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Change Yourself!

What are you doing about your personal evolution?  It's easy to go with the flow, but we change for the better only by conscious effort and a deliberate plan.  So what does it matter, really?  If our spiritual life is good enough for us personally, isn't that enough?

Well, not really.  Asatru will be what we make it.  If we are not evolving  -  if we are not wise and strong, if we are lot living "lives of worth," Asatru will be weak.  If on the other hand we have developed spiritually, mentally and, yes, physically, Asatru will reflect those things.  We owe it to our Gods, our ancestors, our descendants yet to be born...and to ourselves...to be the best that we can be.

This podcast will give you pointers on how to work on your own evolution.  Change yourself and you will change thousands!

Individuals in shamanic cultures sometimes "lose their souls," and a spiritual specialist has to make a journey to the Other World to recover it.  Can entire peoples be cut off from the wellsprings of their ancestral wisdom and thus, metaphorically, lose their collective soul?  How can we, as men and women of European heritage, make that spiritual journey to wholeness and healing?

The two most prominent peoples of Europe, the Celts and the Germans, are remarkably similar.  While their unique cultures and distinctive histories certainly must be acknowledged and respected, their fundamental unity demands our attention.  According to highly respected scholar Hilda Davidson, author of Myths and Symbols in Pagan Europe, we can speak of a common indigenous European religion, of which the Germanic and Celtic religions were (and are) specific manifestations.

The Europeans still owe eighty-five to ninety percent of their genetic makeup to the earliest hunter-gatherers to inhabit the area.  In that sense, Europe is one.  The fact that many of us share both Celtic and Germanic heritages may indeed make us "general northern European," but that is hardly the same as saying we are "Heinz 57" or, worse yet, "mutts."  Europeans must not allow themselves to be divided by superficial differences when their similarities are so much more important.

Our first podcast, divided into two parts:  The first is a description of Asatru, focusing on its nature as a native European religion.  The second part discusses how the values of Asatru are put into practice by the Asatru Folk Assembly on the organizational level.

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