All Beliefs are Welcome Here!
For those who have read my book or my website, you may already know that the Teutonic Shamanism path that I am teaching is a result of personal meditative experiences with Pre-Christian Teutonic deities. These experiences motivated me to study my ancestral spiritual heritage.
In the beginning, I was not familiar with modern Neo Heathenism when I began my research. So, I did not tailor my path to fit into neo heathen parameters... Because I did not even know they existed at all.
So, to help explain my experiences and relate them to my Teutonic heritage, I was limited to only four sources: 1) Norse Myths, 2) Roman Historians, 3) surviving pre-Christian indo-european religions (Vedic) and, 4) Interconnected Universal Principles found in my other practices with an unbroken lineage into pre-history... (And of course, the gods themselves.)
It's probably a good thing that I didn't know about modern Heathenism because the loudest voices in neo-heathenism seemed to be the racists and exclusionists. I am aware that the vast majority of Heathens are not bigots or fundamentalists, but the extremists unfortunately are the more visible ones when one starts looking around for Teutonic spiritual practices. It is very likely that had I found the racialists before my visits from Mother Holle, I probably would have been so turned off, I might not have pursued worshiping my ancestral deities at all.
The only other European paths that I knew of at the time were Wicca, Druidism and other hermetic magical paths, none of which resonated with me or seemed very helpful to me in reconstructing a modern pre-Christian Teutonic path. When I became aware of the existence of modern Heathenism and after doing a little bit of reaching out to the existing heathen groups I could find, I quickly decided that I was not interested in getting into multitudinous religious or political debates. Nor did I enjoy having to wade through the racial nonsense. Nor did I appreciate the extremely aggressive attacks I experienced when some right wing Heathens saw what I was doing. So, I retreated into my own practices avoiding Heathens altogether and focused on my studies with the sources I already mentioned. I did this because I wanted to make sure that the conclusions I was making were based on objective sources. I also did not want to be tempted to unconsciously try and mold what I was recreating into other peoples' religious molds. And I wanted to make sure that my main motivation was to honor the gods, not get praise from others. (IME, alot of Heathens spend alot of energy making sure they don't offend other Heathens by elaborately tailoring their Universalist tendencies to fit within accepted Heathen dogma. I certainly have felt this temptation as well.)
Nevertheless, realizing that some people involved in the Heathen community might take offense at my version of Teutonic re-constructionism, I went to great lengths to make sure that I did not use any names or references that would infringe on the other existing neo-Teutonic religions. So, I never referred to myself or my path as Asatru, Heathen, Norse, Viking etc...
I must have been somewhat naive to think that people in the modern, post-christian world would allow other people the right to have their own interpretation of spiritual practices as long as they respected your turf. Yet, I have gotten word that some Asatruers are having a field day trashing me and my work on their discussion boards. (Since I'm not Asatru... Why do they even care? If I said I was Asatru, then I might understand.)
Nevertheless I've been labeled "Pagan" "New Age" etc... I've also been accused of getting rich "selling" spirituality. Ha! I wish! My website is completely free and teaches a free and complete shamanic spiritual path from a Teutonic perspective. Perhaps I should do it for the money.
Even though I've been labeled a pagan, I don't consider myself one because that seems to be the territory of Wiccans and Druids and out of respect for their religions, I have not labeled myself as such. I do consider myself a traditional polytheist and an animist. And even though I have tried to stay out of the Pagan/Asatru squabbles, it seems that some Asatruers have decided that I am just another Pagan interloper into their "original" Teutonic religion. (Even though Asatru is not by any means the "original." It was re-invented in the 1970's after 1,000 years by people with little or no understanding of other surviving indo-european traditions and therefore a very limited framework from which to interpret pre-Christian polytheist/animist indo-european mythology. IMHO)
So, since I am already being accused of being a pagan (as though that was a bad thing) I guess I might as well just simply join forces with the Pagans and call myself a "Teutonic Pagan."
So,... Hail Teutonic Paganism!!!