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The Master Log

One of my own Master Logs.

Master Log: Using Notes, Lists and Brainstorming to Bring Ideas to Reality

This week I had someone write me a message who follows me on social media. He was both interested and I think more than a little confused in not only how I made my living, but how I found the time and inspiration to do all the different things I do.

As someone who now works for himself full-time, my brain has to constantly be in motion- working on new ideas for my business; creating art for personal projects or commission; answering emails to personal coaching clients or writing programming for fitness and nutrition clients; juggling my wife and her two daughter’s schedules while still fitting in 6 days of lifting a week, and 5 days of jiu jitsu and muay thai; mandatory events and long distance travel for my club; all these things and a hundred more have to get done every week.

As a busy guy, sometimes I get overloaded with all this shit, and I start to lose my organization- like that game Jenga, once one piece falls out of place, the rest of the foundation starts to get a little wobbly too, and before I know it, my whole day is derailed because of some easily avoidable fuck-ups. The way I avoid this is through the use of what I call the Master Log

I use a black hardcover moleskine with blank pages, because I like the freedom it allows to work without lines, as I do a lot of my brainstorming and whatnot in a very visual fashion- flowcharts, sigils that have personal meaning to me, drawings of new t-shirt designs, whatever. You can use whatever you want, and you should explore your options. You want your Master Log to be something you enjoy using, and enjoy writing in. Knock yourself out.

You are also going to want to have 2 or 3 separate, smaller blanks- for this, I use the softcover blank moleskins, slim, they come like 3 or 4 to pack.

Now, your main book, this is your Master Log. This thing is your life’s grimoire- your reliquary of ideas, thoughts, planned actions, brainstorms, strategies for winning on this battle field of life. I use this thing to program my workouts, write lists of all the shit I need to get done the following day. I don’t make weekly lists, as they always seem to get derailed anyhow- I try to plan for the next day only, as far as lists go. Obviously, I plan ahead for bigger events, bills, and all that stuff, but for my checklists, I just write down everything that comes to mind the day or evening before. If the list is huge, so be it. The idea is to cross off as much of that shit as possible before the end of the day. If you absolutely can’t get something done, it goes on the list for the following day.

Clearly, the idea here is to stay ahead of the curve, and not weigh yourself down by being a lazy bastard, letting the lists pile up and getting nothing done. I do this by prioritizing my list before I go to bed- shit that I absolutely, positively have to get done first, and things that can take a backseat after that. Making these lists also de-stresses me and gives me a sense of clarity for the following day, which I believe helps me sleep better and not stay awake thinking about those things I need to get done.

Second, every good idea I have during the day, I record in here. I do this for a few reasons: one, you think your memory is sharp, but it isn’t. I am quite convinced I have forgotten more than one million dollar idea that I never wrote down, and I never got to do it, because it never went on a priority list! Seriously, you forget a lot of things in the heat of combat, or the trench warfare of daily life. Write it down. Two, because once you write the idea down, you can come back to it later, when you have the time to flesh it out, take it from the realm of vague potential and bring it into being- a true act of magic of the highest order! Once you put pen to paper on an idea, it is no longer swirling around in the grey fog where we pull our dreams and clouded visions from…you have taken the first step to giving it form by writing it into being.

I have dozens of old notebooks, Master Logs of bygone years, and I still pull them out from time to time, like a goldminer of past inspirations, panning through the debris and scratched out lists for something glimmering with usefulness. Often, I find something there, something that younger me was unable to use or see the value in, or I change it in a form of alchemy, turning the simple lead of a seemingly useless thought into gold- sometimes literally.

I also encourage you to draw in this thing. Give your ideas real shape and flow, break your creative mind out of stasis, shatter those hardening channels in the brain by using creative visualization to bust out of tired ways of thinking and doing. My Master Log has pieces of poetry, snatches of prose, drawings of places that I have dreamed of and then seen or created in “real” life. Words that came to me during a distracted moment that I later returned to and shaped into songs, articles, stories for around the fire to make my brothers laugh. There is real magic in this world, we just ignore it as “flights of fancy” or “daydreams.” I am in the business of making my daydreams a reality, because that’s what I know how to do.

Now that you have your Master Log rolling, that fucker will get chaotic. However, you will begin to find your own method and madness, and your eyes will begin to make sense of it all- I can pick my “to do” lists out from the rest, because I use an underlining system. Some things get circled. Others get arrows. You could use different colored pens, different handwriting for different purposes, whatever you like, or fits your style.

Because it is important to have some fashion of order, I use those slim books as “subject specific.” So, I use one for my weight training only. It is an orderly log of numbers and words that relate to that one facet of my life, in order to be simple, streamlined, and orderly, because it needs to be

I use another one for my business and finances, budget and so on. For you, it can be whatever it needs to be, whatever areas of your life require or need more ordering. This way, you can take applicable information and details from the Master Log, and keep it all in one place, topically. You can start one of these slim books for anything that becomes important. I now have one for Jiu Jitsu. You might have one for story ideas only. Mathematics problems you are working on. Philosophical questions regarding existentialism. Essentially you are curating the massive art gallery of your mind into separate rooms.

Through doing this, you will capture more of your mental inner workings into this world, here, before you lose it in the eddying stream of chaos, perhaps never to return again. If you are a thinker, a doer, this is a very real tragedy, as many of these ideas may get driven out because you are too busy racking your brain trying to remember what bill you were supposed to pay, or why today’s date seems important for some reason.

Those of you whose ideas are shaping the world around you, who are creating a meaningful life from the images they see in dreams and waking visions, brainstorms, and manifested ritual- the Master Log is like a map and compass in the jungles of possibility and potential. Use them to your advantage, and instead of being lost and confused, carve out a place for yourself through the limitless might of your own thought and action.

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Outlaws

All images in this article courtesy of the infamous Peter Beste.

These days, the word “outlaw” gets thrown around a lot. It has been used to market everything from car tires to Crossfit, and is in danger of losing all meaning as it is co-opted by those who want to appeal to the normal person’s desire to feel “edgy” and special.

The true meaning of the word is, of course, “one who has broken the law,” but synonyms include less often used definitions- exile. Pariah. Fugitive. The root of the word comes from the Old Norse “utlagi” which translates as “outlawed, banished.” In the culture that the word stems from, an outlaw was banished from normal society and cast out into the wild, at the mercy of any who found him, as killing one who had been branded outlaw was not an illegal act- they were truly on their own.

To be an outlaw in the modern age is a different reality, but comes with many of the same consequences. It is not a pleasant fashion accessory, or “someone quirky,” who does things “their own way.” Nor is it any longer the mark of an outlaw to simply be someone who has broken the law or been incarcerated, as our bloated and corrupt “justice system” will jail individuals for offenses ranging from a few stems and seeds of marijuana to a fistfight outside a local bar.

Our definition must now become more strict.

The outlaw is now an individual who has scorned the world and its golden calves, who has cast down the idols of political correctness, notions of equality, blind acceptance, willful ignorance, and replaced them with his own allegiances and concepts. He adheres to the abundant explanations of natural law to inform his weltanschaung, and is unswayed by the unwholesome propaganda of media or government, knowing that they are merely two fangs of the same serpent.

He refuses to be told what to do or to submit to the rules of those he knows are unfit and too corrupt to have his actual benefit in mind- therefore, he keeps his own counsel, and that of the few who have proven themselves through action- not words- to be his trusted brothers.

He knows that in order to discover who is protected by this society and who is not, all one must ascertain is who can be criticized publicly without subjecting oneself to the tirades of the mob, self-styled as “revolutionaries” and “anarchists” as they spew forth the same disgusting drivel as the overlords they claim to be at war with.

The kind of scorn the outlaw holds in his heart is dangerous in our time- any who express opinions that go against the status quo and current narrative will, indeed, be pariah, cast out and reviled by those who continue to uphold the popular fairy tales and bland lies of society. But the outlaw is fully aware of this and prepared- he does not piss down his leg any time some bleating sheep accuses his him of some new “-ism” or “-phobia.” He knows that slander and defamation are the only weapons they have against him, but because he no longer cares about his reputation in their filthy world, he is immune to the barbed darts of “character assassination.”

Regardless of accusation and slanderous word, he is true to himself, and does not relent in his personal code- he is proud, strong, scornful and merciless in his quest to uphold the truth, and to eradicate weakness from himself and his chosen tribe. He weathers the storms created by the servants and slaves of Empire, and becomes ever stronger, ever growing in power as theirs diminishes.

Often, leadership of these aging organizations and governments will seek out a “devil” to vilify once again, in order to bring their own ranks and supporters closer together and perpetuate their side’s way of thinking- lest it become stale and those who have subscribed to it begin to drift away to seek out something more vital.

They re-label this “other” with vile by-words, ban its adherents from their cobwebbed courts and crumbling kingdoms, and warn all citizens of their Empire of Nothing: these are Bad Men, Villains, Outlaws, Wolves among the fold, to be attacked on sight, or shunned- relegated to outer darkness.

But the Outlaw has grown in darkness, and he is accustomed to its embrace, and he only becomes more hardened in his resolve to see their Empires crumble.

Because in his burning heart, he knows they are right to fear the Devil.

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That Which is Falling…

“Oh my brothers, am I then cruel? But I say: That which is falling should also be pushed! Everything of today, it is falling, it is decaying- who would support it? But I- want to push it too!”

I rarely take the time to explain my motives, or my personal inner beliefs. However, in light of recent events, I felt that perhaps the time had come to briefly describe my personal understanding of my place in the mythology of my people and tribe. This not exhaustive, and is necessarily basic in order to make it easily comprehended on a surface level.

I do so not out of a desire to apologize or justify, but rather so that people will not misunderstand my reasoning when they attack my brothers and friends for my own personal beliefs.

I believe, firstly, that our world is in the final stages of decay- I mean this word decay on every level that it can be meant. However, when I say final, I believe that time is cyclical, not linear- for lack of eloquence to explain this on a deeper level, I view time and space as interchangeable descriptions of the same principle that cannot be easily understood through one or the other, but must be viewed through the lens of both. Because of this, I believe that all decay gives way to new growth, that what we see in nature exists everywhere, in all things, throughout our conception of Cosmos. Because that which is above is like unto that which is below, our understanding of greater things can be informed in a sort of poetic type of science by our understanding of the smaller things in this reality.

My relationship to mythology is a type of this poetic understanding of universal TRUTHS, not FACTS. My perception of ideas like “gods” and “creation” and so forth, the stories of cosmogony and the peopling of the heavens with characters who typify specific ideals and archetypes, is poetic. I do not BELIEVE in the existence of actual intelligent beings who shape my destiny or pay attention to my brief flickering time here in this reality. However, I do believe that these “beings” are small pieces of a greater puzzle, brief glimpses, shattered pieces of the mind of that All-thing which we call the Cosmos.

Thor, Odin, Fenris, Jormungandr. All elements on a periodic table of spirit, not matter. Small and large clues to the fabric of the universe. Some emulatable archetypes, others massive ideas, “jotunns” of primal concept that the human mind has struggled to break into manageable pieces since we crawled out of the blind chaos of the yawning gap

My utter distaste and disgust for spiritual and religious literalists knows no bounds. Just because your perception of these “godforms” and concepts is childlike, simple, literal, and requires moral black and whites, good and evil, winners and losers, saviors and devils, does not mean that I am bound by similar chains of ignorance.

I ally myself in this age with concepts of ruinous might, chaos and destruction. I do so because the time for “gods” is over/must come again. Those ideas that sweep clean the world, and create space/time in which new/old ideas may once again thrive. I do not cling to concepts of preservation, or protection, because that time/space is not now. But it will be again. This thing must be seen to its end. It must be ridden down into the depths, from whence it can rise again, after the fire of Surtr has burned all things away.

“This is the wind age, the wolf age, and doom is never far off. This is the sword age, the axe age, and many have fallen away. Oaths are forgotten with ease and hearts tremble with fear and despair- few are brave and fewer are wise. But we are bound to these Oaths, and strong of heart.”

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Hail the Victorious Dead

This week, a brother of mine died. I had known him since he was just 15, and in the time between, we were friends, brothers, bandmates and partners in crime. My tribe, his tribe, had our wake for him, in true Wolves fashion, which lasted throughout the entirety of two days and nights. The event culminated in a ritual during which runes were sung, so that even in death, he could find his way back to the wolf-road, and join us again as we wept, and laughed, and loved and fought in his honor.

I woke up today feeling like the last few days had been one long dream, an experience that occurred outside the boundaries of standard reality. As if my life was a train on the tracks, and I was somewhere at a campfire out in the prairie watching it from a distance. I felt washed out, faded and tired from the events of the last few days, and drained from grief. This theme has run the entire thread of my life, and I am no stranger to sorrow and loss.

Discussing our brother’s death was hard, but it reminded us all of an important fact- when we give our lives over to something greater than ourselves, it no longer belongs to us to spend as we choose. That final confrontation with King Death will come when He wills it, but our life belongs to an idea. Our days must be spent thereafter in service to that idea, shaping ourselves, and through will and action, molding ourselves into an archetpye that physically represents that larger concept.

Life is often brutal, and can wear down the best of us, so that in moments of weakness, we may say “there is no purpose,” and succumb to the crushing waves of despair that threaten to drown us forever in empty slumber. But our lives are not ours to give. They belong to our brothers, our tribe, our ancestors, our ideals.

A million million years of mathematical improbability have led to this very moment that I sit here writing this, or you sit here reading it. The combination of our genetic make-up is one that has never happened before, and will never come again- we are the tip of the spear, the leading droplet at the forefront of a waterfall of blood that rushes behind us with power and awful weight.

It becomes our responsibility to not waste this glorious realization. Our destiny is waiting for us, and it should be discovered and seized with strength and power. We must find joy in overcoming, and look at sorrow as a sweet luxury to be tasted like ambrosia in order to remind ourselves that grief for the dead is a grief for how short our time is. To remember that the only thing that matters while our flame briefly burns is that we create a lasting effect on this reality with our deeds, deeds so great they shake the web of Wyrd and alter the world to its foundations. To leave behind us a legacy that matters, that will survive a thousand years, and our names will be spoken by those who come after us, long after our faces are lost to the sands of time- WE LIVE FOREVER.

Some days it becomes more important than others that we remind ourselves of the reasons we exist, and the reasons we must be harder than life, and continue to draw breath. We who subscribe to an idea, and choose to become it, LIVING RUNES in a world of grey banality, will be the legends of tomorrow’s sagas. Hail the victorious dead.

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You Are Not Equal

I don’t know who told you you were special, but you’re not. You exist on a planet filled with swarm upon swarm of human life- breathing, breeding, writhing, warring, building, spreading, rotting. You are a faceless drone in a sea of of faceless drones, so much like the others that your lifestyle will become nearly indistinguishable from millions of human beings. You will be sold the same products, the same music, the same belief of sameness that permeates this entire massive construct.

YOU ARE ALL EQUALS. YOU ARE ALL THE SAME. YOU ARE ALL SPECIAL.

Genetics only count for excuses. You can use them to explain why you are a shuffling puddle of adipose tissue, or why you prefer the gender pronoun “xher,” but not to set yourself apart in the realms of ancestry or culture- depending on what that ancestry is. YOU ARE ONE with the circle of flabby, scabrous hands that surround this rock in a great ring of mediocrity and self-pity, your corpulent bodies oozing putresecence like a field of cancerous meat that goes on forever.

Except, that’s not right is it? That’s the nightmare of the modern world. That’s what they’re looking to sell you. They had your opinions and desires and illusions and distractions pre-packaged and ready to be forced down your gullet from the moment you were born. You are not a human being to them, you are a consumer. A living, breathing statistic of consumption, reproduction, expiration, disintegration. The second you scream your first bloody breath, they are filling your life with commercials, ideas, PRODUCT. Your little eyes are already taking in scenes of life “as it should be” on the great flickering prophet of our age. The television and computer screen have more influence on anyone living in this world than the words of heroes, or the written page.

BUT YOU ARE NOT EQUAL. YOU WERE NOT BORN TO BE A SLAVE, UNLESS THAT IS YOUR DESIRE. UNLESS YOU ARE NOT UP TO THE TASK OF BECOMING A HERO, OR A VILLAIN TO THIS ROTTEN WORLD.

Your lot is not to consume the poisoned grain of modernity, crammed into your feedlot with the rest of those waiting to be slaughtered, hooked up to the Great Machine, your lifeforce feeding it, sustaining it, making it stronger and larger, as you become weaker- a pale, fat, powerless thing. A twisting maggot, its life as futile and meaningless as a worm blindly digging at a bed of iron.

To escape, you must cut away from the feeding tubes. You must become what they fear most:
A MAN WHO DREAMS HIS OWN DREAM. When you awaken from the opiated slumber of Empire, and see with your own eyes what this harlotrous world has done to you, has made of you, you will be overcome for a time with a great wrath. This wrath will feed your becoming, as through the disciplines of Iron and Blood, you forge your mind and body into something your ancestors would recognize as truly human, in all the glory that can imply.

When this wrath flickers, or gutters, that is when the dream-weavers attempt to sink their drugged hooks back into your flesh. When the journey is too arduous, too difficult. When the end of the road can not be seen, or imagined, and weariness overtakes your limbs. “Just for a moment,” you whisper to yourself through cracked, bloody lips, as you lower yourself to the ground for a few fleeting minutes of rest from the Path With No End. Your eyes begin to close, and the hooks feel so comforting. As the sweet toxin of Empire once again flows into your veins, and all the pretty images flood your mind. A heady mixture of mediation, plastic people fucking, laughing, dancing and sporting, all JUST FOR YOU.

This is the easy way, and to be awake is so hard. So lonely, and the reward is so intangible.

AWAKEN!

This “momentary rest” will break you. It will destroy your resolve, as you relapse into the addictions of comfort, laziness, chemical pleasure, illusion after illusion, and finally, an ignoble death. What our ancestors called a “straw death,” you will dribble out your last breath hooked up to a thousand machines and no one will care, because you were nothing, and you died for nothing. Another diseased consumer closing their eyes for the last time in the great industrial farm of this planet Earth, a farm in which you are the cattle, and they, the Feeders, the Bleeders, the Eaters. Your corpse will be fed to the rest, and they will think “how special he was,” for one tiny second, and then your name will be erased from this reality forever.

We cannot give up. We cannot lose hope. We cannot lose heart.

The fight is ongoing, it is brutal, it is continuous, and it is fought within. We are the only casualty of this war, and we cannot afford to lose. There are others fighting as well- and we must find them. We must add our strength to theirs, or be obliterated and forgotten. We must raise not a thousand banners, but one. One awful black flag that signifies our willingness to awaken, to remain awake, and to fight to our last breath for our true freedom

This banner will be seen and it will be reviled. It will be misused by pretenders, and it will be clawed down by those who hate us, because the diseased will always look to infect those who are free of infection. None of this matters, and we cannot allow them to take our banners down. The flag signifies our willingness to clan together, in an age where that very action is dangerous- we must not fear. Our hearts must be pure. Our limbs must be strong. Our actions must match our words, and this is the inner mantra of OPERATION WEREWOLF:

PURE HEARTS. STRONG LIMBS. ACTIONS MATCHING WORDS.

We must become warrior poets, outlaw philosophers, inspired berserks- we cannot be strong only in mind, or only in body. We cannot be stuck preaching with no practice. Our detractors must see an impenetrable wall of power, a shield wall of Courage, Honor, Strength, Mastery that nothing can destroy.

Operation Werewolf is Iron and Blood. Our blood must be clean, not filled with the toxins of modernity. Our blood must be hot with righteous wrath, and the exertion of physical training. We do this with a will of iron, we lift the iron, we have iron in our hearts. Our comrades make us stronger, they do not accept weakness in us, nor we in them, and this is how we prevail. We are merciless with one another, knowing that we cannot abide weak brothers and sisters, and we refuse to be the weakened link in the chain.

Our conquest will settle for nothing less than total war, and total victory

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