom .. but yet more
the shape of a ship. and the Sea knowing... wave horse
on a beach... Islands... this too is a part ..
earth things and soil... a planting, .. good
harvest.. these ways we know.......
Fire at the Forge.. the sparks of muspell. with . iron
from the sacred, red lakes... weapons and tools made
perfect by hand, by hammer, and by the blue
Spinners, Weavers and a great loom.. women things and
birth-runes.... herbs and charms.. a crib from rowan
wood.,.... in the hall war dogs are guarding....
Knowing all this.. some may not the key.. turn away from
Folk and hearth and home. ... but none shall know
the Way without the Folk... for
they are not less than everything that it is.. and it is
not less than everything that they are.