I begin most days with a reading from the Runes, asking what my course of right action is for the day ahead of me. Before I draw a Rune from my special sack, I recite to myself “The Prayer of St. Francis.” If I anticipate a situation before me that could be intense or turbulent, I may meditate or pray for specific strength, wisdom or guidance. With a clear mind, and a strong will, openness and the intention to know my direction for the day, I then draw one stone. My Runes are made of rose quartz and I found them in a metaphysical shop in Sedona Arizona. I feel that because they come from Sedona, which has a special energy from the vortex’s there, my Runes are highly charged.
Like me, there are many who set aside that special time of day to consult the Runes. Some light candles or incense. It is important to compose one’s self through meditation or a focus on breathing. It is important to free the mind of all cares and concerns. To the beginner, even to have the mind cleared for just one moment will be helpful. The key here is focus and to control one’s mind. Life happens however; the Runes can be consulted or read without the more formal preparation I’ve described. One’s need is what brings forth the energy of the Runes.
The consultation of the Runes is referred to as “casting” and is considered “play.” This however is a very sacred form of play. I find that a particularly good time to consult the Runes is when one is faced with a decision. Especially situations one is facing where one’s own resources are exhausted or one possesses little or incomplete information. For me, the Runes serve as a decision making tool. Focus the issue clearly in the mind. Reach into the sack of Runes, making contact with the stones. Each time I reach my hand into my bag of Runes, some of the stones feel cold while others feel hot. Intuitively I know, without looking into the bag of course, which Rune is the “right” Rune. The individual that introduced me to the Runes said to me, “The right Rune always sticks to my fingers.”
When Runes are being cast for someone else, this person should be asked to put together their question or concern in their mind, but not say it out loud. By keeping the matter to themselves, any unconscious personal bias is removed from the reading. Rune readings for others don’t have to be face-to-face. A connection through the Internet or telephone works just as well. What is required is the individual’s focus on their issue.
Let’s say that one wishes to consult the Runes on behalf of another person, but their permission to do so can’t be obtained. This is when the Runes should be consulted for “the course of right action.” The Runes can be asked whether such action is timely or correct. “Yes” or “No” questions may be asked. If the Rune is drawn in its upright position the response is “yes”. The reversed position indicates “no.” Nine of the Runes have no upright or reversed position. When I consult the Runes regarding an issue that requires a “yes” or “no” response and I draw a Rune that has no reversed position, I continue drawing Runes until I reach one that does.
I have made reference a number of times to “the course of right action.” This form of request is very appropriate for the Runes. I have consulted the Runes for myself and many others regarding issues such as career moves, real estate sales, investment opportunities, business dealings, relationships and much more. My preference is to use the word “issue” as opposed to “question” when consulting the Runes for myself or others. Often, someone will ask, “Should I quit this job?” As an issue, one would say, “The issue is my work.” It may seem trivial but re-framing a question into an issue is a crucial distinction. If a question is asked and the Runes provide an answer, the role of the individual facilitating the reading is a passive one. If an issue is addressed, and the Runes comment on that issue, one is able to extract one’s own answer and determine for one’s self what the course of right action should be.
If there is no specific issue at all in mind, and one still feels drawn to consult the Runes, ask, “What is it that I need to know for my life right now?” The response from the Runes will always be just what is necessary at that moment.
“To live and let live, without clamor for distinction or recognition; to wait on divine Love; to write truth first on the tablet of one’s own heart – this is the sanity and perfection of living, and my human ideal.” — Mary Baker Eddy
Some days, I feel like the work I do for my personal growth seems simply mundane. I make a choice and then I make it again. Unlike the uncontrolled life I had before, of an uncontrolled maniacal person with bi-polar, life now has a greater degree of sanity that comes from making good choices until they become new habits. Every part of me, may rebel at this from time to time. Does this signal what I fear; a downward spiral?
My old behaviors sometimes try to replay the old tapes in my mind that tell me that a sane life is a boring and mundane. But it’s not: it frees us because now life is more manageable. I’m finding out in this process that it’s the small choices that count. Maybe I change something in my life-like the kind of television show I watch or the music I listen to. Maybe I change my lunch routine or take a different bus route than the usual standby.
One of the simplest concepts I came to understand through this most recent exercise, is that I only have to choose for twenty-four hours. The bottom line for me is to have the willingness, humility and tenacious faith. I will try to see day-to-day routine as giving me the sanity and stability which I know I need to feel safe.
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