For the time being I´m in a process of going deep into shamanism, or rather: the topics I have written about on my page: Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy.
I´m working on finishing the booklet: The Runes of Rold Forest. But, you can read the first outcast now.
The whole thing should end in a new presentation of my philosophical counseling practice, which will be re- opened during this summer, along with that the vaccination programs will re-open the countries.
In connection with that I have new materials to the text on my page: Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy.
A friend namely made me aware of an interesting post in the Facebook group, Irish Mythology and Folklore. It is written by Bernard Joseph Molloy. Though the text shouldn´t be considered as historical evidence, it is creating a fascinating mythline, or storytelling connection, between what it is I´m telling on this page, namely about Rold Forest´s factual Celtic past.
I will reproduce the post here:
I do believe the Bronze Age Scots and Irish once had very strong links to a once “Celtic” southern scandinavia.
This I believe is worth considering in terms of discovering who the “caledonians” were.
On older map of “celtic” europe, it is always assumed that the “celts” stopped short of scandinavia.
Yet these “celtic” maps show “celtic” peoples in ireland, britain, the ibernian peninsula, gaul, belgica, germany, poland, central europe, the northern balkans and anatolia.
But the “celtic” influence / culture stopped short of scandinavia. I have always questioned this. I do believe that before southern scandinavia was “germanic”, the people there too once spoke a nordic variant of “celtic”.
Study Nordic folklore and Nordic Bronze Age archeologically and it appears to be as “celt” like as many other parts of “celtic” europe.
Also on many older maps from antiquity, showing where the “celts” were, southern scandinavia is often called “Celtica Lytarmis”. I do think there is a lot of true in this. And this once “Celtic” Scandinavia would once I believe have had strong links to Bronze Age Scotland and Ireland.
I also believe the “Celtica Lytarmis” region of Scandinavia was the home of the “Tuatha Dé Danann” who are said to have come to Ireland in the late Bronze Age. See attached map for example. Though it’s blurred, southern scandinavia is named as “Celtica Lytaris” on this map.
I believe also that when the vikings came, they were following in the footsteps of their ancient “celtic” Nordic past, from hearing old stories. And that ancient “Irish / Scots / Nordic connection later continued with the later “Norse-Gaels” & the “Galloglass”
The map is attached in the end of this newsletter.
Nordic Bronze Age (Wikipedia – In connection with the link between the Gundestrup Cauldron and India, the Wikipedia text mentions that cultural similarities between the Nordic Bronze Age, the Sintastha/Andronovo culture and peoples of the Rigveda have also been detected).
Tuatha Dé Danann (Wikipedia - In Irish mythology, Danu is a hypothetical mother goddess of the Tuatha Dé Danann - Old Irish: "The peoples of the goddess Danu". In connection with the above-mentioned Indian connection, it should be mentioned that Danu also is a name of a Hindu primordial goddess. This is mentioned in the Rigveda like this: "Danu is the mother of the Danavas". Finally, the Tuath Dé Danann eventually became the Aos Sí or "fairies" of later folklore).
I have in previous newsletters announced a series of upcoming critical articles. They are still in progress.
In my newsletter, September-October 2020, I announced an article called:
Gender, Race and Identity Studies (GRI) are Governmentally Approved Centers of Discrimination and Racism
This article will investigate the postmodern intellectualism behind, for example, this pop culture file:
Let´s Celebrate J.K. Rowling for Having the Courage to Speak Up Against the Trans Police
I also claim that postmodernism is the intellectualism behind New Age. See my article:
Constructivism, the Postmodern Intellectualism behind New Age and the Self-help Industry
That leads me to the next. In the memory of the death of Prince Philip I will write an article on the sensationalistic interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, performed by their neighbor in LA, New Age guru Oprah Winfrey; LA, this straight line desert town without any great ancient culture, without circles and without any circular centre.
The interview is about the claimed racism in the British Royal House.
The whole interview is followed by an enormous American press coverage, where the lies and sensationalism in the interview not is being questioned. Instead Meghan´s allegations is being taken at face value. However, this will not happen in my article, despite that I know the power of the Cancel Culture (which the above-mentioned article on Gender, Race and Identy studies will be about).
The article (which this newsletter in fact give in its full version - the words just have to be remixed into an article) will probably get a title like this:
Is it a Coincidence That the Sensationalistic Interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry was Performed by New Age Guru Oprah Winfrey?
The article will be a satiric comment seen in connection with my concept of the Godgame. You could say that The Godgame is The Evolutionistic School against The Traditionalist School (where I belong), or, the Anti-realism School against the Philosophical realism Shool (where I belong). Or, in a more ancient context: the Sophists against the Philosophers (for example Socrates, or Plato).
Before I proceed with the sensationalist interview, let me explain the above in a specific American context.
Alfred North Whitehead was a widely influential twentieth century philosopher and mathematician. He is responsible for coining the following celebrated quote about Plato's enduring influence.
The safest general characterization of the European philosophical tradition is that it consists of a series of footnotes to Plato (Process and Reality, p. 39).
In connection with Platonism, it ought to be mentioned, in connection with the sensationalist interview, that there is a distinctively American form of Platonism, fostered by the Concord School of Philosophy. The Concord School of Philosophy was a lyceum-like series of summer lectures and discussions of philosophy in Concord, Massachusetts from 1879 to 1888.
Starting the Concord School of Philosophy had long been a goal of founder Amos Bronson Alcott and others in the Transcendental movement. The school was based partly on Plato's Academy. Many of the school's lectures and readings focused on reminiscences of the Transcendentalists: Ralph Waldo Emerson attended some of the school's meetings before his death, and was commemorated after; readings from Henry David Thoreau's then-unpublished journals were among the most popular events.
This school is fascinating in the way that it, precisely like Plato´s academy, was spoiled by sophists (evolutionists), and eventually was closed as a result. In his brilliant book American Gurus – From Transcendentalism to New Age Religion, Arthur Versluis writes:
Broadly speaking, there were two primary streams of thought that emerged from American Transcendentalism and, in particular, from Emerson and Alcott. One was the development of distinctively American forms of Platonism, fostered by the Concord School and its consistent inclusion of Platonic subjects. The other was what became known as “New Thought,” later becoming New Age, which Catherine Albanese termed “American metaphysical religion.” The New Age will be part of the context for our final chapters in this book, whereas we must turn now to consider a very different creature, American Platonism as it engaged in battle with materialism and evolutionism (page 55).
I seriously think that evolutionism is a sign of the decline of wisdom and therefore philosophy (a sign of the Kali Yuga).
In connection with the British Royal House it is important to know that Prince Charles is a reader, and practioner, of the spiritual, and deeply philosophical, magazine Sacred Web. This magazine belongs to the traditionalist school. Prince Charles is namely more of a thinker than most people know, or wants to know. This in itself devalues a lot of the caricatures being created of him (I have a lot of stories about him and Princess Diana from my time as a Gentlemen´s Outfitter in Harrods in London 1985-1989, which I will tell about in coming essays).
New Age belongs to the sophistic Evolutionistic School.
So, now I have given some clues to why I find the interview interesting in relation to the Godgame. In comments to the below links I will explain.
A Critique of Oprah Winfrey
The 17 lies Piers Morgan claims Meghan Markle told in Oprah interview (Piers Morgan has blasted Meghan Markle for 17 “untrue, exaggerated or unprovable” slurs against the Royal Family. The TV firebrand hit out at the “delusional duchess”, weeks after he walked away from hosting Good Morning Britain over his refusal to apologise for disbelieving her. In an explosive chat on US TV, Piers defended the royals – and said a total of 17 of the claims made in the interview are either untrue, inflated or impossible to prove. These include Meghan wrongly claiming she and Harry were married in secret by the Archbishop of Canterbury and alleging that Archie was not allowed to be a Prince because of his skin colour. In his own tell-all chat, Piers told Fox News host Tucker Carlson a “woke cancel culture mob” drove him out of his morning job with ITV. Piers, 56, said: “She’s a delusional actress who wants to make millions off the royals while trashing the family.” Also see: Woke (Wikipedia), and Cancel Culture (Wikipedia)).
Meghan Markle said this spiritual hack made her much ‘happier’, by Marie Claire (This article is about Meghan Markle’s old lifestyle blog The Tig. It was one of the most wholesome places on the internet before it shut down: a little peaceful place she used to share interviews with inspiring women, her favourite recipes and – as we’ve recently discovered – one of her secrets to happiness. An old post of hers was uncovered in which she revealed she had met a ‘mystical man’ called "Light". He introduced her to something called Vedic Meditation and it changed her life. Also known as transcendental meditation, there’s a number of other celebs who are big fans as well including Katy Perry, Hugh Jackman and Oprah Winfrey! You can still read the 2015 post here).
Light Watkins (the website of the mystical man Meghan Markle talks about. It says that he “is recognized as one of the World’s Top Meditation Teachers and one of the most relatable thought leaders in the wellness space”. Thought Leader! Notice that expression. Suddenly a picture begins to form. Thought leaders comes from the New Thought movement where the mantra “Fake it Till You Make It” is central. He claims he is “re-thinking mindfulness”, and the word “success” is central in his teaching. In other words: he combines mindfulness with Western Coaching. In that connection, see my article: Mindfulness and the Loss of Philosophy. And, as a bit deeper introduction to the American cultural appropriation of Vedic meditation: see my ebook: The Tragic New Age Confusion of Eastern Enlightenment and Western Subjective Idealism. If you look at Light Watkins`s Instagram profile, you can see he has an enormous amount of followers, among them Shaman Durek):
“Shaman Durek”: Yet Another American New Thought Missionary (a Critique) – (Shaman Durek is also an LA based “thought leader” concentrating on the rich and famous. Like Meghan Markle, Shaman Durek is also involved in the European Royal Houses. His girlfriend is Princess Märtha Louise, the daughter of Norway’s current monarch, Harald V., This article gives a good idea of New Thought, and especially the concept of “Fake It Till You Make It”. Shaman Durek is by the way known for calling his workshops, “Wokeshops”. The New Thought movement and the "Fake It Till You Make It" concept is also the "philosophy" Donald Trump follows, however, on the other end of the political scale - read more here: Donald Trump: a Master Practitioner of the New Trend in Psychology: Positive Thinking).
With the re-opening of many countries, and I myself getting a vaccine passport in June, I´ve started planning new worldwide vagabonding.
In September, I´m planning vagabonding Ireland (of course in connection with what I wrote in the start of this newsletter).
In October and November I´m planning vagabonding Nepal.
For the first time I will be covering it on these links:
Vagabond Photography (photo galleries with vagabond essays)
Instagram (runningly coverage of my vagabonding - also via mobile phone).
I´ll end my earlier Greenland photo essay with a few photos of myself. It is from Ilulissat Icefjord, Vestgronland. The photos is taken by my travel companion from Germany, Jürgen Dalaker. It is from our mountain hiking trip around Ilulissat Icefjord:
Photography (Greenland 2020: Part 6)
My own photos from that hiking trip can be seen in my photo essay "A Walk on the Edge of Death and Beauty" (click here).
(part 2 of my boat trip from Nuuk to Ilulissat is coming up in the next newsletter).
The map shows how Southern Scandinavia was called "Celtica Lytaris"