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Odin The Crucified Shaman

 

I’d like to introduce you to my new friend Odin.

He’s a wisdom keeper, a Norse God from the shamanic tradition of the Indo-Europeans. Lately I’ve been contemplating what it means to live wisely, so getting to know Odin has been a HUGE GIFT!

In most version of the myth Odin hangs himself on the World Tree to attain “runes of wisdom.” After an epic journey to the Underworld he is reborn as a wise healer. He spends the rest of his life devoted to helping others.

People love him because he loves them. All the great spiritual masters share some version of this story.

Before illumination your main concern is for your own fame & fortune. After illumination you are driven to help others.

Why?

Because once you have an experience of Unconditional Love, all you want is for others to have that experience too.

You know what suffering is.
You know that that key to transformation is surrender.
You know the strength it takes to break through illusions
You uncover what’s real.

Love is real.

That’s it.

BUT mystical experiences aren’t worth much unless we put their fruits into action. For me that means making time for the projects & people I love and being kind, especially to strangers who cut me off in traffic.

These are the runes of wisdom I’ve collected. What are your runes?

Zen Buddhism says: “Before enlightenment chop wood & carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood & carry water.”

I love this because it takes the pressure off. You don’t have to do anything sensational or epic to be a good person!

You just have to love people.

Easier said than done, I know! But seriously, this is what ALL the great masters teach us.

Odin says the same. 

I’m thrilled to meet yet another wise teacher who’s conquered Fear & made friends with Love. Odin is a empowering guide for any mystic. Now, please allow me to introduce you.

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I want to hear from YOU!

What is the most impactful thing that stands out to you from today’s video?
&
How can you put it into action right now?

Inspiration feels good, but ACTION is what makes the difference in your life. Please leave a comment. Many beautiful people such as yourself come here for inspiration and reflection. Your story may help someone else have a insight or breakthrough.

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    Marilyn Mobbs

    May 8th, 2018

    Really wonderful. I was thinking how closed I felt to give & receive love and then I opened up my emails and there was “Odin”, Thankyou 💜

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    LISA ORNSTEIN

    May 9th, 2018

    Nina, love your stories of Odin. While in my opinion all Gods are a myth, how do we separated what is real and what is myth? The stores or lessons taught from myth hold very powerful meaning. Since these Gods are a myth where does the information they bestow upon us come from? The sacrifice Odin made to me says: own your life and what you put forth, if it is love, forgiveness and compassion, then this is the life that your path will open up to. Selecting the negative or dark will then be your path as well. I ask now if Odin and so many Gods are a myth, who is to say that the bible and it’s teachings and God are also myths, but lessons given by whoever wrote them at the time as teachings inspired from wisdom. As we all know teachings and writings are an interpretation of the event at that time. If read by hundreds the interpretation changes at that time to suite whomever is reading it at that time. Wisdom is handed down from generation to generation, sadly honoring our elders for their wisdom is something fading as we are taken over by social media, so I love hearing about other times when life’s lessons came from words spoken, communication was key, so people learned from the past. Thank you for sharing, love and blessings

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        LISA ORNSTEIN

        May 11th, 2018

        Loved the video. WHY indeed?????? Loved your message. We as humans must learn to trust inner faith and a knowledge that isn’t indoctrinated into us. Trust your heart, trust your own ability to choose wisely stay present and at least once a day quiet your mind. Thanks for all of the messages you’re the best.

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    IRENA Stumbras

    May 10th, 2018

    Nina thank you so much for being this wonderful seeker of wisdom. I spent my birthday with you all on the Footsteps of St Francis in Assisi. Irena means the Goddess of Peace in Greek mythology and Assisi being the city of Peace and St Francis prayer of Peace are my Staples in Life.
    My 100 year old mother inlaw said to me God could have made two of me out of one of you that was in 1995. I was 50 at that time and I decided that if she could live this amazingly difficult life with wisdom and still grateful to God I could also. I started adding the years again and now I am 23 with 50 years of wisdom. By doing this I have healed those years and memories with lots of deaths and resurrections. I stay open to the complexities of Being and enjoy all aspects of the journey.

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    • Nina Hirlaender

      May 10th, 2018

      Goddess of Peace!!! Well, that explains everything, Irena. 😉 I love the idea of counting your age creativity. It brings new life to the wisdom years. Great idea.

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    Irene Sunn

    May 13th, 2018

    I knew many years ago change was around me. I went through the darkest days with a huge black hole of emptiness inside of me, not feeling anything and fear for what the future held. Then one night I had a ‘Light’ visitation at 2am and told “You can heal, you can heal, you can heal”. The love I felt within my room that night was overwhelming and felt like the biggesr hud! It took me on an inner journey as I had always been a colourful person deteriorating to grey and then to black when I wrote:
    “Once rainbows filled my life with endless dreams
    Then the dreams grew a darkness not known to me
    An unexplainable greyness into the very darkness
    Not sure of an unseen world as it passes.
    Enter a brilliant golden white Light
    To add colour and the love of life
    Now happiness and peace as I walk in the Light
    To enjoy once more the colours of life.”
    I became a healer and spiritual counsellor in the years following
    my rebirth returning to wholeness and offering it, love and support to all.
    Light, love and peace to you all .. Irene

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    • Nina Hirlaender

      May 14th, 2018

      Irene, that’s beautiful! Sounds like you met an angelic presence that night. Thank you for sharing.

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