CHAPTER 10Odin, the Samurai, and You

Taking Responsibility for Yourself as an Instrument of Power

The great Odin, even with all his wisdom, would occasionally allow his personal issues and natural tendencies to impede good judgment, acting out of greed, anger, the need to dominate, or the desire for revenge. In other words, even with the best intentions, at times he would lose it. Given his recognition of his foibles, Odin sought out the spirit of the sacred well of Mimir for advice on what he must do to increase in insight and understanding. The spirit told Odin that to gain such insight he would need to pluck out an eye and throw it into the well. Upon considering the consequences of permanent disfigurement and the loss of such a valuable ...

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