Welcome to my website!
This site is a part of the advanced study on my website Nordic Shamanism and Forest Therapy. It is meant to function as a kind of online library, where students can study and download my work for free.
In the following I will give an introduction with links (if people are interested in further reading on the topics I mention).
The advanced work is a defence of philosophy, and should be categorized as philosophy. We live in a world which is ruled by the ideology of scientism (pseudoscience, not science), both in atheist and spiritual versions (Atheist fundamentalism and New Age). We therefore witness how philosophy is under attack. I have termed this ideology The Matrix Conspiracy.
Despite how little this aspect of critical thinking fills in my teaching and life (which today are rooted in folklore and mythic life), this is the aspect which has gathered most awareness and outrage, especially in New Age, where there seems to rule a commandment: Thou Shalt Not Criticize!!! But I feel in perfect harmony with the traditional leaders of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples, who have declared war on New Age plastic shamanism. The equivalent in Nordic Shamanism is represented by Týr, the Rune of the Spiritual Warrior.
I will therefore emphasize that my work doesn´t follow the illusory standards of scientism (the illusion of neutrality), whether we talk about scientism within the natural sciences or the human sciences. Any attempt of a scientistic evaluation under the standards of science, would be a misunderstanding from the very beginning. Philosophy is never neutral, and neutrality is the illusion of how scientism tries to claim "truth by authority" to different kinds of ideologies, instead of argumentation (which is much more demanding).
The work is my own subjective thoughts about the Wholeness (man, society, nature, and spirituality), but it follows the standards of philosophy, namely logic and rational argumentation. I therefore expect critics to follow the same standards. A critic is not a neutral truth-authority, but an opponent with another philosophy. We are talking about mutual respect.
What especially characterizes the work, is that I try to bring philosophy back to its pre-modern origins. Furthermore: it is a defence of the original wisdom traditions against the colonialism of New Age, and its infringement of tradition, preparatory work and experiences with such (so, I´m not "criticizing everything else", as critics often are claiming, unless you believe that New Age and America is "everything else").
Original wisdom traditions include Gnosticism and Mysticism within the early and medieval Christianity, Sufism in Islam, Hasidism and Kabbalah in Judaism, Advaita Vedanta in Hinduism, Zen and Dzogchen in Buddhism. In China you´ll find Taoism. But even older are Shamanism and Paganism; religious practices which I under one call the old religion and the old art.
Note that many of the texts are quite long articles/booklets written for study and thinking! They are not suitable for quick overviews and judgment. However, each text comes in a PDF version (can be found in the right sidebar, or in the end of the text), and I suggest that you either print them or use an Ipad or Ebook reader suitable for PDF.
Under my books you can find a site navigation to the most relevant articles and updates in relation to my complete work. And by reading the book descriptions you can get a quick overview over the written work, which started in 2008.
In my coming book Philosophical Counseling with Tolkien you can find a summary of my complete philosophy.
The complex text-work on this site was finished Tuesday, August 28, 2018. The work will continue in shorter form on my blog: Morten Tolboll
"Now, when you see your appearance, you rejoice. But when you see your images which came into being before you, which do not die and do not show themselves, how will you be able to bear such greatness?"
They (shamans) are pre-eminently the anti-demonic champions; they combat not only demons and disease, but also the black magicians.