North Sea Water in My Veins by Imelda Almqvist is a quest for the reconstruction of an indigenous or native spirituality of the Low Countries, covering pre-Christian material from the Netherlands, Belgium and the region just across the German border. Seeking out and documenting ancient gods and goddesses, practices and traditions, this book asks the question: is there enough material for such a reconstruction? The conclusion is a resounding yes! Please note that a Glossary of Dutch words related to native spirituality, and a Rune Summary for the Frisian Rune Row (a Northern region of the Netherlands) are included in this book.
“Imelda's book on the spiritual traditions of the Low Countries is a wonderful contribution to cultural soul recovery, finely streaming together her poly-linguistic research and depth of experiential work. I am glad that she included some of her dreams and personal encounters with the ancient ones.” ― Robert Moss
About Imelda Almqvist
Imelda is a Dutch painter and international teacher of Sacred Art and Seiðr/Old Norse Traditions, the ancestral wisdom teachings of Northern Europe. She is passionate about Rites of Passage work with children, and has published four non-fiction books, including the well-loved “Natural Born Shamans" and three picture books specifically for children. She works with colleagues to bring back the concept of safely-held initiatory experiences for teens. She is a mental health advocate, viewing the current mental health crisis in young people as a “parallel pandemic,” and campaigns for children’s voices to be heard in global decision-making processes about right action in stewardship of the Earth. Imelda has presented her shamanic work with children on both The Shift Network and Sounds True and she appears in a TV program, entitled Ice Age Shaman, made for the Smithsonian Museum. Imelda runs an online school called Pregnant Hag Teachings.
Imelda welcomes you to Shamans Directory
As children of Mother Earth and Father Sky we owe it to our children and our children’s children (meaning all children in The Human Family) to anchor a collective vision of healing (making whole again what hurts or has fragmented), joyful cooperation, and respectful cultural cross-fertilization (as opposed to competition, one-upmanship and cultural appropriation). It is of utmost importance for our global elders, (those willing), to share their wisdom teachings with younger generations. It is equally important for their life’s work and legacy to be documented and recorded for future generations. Shamans Directory offers both the vision and the infrastructure to make this happen. I am excited and honored to be part of this!
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