Who Am I?
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My name is Dr. Mark Weisman D.D., and I proudly serve my communities (both online and off) as both: a counselor for individuals suffering from debilitating psychological trauma, as well as an active, working Celtic-Norse Shaman. My beliefs are that the health of the spiritual self dictates the physical and mental health of the physical self. I come from a very long line of Germanic Danes (18 generations researched so far (estimated to 1480)) from Northern Denmark (Bjereby Sogn), as well as 12 generations from Southern Ireland (Co. Waterford). After extensive studies in religious practices throughout the world, I have arrived at my Celtic/Norse roots. I have come to understand the relationships between the spiritual and physical planes of existence, and constantly work to help individuals understand their position in that relationship.
Both: online as a teacher of spiritual understandings, and offline as a working Shaman within many different communities, I spend most of my time offering my services to the many who have become disenfranchised with modern religious practices. By using the practices and understandings of my ancestors, I have discovered that many have been able to heal their minds, and move forward to happier, more peaceful lives. As a formerly ordained chaplain of the “Christian” church, I have discovered the self-serving practices of all the modern religions and recognized the perceived necessity to implement a methodology of mind control that was accomplished with the rise of monotheism around the turn of the geological epoch. This, in turn, has had long-term ramifications for the general population’s psychology.
My calling is to retell the oral history of my ancestry, and impart upon my listeners/readers the idea of “the self”. I attempt to help individuals look past the inherent value judgments encouraged and supported by most organized “religions” and determine their individual journeys. Assisting people in understanding that it is because of this inherited intrinsic value judgment, passed through generation after generation, attempting to force the population to behave a certain way, predominantly relying on guilt and shame to emotionally punish individuals for wanting to think, and act, differently, that there remain remnants of these memories that linger within our subconscious and lay the groundwork to be overrun by a larger traumatic event. These practices rely on most people not understanding the “mystical ways” of the spiritual world that lies outside normal preview. It is this fact alone that has convinced me that my ancestors did have it right, believing in themselves, and their own ancestry.
- No human being is wrong about their choice of theology. or their belief in a deity. I respect a perceived need for personal enlightenment.
- While I recognize the biological/physical differences between men and women, both provide a necessity to their society and that they are fundamentally different, that they are born into a physical body that they need to learn in this physical lifetime.
- While I recognize skin color, I know that it has no bearing on anything, I only see the actions of individuals and realize the actions of a few do not dictate the whole.
- I have nothing to prove to anyone in this lifetime. The events upon my tapestry are mine to write.
- This lifetime is a journey of understanding and learning. My “physical lifetime” has a purpose to assist me and others beyond the physical body.
- I aspire to the greatness demonstrated by my ancestors (described in the Old Norse texts).
My weekly podcasts present a message of being yourself and recognizing that those things that we want to do with our lives are purely up to us. In addition, recognizing that the modern definition of “good versus evil” and “right versus wrong” is purely the imagination of some individual in antiquity.
Please feel free to look around the website, and ask any questions you may have in either English or Danish.
Not a Stereotypical Shaman
If you have discovered my page and wondered what a “Shaman” really looks like, I’m not that model to establish the understanding of Shaman on. I am your average guy who happened to receive a spiritual calling to do what I do. Since that time until now I have taken a lot of information from my spiritual connections and collected it into written and spoken form. So that we’re all on the same page here, I’m not the stereotypical Shaman we find out in nature. I live in an urban city here in Alaska. I swear something terrible. I have bills. I ride motorcycles, and I really enjoy whiskey and self-made mead. I have been married for over 32 years to the most forgiving woman in the world who has charmed my life with five wonderful children, who now have charmed my life with three grandchildren (to date, circa 2022). My journey from meager beginnings to where I am now has been paved with an extensive list of disastrous decisions, as well as the highest of redemptions. I have come to know who and what I really am. With the gift of hind-sight, I can now see the ancestral influences that have been ingrained in my soul from the very beginning.
So, while there are those who seem more like a Christian minister, or a mountain-top guru. I am not him. I am me.
I am the 3rd Generation, American-born
Celtic – Norse
via mo shin-seanmháthair
Mary Laney (Stewart)
of Barony, Lanark, Scotland
Via min Oldemor
Nelsina Weisman (Petersen)
of Jutland, Denmark
via mo shin-seanmháthair
Margaret M Weisman (Noonan)
of Lismore, Co. Waterford, Pr Munster, Ireland
Über meinen Urgroßvater
Albrect Otto Henry Weissmann
of Hamburg, Germany
What does all this Ancestry Mean?
After (now) years of research and digging through the archival records, I have discovered that my ancestry for most branches within my family tree all lead back to Western Europe, or the lands of Gael. This then, thereby installs within me the Celtic ancestry of Europe, and the Iberian peninsula. This is not to say, that I like most, have a speckled genetic construct, however, in my case there are some key things that help me really connect with the Celtic ancestry:
- I have researched approximately fifteen (15) generations of my Danish ancestry leading back from my great grandmother immigrating to the US in 1898.
- I have researched approximately ten (10) generations of my Irish ancestry, leading back from my great grandmother immigrating to the US in the late 1800s.
- I have researched approximately five (5) generations of my German ancestry, leading back from my great grandfather immigrating to the US in 1898.
- I have researched approximately thirty (30) generations of my Scottish ancestry, leading back from my 2nd great grandmother on my mother’s side.
This all leads me to the spiritual knowledge I have received through channeling and meditation teaching me of my Celtic origins, and the truth within that belief.
Celts – 4th Century BCE. This is where most of my personal beliefs stem from. Based on historical records (recorded much later), these splinter tribes would migrate north and east from southern Europe as they assimilated into the Germanic tribes. While they too engaged in resistance against the Roman expansion, they would ultimately be scattered across what is today Europe extending as far south as Italy, and north to the British Isles, and Ireland.
Geats – Common Epoch. The Geats were a tribe in northeast Germania of that time, stemming (according to Legend) from the Alps, they were the “Giants” referred to by many different Legends, as they were typically taller and stockier than their European counterparts. The word “Geats” is actually a butchering of the original word, meaning giants. According to legend, these giants also possessed a level of magic.
I believe that the Geats represent a strong connection to the Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis). As there are multiple sources that quote them being of a larger build than the average Europeans of the time. Powerful, with longer arms and stance, It is easy to see how the legends would have identified them as giants, as they came from the lands of the northwest called Alfheim.
Danes – 4th Century CE. The Danes would be a splinter from the Geats as they were identified in many historical records as being of a larger statue than most of the other European tribes. The Danes would begin the transition from the old Celtic beliefs to the more modern Old Norse beliefs and practices. This is typically where the figures of legend began their clarification, in addition, we begin to see historical records of events (carvings, and other dated materials).
American – 19th Century CE. In 1898 my great grandparents migrated to the United States of America where they settled on the east coast, and finally retired in Florida. This arrival marked a new chapter in the migratory path of the clan, who now became hard-working American citizens. From the arrival, my grandfather would be born in the US, as would my father, effectively making me the third generation born here in the country. However, my journey would be a little different than theirs, as I found my way back in history.
The more I have engaged in the academic arena for a greater understanding, the more I realized I had to undergo a personal life’s journey. What I’ve gained now, is the knowledge that these events have been a necessary part of the journey to wipe the previous belief system out, and rewrite the foundation.
My journey to this point has included a long, tedious, sometimes very painful, awakening to where I am today. The journey, which has taken over 50 years so far, has been fraught with emotional understandings that I would have never understood had I not experienced them myself.
In the much earlier parts of my physical life, I was introduced to the spiritual realm through the “New Age” interpretation, and channeling the other-self as a separate entity. This was followed by a long tenure in the indigenous beliefs of the Navajo peoples of Arizona, which is where I have been taught was where I was introduced to the understandings of the Landvætti. Following the death of my father, I spent a year living in a tent on the mountainside of the Santa Catalina mountains just north of Tucson, Arizona. The year on the mountain led to a substantial amount of trance work and meditation, which would strengthen my spiritual connection to the Landvætti. I would come to learn the ways of the Landvætti, but also the truth about the channels within each of us that allowed them to communicate with us. Following that year on the mountain, I lived in a culvert for approximately six months. It was during my life in the culvert, I survived a near-death scenario caused by a Heroin overdose, followed by intervention, or “cleansing” beginning a multi-decade journey without the need for the drug in my life. This situation was ultimately, very enlightening, and began to clear my eyes of the fog. While I didn’t know it, this is where Ó∂inn found me. After relocating to Whidbey Island for about four months, Ó∂inn introduced me to my “Shield-Maiden” who would become my wife and the mother of my children. While she has embraced the monotheistic beliefs of a different realm, she is my world. I cannot begin to form the words of thanks for the belief she has had in me to arrive where I did. She led me on a path of discovery as to the deity communications that she interpreted as the right path. Several years later at Wayland Baptist University I became ordained as a Christian minister and tried to reconcile what I felt in my heart with what was being taught. I would then spend a decade as a chaplain who worked primarily with returning veterans and their families, particularly with PTSD, the voices of the Landvætti would become louder, and more clear, encouraging my return home spiritually.
Fast forward to about 2018, when my mother asked me to assist with her genealogy stuff. As I began to explore the documentation and bloodlines, more fog was lifted from my eyes. I found my great-grandmother and great-grandfather. My great-grandmother was born in Jutland, Denmark, with my great-grandfather being born across the border in Germany. Many of the pieces I was missing in my life began to settle into place.
On January 30th, 2020, I completed an oath on my ring to Ó∂inn as one of his Úlfhé∂nar, which runs in my maternal great grandmother’s bloodline. I meditated and completed the trancework I continued to learn how to open the door to the spiritual realms. As soon as the door was opened my life changed forever. This is more than an embracing of culture but a return home to my birthright. (See the Post “THAT NIGHT”)
Many of the thoughts and beliefs I have had over the decades, now all make sense. Ó∂inn allowed me to drink Ó∂rerir (the Mead of Poetry) and embrace the wisdom of Kvasir. I am home. I have arrived at the place I have sought my whole life to be. My personal self has been filled. Filled with the knowledge and wisdom from Ó∂inn, and the rich culture from my ancestors. Finally, I am home.
I am Úlfhé∂nar!
Dr. Mark Weisman D.D. is a working Celtic-Norse Shaman, and modern-day Úlfhe∂nar sworn to his ancestral Gods, Ó∂inn and Freyja in Asgard by Norse legends. As a former Pastor with the Christian church, he has studied extensively throughout the world and by becoming a Celtic Shaman, arriving at his cultural, spiritual home of the Celtic-Norse. Dr. Weisman graduated with B.S. in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University with a minor in Computer Sciences and Digital Electronics. He would go on to receive his Doctor degree in Divinity after spending a decade as a civilian Chaplain working with former military veterans. Through his everyday practice he has developed successful methods of dealing with psychological trauma thereby helping his friends to build coping mechanisms to get back to their lives filled with joy and comfort. As a sworn Úlfhe∂nar, his primary mission is to use his gift from his Gods to help friends and family overcome their obstacles and see their way to success. Mark’s easy-going personality has made him a favorite of young and old alike, as he produces a simplistic message of love, peace, and hope.