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On Connections and Purpose

On Connections and Purpose

Having a conversation with a Christian earlier this week, we were talking about some of the difference between our religions.
One big issue they seem to have is that of the “purpose of life”. Although they claim that their purpose in life is to “love and serve God”, they still find an emptiness and a lack of connection.
I told him that as an Asatruar, the question of the purpose of life was a non-issue for us due to the fact that Asatru is all about both working in conjunction with the natural world as well as the realization and strengthening of the connections we have.
In true Christianity, the only connection one can really hope to make is the connection to their God above, anything else comes from the Germanization of Christianity, and this leaves a horrible disconnect and feeling of emptiness. (Raised a Christian, I can confirm)
In Asatru, our Purpose is realized through our connections.
We are connected to the Holy Powers/Gods & Goddesses above, the Earth Below, our ancestors behind us, our descendants before us, and our Folk around us.
The realization of these connections should immediately stir something powerful in is. There should be pride in it,
But there should also be a sense of responsibility to remember and honor our ancestors, to be dutiful and pass on to our descendants a name that is good and not tarnished, to our Folk around us to be a shining example and help those of our people become more than they were, to the earth to work with the natural order and to take care of this living planet, not just abuse it and use it for our own selfish means. And to the Holy Powers above, who’s existence within the Folk-Soul of our people is a constant inspiration and unique feature of our people. To honor them, our most distant ancestors, and to follow their examples by evolving ourselves and bettering ourselves in everything we do.

Eric Whisman
Folkbuilder,
Asatru Folk Assembly

Go outside!

As I got up and began my day, I stepped outside and I listened to the birds, I felt the summer sun on my skin.  I took a deep breath in and it felt good and I smiled.  Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed, out in the fresh air and away from the pettiness and bickering we all too often find a steady supply of on social media.  As I prepare for Midsummer at Newgrange Hof, I am made profoundly aware of all the amazing blessings in my life and in our AFA family.  We have some of the most amazing folks and as I watch the preparations for all the many Midsummer celebrations from coast to coast and around the world, it is truly powerful to see our holy Gods honored in such a way in 2017.  This summer, I encourage everyone of our folk, go outside, look up in awe at the might of the sun and give praise the the holy powers that have created and sustained our people.  Celebrate with your family, with your kindred, and with your folk.  Sit around fires long into the night raising horns and toasting great deeds and honored ancestors.  Go out and DO Asatru, take a break from talking about who is doing it wrong or what divisions we can find.  Go outside and rejoice in this amazing Midgard we are blessed to live in and the vibrant and noble community we are a part of in the Asatru Folk Assembly!  Sowilo, Mannaz, Wunjo.

 

Hail the Gods!

Hail the Ancestors!

Hail the AFA!

 

Matt Flavel,

Alsherjargothi, AFA