The one thing that is really starting to aggravate me are all these " Learned " individuals in our religion who have degrees in religious studies, or divinity, who are writing blogs telling our folk that if you don't do "A", or don' t say " B", to some set standard, or standardized dogma, that you somehow can't really know the Gods and Goddesses. To back this view they wave around their degrees like they are a banner of truth, and show their knowledge of religion off by speaking so far over the heads of most readers that these readers just shake their heads and agree that they must be right ! Sveinbjorn Beinteinsson, the first leader of the Asatruarfelagid, made it very clear that our religion should not have any set standard, or set religious dogma. When I read these articles from these iconic people in our religion I just laugh ! Maybe they impress, or intimidate, some in our religion into thinking that being different, or independent, is wrong, but I don't buy into it. I don't serve them ! I serve the Gods and Goddesses, and those individuals who want an independent and personal relationship with Them !
On Facebook the other day I made what I consider to be an apt comparison between abstract art and religion, and the way people look at both. If ten people were asked to examine, and give their personal insights into the feelings that the art they were viewing invoked in them, you would probably get 7 or 8 different answers. Maybe all ten would be unique ! Our relationship with the Gods and Goddessses, and the way we express that relationship, is also unique to almost every individual. To tell people that there is one, or even just several ways to express this love, is wrong ! When it comes to the expression of ones beliefs and faith no one is totally right, and no one is totally wrong. And no one has the right to say that your way is incorrect if that is the way the Gods and Goddesses have shown you ! I repeat, NO ONE !
Don't ever be intimidated by these religious individuals who have made a name for themselves in the Pagan religious circles. Yes, they are very knowledgeable about the nuts and bolts of religion, but only you can construct your relationship with the Gods and Goddesses. Only you can know what the Gods are asking of you and how to provide it to Them. Religion, your religion, is personal to you, so don't let anyone ever make you feel that you have to defend the way you honor and love the Gods and Goddesses. And you will never have to defend it here because individuality is what I teach ! Practice your religion your way ! Be an Independent Asatruar !
A single drop is lost in a bucket of water, but a person can still be an island in an ocean of people !
- Glenn Bergen
Go with Odin's wisdom, Freyja's love, and Thor's protection !