Sumbles, and Stuff..
Gday the Folk,
and, good thoughts....
Had a few thoughts on the whole thing of religious
practice. Seems to me that the first step is to become
"realized".. that is, to know beyond a doubt
that you "are" a heathen, nothing more,
nothing less.... After that, there's only the matter of
learning how to "live" within that
"true and authentic"... that you have found
This is a living way... and we have many sources
of insight, council.. both in the spiritual , from the
Folk Soul/.ancestral continuum.. the Gods, Alfar and the
spirits of the land, sea and sky and from our lives,
friends and True Folk.. Its all coming in, all the time
if we only listen to it.
When we see and understand that something
that we do "works". in terms of accessing
this. then we know its "right" and when we do
"right"... it makes us stronger, wiser,
and more courageous.
Religious practice is very important, but its of
no use unless it is a reflection of what is going on in
all the other aspects of a persons life.
It can be, however, a catalyst for all those other
aspects and initiate positive change so its a two way
The "real motorcycle"... as Robert Persig
wrote.. "you are working, on is yourself"...
[nods].. and I think this is true for a lot of things in
When a person does blot, and they take a drink
and then offer, or pour a libation.. it seems to me that
its a little like tasting the cider, mead or
whatever.. to determine that it is good and worthy of
the offering.. that first swallow goes down and its
good, and there is the feeling when you get into harmony
with the act of having a drink.. and then offer that
"feeling".. along with the rest of the drink
"to the Gods." So, its the feeling and the
love ,respect and the knowing that its good that is
flowing out of you to the Gods or the Ancestors.... that's
sometime I offer chocolate and candied fruit to the
Asynjur.. because of the notion that they just
"might like it".. and, I think they do. One
time I did blot and gave some of this... and a day or so
later happened by my sacred place.. and the offering,
which was strewn on the ground.. was all gone. Now,
maybe the Ravens took it.. and that's spiritual too..
back to Asgard... heh..
When you kill a deer or other animal its good to
put the heart up into a tree for Ullr. If times are
tough, only the top of the heart .. and you eat the rest
later. I don't usually eat the heart anyway, so
I put the whole thing up about as high as I can reach in
the nearest tree. Sometimes after a successful hunt
there is a vision, but not always, especially if a
person is too busy with other stuff.. guess it goes by
and the opportunity missed. People are so engaged a lot
of times, that their spiritual life gets kind of choked
off... doesn't get enough air to flourish... and that's
an important part of a person that often gets neglected.
An the other side of that is people who, for one reason
or another get too engaged with religion and not enough
with life, generally.. and that's the same kind of
imbalance only on the other side. We see that all the
time with the christians and people go around with their
heads.. I dunno, up in the clouds or somewhere.. and
they don't really think or feel in the real world
"better not to send than to slay too many"..
as it says in the lore... and its all about balance and
harmony, and not neglecting one thing or going too far
Course, we all get out of balance at one time or
another.. and that's why our wives or husbands..
will jerk the chain and bring us back to our
"senses" ..... wives especially, are good at
that.. takes about two sentences... heh.. and Bam!
I often hear people say that they are
"expecting" something more when they come on
here... and I guess everybody is looking for something
different. Most times when I've experienced a lack of something..
eventually have come to understand that there is something
within me that I need to give and in
that act of giving something came back that made a
difference for me..
and we never know what that is, or who may be listening
that is really having a hard time that day or whatever.
"ours".. as Garman lord heard from
a vision..." is a religion of gift giving"
you know, there's an old friend of mine who has gone
through all the stages... hard drinking... half nuts
a good part of the time as he said.. then christianity..
born again... went to work in a prison.. to
"minister" to the inmates.. got out of
there... fell out of faith..
and at last when he went to the Yukon with me a few
years ago and saw me doing blot on the way and
then damn near jumped out of the jeep later
when I started talking about Thor.. yeah..
I can tell ya that he was rolling his eyes like a
poleaxed steer. He says that wasn't the case, and we
have a good laugh about that.
Now he is learning about the Northern Folkway. I sent
him some printed stuff this morning, and it
was all "gifted" from people who have
written a lot over the years on the internet, some of
which I wrote, too...
and now, there's one more family standing around the
fire watching the stars with us and raisin a horn to the
"You gotta come down again soon so we can
talk about OUR PEOPLE." he said yesterday on the
These are coming in, tired, cold and hungry with
their clothes in rags and moccasins worn nearly
one individual and family at a time. They been
through a lot over the years. slept in a lot of strange
beds... and done weird stuff.. they don't want to
talk about, mostly..
. and its good for them, and for us...to finally
welcome them home again..
Home as they say.. "is where the heart is"..
and that's where the Folkway lives and what
it means to us.