“Maybe you can’t see the storm that lies just ahead. But I can. Believe me, it’s there.”
Confronting issues openly and honestly can be difficult. Many, like me are afraid of the reaction they’ll get from the person they are confronting. With that fear firmly embedded in one’s psyche, looking the other way and acting like the problem isn’t there becomes the easy way out. Or so it seems. Looking the other way really doesn’t make matters easier at all. In fact, it makes them worse. Problems often just don’t go away without some action.
I haven’t faced some very big issues and challenges that have been in my life for too long now. But I see clearly that I can’t let these problems linger. In my situation the problems have grown and the result is more and more hurt to me. I feel fear of the reaction I expect to receive. My fears I know after giving it long thought are grounded in reality and not based on my imagination. To get myself beyond this fear, I will have to have the necessary support around me to protect me. With my support in place I will face my problems. I must remember that storms don’t last forever. Eventually the sun does shine again, and life was nourished by the rains. I will come out of this a better person.
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.
Experience has taught me this, that we undo ourselves by impatience. Misfortunes have their life and their limits, their sickness and their health. – Montaigne
I don’t feel as though I’m on the right path toward personal growth. Nothing feels like it’s working. I am misunderstood. Nothing is going well at home or in my personal life. I just don’t feel as though I can see it through. Why doesn’t someone help me?
Impatience! I become fretful and blame everyone else for my own shortcomings.
Impatience! I lose touch with the tempo of life and my own particular rhythm.
I am convinced that my addiction and emotional issues will never cease tormenting me. I better slow down and get back in touch with life’s beautiful movement. I know that all things have their season and their motion and ultimately their end. It may feel like winter to me now, but here in Phoenix, summer will be here tomorrow! Nothing remains motionless; everything changes and grows. There is a pattern to life; if I am patient enough to see it. I need to slow it all down, get in touch with the rhythms of my life and life outside me.