Totemism

Bulgarian. French. MagyarSerbian.

Our forebears believed that the honourable dead could be reborn, by entering the burial mound and collecting the life force of the dead inside. In the Stone Age they collected the thigh bone (the life force) and the skull (the mind) of the dead, to become them. When they left the burial mound with these totem items, as the Sun rose, they were seen as reborn. The dead had returned from the realm of death!

If you believe that a life force can be collected like that, then the idea of taking the life force of another creature, and put it outside your own as protection, to become invulnerable or at least much stronger, is not too far fetched. The same can be said about the idea of hiding your own life force away somewhere, and then use another creature’s life force instead, meaning that if you are harmed, it is not you, but the creature whose life force you use that is harmed.

So one thing we often hear about in fairy tales and myths, is the invulnerable hero. Nothing can harm him, because he has been dipped into the river Styx (Achilles), because he wears the skin of the Nemean lion (Herakles) or because he wears the skin of a bear, a wolf or a boar (“berserks”). Others are invulnerable because their life force has been protected (BalðuR) or hidden away somewhere else (the trolls of fairy tales).

To make the hero (or troll) vulnerable you have to first find his life force, or find the spot where he is vulnerable. E. g. Achilles is vulnerable only where he mother held him, when she dipped him into the river Styx; BalðuR can only be harmed by the mistletoe (which is actually his life force) and the trolls can only be harmed by destroying their life force.

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Today we might laugh when we see such ‘superstitions’, but at the same time we are still completely dominated by the same ‘superstitions’. The same totemic ideas penetrate all layers of society. We live by the idea that we gain some sort of life force, protective force, or other force, from using or surrounding ourselves with certain brands, symbols or even bits and pieces of others whom we think highly of.

By driving a car of a certain brand you gain some sort of force: by wearing the clothes of a certain brand you gain some sort of force: by wearing a certain symbol you gain some sort of force: by putting on a t-shirt with a certain band name on it, you gain some sort of force, etc. You somehow feel that you become what the brand is associated with, you gain the force symbolized by the symbol, you become a part of the band whose shirt you wear, etc.

The Sorcerer, as we often see him:

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You can always ridicule others who do this, who buy expensive cars of certain brands because they feel better in them, who need to wear clothes of this or that brand, who wears a Thor’s hammer or a crucifix around the neck, who want the signature from artists they appreciate, etc., but the truth is: on some level we all do this. This is how we are built. This is what we are. This is deeply rooted in our human nature. And there is nothing wrong with our nature!

Whether we like to admit it or not, we all believe in sorcery. We don’t always understand that we do, but we do. Rather than fight, ignore or ridicule this ‘sorcery’, we should embrace and celebrate it, and try to learn more about it, for the betterment of our species.

Related post here and here.

HailaR WôðanaR!

 

 

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Sense Perception versus Intuition

MagyarСрпски.

Our forebears didn’t have the information-gathering technology that we do today, but based on their intuition combined with what they could perceive they could nevertheless have found or come to believe in absolute facts regarding our universe. I know that, because I have found so many answers myself using intuition, and I have so often found these answers even before I found a relevant question or any related evidence, and almost every answer I have found has been confirmed by evidence gathered later on using the five normal senses. How could I have known the answers with no evidence and no reason to even ask the right question, had it not been for my intuition?

Circe:
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I have a normal sized modern European brain, but our Neanderthal forebears had larger brains than we do today, and no matter what people say today in this context, in an attempt to discredit our forebears and their achievements, and to flatter themselves, the average size of the brain in a population matters. It has always mattered, and until the Neanderthals were discovered it was an axiom that larger brains meant more intelligence. It then all of a sudden was not seen as an axiom any more, because the Neanderthal findings disproved their theory of evolution. It rocked with their faith in the science religion, and this could not be tolerated – so they started to come up with all sorts of silly and unscientific excuses to explain away this.

So there is no reason why our forebears should not understand the universe well, and much better than we do today, even without our technology. Even today we have human beings, autists to be more precise, in possession of abilities normal modern humans can only dream of. My intuition tells me that such abilities were the norm amongst the Neanderthals, and this would explain everything about how they could be able to know and understand so much. My intuition tells me that my exceptionally intelligent autistic wife is right when she claims that the Neanderthals didn’t have a technologically advanced culture simply because they didn’t need one; our modern and highly technologically advanced culture came not because we are so very advanced, but because we – unlike our more racially pure forebears – really need all this technology to be able to understand the universe on a level that we are programmed by our still 99,7% Neanderthal DNA to desire. We despair, because we cannot find all the answers we should be able to find – so we compensate by creating technology, and use this to assist us in our quest for enlightenment.
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Ôðalism it is not a religion based on faith; instead I will claim it is based on evidence and supported by intuition, and rather than have faith in me and what I say, when I fail to provide you with enough evidence to convince you on a purely intellectual level, I will ask you to listen to your own gut feeling, and let your intuition guide you. If what I say is deemed by you not to be sufficiently supported by evidence, but it still feels right, then it probably is. To many this is not enough, and that’s okay, but I will then advice you to stick around anyhow, because the evidence you need to trust this or that hypothesis to be true might appear when you least expect it.

I am not against modern technology, I know we need it, even to satisfy us on a metaphysical level, but naturally I am against the common use of this technology when it in fact sabotages our efforts to reach enlightenment.

HailaR WôðanaR!