This week I want to talk about “Finding Your Roots”, religiously. In the first episode of Odin’s Wisdom, I talked about how each of us walks our own path. In this episode, we are going to elaborate on that a little.
For me, it was a real struggle to find my calling religiously. It was because of that struggle that I feel I gained strength in the foundation of my religious beliefs. As a child, I was raised in a Lutheran household. This was all I knew until I was approximately 12 years old. Don’t get me wrong Id heard of other religions and briefly saw them in action. But at 12 I was exposed to the Quaker way of life. I’m not going to give the details of how I was exposed to it. But I am going to give you a summary if you will of a few Religions in this post.
It was after my exposure to the Quaker ways that I decided I had to know more. It was then I chose to study as many religions as I could get my hands on. Over the course of the next 10 years and with the power of the internet, I found myself in a world of dozens of religions. I’d say I was extremely confused religiously as none I had known up until this point had I really ever felt a connection with.
The Quaker religion was originally known as “Children of the Light” or “Friends in the truth”. The Quaker religion first came to light in the mid 17th century. The base foundation of the religion is that we all hold personal beliefs and practices that exhibit integrity, humanity, and community. If you look at other religions you will see a general trend in these beliefs, including those of the Norse.
There are liberal Quakers and conservative Quakers. The two may vary on both practices and exact beliefs. As an example, a generalized belief is that the bible is the truth but we are all entitled to our own revelation of it. To learn more about the Quakers and their beliefs look at Learn Religious this is a great resource for more details.
There has been a lot of bad press about this religious group. They have been involved in a number of lawsuits and court proceedings some due to what I consider morality and value concerns and issues. But that said they too like the Quakers have a sense of community and loyalty to that community above anything else. In fact, that sense of loyalty is so strong that it borders the line of being a cult.
As an example, one of the situations I am aware of is that children are often abused physically, mentally, and unfortunately sexually. There have been cases where children have reported these abuses to the congregation and literally was told that its the way it is, and its all part of the lesson of life and his heavenly father Jehovah.
It is from this historical documentation of abuses that I knew that certainly was not the path for me. It made me cringe and hurt my heart as a victim of some of these same abuses as a child.
Many of us know of and have been exposed to Christianity in some way. The reality is that the basic foundation fo a large group of religions stems from Christianity. However the same can be said related to Christianity and Paganism let alone Norse Paganism.
The fundamental practices and beliefs of Christianity include having Integrity, a sense of loyalty to the words and scripture of the Christian Holy Bible. Christianity goes on to practice giving tithes to the church, going to church regularly and has a firm belief in the practice of baptism as a way of cleaning your soul and giving it to god.
The first recorded practice of Christianity came in to play in the world around the 1st century. Christianity is also known to be called or referred to as an Abrahamic monotheistic religion.
Choosing Our Own Path
The reason I talked about the 3 above religions a little was to show that there are a number of belief systems out there. Not all of them are the same and not all of them are what I’d say right or wrong. I am no one and I am not one to judge us or people for our choices. The only one that can judge anyone is the gods. What I can do is form my own opinion and beliefs and share them here with you.
It is up to each of us to form our own opinions, thoughts, beliefs, and relationship(s) with the god(s). I didn’t find Norse or my true calling religiously until 16 years ago and I am now 42. I consider myself to be exceptionally gifted to have found my true religious calling at all. Many of us walk around here on Earth for our entire lives and never find that one true place of what I call happiness religiously.
Finding Your Roots?
I found a tool that could prove helpful in learning about other religions that I encourage each of you to take a look at. It is called The Countries of.
I believe that when you find the one true religion that makes sense for you, you will know. You will be drawn to it seeking more knowledge and information about it. You will develop a love for it so naturally that you won’t even realize you have until you are found to be defending your religion to one of the many haters in another religious sect.
Religion is not only a choice, but it’s also a naturalistic connection. A bond if you will. Now it is my belief that we as a Norse people should not judge or berate and belittle anyone for their religious choices, beliefs, or practices. We are all different and therefore none of us will ever have the exact same feelings, thoughts, beliefs on a region.
That said I ask you to be kind to your neighbors and do not judge them. Love them as the Norse gods loved us and each other. Don’t be afraid to help educate others in the ways of the Norse. But I also state make sure you are being true to yourself when choosing your belief system and religion. Without that truthfulness not only are you laying to yourself but your lying to your god(s).