The Odin Consciousness

   “In reality, only a change in the attitude of the individual can bring about a renewal in the spirit of the nations,” wrote Carl Gustav Jung. He understood that for a people to change, individuals must change first. I wrote The Book of Balder Rising because if our people are to survive the coming collapse of the old order (Western Civilization) we have got to begin to change the spirit of our people. By that change I mean unleashing the essence of the Gods which lies dormant within each and every one of us. The Gods and Goddesses are asleep within our very DNA. They are waiting to be called back and once again forge a new bond between mortal and immortal. This process is known as Balder Rising. To accomplish this, we must begin with the individual. The essence that lies dormant is the Odin Consciousness, which manifests itself in the mythological symbols, folk tales and legends of our Folk. We can tap into these images, which reside deep within the subconscious, and release their power to transform us. They govern the religious, artistic, philosophical, heroic, and idealistic impulses that provide the traditional archetypes, by which we—the race, nation or Folk—express ourselves as a people. These instruments build our culture and civilization. Some might refer to this as the racial memory, and we as both individuals and collectively can respond to these archetypes. These archetypes can initiate a revitalization of the soul and the will on both the individual and collective levels.

  Modern examples of this phenomenon are the Star Wars movies. When the first Star Wars movie was released, millions of our people responded to the archetypical symbolism in the movie without thinking. The themes in the movie, which were Arthurian, Western, and Manichaean, acted like a key, unlocking a deep response to those heroic ideals that we all hold dear as a people. The average person did not consciously see the connection to Arthurian legends, or Western tales, or even the cosmic struggle between the forces of Light and Darkness that predominate much of our European metaphysical subconsciousness. But whether people understood or not, they responded to it. Jung wrote an essay, “Wotan,” which explored the relevance that the power of the Gods has to our lives through our subconscious. He wrote, “We must go back to the age of myths, which did not explain everything in terms of man in his limited capacities, but sought the deeper cause in the psyche and its autonomous powers. Man’s earliest institutions personified these powers as gods and described them in myths with great care and circumstantially according to their various characters. This could be done the more readily on account of the firmly established primordial types that exercise direct influence upon them.” Jung is telling us that the Life Force of the Gods remained within our subconscious though it was suppressed by the intrusion of Christianity. This Life Force still manifested itself by transforming Christianity greatly.

  Now, with the decline of Christianity in the West, our people are once again freed from the oppressive imagery of an alien cult, and this will permit the opportunity for the rebirth of the Odin Consciousness. Jung, as many others who lived in the beginning of the twentieth century, understood that Christianity was failing and that this would permit a resurgence of the old Gods, especially Odin. With the decline and eventual collapse of the old order, the Odin Consciousness will have the opportunity to rise once more and come to dominate the will of our Folk. It will herald in a resurrection of our Folk-Ways. This process is Balder Rising. Balder Rising will permit the resurrection of the Odin Consciousness, to again govern the future course of our Folk.

      THE WYRD AND YOUR JOURNEY

  As each of us travel through life, we must make decisions that will change the course of our future—or so we think. This is the belief in free will. But nothing is free in the universe. Everything we do, say, and think has a price. Thus every decision will have consequences. The Norns are believed to weave the threads of our destiny, and some interpret this as predestination. But what the Norns weave are simply pathways that we may take. There are many crossroads in these pathways, and when we come to a crossroad we must make a decision. There is a certain degree of free will involved, but at the same time we are limited to the choices provided for us. I consider these choices tests the All-Father presents to us to prove our worth. This process is referred to as Wyrd. What destiny lies in wait for us depends on the choices we make—which pathways we decide to travel. If we make the wrong decisions, then the Gods may choose another to fulfill their plans.

  However, even the pathways that wait for us in our future are not carved in stone. We do have the power to create those pathways we wish to travel; this is a principle that lies at the foundation of Vrilology. You may explore this possibility in books on the subject by Robert Blumetti.

  Here is an example of the role free will plays: An individual might decide to abandon the traditional religion he was born into. In the West, this will most likely be Christianity. He might then begin to explore other belief systems. If he is chosen by the Gods, they might offer him the opportunity to attend a study group or lecture on the religions of our ancestors. He must decide if he will go, and then he must make the decision whether to begin the long journey back to the Gods. He might then spend twenty to thirty years exploring the old religion and celebrating his reunion with the Gods. In the course of his life he might affect the lives of many others. Perhaps one individual will be convinced by him to join him on this journey. This individual might then prove to be one who can fulfill the plans of the Gods better then he. It is possible that the first person will even lose faith in the Gods and turn away from them, even turn back to his own faith, but he will have fulfilled his role in the Gods’ plan. This process is called Wyrd.

  Each individual is born into certain circumstances, possessing certain abilities and is presented with certain opportunities. His experiences and the way he deals with them can lead him to the Gods and fulfill their plans. But he must make that decision and then decide if he is to continue to serve the Gods, or turn away from them once he has fulfilled his great part. No one individual is indispensable to the Gods. There is no Moses or Mohammad within the Folk Faith. We are all the Gods’ prophets, and we can all play great roles in the recreation of the bond between them and their children.

   That choice is one which each individual must make. There is within our individual Wyrd our own road to fulfillment, our individual route to inspiration that brings us closer to the Gods. Every individual has his own Wyrd. He has the ability to serve and exercise his genius, to reap his rewards and live and work with the Gods. Within a man’s Wyrd is his destiny and free will, as well as his rights and duties by which he can find happiness and peace. If we continue to think that we are entities that exist independent of the cosmic forces that govern and hold the universe together, then we will remain slaves to forces that are beyond our control. But we have it within us to direct our destinies, and this can be done by understanding the nature of the Vril and learning to harness this universal power.

  Existence is a battle. If we are to heroically fight this battle, we must develop the power within us to control the Vril and use it to advantage, to evolve upward. Within the multidimensional European soul is that part known as Orlog. It is within the Orlog that all our past experiences, thoughts and feelings are stored. Stored there are also experiences had by our ancestors, passed down to us in a form that Carl Jung referred to as the collective unconscious or the racial soul. Those things that are stored in your Orlog are constantly at play, affecting the way you think and feel, causing you to react to whatever you face in the present. The interplay of what is stored in your Orlog (the past) with what is happening in the present will help shape and form the pathways that will guide you toward a future of your own making. You might not be conscious of this process, but once you have discovered the applicable methods in Vrilology, you will learn that you can cleanse your Orlog of things that would otherwise cause you to create pathways that lead to the things you least desire. With the power of your mind, you can learn to create pathways to all the things you desire.

  There will always be a side to the Gods that is beyond our understanding, and we must not concern ourselves about this. The Gods will choose to bestow upon us something of their essence, and each of us has the opportunity to learn something by it. The decision whether or not to partake of that offer lies with each of us. This is also part of Wyrd. Wyrd can be described as a form of fellowship between us and the Gods, and thus with the entire universe, along the path that we follow through life. In this way we can each play our individual part in the grand orchestra of time and space. Know that once you discover the method of using your mind to shape Vril into pathways you desire, you are in effect sending the Gods blueprints that they will incorporate into their great plan for the universe. If you seek the Gods or Goddesses, they will hear your call, but when and how they will answer one cannot say. But if you seek them, you can be assured that you will eventually have an experience in which you will meet one or more of them face to face. You will then be given a choice we cannot foresee.

  When the time comes, you will have to decide. Robert Blumetti writes of such a time: “Twenty years ago I was part of a little group of people who were not believers in the Gods, but were researching the old religion. Some attended with the intention of simply expanding their knowledge of the universe; others because, like me, they had an interest in mythology; and still others because they believed in the occult. I always loved tales about the Gods, and heroes in general, and everything and anything that had to do with European folklore and mythology. After several years we had progressed beyond just studying the legends, and were deep into the practical end of forging new links with the Gods. One experience was very profound and changed my life forever. Through Rune meditation and chanting, we were able to put ourselves into a trance-like state. We accomplished this many times and had many wonderful experiences. I discovered I was psychically talented and could easily slip into a deep trance.

   At that time we were concentrating on Freyja, and it was She who first spoke to me. (You should concentrate on a God or Goddess of love and joy when forging your link or bond with the Gods, because the path you travel to them should be a joyful experience.) On this occasion I found myself on a ship I guess we can call a Viking ship. I was at the bow. The ship was made of gold and surrounded by a golden halo. It sailed in a sea of black under a black sky. In the waters floated huge gold icebergs. Then before me appeared a woman who was beautiful, powerful, and surrounded by a halo. She told me that she was Freyja, and if I would dedicate my life to the Gods and fulfill a task that would later be revealed to me, she would choose me to spend eternity with her in her hall, Sessrumnir, in the Folksvang. She also told me that those she and the Valkyries took back to Asgard weren’t just heros who died in battle, but anyone who led a heroic life. It was the battle of life and the willingness to dedicate oneself to something higher than oneself that was truly the heroic deed. She said there were many ways one could live a life of heroism.

  One way was to remain faithful to the Gods throughout one’s life, and perform deeds in their celebration. She told me that every person is a child of the Life-Force of the Gods, and that we each have a divine origin. We all have a divine mission to fulfill according to our individual abilities, but the choice to do so is up to each of us. She was now presenting me with my choice. She told me many things that day, but for now I will simply say that I had agreed to dedicate my life to the Gods. When I woke from my trance, I discovered that the room where we had held our meetings was filled with a strange and eerie ether. It seemed that the air in the room was charged with a living presence. We could all feel it and it was moving beyond words. All of us admitted to some form of experience while in our own individual trance-like state, and we knew that the Goddess Freyja had actually presented herself to us in that room. For me, it was a life-changing experience.”

Balder's Return

   We know that Balder will return, so we have to ask ourselves how. After reading The Book of Balder Rising, many have asked the author if Balder will appear on earth in human form and walk among us like some twenty-first century Christ. Is he a Norse messiah, who will appear and judge us? The question reflects a state of mind of someone who has read the book through a Christian mind-set. This is understandable. As one who had been raised Catholic, the author found himself constantly having to check his own perception of things, which were constantly clouded by traditional Christian upbringing. It is difficult to truly change the way one thinks and feels, when traveling along a road toward a new spirituality. The statement in The Book of Balder Rising that Balder will rise from Hel and that his resurrection will herald the return of the Gods, was believed by the author to be clear that it was not referring to some kind of “Jesus” prophecy—predicting that Balder will appear in human form, claiming he is some kind of messiah. Balder is not Christ, though elements of the Balder tale were borrowed and incorporated into the Jesus myth. When Christians, especially European Christians, pray to Christ, they are really praying to the God Balder without realizing it. Jesus was transformed from a heretical Jewish prophet into a neo-pagan deity by the early Christians in the transformation of Christianity from a Jewish heresy into a quasi-pagan religion as explained above. Other pagan Gods such as Adonis, who was born in human form in a place called Bethlehem, as well as Mithras, who was born on December 25, were also incorporated into the myth of Jesus Christ.

   No, Balder is not some kind of pagan Christ who will rise and judge us, condemn the sinful and set up some kind of mythical paradise on earth, thus ending history for all time. Here, to say that Balder will rise from Hel is not prophesying an actual, physical event that will take place on a certain date. Rather, this means the rebirth of the Balder-Force, which is the Life-Force of the Gods (Vril), which will restore us to a celestial state of existence. This process is symbolized by two Runes: Elhaz, the Rune of Balder rising, and Sowilo, the Rune of Balder risen. This spiritual force has existed, and will always exist, within each person of every race, but will take on different characteristics depending on one’s race and the pantheon of Gods that created them. Each race was given form and substance in the most ancient times by different pantheons of Gods. Within our Folk, the strength of the Life-Force of our ancient Gods decreased because our people turned to an alien religion, but that Life-Force did not die out.

There is another way to look at what happened. Vril is a never-ending current of life energy, always flowing into each of us. The archetypes which inhabit our subconscious give shape to our perceptions of the spiritual realm. After Christianity spread throughout Europe, the way we viewed the Gods was altered due to the new, alien archetypes that were laid over the pagan memories and images within our subconscious, thus weakening the bond we share with the Gods, causing a weakening of our Bifrost Gland, and thus causing the God-forces within us to weaken, or fall into a state of sleep. But now, as Christianity is declining, the Life-Force of the Gods that created us has the opportunity to reassert itself among our people. This can only happen if we make an effort to restore the conscious bond with the Gods that created us. This is the essence of what we mean by Balder Rising. The Life-Force of the Gods fills us and pulsates through every cell in our bodies, and for this reason, the Gods exist within us. Their influence has been warped, but now we have the opportunity, by turning to the Folk Faith, to awaken the Gods that sleep within us. We can do this by celebrating the Gods, and by creating new communities based on this celebration. These new communities must be filled with the joy of life, the love of ourselves and each other, our families and ancestors, and the children that we bring into the world. By living this way, we will be living pure lives, physically and spiritually, and it is through this way of life that the Balder-Force will grow strong. It is with this Balder-Force that we will awaken the Gods once more, and together we will be able to face the dark ages that are approaching and threaten to engulf not only our people, but the entire world.

  There is another way to look at what happened. Vril is a never-ending current of life energy, always flowing into each of us. The archetypes which inhabit our subconscious give shape to our perceptions of the spiritual realm. After Christianity spread throughout Europe, the way we viewed the Gods was altered due to the new, alien archetypes that were laid over the pagan memories and images within our subconscious, thus weakening the bond we share with the Gods, causing a weakening of our Bifrost Gland, and thus causing the God-forces within us to weaken, or fall into a state of sleep. But now, as Christianity is declining, the Life-Force of the Gods that created us has the opportunity to reassert itself among our people. This can only happen if we make an effort to restore the conscious bond with the Gods that created us. This is the essence of what we mean by Balder Rising. The Life-Force of the Gods fills us and pulsates through every cell in our bodies, and for this reason, the Gods exist within us. Their influence has been warped, but now we have the opportunity, by turning to the Folk Faith, to awaken the Gods that sleep within us. We can do this by celebrating the Gods, and by creating new communities based on this celebration. These new communities must be filled with the joy of life, the love of ourselves and each other, our families and ancestors, and the children that we bring into the world. By living this way, we will be living pure lives, physically and spiritually, and it is through this way of life that the Balder-Force will grow strong. It is with this Balder-Force that we will awaken the Gods once more, and together we will be able to face the dark ages that are approaching and threaten to engulf not only our people, but the entire world.

In the Semitic Bible, God created man from the dust of the earth, from dirt. But in the Folk Faith, the first man and woman were created from two trees–the ash and the elm. So are we claiming that we are actually living vegetables–like the creature in the movie The Thing? No! Unlike the Semitic Bible, we don’t interpret our tales literally. The tree is a living thing. In Indo-European mythology, it is often a symbol of the divine Life Force. Thus the Gods created the first humans from the Life Force, from Vril. The myths are tales passed down to us by our ancestors, who lacked a fundamental knowledge of the physical laws. They understood the esoteric meaning of the universe, but could not explain it within its physical workings. We have to understand that when the Gods created man and woman from two trees, the tree is symbolic of the Life Force of the universe.

   The Life Force is symbolized by the World Tree, Yggdrasill. Yggdrasill is Vril, and Vril is natural law—the essence of the gods. This leads us to an understanding of why the Gods created mankind, which is a very different understanding than what the followers of the Semitic Bible (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) believe.

   The God of the Semitic Bible is a tyrannical God who created man to be ruled over. Man is the plaything of this God. He gives them paradise and then creates Satan (evil) to tempt them from paradise, so they must suffer. They have to suffer to prove themselves worthy to spend eternity with him. He creates trials and tribulations, plagues, natural disasters, wars and oppressions that are inflicted upon mankind. Then, He chooses only those who know of Him and submit to Him as the Elect, who will be saved. The rest are condemned to suffer the greatest horrors in Hell for all eternity. Even if you did convert, you might be condemned to Hell if you broke even one of His laws. You could lead a virtuous life and then, in the end, you commit one sin, and Bam!–you are condemned to suffer for all eternity. These poor unfortunate victims are not restricted to those who rejected or turned from Him. They also include the billions of people who never heard of Him, and who never had the opportunity to convert to his religion. They also include those that submitted, but failed to prove themselves worthy of His laws! Think about it. Whether it’s Judaism, Christianity or Islam, why did God not send his messenger, whether it be Moses, Jesus or Mohammad, to earth in the very beginning, and travel across the entire face of the world, to permit the entire world to hear the word of salvation? But then again, who would want to spend eternity with such a cruel and sadistic being?

  The Gods of the Folk Faith did not create mankind to torture them. Mankind was created as a part of the organic nature of the world. We evolved according to the laws that govern nature. If we want to be successful, we must live according to those laws. We can decide if we want to align ourselves with the Gods, and become part of their divine order, or submit to Chaos, and live a life of decay and destruction, at the mercy of the haphazard forces of the universe personified by the Giants. Thus we are part of the natural order of the universe, either contributing to the order that the Gods maintain, or contributing to the chaos that is the essence of the Giants. We are part of the universe, and part of the process, along with every other living thing. If we live by those natural laws, we will be successful and help maintain order, but if we don’t, we won’t. If we do, we will also be closer to the Gods. When we die, we will join the Gods in either Sessrumnir or Valhalla, or inhabit that section of the Netherworld known as Odainsaker, where Balder and his wife, Nanna, dwell. If we inhabit the two former realms, we will continue to play a role in ordering the universe. When we enter Valhalla, we join the ranks of the Einherjar, who ride out with Odin to do battle with the Giants. This process is part of the turning of the ages, the evolutionary process of becoming. Only those who are worthy join such ranks, but the rest are not condemned to suffering. There is no final judgment, no such thing as sin. You create the aftermath that you will inhabit by your actions in this life—the sum of all your actions in this life.

The life you lead in Midgard will either support the Gods in ordering the universe or the Giants in trying to destroy that order. By returning to the Gods and joining the Folk Faith, you are joining the ranks of those who have dedicated their lives to helping the Gods hold back the destructive forces of the Giants. It is through this process of dedication to the Gods that will ensure the resurrection of Balder.