Where have the ancient gods gone? Where can we find the Gods of our ancient ancestors?
Who or What Are The Old Gods?
The Gods of old are still with us. Connecting with the original Gods of this world is essential for several reasons. Are you interested in finding why and how? If so, ask yourself some questions. What is that which sustains all life? Well, of course, it is our Earth and its environment.
The fact is, many people worship nature. Don’t laugh. You can prove that nature exists. That’s more than you can say for all the other imaginary friends. Connecting with nature connects us to these primal energies, the old ones. They are the source of everything that makes us. Connecting with our “source” is essential for our health and wellness. Those who are wise understand that we are part of nature.
- When was the last time you stopped to look at the sky?
- Can you remember when you gazed at a tree, sunrise, or sunset?
- Have you paused to listen to a bird or the wind?
- Do you remember what it’s like to smell wildflowers or touch the earth?
Yes. The Gods of old are still with us. They are the Earth, The Sky, and Sun. We need them to live. Don’t Forget to love and care for them.
Connecting with The Old Gods
Let’s try something. Here’s how we find and improve our connection with these original energies. First, find a place where there is nature, preferably unspoiled by the hand of man. But, if not a park or any place where there are trees and earth. If possible, find a place where you can see, hear, and smell nature. Being able to feel the wind and sky is also essential.
Once you’ve found a comfortable place, take a mental break from your to-do-list. Shut off your smartphone. Stand quietly in this momentary sanctuary of nature—quiet the mind. Consciously open your senses to the world around you. Move your head, left, right, up, and down. Drink in the world visually. Visualize connecting with the old gods of nature.
If you can, find a place where you can touch the earth. Drop to your knees, put your hands on the ground, dig your fingers in the dirt. Here is the place from which all life has come.
Next, stand and close your eyes. Listen intently to the wind. Can you hear the birds? Feel the sun. It is the bringer of life, the source of all the Sun God metaphors. Smell the world. Hopefully, you are in a place where the scents of nature are not distorted by the industrial hand of man. Take a deep breath and open your eyes.
Connecting with these gods of old gives us both perspective and peace. We feel peace as a resonance. When we do this, we realize how fragile we are. We understand how delicate the environment is. Remembering the old gods gives the perspective we need to live as proper stewards of mother Earth.
Give Honor and Thanks
Think about this experience. Realize you are a part of nature, but you live most of your life disconnected from it. Connect now once again as our ancestors did. Do this daily. Never stop seeing, hearing, and feeling that connection with the Earth. Earth the place where the Gods of old reside.
This exercise works. It will connect with nature. These are the voices of nature always reaching out to touch us. Nature has always been singing the songs and waiting for you to return.
Now, if you feel so inclined, call upon the spirits that reside where you are. Ask for their forgiveness and bid them help you. See if you can connect with the silent place in your soul that resonates with the Earth. Allow yourself to be guided by the ancient wisdom to do good in always and to everything. Remember the long line of your ancestors. They sacrificed to give you life here in this time and space. Namaste. Blessed Be.
Here’s a prayer from the movie the 13th Warrior. You may find something like this is useful in your practice. (1)
“Lo there do I see my father;
Lo there do I see my mother, my sisters and my brothers;
Lo there do I see the line of my people back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call me;
They bid me take my place among them, in the halls of Valhalla, where the brave may live forever.” ― Viking Prayer
Additional Ways to Show Appreciation
Mindfulness Meditation is another practice we recommend to help you connect with the Old Ones and our essence. Along with this are the techniques for Forest Bathing and Tree Grounding. Add these simple practices to your routine and see how much more grounded and peaceful you feel.
Connecting with the old gods is more important than ever. They are the Earth, The Sky, and Sun. We need them to live. Don’t forget to love and care for them. Put a reminder on your calendar. Show your love for nature by giving back and supporting those protecting the planet.
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(1) Viking Prayer from the movie the 13th Warrior. The 13th Warrior is a 1999 American historical fiction action film based on Michael Crichton’s novel Eaters of the Dead, a loose retelling of Beowulf’s tale combined with Ahmad ibn Fadlan’s historical account of the Volga Vikings.
(2) Joseph Campbell & Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero’s Journey, Wikipedia