The Discworld Dimension

Sometimes I invite you to take a peek with me at other dimensions. There are millions and millions of dimensions out there created by consciousness to explore life.

There are very small dimensions like the Contemplative Dimension. There are vast dimensions like ours : I cannot grasp the myriad of galaxies and suns our universe  consists of.

The Fairy Tale Dimension this blog is about is a big giant plane. On this plane there are hundreds of thousands of different fairy tale countries.

There are many more dimensions where magic plays a big role and you can also meet humans: The Harry Potter Dimension is one of those. The Discworld Dimension we are visiting today is another one.

Terry Pratchett wrote 41 novels about it. His first book is called The Colour of Magic and it was published in 1983. You can see its cover in the the image below courtesy of wikipedia.  Sadly Pratchett died in 2015 at the age of 66 of early onset Alzheimer.

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The Discworld

is formed like a round plate (See featured image). A giant turtle transports it through space. It carries four big elephants that share the weight of this world. A small sun is circling it.

In the middle of the disc it is very cold and there are 10 miles high mountains. Near the rim it is much warmer. There is an ocean and its waters flow into space in a giant waterfall.

The circumference of the discworld is 30,00 miles: It is not small. There is a net around 10,000 miles of the rim that salvages people, boats and goods. Every few miles a sentry alerts his superiors to findings by a complicated communication system made of strings and bells.

The discworld dimension is chaotic. There are gods who have fun playing chess games with their people and don´t seem to care one bit what is going on. They are hedonistic, fight against each other and like to play pranks. They remind me of the sagas of the Greek gods.

The inhabitants of the discworld are pictured as greedy, dishonest and egotistic creatures. In other words: They are interesting. They live in a pre-industrial world with a feudal governing system. Kings and gentry rule and wizards play an important role.

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Magic on the Discworld

Magic in the beginning of the discworld was so powerful that humans and gods threatened to destroy everything in their war for power. The creators, whoever they were, intervened and reduced the magic which proved difficult. In the discworld magic behaves much like radioactive waste does here: You cannot get rid of it easily and it takes a long time to cease working.

Pratchett describes many interesting adventures involving magic. Often things turn out differently than intended.

Only wizards can see the aura of magic things and places. Magic matter is made of the magic element Octarin.

All kinds of inanimate objects can become conscious in this world: Swords, luggage and household items for example. Some magic books have to be tethered so they don´t fly away when they get scared.

Famous is the suitcase in the first two books made of rare magic pearwood that walks on hundreds of tiny legs and can find his owner everywhere. It does eat adversaries while cleaning and folding dirty laundry at the same time. Wouldn´t you want to have one of those?

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The Magic University

Magic is in the hands of wizards and witches. The wizards are taught at the Unseen University, a wizard school. There are some books featuring this school. Pratchett describes his wizards often as chaotic dilettantes creating havoc every chance they get.

Magic has many adverse side effects on the Discworld. This is why students of magic regularly get mad. Doing magic can attract dangerous beings from another realm who are keen to take over bodies.

This reminds me of the magic school  in the Fairy Tale Dimension that you can also only find when you are meant to find it. There are rooms for students for training magic without harming themselves and others. In the Fairy Tale dimension the gender is not an issue though. Everybody who wants to can do magic.

Witches

Witches are women and live mainly in rural areas. They teach girls to become herbalists and wise women. Witches on the Disc prefer not to use magic. They find simple and cunningly applied psychology far more effective.

In the third book Equal Rites there is a girl who is both a witch and a wizard, which results in all kinds of problems: Pratchett makes great fun of gender issues here.

The Grim Reaper

One of my favourite characters is Death. He appears in almost every book. He even stars in two books: In the 5th book Mort and the 11th Reaper Man. He looks like a skeleton in a black robe who rides a pale horse called Binky. His dialogue is always written in small caps to illustrate the fact that he does not communicate by vocal cords.

Over millennia in the role, Death has developed a fascination with the people, even going so far as to create a house for himself in a personal dimension. He does not seem to have the chance to retire like in the Fairy Tale Dimension.

Death escorts people out of the dimension just like in the Fairy Tale Dimension. I love the book Reaper Man where death quits his job and starts to work as a farmer. This causes a great backlog of wizards waiting for Death walking around as ghosts and corpses creating mayhem. Why? Because only Death can escort wizards out of the dimension not his helpers.

Wizards get to be much older than the average citizen. To move up in the hierarchy it is therefore customary to kill one´s predecessor. Everything becomes even more chaotic than usual because of Death´s disappearance. A desperate search for Death sets in until he is finally persuaded to take back his job.

In the Fairy Tale Dimension you make a conscious appointment with the Grim Reaper yourself. On the Disc fate or the gods make that appointment for you. This is why people try to trick death and sometimes get away with it and living on. This often leaves Death annoyed and angry.

In the Fairy Tale Dimension you only play with Death when it is part of a fairy tale. When you change your mind about leaving you just tell him.

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Inhabitants of the Discworld

A multitude of beings live on the Disc: Trolls, elves, wizards, animals and humans. Trolls are made of rock and when they die they disintegrate and turn into pebbles. There are many animals we are familiar with: Predators like wolves, bears and eagles, insects and small mammals. The difference is that magic gives some of them consciousness and creates endless opportunities for stories.

Living in trees are dryads who have earth magic and share the fate of their trees. They have a unique connection to their environment.

 

We can broaden our experience by tapping into other dimensions

I enjoy the playfulness that is expressed in Pratchett´s books and I am very grateful to him for taking us along on his journey into this cool dimension.

Remember, other dimensions are just as real as ours. They are not real for us because we are thankfully rooted deeply in ours. But we can use our vast consciousness to tap into other realities and thus broaden our horizons.

Did you enjoy this article? Please leave a comment and join our discussion in my facebook group The Fairy Tale Dimension.

Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discworld

Illustrations of discworld on Pinterest: Discworld

Pictures:  Featured Image Bookcover: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1954668 and Pixabay

© Inge Schumacher

The Harry Potter Dimension

In June 1997 the world was introduced to Harry Potter. The British author J.K. Rowling published her first book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the first of a series of 7 books that are set in the Harry Potter Dimension. This dimension is very similar to ours. The big difference is that some people there are wizards and are capable of performing magic.

This results in a division of society

The two parts of humanity live very separate lives: The wizards try to keep their existence as secret as possible. They have their own government, newspapers, postal system, fashion, sports and means of transportation.

Both groups are intertwined nonetheless because sometimes magically gifted children are born to non-magical parents (Muggles), like Harry´s friend Hermione Granger, and some magical parents produce non-magical children. So Muggles and wizards have the same origins. One side can hardly understand the other though and this is why many prejudices exist on both sides.

Both cultures have differences in status

There are poor people like Harry and his friend Ron Weasley and there are rich ones like the Malfoy family, who deem themselves to be better. On both sides there are good and bad, tolerant and intolerant people. The Muggle aunt and uncle who grudgingly raise Harry are a very bad stepfamily who try to keep him from his magic heritage and harm him as much as they can.

There is a lot of information about the Harry Potter Dimension

This is the world´s bestselling fantasy series. 500 million copies have been sold worldwide, translated into 80 languages. People could not wait to read the next sequel, just like me. I was so glad that I did not have to wait for the translation into German and thus could read the books months earlier.

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Harry and his friends fight against the evil Lord Voldemort, a dark wizard who wants to become immortal and be the dictator over both wizards and Muggles. The series concludes with Harry finally winning thus saving the world.

This series made the Harry Potter dimension almost as popular as the Fairy Tale Dimension. The word Muggle has even made its way into the Oxford English Dictionary!

Most people are not aware that these constructs of human fantasy are actually reality – just somewhere else – and that the authors have successfully tapped into them for us to enjoy.

Similarities to our dimension

Harry Potter´s world shares our geography. Great Britain and other countries exist and the continents seem to be much the same.

We tend to separate ourselves from people who are different

There is a deeply ingrained fear of people who are different from us whether they look different, have a different religion or sexual orientation. This is because of our fight or flight inheritance where everything that is different could potentially be deadly.

Society in the Harry Potter Dimension reminds me of a very strict Apartheid system. In the US the president stands for people who like to separate themselves from Blacks, Hispanics and Asians.

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In Germany you can see this, too. Many refugees with different skin colour came into the country lately overwhelming part of the population. People react with resistance because it is clear that Germany will never be the same. This is why I work with refugees.

We are fascinated by magic

Magic does not work in our dimension, but we are fascinated by it. For some people it  sounds like magic that we can create our own reality: We are getting more conscious of our energies and the way we use our thoughts and actions to materialise what we want to have in our lives.

Similarities to the Fairy Tale Dimension

I just read The Tales of Beedle the Bard – by J.K. Rowling. In this book she compares our (Muggle) fairy tales to Wizard fairy tales. It seems that both dimensions have a strong connection to the Fairy Tale Dimension. Their fairy tales are also also played there.

In our fairy tales the heroes often have to overcome magic of an adversary – like the poisoned apple in Snow White for example.

In the fairy tales of the Harry Potter Dimension the heroes are capable of doing magic themselves and encounter severe problems because Magic seems to cause as many problems as it cures. It can make life complicated. Here an example:

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The tale of The Wizard and the Hopping Pod:

A wizard inherits a cauldron from his father but he has no intention to follow in his footsteps and generously cure the Muggles in his village who come to him for help. He soon discovers why his father was so helpful: When he turns away the first help-seekers the cauldron starts to hop after him clanging loudly displaying the symptoms of all the people in need around him making sleep impossible. Finally the son has to give in and he helps everybody so that the cauldron is quiet and he can finally get some rest.

Magic by wand in the Harry Potter Dimension

In the Harry Potter Dimension wizards are all but helpless without their wands. Wands are made out of different kinds of wood and are said to have different properties. It is a very important to find one fitting well to each wizard´s style. Ron Weasley has to bear the consequences of having to use a broken hand-me-down wand that produces faulty results all the time.

A wand says something about the wizard who owns it and some are even thought to be socially incompatible: “When his wand is oak and hers is holly, then to marry would be folly”. (The Tales of Beedle the Bard, page 118)

The wands are usually buried with their user when they die because people believe that they are capable of learning and would possibly become powerful and therefore dangerous when learning magic from generations of wizards. Imagine that!

Wands have to be used with spells. Without the right spell a wand cannot do much.  All this complicates doing magic and to not cause any harm to yourself and to others you need to have a thorough education in magic in an institution like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Magic in the Fairy Tale Dimension

In the Fairy Tale Dimension everybody has basic magic abilities. It is normal just like breathing. People don´t have to think about coming back to life when their play has been too fierce again. They don´t need wands for their magic. Not everybody is interested in becoming a wizard of course. For those who are gifted there are hidden schools that are well secured like the school of my friend the tree teacher. Students learn spells and the fabrication of magic objects there.

Death is final

Contrary to the Fairy Tale Dimension death in the Harry Potter Dimension is final, just like in our dimension. Some wizards have tried to overcome this with Dark Magic only to produce terrible monsters, the Inferi.

The postal system 

in the Fairy Tale Dimension is very diverse as I wrote in this article. Post by owl is also known and many other means.

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Hedwig, Harry´s white owl, delivers his mail. She is able to transport even parcels as big as the famous broom Nimbus 2000 Harry received when he joined the Quidditch team.

Did you know people play a form of Quidditch in our dimension, too? Take a look here.

Means of transportation

Wizards in the Harry Potter Dimension cannot fly like birds. Brooms are one possible means of transportation. We have witnessed Harry flying in a car to Hogwarts in the second book.

Another means of transportation is Apparition which teleports you immediately from one place to another. Only very accomplished wizards manage this. And there is the Floo Network that lets you travel from fireplace to fireplace that is one of the main modes of transportation.

In the Fairy Tale Dimension there are secret passageways for the ring bearer and her shadows throughout the dimension. I also own a pair of flying shoes like the Greek messenger god Hermes. You can find more information on transportation methods in the FTD here.

Invisibility cloaks

They exist in both dimensions although they are rare. Harry inherited one from his father enabling him to move about unseen. I have one in the Fairy Tale Dimension. It is one of the perks of being the ring bearer. Sneaking around is one of the favourite pastimes of many Fairy Tale Dimension inhabitants.

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Books

The book of monsters Harry consults in the library at Hogwarts is similar to the talking books in the libraries I adore so much in the Fairy Tale Dimension.

The Fairy Tale Dimension has become part of my life

I like to visit the Harry Potter Dimension. It is fun. But my favourite dimension besides the one we live in is the Fairy Tale Dimension.

I encounter beings from the Fairy Tale Dimension more often now that I am more aware of them:

The other day I was in a restaurant alone and when I left three waiters fell practically over each other telling me good-bye and giving me big toothy smiles. I greeted them back and immediately thought: They behave as if I was a celebrity, they must be from the Fairy Tale Dimension!

What other dimensions do you want to visit?

We all visit other dimensions without being aware of it; mostly in dreams. This week we start a dream group headed by my friend Harry Bosma where we visit other dimensions in dreams. It is always very surprising and fun what comes up in these group dream events. Check out his website. Here is an article about the Waterfall Dimension and Dreaming about a previous dream group.

 

Links

Books

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher´s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
  • The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowlings

Pictures: Pixabay and private

© Inge Schumacher

 

The Big Picture and Big Changes

The readers in my facebook group gave me big questions to ponder for this blog-article.

Thomas wants to know more about the big picture. He says that the Fairy Tale Dimension and our dimension are part of something much larger.

I don´t claim to know the truth about what makes the universe tick and what the big picture looks like. Nobody who is living here can know for sure. Everybody has to come to his or her own conclusions.

A. My personal view on the big picture

Our dimension, our universe is vast and still expanding. Physicists say that it consists of 80% of dark matter that we know hardly anything about. And our universe is only a small part of all that I believe is out there.

In my opinion consciousness creates everything we can see and much more that we can´t see. This consciousness exists in a realm outside of ours and we are part of it. Countless people have written and thought about this over the ages.

There are thousands of books out there with views about the big picture. I call the invisible  part of our consciousness higher self or essence. Other people do too; like the German Kurt Tepperwein and Louise Hay or Eckhart Tolle and Joe Dispenza. There are also many channelers who are contributing their share.

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The Inge that is writing this blog is only one focus of attention of one such part of consciousness. This means that I have a physical body but I am much more than this visible part. I am part of all of consciousness and so are you.

Dimensions are for experiencing and exploring the physical

Consciousness has created a myriad of dimensions to explore. Touch, feeling, smell, taste, sound and emotions do not exist in pure consciousness. We need a physical body to have access to these experiences. When we leave this world we take back what we have learned.

We are part of a captivating movie

Our life is like a TV-show that we turn on and that is so captivating that we forget everything around us. We get sucked into the movie. Why? We are really getting into the experience of being physical when we forget where we come from and are unaware of the bigger picture.

The shift in consciousness

Because of the shift in consciousness we are getting more aware while in the movie. We are starting to realise that we are so much more than this one person. We can sense that there is a lot more to explore outside of our self.

Different types of dimensions

I compare types of dimensions with different tablet or smartphone games. There are thousands of them: Jump ´n Run games, Match three games, Slot games…

1. Intricate detailed dimensions featuring emotions

We belong to this category and the Fairy Tale Dimension does, too: Intricately, elaborately made dimensions where emotions play a big role. You can experience a lot there and never get bored.

Which other dimensions belong in this category? Both Atlantis Dimensions, the Unicorn dimension and a vast number of elf and fairy dimensions.

2. Inbetween and transit dimensions

These dimensions are gateways between the physical and the non-physical realms and between different dimensions.

An example of this type of dimension is the Waterfall Dimension. You can read more about it here.

Another in between dimension is the tiny Contemplative Dimension for healing that I have helped to build.

3. Liquid and gaseous dimensions

You can visit other dimensions by projecting, dreaming or by reconfiguring your energy. I have visited a liquid dimension and it was not a pleasant experience. It felt very alien to have a body whose boundaries are not fixed and constantly fluctuating in an also constantly flowing environment.

4. Fiction is real

Other dimensions or realities are opened up to us by fiction. Every story that was every written as a book or film is real somewhere. Just like the fairy tales are real in the Fairy Tale Dimension.

Writers tap into other realities when creating their stories. They often say that at a certain point their protagonists start to have a life of their own and do things the author has not expected them to do.

As a science fiction fan I have probably visited the Star Trek Dimension more than once in my dreams. I also love the movie Avatar. Many people are captivated by the freedom and connection to the environment that is shown there. The planet actually exists in our dimension.

There are many more types of dimensions. Everything we can think of and much more does exist somewhere.

Why is our dimension so popular?

Our dimension is very interesting. We experience strong emotions here because we live in the duality of good and bad, of black and white, of love and hate.

My intuition tells me that I have more than 3,000 lives in this dimension spread out over time. A lot of experiences can be accumulated that way. This explains why I have lives that are easy, where I am healthy and happy and other lives that are suffused with suffering. At this moment in time earth has so many inhabitants because things are getting really interesting during the shift.

 

B. Big changes on earth and in the Fairy Tale Dimension

Peter wants to know what kind of impact the big changes we experience here have on the Fairy Tale Dimension. He means climate change, globalisation, radicalism, terror and war.

There is no direct impact on the Fairy Tale Dimension. It would be very disturbing. If you want to have first hand experience in this dimension you send a focus of attention here.

But there are profound changes going on in both dimensions and nobody knows exactly where they are leading.

1. Changes in the Fairy Tale Dimension

The Fairy Tale Dimension just went through a frequency change that is comparable to our shift because it affects everything. This frequency change was delayed and this caused trauma for the very first time in the Fairy Tale Dimension. They were not acquainted with suffering before because they normally snap out of hurt, pain and death instantly.

This frequency change was not delayed by chance. The inhabitants of the Fairy Tale Dimension wanted to get a feeling for trauma and what we are going through because of the close connection we have.

They are also starting a new chapter. They don´t know what they will be creating after the frequency change any more than we do.

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2. Changes here

Everything that is happening here on earth at the moment has to do with the shift in consciousness. This dimension has decided to evolve and become more aware of the bigger picture.

The climate change is a direct consequence of humanity having upset the earth´s ecosystem. Now it is searching for a new equilibrium and it will find one with or without us.

The globalisation we experience, through the Internet for example, illustrates our interconnectedness. Secrets are not secrets anymore and information is spread very fast by whistle blowers and the media. When there is trauma because of climate change, war and terror somewhere on the planet, everybody is affected. Because of the shift we are becoming more aware of this interconnectedness.

The changes are unsettling

Changes are coming fast now and we can´t see where they are going to lead us. People try to hold on to structures that are crumbling. This causes angst, fear and anxiety and explains the terrorism, radicalism and war we see today.

Too many moving parts

Not only people, but also companies struggle with these changes. An important buzzword in the business environment at the moment is VUCA. This is an acronym for volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. In other words there are too many moving parts: Companies have to learn how to handle massive unknown changes. They are trying to become more agile to be able to meet unknown challenges better.

There will be more changes

The shift has started in 2000 and will continue until 2070. Many of our main structures and the roles of big authorities will change during this time. At the moment many governments are creating problems and banks are failing. The current US president is an excellent example of this. I cannot take him seriously at all. The traditional authority of the office of the American president is gone.

 

Good news: We are also changing

I am not afraid of the changes that we are experiencing. Why? In my daily life, in business and in volunteering I meet many people who are aware of our interconnectedness and the bigger picture. Many of these people are working toward lessening the trauma caused by the changes that are going on. I call them shifty people.

What do I do when I feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty?

When I am feeling overwhelmed because of the changes I try to stay in the now, appreciate myself as much as possible and continue to live true to my values. This creates soothing energies and is also helpful for others.

Are we in for a bumpy ride?

Yes! But there is no reason to panic; we have all the instruments we need to make it through this. I talk about this in a live video in the Fairy Tale Dimension facebook group.

 

Thank you my readers!

I enjoy the exchange with you very much. It challenges me to delve deeper into subjects. Keep the questions coming. Thank you so much!

 

© Inge Schumacher

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The Waterfall Dimension and Dreaming

Today I introduce another dimension in this blog. Apart from the fairy tale dimension we have visited the contemplative dimension. There are billions of dimensions which all exist parallel because consciousness is so vast. When I try to comprehend this, my head starts to hurt so I just stop trying.

The Waterfall Dimension

We discovered the waterfall dimension in my husband´s teleportation group a few months ago. It is a transitory dimension. This means that you can end up there when you travel through dimensions without a specific goal.

Travelling through dimensions?

I don´t do that! You will probably say. Well, sorry, yes you do. All of us project to other dimensions in our sleep without being aware of it. The dimension we visit most is the fairy tale dimension this blog is about. You can read about how the fairy tale dimension is constructed and how it works here.

Besides the fairy tale dimension we visit many other dimensions, too. I have been to the Unicorn dimension, Atlantis, a liquid dimension and the Naga dimension (big sentient snake-like beings live there) to name a few. We can do much more than we realise!

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Reykjafoss in Iceland

It seems that a lot of us are coming across the waterfall dimension sooner or later. There is some kind of natural connection to our dimension I cannot pinpoint yet. This connection makes it easy for us to make a stopover there before moving on.

What does the Waterfall Dimension look like?

The waterfall dimension looks like a giant tiered cake. There are 9 big layers. Every layer is a separate world on its own. The layers are connected by giant waterfalls. Many different waterfalls fall over the rims and connect one layer to the next. These waterfalls are like gigantic lifts: Some are flowing upward and some downward. They flow through vacuum and space so gravitation ends at some point. But the water is still flowing to the next layer.

There must be a huge water cycle spanning the 9 worlds. For the animals and plant life living in this water means that their home is a giant vehicle that enables them to travel a lot. When I tap into the plant life I see big interwoven red algae that serve as nesting grounds for small animals. There is also a predator that reminds me of our dolphins. It can live both in and out of the water.

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The ships

The waterfalls are navigated with special ships. These ships are built of the wood of a huge sequoia-like tree that has specific properties: To navigate safely in the streams and not topple off into the void the ships need to have some kind of friction that makes them stick to the stream and the wood is essential for this.

The people who harvest the wood can communicate with the plants and thus shape the trees growing them according to the form that will be needed later. Especially the big logs are pre-manufactured this way. The smaller parts are built with normal woodwork.

The ships have a closed ovoid shape and, if needed, can be totally immersed in water. It is important that the ships are kept permanently at a certain angle to maintain optimal buoyancy. It takes skilled navigators to manoeuver them.

The navigators

The navigators are a species that has dedicated itself to tending the trees, building the ships and navigating them up and down the waterfalls.

To me they look ant-like, walking upright with a big head with antennas and many thin stick-like arms and legs that can manipulate a multitude of controls at once.

The non-physical

The specialty of the waterfall dimension is a connection to non-physical realms: In the room between the cake layers the veils between the physical and the non-physical can become very thin.

What does that mean? We are physical because we have bodies. We can touch material things and manipulate them.

Nonphysical things can´t be touched and are normally not seen by us because of the veils that separate us from the non-physical.

Consequently when you travel these waterfalls you can see and interact with all kinds of ghosts and apparitions you would not be aware of in your physical world. You can also see what impact your energy is making and how you are forming energies. If you always wanted to be semi-transparent, this is the place to go for it.

Depending on how far apart the layers are, the veils are thinner or thicker. You can get very uncomfortable in the places where the layers are further apart and the veils get very thin.

This can be very scary! Just imagine a ghost or a horrific monster materializing beside you as you read this article. Would you say: Hi, how are you and start a conversation? Probably not. I would be frightened for sure! Why? Because we are not used to this and need time to adjust.

Luckily the navigator species is not only very apt at handling the ships but they also help their passengers to get used to the nonphysical energies during the weeklong journeys.

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Near Godafoss in Iceland

 

Dreaming

I regularly join my friend Harry Bosma in one of his dream groups. Since I am not an avid recorder of my dreams I motivate myself to pay more attention to them by attending some of his group events. Last October we even did a group dream event featuring the fairy tale dimension.

I know that I visit the fairy tale dimension a lot in my dreams but it is hard for me to recall and interpret the feelings and images I dream about. I overcome this obstacle by what I call tapping into. By tapping into I connect with the subject I want to know about energetically.

In the dream groups we set dream goals and share our dreams and daytime synchronicities. The participants of the recent dream group are familiar with the fairy tale dimension and have all been travelling regularly to other dimensions with my husband´s teleportation group. One of our goals in this group was to connect to other dimensions. Interestingly we ended up in the waterfall dimension and this experience inspired me to write this blog article.

Dreaming about the Waterfall Dimension

First all of us dreamt of water in different forms. Then a torus shaped form started to appear in our dreams. We discovered that this shape stands for a being that is the gatekeeper of the waterfall dimension. I imagine that it works a little like the GrImporter in the fairy tale dimension.

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One of the group dreamers found out that the torus can communicate by feelings and so finds out the intentions of the visitors. It is aware of what they want to experience and of their preferences. It then recommends places to go and sends them on their way. My feeling is that travellers pass right through the torus.

To me the torus is not entirely physical. There is no doubt that it is sentient, highly intelligent and compassionate however. It seems to be made out of dense fog and does not have any organs, arms or legs. It is a very interesting being we will explore further.

I am always amazed how we come up with information in the dream groups and how we create a much bigger picture by adding our dreams. Thank you a lot D, Harry and T for your input to this blog article!

The whole water dimension still feels very alien to me. It is so different from our dimension and the fairy tale dimension. I don´t know much about the 9 individual worlds yet and I will see what we will find out in the future. I am especially curious about the connection between our dimensions. As always: Your impressions are welcome.

Photos: private and pixabay

© Inge Schumacher

Elves and Trolls in Iceland

 

In my last blog article you could follow my experiences with letting go on our recent family holiday in Iceland. We not only love the wide landscape and crisp air but are also fascinated by its culture and history.

This article concentrates on the most popular supernatural beings that are connected with Iceland: the elves and trolls. I share here some interesting and fun facts about the history, customs and stories of these magic creatures.The picture above this article features a well-known fairy church on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West-Iceland.

Icelandic fairy tales and sagas feature a multitude of supernatural beings. You can meet light-elves, flower-elves, dark-elves, house-elves, gnomes, dwarfs, giants, and many types of ghosts in these stories.

 

Historical roots of elves and trolls

Historic tales about supernatural beings go back a long way. They are mentioned both in the Poetic Edda, a collection of orally passed down unnamed dramatic poems and in the  Prose Edda written by Snorri Sturluson in 1220.

An elf in medieval Germanic-speaking cultures is a being with magical powers and supernatural beauty, ambivalent towards normal people and capable of either helping or hindering them. In Norse mythology you can read about elves or hidden people called huldu. Huldufólk is the Icelandic term for hidden people or elf. The word fairy (fae), another synonym for elf, is a loan word from the French language.

 

Tales about elves and trolls

When I am walking through the wind-beaten wide Icelandic landscape I can easily imagine trolls, elves and other beings sharing the world with us.

Life in Iceland was very harsh in the past. The climate and weather-conditions constantly challenged the people. This is why the Icelanders to this day are very resourceful and flexible.

Tales of the huldufólk, often shared in the long winter nights, passed the time and represented dreams of a more perfect and happy existence. Elves in these stories are often beautiful, powerful and free from care, while the Icelanders themselves were starving and struggling for existence.

The tales about elves and trolls also served as warnings. They prevented the children from wandering away from human habitations, taught Iceland’s topographical history, and instilled respect for the harsh powers of nature.

 

Do Icelanders still believe in the existence of elves?

Well, a majority of the Icelanders (54%) believe that elves probably exist. I have met many city dwellers in Reykjavík who laugh at the notion of elves, though. I can understand that very well, because in the busy capital of Iceland there does not seem to be any room for them.

Nevertheless the enterprising Icelanders are catering to tourists´ interests by offering excursions with elf themes. The Icelandic Elf School in Reykjavík organises five-hour-long educational excursions for visitors. In Hafnarfjördur, just south of Reykjavík, you can go on a guided elf tour.

 

Where and how elves live

Elves live in the fairy tale dimension, and in many other dimensions as avid readers of my blog know. In Iceland the two dimensions are very close together and this makes it easier to visit one another. The entrances to fairy homes in Iceland can be found in distinct rock formations.

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Elf houses with Reykjafell in the background

Fairies visit our dimension just as often as we visit them in the fairy tale dimension. Since we visit them mostly in our dreams we have not much recall of these visits or deem our recollections to be fantasies.

The hidden people are invisible unless they decide otherwise. In Iceland there always have been seers, who are able to see and describe them. They report that the hidden people look much like humans and wear colourful clothes with golden and silver buttons. They are described as being very beautiful and having different sizes from human children of about ten years to dwarf sizes of 20 to 30 centimetres.

Elves are said to be living much like humans; they work as farmers and raise sheep. They love to party, especially around Christmas time. As to their religion, some people believe they are catholic and others think they worship heathen gods.

In the ocean there even exists a separate elf world: The merpeople (marbendlar) raise cattle on the bottom of the ocean. Their sea-cows have air bubbles under their noses and eat sea-grass. When a human farmer dives down there and manages to burst the air bubble he is allowed to keep the cow. These cows give a lot of milk and are very valuable.

 

Elf relationships with humans

There are a lot of tales describing contact between humans and elves. Human women are said to have helped hidden people often with childbirth. The hidden people leave gifts out of gratitude for the help they received. There are numerous items they have left over the centuries and some of these are displayed in local museums all over the country.

There are many historic tales about love affairs between humans and fairies. Men and women are lured into the elf world, never to be seen again or reappearing healthy but sometimes out of their minds.

In other Icelandic folktales elves are  invading empty Icelandic farmhouses during Christmas time and having wild parties there. It is still customary today to clean the house thoroughly before Christmas, and leave food for the perhaps then visiting huldufólk, which is gone the next day, of course.

 

Christianity in Iceland

In the year 1.000 the Icelanders accepted the Christian faith under massive Norwegian pressure at the AlÞing. Before this they worshipped Nordic gods.

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Goðafoss Waterfall

After making Christianity the official religion of Iceland lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði returned from the Alþing and threw his statues of the Norse gods into this waterfall that was then named Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). Because Icelanders are pragmatic people they officially renounced the old gods but in secret everybody did as they pleased.

Heathen traditions and beliefs mixed with the new Christian faith and this is how trolls became an important part of Icelandic Christmas traditions.

 

Introducing Trolls

In old times the word troll was an insult, meaning monster. Later the term was used mainly for giants and witches. Trolls lived in caves in the mountains and sustained themselves by fishing and hunting. A lot of them were night-trolls who immediately turned into stone when they saw the sun. You can see a lot of distinct troll rocks all over Iceland and the natives will gladly tell you their stories.

The trolls are said to be extinct now: the male ones in the 16th century and the female ones in the 19th century. When you google the word troll you will find that a new kind of trolls is very much alive today though. This modern species are called the Internet trolls.

 

Trolls are part of Icelandic Christmas traditions

The jólasveinar, the thirteen Christmas lads, are the famous trolls who found their way into the Icelandic Christmas traditions.

The origin of this Icelandic Christmas myth dates back to the Viking era and to Snorri Sturluson, the author of the Edda. He described a fearsome huge troll lady named Grýla. Her favourite food was stew made of naughty children. The 13 children she had with her lazy husband Leppalúði became her helpers in kidnapping and eating children.

The stories of her and her children got so horrifying that a law was passed in 1746 that prohibited scaring children with stories about these monsters!

The thirteen Yule-lads visit the Icelandic homes and farms one after the other in the thirteen days before Christmas and go again afterwards one after the other. This is the reason why the Icelandic Christmas season is 26 days long.

The Christmas lads are mischievous criminal pranksters. They break into the homes, harass the people, steal their food, cooking utensils and tools. They have descriptive names that give hints about the way they operate.

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The first one visits on the 12th of December and leaves on the 25th. He is called the peg-legged Sheep-Cote Clod, who likes to harass sheep. Next the Gully-Gawk sneaks into the cowshed to steal milk. The extremely thin undernourished Spoon-Licker steals wooden spoons to lick them. You get the idea.

There also are Stubby the short Crust-Stealer, the Pot-Scraper, the Bowl-Licker, the Door-Slammer, the Skyr-Gobbler, (Skyr is a very tasty Icelandic dairy product), the Sausage-Swiper, the Window-Peeper, the Doorway- Sniffer, the Meet-Hook, and the Candle Stealer.

In modern times the Yuletide-lads have much more benevolent roles similar to Santa Claus in other countries. Nowadays they even leave gifts for the children in their shoes.

 

Trolls have shaped the landscape

Many stories explain how trolls have manipulated the Icelandic landscape. On our trip we visited Dimmuborgir, a bizarre lava field in north Iceland near lake Myvatn. One story explains how these big lava pillars were created: One night the trolls residing in the area decided to have a big party and invited all their troll friends to join. The party ended up being so much fun, that they forgot that the sun was coming up. They all turned into stone and formed the dark castles (this is the translation of Dimmuborgir). It must have been a great party!

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Trolls turned into rocks in Dimmuborgir

Troll seats

Most of the Icelandic fjords are surrounded by flat-topped mountain ranges. Their rims are sometimes interrupted by massive depressions that look like bowls. These the Icelanders call troll seats. The Naustahvlift opposite of the town of Ísafjörður in the Westfjords is a good example for this.

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In the background of my friend Helga´s house in Ísafjörður you can see the Naustahvlift, a big dent formed by a troll bottom

The story of its creation discribes a troll – remember, they are giants – hurrying home before the morning sunlight could turn her into stone. Since she still had some time she sat down and rested her aching feet in the fjord. She thereby created the peninsula of Ísafjörður between her feet, the deep harbour where her feet had been and the troll seat where her backside had rested.

Geologists explain that the big indentation in the mountains is a hanging valley left over from the last Ice Age, but I like the troll story much better.

I hope you enjoyed this excursion to the hidden people and the trolls in Iceland. They are as fascinating for me as the country itself. In the next blog article I will tell you how I met fairies in Iceland and why my family has such a close connection to them.

 

Literary source:
Brigitte Bjarnason: Auf den Spuren von Elfen und Trollen in Island, Sagen und Überlieferungen, Acabus Verlag Hamburg 2013

Photos: private

© Inge Schumacher