And welcome to majestic and spectacular landscapes that will thrill you and awaken the spirit of wonder & revelation deep within! You are now ready for ODIN's JOURNEY - for what you seek, you already are....
I TRAVEL NORTH, SOUTH, EAST AND WEST, TO FIND THE OBJECT OF MY QUEST
WHAT YOU SEEK - YOU ALREADY ARE!
I AM THE SEEKER IN THE WASTELAND WHO SHALL HELP IT FLOWER AGAIN
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN THE WORLD
THE GREATEST JOURNEY IS TO EXPLORE THE INFINITE LANDSCAPE WITHIN
MAGIC IS THAT SPACE IN WHICH WE EXPERIENCE THE DANCE BETWEEN THE INNER & OUTER REALITIES
LET'S ENJOY SPECIAL EXPERIENCES
AND WONDERFUL SACRED SITES - TOGETHER!
ODIN'S JOURNEY & THE RUNES
6-Day Magical pilgrimage to West Coast Norway
Thursday 12th. to Tuesday 17th.May 2016
MERLYNS TRAVELS with technical assistance from YOUNES REJSER
It is not an ordinary tourist visit to famous places,but conceived as a pilgrimage,which is defined as travel to a sacred site for the good of the soul. Our aim is not a quest for things past, but a journey to another world that is both inner and outer.
Who was ODIN? And what is ODIN's JOURNEY?
In our Scandinavian Viking mythology, ODIN was the Father of the Gods. His name means "inspiration". Before the coming of Christianity, ODIN, the supreme God, with his divine companions, ruled life & death in a Universe of 9 Worlds, held together by the cosmic ash tree Yggdrasil, watered by the well of Urd (Destiny).
ODIN was the original Seeker of Wisdom and his obsessive quest for insight took him through all the different realms. In his youth, ODIN approached the wise-god Mimer, who received his wisdom from the mead he drunk daily from his Gjaller horn. ODIN paid the price of the ale by forfeiting an eye.
From that time on, he became the ruler of the gods. The lesson that ODIN leant was that nothing could be accomplished without sacrifice.
After drinking the mead, he learned the wisdom of the Runes. And what are the Runes?
The Runes are not only an alphabet - they are symbolic representations of the forces that structure the univese. It was the realization of the Rune stones that turned ODIN into the Master Magician & Great Seer. He is the shaman who can change his shape to gain access to other worlds.
The focus of so-called "heathen" religions, is placing the emphasis on your own discrimination and understanding, rather than dogma or blind faith. It is for you to understand your connection to Earth & Sky, the quintesseential deities of "heathen" religion, and how you should go about worshipping the holy in your universe.
The most important thing in life is to be connected or united with the divine powers, because opening this channel within yourself will give you the peace, stability, knowledge, and love that make the difference between a happy and an unhappy life. In essence then, when we open ourself to the Divine we thereby get connected to our true nature. Our travels through the wild & majestic nature of Norway will bring us closer to that goal. And our ritual work along the way will serve to keep us focussed on the goal. Looking is with the eyes. seeing is with the whole being.
Do you want to develop your Eye of Light - ODIN'S EYE? This is what we call - The Cycle of Odin's Journey.
We shall be working with the magical Runes to open up our intuition and inspiration. Meditation on ODIN or pure consciousness is the major key - but in its widest sense it is to have an outlook which always affirms the reality of the Divine Being. If everything is consciousness - or ODIN - then all the diverse & varied experiences we have during our lives must also be ODIN.
Therefore - we have specially constructed our magical Tour so that we may experience the 12 images that express different aspects or faces of ODIN. They represemt different stages in the evolution of the soul, and can be seen as a cycle of 12 stages. It starts when the soul is born into this world - then the soul searches for meaning & knowledge, a process that leads it gradually towards a more & more profound understanding of self, the World & God. All true self-knowledge is awareness of God, and on this wonderfully creative 6-Day ODIN'S JOURNEY into our Viking legacy, you will get the opportunity to enter this world and experience the true meaning of ODIN's name - INSPIRATION..
Our final day on this Tour is planned to include Norway's National day - 17th. May, when the entire nation celebrates with flag waving, marching bands and men & women proudly dressed in their national costumes. An absolutely wonderful ending to our fantastic 6-Day pilgrimage!
ODIN' S JOURNEY & THE RUNES - OUR 6-DAY PROGRAM
DAY 1 - Thursday 12th. May 2016
Morning travel to Stavanger, Sola airport. Mini-bus picks us up at airport and we drive to to Norway's unique and only Middle Age cloister - Utstein Kloster. It was here that King Harald Hårfagre established himself in beautful surroundings after the battle at Hafrsfjord in 872. Utsein Kloster has always played an important role and was built from around 1260 by Augustine monks, although part of its building originates from earlier times. Here we will stay overnight in the Utstein Kloster hotel that is nearby. Evening Ritual and our introduction to Odin's journey.
DAY 2 - Friday 13th. May
Next day we drive 2½-hours through beautiful landscape to the magnificent Prekestolen. Here we wil stay for 2 nights in the newly built hotel at the bottom of the mountain - so we are ready for the long walk up to Prekestolen's summit the next day. Afternoon ritual and work with the Runes.
DAY 3 - Saturday 14th. May
After breakfast, our climb up Prekestolen. Packed lunch on the mountain top with its fantastic views. This is followed by our descent down the mountain and evening bath in an outdoor wooden bath-tub. Evening sharing & work with the runes.
DAY 4 - Sunday 15th. May
On the Day of the Sun, we drive towards Stavanger area and lunch in beautiful Byrkjedalen. We now relocate ourselves at the Sola Strand Hotel for the next 2 nights. Located right on the sandy beaches, the place is inspirational & ideal for our ritual work.
DAY 5 - Monday 16th.May
Today it's time to explore and enjoy the beautiful and magical Lysefjorden - which will be a 3-hour cruise in the fjord. Working with the Runes & ODIN's JOURNEY. Return to the final night at Sola Strand Hotel.
DAY 6 - Tuesday 17th. May
Today is Norway's National Day - 17th. May. All Norwegians are out on the street waving flags & wearing their national clothes. It is truely a magical last day in Norway, as the entire population in every village & town co-creates the climate of celebration! We perform our final Ritual to celebrate the ending of our pilgrimage - ODIN'S JOURNEY - and an evening flight back to Copenhagen.
Includes: Return flights, all transportation, hotels, breakfast, entry to all historical sites, Tour Guides & specially prepared “Compilation” with study material for your reference.
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