Unlearning the Lie – Part 1

By Jack Wolf

My late Hearth-Brother, Björn once said: “The average man lives his life wading in a river of lies. It is unlikely that most will ever wake up to the truth.”

He spoke truly.  Like Björn I was given this knowledge early in my adult years and it truly helped me to awaken. When  you look around and really open up to the voices of your ancestors within you; those who walked free upon an unsullied Middle World – you will discover that a very large percentage of what we call ‘living’ or ‘culture’ or ‘society’ – is a lie.

Look around: You see vast numbers of people living on the clock; spending the lion’s share of their daily existence working like drones for the profit of a few. Our society has become one largely run by greed and the machinations of human beings with parasitical behavior patterns – if such creatures can even be called ‘human’ anymore.

Some of those who labor for the ‘system’ take what they might call ‘vacations’ occasionally, or time on the weekends to have recreation of some sort – but by and large they are cogs in the machine.  Most do this from the time they graduate high school or college to the day they retire – and many die shortly thereafter – having really never done much more than served as a thrall.

For what? Money? Security?

So they tell you – by they I mean the ones who organize things; the higher servants of the cabals; the corrupt ones. The parasites I spoke of earlier. Think about it and you will get an idea of who they are – if you already haven’t figured it out.

What is money? Pieces of paper or digital signals that are supposed to represent material wealth?  Notes that offer a promise of wealth held in trust by those who have in recent times at least, proven to be the least trustworthy…

Such thing as money – at least as we know it now – may have meant something at one time; when folk could trade in trust with gold or silver, or even when they held the expectation that their government would hold that gold or silver in TRUST for them.

That world is gone. The governments of the world with few exceptions; those who are supposed to be the SERVANTS of the people, have developed a deep socio-psychological sickness – and like rabid dogs they have (with a few exceptions) turned on the very folk who feed them.

The world is set up to maintain the illusion that everything is fine; everything is working properly and as long as the citizens comply and do as they are expected – pay taxes, obey their laws, remain complacent and perhaps even go off as fodder in wars – then all will be well.

Sorry to say though; all is not well. Life is not so good for many and it is disheartening to see that there are even groups of Pagan or Heathen people who believe in that nonsense.  The planet grows more toxic by the day and the population is burgeoning far past the capability of the environment to support it. Wars are fought needlessly for the profit of bankers and other such world-killers, and day by day the threat of global annihilation via one means or another – grows.

The world is not all rainbows, lollipops and unicorns. It is broken. It requires repair. Those people who have chosen to walk the Way of the Thornwood (and many others from different groups) are aware of this reality – sometimes painfully so.

As I have said, in the opinion of my brother and of myself as well – not to mention many others – the world is indeed broken. It does indeed require repair.

This becomes immediately evident to those who have recently awakened – almost like some darkly comedic double-take when they suddenly grasp the enormity of the charade going on around them. Those of us who have been awakened for longer periods of time sit back and nod our head in understanding when we observe this – we went through it as well.

I remember not all that long ago a Heathen fellow making a comment to Björn about how a ‘proper person’ sees life as good and strives to be a part of the system to make it better. I remember the look on my brother’s bearded face – followed by his reply to the fellow that he had better wake the fuck up and soon.

That did not go over too well as the young fellow was already convinced that the rote he had been given about life being great – and that everything  was undeniably correct and hale.

Björn was not trying to say that life was horrible; he was saying that life was meant to be better and that waking up to the lie and striving to rebuild the world was what was important. He was trying to communicate that the Earth in fact, has a built in repair mechanism – well many actually – but human beings are among the greatest of these. Yet for some reason we folk who were created to be kin to the world have in many cases become world-killers.

I remember asking my older brother what he thought was the biggest problem on the planet; what single factor – if he could think of one factor only – would be the root problem.

Björn did not hesitate. In that he reminded me much of my old mentor, the late Max Hyatt – a man who was equally concise and passionate on a great many subjects.

“Too many humans.”  Björn said.

“We have something like 6 billion people on a planet that was never meant to support more than three of four billion. Like rats in a lab we are displaying all of the psychoses that develop in overcrowded situations. The more people the more food and water we use; the more resources we deplete and of course the mentally unstable and outright evil will rise to take advantage of that.”

In a single paragraph he had laid it all on the line. This was Björn’s rendered down root theory on the major problems of the Earth.

“People need to wake up to the lie that has been spawned because of overpopulation.” Björn added. “The lie; this fakery that everything is okay, is purely a control measure put in place so that the higher ups can milk the situation to its maximum. They will continue doing that because they see 90% of the planetary population as serfs – herd animal-humans. Until people wake up this will continue until something snaps.”

Waking up is the key; the key to beginning the changes; bringing back the health and prosperity of the world – of effecting repair.

Many times now I have had young folks coming to me and asking me about the essence of being Pagan; living as a person-of-the-Earth. I tell them that in order to truly find one’s way back to the mind-set of their ancestors they have to un-learn a lot of things that they have accepted as true in this modern society. I tell them that in thinking like a primal human it is important to try to unload much of the baggage and supposition that the mainstream preaches. Returning to nature as much as possible is a good start as nature shows us the only true laws in action.

Another thing I tell them is to exercise their brains and learn as much as they can about what is going on in the world. In this day and age information is abundant. I tell them to use that information and to filter what they read with their gut instincts as much as possible.

I get very interesting results when, as a very basic exercise I suggest that a learner try to remove all of the Judeo-Christian references, slang and curse words from their vocabulary. I suggest that when the urge to use one of those comes up that they take notice of that and hold back on the use of the term.

A good number have commented to me just how difficult and frustrating that can be. Indeed it can be but it is a good exercise in un-learning a behavior.

Another is to question everything – not in a defiant, abrasive way but in a way where one’s instincts are in play. Asking oneself why a particular thing would have been said and who such information might serve – these are good questions to ask.

Another exercise is learning to develop strong bullshit filters when listening to/reading anything that comes from mainstream media. The greater number of large media groups are owned/operated or controlled by the cabals and corrupt regimes of the world and what they say should never be taken at face value. When one’s gut instinct becomes a honed nonsense detector it becomes easier to sense the presence of disinformation and outright lies. Checking on information sources and checking multiple references is a good way to seek the truth.

Finally I often tell those who come to me for guidance that they can find the greatest truths in themselves and in their helper spirits, ancestors and Elder Kin. I tell them to learn about the old ways from as many sources as they can but to always trust in what their gut says.

Nature presents the barest truths. Human beings were created to be stewards of the land, not the despoilers of it. That right there is a basic truth.  Nature’s laws are the only true laws; that is another basic truth. Human-made laws are secondary to nature’s laws – as anyone who has been caught in severe weather or a natural disaster can tell you.

We are mere parts of nature – never nature’s superior in any way.

Awakening from the lie takes insight, a honing of instincts and let’s face it – it takes work.

But it can be done. Awakening is hard and painful but the reward – the ability to see outside the matrix – is eminently worth the struggle.

More of us are awakening each day – more of us are taking one foot out of that poisonous stream of lies – and walking slowly toward the shore of truth.


About Jack Wolf

Canadian author Jack Wolf has been a practicing Pagan for over 30 years, walking a path that encompasses both his Northern European and Native American heritage. He counts the late Heathen Goði and writer E. Max Hyatt, Professor Mark Mirabello, Dakota tribal Chief William Hoff and American author Allan Cole among his mentors. An avid outdoorsman, Jack has spent a considerable portion of his life exploring the deep wilds of British Columbia, a vast province on Canada’s west coast. He brings a great deal of his wilderness experience to his spiritual path. Over the past 15 years Jack has studied and written about a number of northern pagan traditions, having published for the most part independently or in small journals, blogs or websites. His recent works for Mandrake of Oxford Have certainly opened up his writing to a larger audience. Jack is also the author of several other books, including Circle of Bones (2012), The Way of the Odin Brotherhood (2013), Blood and Stone (2014) co-author of Tales from the Red Moon Lodge (2014) and co-editor of A Voice from the Thornwood (winter 2014). Forthcoming works include The Thornish Path, Ullr’s Road and The Urban Tribalist, all of which are planned for a mid-2015 and early 2016 release respectively. Spiritually, Jack identifies himself generally as a Deep Tribalist and more specifically as Thornish. He is a member of a primal pagan tradition whose spiritual path involves questing for the First Knowledge – that held by our most ancient ancestors whose hearts and spirits were deeply connected to the land. The Thornish path is the way of the warrior-steward; a Deep Tribal tradition which Jack has practiced since the late 1980’s Jack holds a degree in anthropology from the world renowned University of British Columbia and has long held an avid interest in history, tribal peoples, spirituality and the reawakening of pagan peoples worldwide. He currently resides with his wife and co-author Cassandra Wolf and their daughter, in Squamish, British Columbia.
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