Its actually rather strange, in the secular world I seem to fit in just fine. I have similar interests to many people, and seem to be able to strike up a conversation with just about anyone on a myriad of subjects. But when it comes to religion, and especially ours, I seem to have nothing in common with anybody. Muslims and Christians want nothing to do with me as an Asatruar, and fellow heathens seem to be put off by my views on our religion and its practices. The only group that has any compassion for me are the Hindus, (and my readers). They seem to be able to accept others opinions more readily than most, and tend to compare similarities in our two religions more than they look for differences.
It is because of this great distance between what I believe and what other Asatruar believe, that I have had to remain outside of the organized Asatru religious circle. This, "distance", is also why I started An Independent Asatru. I truly believe that there are many more out there just like me, who do not believe that the way we practice the religion is the main thing, but believe instead that our love and respect for our Gods and Goddesses is our religion. I also will never believe that there are any set standards, or should be any set standards, on how we honor our Gods and Goddesses. I feel we should all honor them in the ways that our hearts tell us to ! To do anything else is to cheat both ourselves and our great deities.
Although I am adrift in a sea of religion, I am happy and content in the knowledge that I am following the feelings in my heart, and that what the Gods and Goddesses are showing me is right. At least I am being true to myself and to Them ! Judging by the number of people who read my blog, I know that there are many others who feel the same way ! May the Gods and Goddesses bless your independent spirit !
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !