Era Denmark, Contributor
“The essential thing is the life of the individual. This alone makes history, here alone do the great transformations take place, and the whole future, the whole history of the world, ultimately springs as a gigantic summation from this hidden source in individuals.”
― C.G. Jung
Enemy # 1
In 52 BC the Empire, clothed temporarily in Roman robes, launched a campaign to desolate what they perceived to be the greatest threat to their dominance.
For the next two thousand years, an insidious spirit of cunning and assimilation targeted the cultures of the European continent and the isles of the Celts. Interspersed with periods of overt brutality, their campaign steadily eradicated the rich and dangerous (to the Empire) traditions of the people. Organic human culture and thought were replaced with the draconian, inverted culture of the Empire.
While this “enemy of Empire” existed throughout the lands, with no centralization and no authority, Rome felt its presence most palpably amongst the Celts, specifically the Druidic class.
Sadly, they were quite successful in their endeavour. The campaign was in fact so successful that in the 19th and 20th centuries, the people of Europe and North America, driven by an inner impulse towards conscious evolution, turned far from their homelands for guidance. They looked eastward towards India. Not because Eastern tradition or philosophy were superior but because they knew of no similar alternative. The true spirit of the West had been trampled and oppressed and rendered nearly non-existent.
Why was Rome so afraid of the Celtic and Germanic tribes?
Unlike the Empire, they had no great armies, no cunning strategists, no will to dominate, and yet, they were of special interest to Caesar, who was disconcerted by the resilience of their spirit. Throughout the Earth, the Empire’s modus operandi has always been “divide and conquer,” but the Celts and their Druidic way-of-being were particularly troublesome for Rome. Like all lands that have been conquered by the Empire, they were marked for assimilation. Their priestly caste, however, was marked for total annihilation.
Above all, the Druids were priestly philosophers. It’s difficult to find traces of Druidic philosophy, but by examining Celtic mythology and the modifications that Celtic attitudes brought to bear upon Christianity, it is possible to discern the contours of Druidic thought and their influence on Celtic culture.
Some have likened Druidic philosophy to Buddhism, but there is no comparison. In fact, they represent two opposite registers and conceptions. Where Eastern thinking encourages a state of non-action, Celtic attitude saw action as prevailing over everything else. The Celtic individual was exalted, a hero, and he or she lived in the world in order to actively change it…to make it conform to the Divine Plan.
The Eastern attitude of resignation or of passively waiting for conditions to change would have been unthinkable to the Celts. This would have been seen as neglect, a rejection of the gift of human life and of the opportunity to undertake the Sacred Quest.
To the Celts, human beings were God’s cohorts: active participants in the creation and perfection of the world.
The goal of the Sacred Quest was to enter and pass through the Otherworld. This Otherworld hardly resembles the Christian Heaven, nor does it resemble the vague realms of non-consciousness that the Romans imagined through their rationalist materialism. Additionally, the Otherworld bears absolutely no resemblance to the Buddhist Void (or the notion of “returning to Source”).
For the Celts this Otherworld was everywhere, all around us, but just out of human sight (until one trained oneself to see and enter it through mystical practice). It was a place of transition, the “station” between earthly life and other infinite worlds.
The Otherworld is constantly changing, as the Druids understood everything in the Universe to be in a state of perpetual motion and transformation.
Due to the nature of the quest and humankind’s role in universal creation, the individual was exalted. Every quest was unique and every hero faced his or her own challenges. It was understood that the paths were many, varied and even singular.
Druidic logic was neither wholly collectivist nor individualistic; it is both at the same time, since it refuses all dualism.
But to succeed both individually and collectively, the liberty of each individual had to be safeguarded.
It is this primacy of the individual, this refusal to adhere to one collective path, and the attitude of action instead of resignation, that so threatened the Empire.
For the Empire, the sovereign individual is Enemy # 1.
Supported by Tribe vs. Crushed by the Collective
“Without the Druids (philosophers) there would have been no Celtic society and, conversely, without society, Celtic structures and support of the tribe, there could have been no Druids”. – Jean Bertrand, La quête de l’Autre Monde
The Druids were “men and women of learning.” Their knowledge encompassed every domain, medicine, music, philosophy, law, magic, etc. Unlike education and learning as conceived by the Empire, there were no Officials of Academia or prescribed, acceptable “mainstream” opinions. Transmission of knowledge was done orally, some publically, and some esoterically, while teaching a small group of students. These schools were also sanctuaries, far removed from daily life and often in the centre of the forest.
Caesar confirmed that these Druid schools existed:
“Many come to entrust their education in their Druid’s hands but many are sent by parents and relatives [who support them]. It is said that they learn a great many things by heart, thus some remain in school for as long as twenty years.” – Caesar, VI, 14.
Celtic society maintained a structure and spirit of tribal support for all of its members. Their world was de-centralized, unlike the Empire, which uses various models of centralization to maintain rule. The tribe supported and maintained the dignity and freedom of all of its members while viewing authority not as an iron-fisted or superior “Lord” but as wise council, freely given and never forced.
Tribal Support of Family
There are too many examples of tribal support of the family among the ancient Celts to mention here, but one in particular stands out in comparison to today. Fostering was common among the Celts. Responsibility for nurturing a child would be shared with other adults, chosen by the parents, in order to lighten the load on each parent, ensure the safety of the children, and foster emotional and moral ties between families, regardless of blood relations.
This form of tribal support is in stark contrast to the insidious Nanny State of today that intentionally disintegrates the family unit. “Fostering” has been twisted to become a tool for the oppressive State to claim “ownership” of our children.
Likewise, the State imposed education of our young is in fact the opposite of what it claims to be. Ultimately, it is nothing more than a means-to-an-end, the indoctrination of youth, programming them to accept and even defend the System. So called “higher” education doesn’t value creative human thinking; it stifles it, reducing many to nothing more than a “spoke in the corporate wheel” or, at least, a subdued member of society who won’t cause any trouble by swimming against the current.
The Great Tribes and the Beauty of Race
For collectivism to succeed, racial heritage must be de-valued. The mainstream media whips up a frenzy of racial tension whenever the opportunity arises, and there is no shortage of opportunity. The earthly agents of the Empire have organizations at their disposal, whose sole purpose is to maximize on human ignorance, inverting and distorting human nature, and using it against us. They feed the fires of social discontent with fuel, perpetually promoting racial tension and circling around it like cackling hyenas with news cameras. Where there is no naturally-occurring tension, they create it.
Humanity as a whole encompasses of a full-spectrum of unique configurations of humankind. The existence of race indicates that the Universe relishes in creating and fostering uniqueness. Each race is a distinct manifestation of Divine Thought.
As Neil Kramer eloquently explained:
“In ancient days there were five great tribes on the Earth: black, brown, yellow, red, and white. Each arose from the soil of their native continent and were uniquely calibrated in body and mind to resonate with their particular land. As well as the physical landscape, each tribe was born attuned to the finer energies of the region, its heritage, its magic, its sacred teachings and higher wisdom. Whilst free to move anywhere and connect with any other tribe, that special correspondence of each tribe with its land, would always remain enmeshed in their homeland. They were in their true power when they were in harmonious concert with their indigenous atmosphere. This atmosphere also encompassed the other animals of their realm, the organic cultures and customs of their men and women, their songs, technologies and the visions of their wisest sages.
“Each tribe was very different from one another. They looked different. They smelled different. They walked and talked differently. They were different! They were beautifully contrasting and distinct.”
The greatest danger to the ascendant path of humanity is to have the different tribes believe that they are the same. To have their singular skills and insights levelled. To detach each of them from their heritage and corral them into a commercial mono-culture. To have them fighting amongst themselves. To have their roots torn and burned. To have their own, unequalled glories forgotten. The Empire wants one race of grey men.
They know that a full-spectrum humanity, one that celebrates uniqueness and individuality, is the most difficult to control. One might expound on the age old maxim “divide and conquer” to fully illustrate what the Controllers are really doing: “divide, conquer, homogenize and thoroughly control.”
Sane, Tribal Medicine
Contrary to our Celtic ancestors, who, in a constant state of communion with nature, approached medicine holistically, we are peddled collective “medicine,” which has nothing to do with sustaining human health and balance. Mandated by those who fancy themselves our “authorities,” it suggests that the Empire owns our bodies. This is the only logical conclusion when one considers that he who controls what we do with our bodies is inadvertently, if not directly, claiming ownership of them.
Women of the Tribe
In the Druidic mind, women were not considered inherently inferior to men. The sexes were different, and this was a good thing. Women could and did become powerful tribal leaders, educators, priestess-philosophers and warriors.
As part of their two-thousand-year-old campaign to desolate our true tribal traditions, the Empire’s patriarchal system of mind and body control has deprived women of their rightful role. In the 12thcentury they murdered millions of women in an attempt to stifle any natural human impulses left in the Western world. The descendants of the slaughtered and of those who managed to survive, inherited the painful memory of this treachery. Women have been forced to witness the assimilation, or outright denial, of their feminine archetypes for centuries. The women’s suffrage movement was a naturally-occurring impulse, but it didn’t take long for the patriarchal Empire to find ways to co-opt and control it. The ruse of “feminism” was a well-orchestrated trap and an illusion. It has nothing to do with true freedom. The so-called “first wave” of feminism required women to “think and behave like a man.” The current model is one of “do it all,” which is even more paralyzing. The Controllers of this world will never support any true restoration of women’s whole being. This impulse must come from the women themselves, individually. It is not a decision made by the collective. It arises organically in any woman who has begun her quest.
In all areas of life, collectivists insist that the claims of groups, associations, corporations or the State must supersede the claims of individuals. It is the epitome of dehumanization. It is the ultimate tool of teh Empire because, once again, the individual is the ultimate threat to the Empire.
Today, this sacred quest, so prized by the Celts, has been abandoned by all but a few. It has been suppressed by those who use outright oppression when threatened and turn to cunning deception and collectivism to maintain the status quo when they feel their position is secured. One of their favourite tools is syncretism. They use it to scramble and fragment knowledge instead of clarifying it. They merge philosophies and direct human thought into something that ultimately paralyzes human growth.
The concept of a single, universal tradition is a decoy. French author Jean Markale said:
“The unity of human thought would be an impoverishment of human thought.”
For our Celtic, Nordic and Germanic tribal ancestors, God and the world are in a state of perpetual becoming. It is up to each individual and each “tribe” (an organically occurring collective that is created by a natural magnetism to each other) to bring something to the world.
It hardly needs saying that exoteric and monotheistic religions represent the Empire’s homogenization and control of humankind’s diverse philosophical perspectives and spiritual conceptions. People sense this innately and balk at the idea of “one world religion.” Nevertheless, there have been others who sought to synthesize what they called “universal principals.” While their desire to re-introduce spiritual discourse into the West was admirable, the premise of their work was flawed in that it supposes that any system could replace the sacred, singular path of the individual.
Perhaps they also failed to reach the masses because the foundation of their philosophies was decidedly Eastern. We have our own spiritual heritage, and, while it’s not necessarily better than the Eastern approach, it is most certainly different.
The New Age movement is an example of extreme syncretism. Wild theories are accepted as fact and serve as a launching board for all sorts of fantastical conjecture. Philosophies are picked apart and distorted to fit the collectivist slant of the New Age milieu. This was the original purpose of creating the New Age movement. Although it may appear individualist, it is anything but that. Its sole purpose is to distract the seeker from his quest and, if possible, turn those who are spiritually inclined into passive idealists. Fortunately, this experiment in social control is beginning to fall apart.
On the other end of the scale, rationalist materialism, rampant modernism, and addiction to technology have degenerated human values. Society has declined rapidly since 1914. Respect, basic kindness and genuine interest in others are rare. This is not progress. Social media, far from connecting people, has led humans to a state of further disconnection from one another.
Materialism dismisses the spiritual nature of existence as an “outdated, superstitious notion” and reduces man to a biological machine. For the proponents of materialism, science replaces the individual quest with a collective, controlled quest to dominate nature. The free-thinking men and women who engage in explorations outside of the lines of approved science are quickly blacklisted by the self-appointed “guardians of science and reason.”
Regardless of which Great Tribe we descend from, our connection to this tribal soul enables us to awaken our ancestral heritage. It is encoded in our very DNA. We replenish the Tribal Spirit when we remember our heritage and lay claim to it.
In Celtic mythology all who took on the mantel of the quest were considered heroes. In this case, the term “hero” has nothing to do with the modern caricature of massive physical strength or uncanny intelligence. It is instead a title bestowed in recognition of the courage displayed by those who accept the challenge of self-mastery and transformation. The quest was perilous, full of hidden dangers. The invisible Otherworld was all around but only accessible to the hero who had overcome his or her own inner demons and developed an inner sight, as the doorway to the Otherworld is located within, not without.
The hero was considered sacred; the human being is sacred. So sacred, in fact, that according to Druidic thought, God needed humans. The primordial God had confidence in small human beings because we possess an infinite power, the extent of which we don’t always know how to use. That is part of the quest.
The Celts perceived the quest as something mandatory. No one could hide from it without drawing shame upon himself and his tribe. Blaise Pascal said:
“Every human being is engaged in the game of life, he has to wager. The quest is the wager.”
Refusing to engage means stagnating; we are, of course, free to make that choice but be aware of the consequences.
J.R.R Tolkien was well-versed in Celtic and Nordic mythology and the corresponding Druid philosophy. His epic tales in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings were in some ways more fact than fiction. Using mythological imagery Tolkien revealed our true past to us while illuminating the origins of our current situation.
Of all the colourful characters of Middle Earth, none touch the human heart quite like the Hobbit.
While the Elves, the Kings of Men and the Dwarves had their roles to play, Gandalf entrusted the ultimate quest to a small Hobbit. Frodo and Sam were the true heroes of Middle Earth, and they are not so unlike us.
Born pristinely unique and free they were quickly conditioned by their parents and culture. The life of Hobbits seems like a dream compared to our modern world: Two breakfasts a day and plenty of naps.
They wanted for nothing and most of their fellows were content to stay home, work the land and entertain themselves. Standing out from the crowd was frowned-upon, and adventures (think “quests”) were unheard of.
It was from this quiet, sleepy culture that the greatest hero of Middle Earth hailed. The quest literally knocked on his door. Frodo did not refuse and, even more beautifully perhaps, his “tribal brother” Sam chose of his own free-will to accompany him.
We know the details of their quest and the pain and danger they experienced. Through adroit storytelling, Tolkien affords us a rare privilege of observing the transformation of a hero, in all of its gritty glory. There were mistakes made, oversights and misunderstandings, but their spirits prevailed.
Frodo and Sam were heroes because they accepted the quest not because they succeeded. They faced their fears, and they challenged the status quo. They challenged the most frightening authority of their time, Sauron, and they even challenged their teacher, Gandalf, but most of all, they challenged themselves.
The Empire is even more afraid of individuals, the “heroes” of today, than they were two millennia ago. Take that as a sign and let it bolster your confidence.
How to be a hero today? Never forget how the Empire operates. Stay keen. Embrace your individuality; refuse to assimilate. Reject authority; forge your own path.
Find your tribe, give them your support, and allow them to support you, but never become dependent. Be brave; think differently. Share your insights and by all means, reject any notion of political correctness.
Be pristinely unique, and remember…the wise swim against the current when the river is racing towards a waterfall.
About the Author
Era Denmark is an autodidact, philosopher and writer whose personal journey and public engagement embraces philosophy and esoterism; not as an end in itself but as an individualized path towards self mastery. Era is a citizen of the world, is trilingual (French, German, English) and resides in Europe. Visit the blog: http://era-denmark.org/.
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