THURISAZ

Thurisaz, the third Rune, has been interpreted to mean “Thorn,” but relates also to Thor, the Æsir God who protects the garth/gard/guard (enclosure or protective settlement) from the giants. The root word thurse also relates to the race of giants whom frequently oppose the gods who support humanity. Thor, with his hammer Mjöllnir, an iron belt, and an iron glove, travels about in his goat cart killing trolls and protecting Asgard from predation by the giants who represent large natural forces.

A “giant” might be any natural force, or any inherent unconscious force, that is larger than ourselves: floods, thunder and lightning, earthquakes, forest fires (Fehu), and other natural disasters, which are external to ourselves, and fear, anxiety, or subconscious rage, which are internal to ourselves. Thor himself has the property of making himself as large or as small as needed, which makes him the ideal counterforce to the giants.

Thor is also called Thunar, which means thunder. He has come to me when I needed guidance to work the weather and in friendship when I have worked the land. He definitely has ties to storms, as thunderstorms are essential for setting nitrogen in the soil for the legumes to prosper. His iron belt and the glove that he wears to use his hammer evoke also his capacity to attract and manage electrical forces.

As Thorn, Thurisaz reveals two aspects of itself. Rose bushes, thorn apples, and raspberry or blackberry bushes are those shrubs and trees which come to mind bearing both the nasty thorn, scented flower, and fruit. The shrubs provide protective hedges for the smaller wildlife to escape the winged predators: hawks, owls, and eagles. As with the thurses and Thor, the Rune is both dangerous and protective. When Thurisaz shows up in a reading, whether upright or reversed, look at both the destructive and protective potential inherent within the situation. Where lies the Thorn? Where lies the Rose? More than any other Rune, Thurisaz represents the power of Paradox.

If Uruz is the Rune of physicality, Thurisaz is the Rune that can indicate the inherently unconscious, emotional forces underlying situations where we get in our own way. As we explored in the chapter on the Subconscious, the reptilian and mammalian brain still retain the capacity for over-riding the waking consciousness of the neo-cortex in situations where quick response proves essential for survival. These episodes can result in unconscious patterns of behavior that can trip us up in our own lives and our own goals until we begin to discern the resultant behaviors and change them. (See Engrams and Negative Behavior Feedback Loops). Thurisaz thus becomes a Rune to help us get in touch with those lost and forgotten aspects of self through the process of recollection, recapitulation, and the effort to see ourselves as we really are, not as we would have others see us. Through our ability to weather the pointy, sharp, shadowy aspects of self we pass through the thorns to smell the roses.

The related fairy tale here is the one of Sleeping Beauty. The original story to the fairy tale is the one where Odin punished Brunhilda, a disobedient Valkyrie, by putting her to sleep in a thorn thicket until the hero Sigrid came along to awaken her. The sleep thorn is the unconscious, and the thorn the conscious. The awakened Valkryie is now able to teach the hero the full magical workings of the Runes.

URUZ

Uruz is named after the now extinct Aurochs, the wild, primeval European cattle. The large Aurochs had great horns, which the Norse used for drinking horns in their sacred ceremonies, and the young men probably used to show off their hunting prowess. This Rune links us to the Cow Audhumbla, coming into being out of the conflagration of the Worlds of Fire and Ice (the Creation mythology), and whose milk nurtured the first manlike-being, the giant Ymir.[1] We have explored cattle as wealth (Fehu), and now the second Rune, Uruz, links us to cattle as a symbol of physical wellbeing, strength, good health, stamina, and considering the cow, nurturing and nourishment. In the plant kingdon, Uruz may be considered the rootedness that connects plants to the nourishing soil of Earth.

Uruz is a powerful, primeval, animal force that one must be respectful of. If Fehu was a wildfire, then the power of Uruz can be likened to the stampeding Aurochs herd. In dealing with cattle, one must be mindful of the herd mind. The animal evolved a skull thick enough to support those great horns and withstand the impact of slamming into another Aurochs headfirst. When bulls or cows are determining which is to be the dominant one, they push against each other head to head, until the stronger one wins, and the pecking order is settled. The expression “bull headed” came about from pushing through until something gets resolved. Uruz can therefore mean a test of strength or an ordeal that must be passed through. You learn to stand on your own feet through situations requiring grit, energy, and determination. It might be prudent to ask whether the conditions are right for “bulling through” something when confronted with the major change that the appearance of Uruz represents. Natural occurrences present opportunity to fall back on self to fund the strength of will and develop the inner resources of fortitude, stamina, and perseverance to see the situation through. Calling upon this Rune during such times can help sustain you while you persevere.

Uruz also serves to remind us when we need to take time to self nourish. The Rune itself is shaped in the form of a grazing cow or bull. Sometimes the form this will take is a period of rest to replenish the energy needed to return to the fray.

Uruz reversed in a reading can indicate ill health, low vitality or low virility, lack of motivation, or that the questioner has failed to take advantage of the moment. Perhaps your own strength is being used against you, or perhaps you are being used to another person’s advantage.

[1] This giant is interesting. Ymir is a variation of a name that means “Roarer” or “Mudroarer.” See Maria Kvillhaug’s book for the best translation of the name, and refer to the chapter on Hela’s initiation at the Well of Souls.

FEHU

I have promised to write up the meanings of the Runes as I understand them. I stick to the Elder Futhark, and this is what will appear in the book I am writing called Goddesses of the Nitty Gritty: A Call to the Well of Being. Below is the Elder Futhark in the three Aetts from my first set I made hand painted on river stones.

Elder Futhark three Aetts

Here is the first: Fehu.

FEHU – The first Rune in the Elder Futhark ring, Fehu’s essence encompasses abundance, provision, prosperity, manifestation, and earned wealth, and in a sense contains the entire Rune cycle within itself. Edred Thorsson wrote that Fehu is wildfire. It relates to that passionate thrust for life that M.E.M. showed me in Vision, of the first little fish seeking life on land. As the first in the Rune cycle, Fehu represents a force forever calling things into being. From this Rune everything comes. Fehu lies above and beyond the physical form, not something we can perceive with the five senses. To my understanding this Rune ties into the Awareness that underlies physical life, supports our wellbeing, and is universally available to provide that which we call into physical life through our understanding of how to work with its power.

Fehu can mean money and moveable wealth through barter and trade. In ancient times this meant cattle, as the herds and increase of herds meant wealth in a form that provided easier subsistence than hunter/gathering. Tamed cattle provided milk and meat; herds of sheep or goats provided meat, milk, and wool. Fehu includes the wealth that arises from one’s own hard work, knowledge of craft, and/or how to provide a service. Fehu differs in this respect from Othila, which ends the Futhark ring, and means inherited wealth, land, real estate, country, and family. The essence of Fehu in wealth building manifests as one has a plan, one applies one’s self diligently to the manifestation of that plan, and one’s hard work pays off in the wealth generated.

Fehu is a rune that attracts, so there is a need to be very clear on that which one wishes to manifest. The warning inherent in this is that if your thoughts are muddled with negative expectations, one may also attract that which one is seeking to avoid.

To use Fehu to draw toward us goods for our wellbeing and physical sustenance, we focus on those wants and needs, utilizing the wealth of our positive imagination to harmonize with the Universe in delivering these things into our lives. If you long for a new car, for example, imagine yourself driving that car, how it will feel to have that car, and all the good associations you have with that car, then Fehu becomes an attractor toward manifesting that car.

However, if there is an area in your life wherein you are encountering a lot of resistance, Fehu can be used to clear the path of resistance. What we give thought and emotion to, we manifest, and if we are manifesting worry, concern, strife, or opposition (i.e. negative self-talk), we are pushing away that which we say we want.

Meditation with Fehu can help to clarify what your actual feelings about that want are. For example, I want to be slender, but being heavy keeps unwanted male sexual attention away from me. So to lose the weight I ideally need to clarify (a) that I am heavy to keep unwanted male sexual attention away from me, and (b) how I can begin to feel safe from unwanted male sexual attraction so that I can slim down. Perhaps I can feel safe by taking a kickboxing class, which could teach me how to defend myself from predators and also provide me a valuable form of exercise.

Or maybe my concern is financial. That brand new truck costs a lot! Maybe I can save up toward a down payment so that my monthly payment will fit within my cash flow. Or maybe I am willing to take a second or third job to make that happen.

In healing work, I have found that I can use this Rune to connect with a person’s energy and discern what ails them. I suspect Fehu correlates to the meridians of the human body, as it is a Rune that encompasses the entire Futhark within itself. I have not tested this theory of mine, however, except via self-healing and giving my husband hands on healing.

My favorite Rune story with Fehu was when Freyja came to me in my garden one spring day and taught me how to use the Rune to grow green beans. The previous year, I had asked the green beans how to save their seeds for future years of gardening, which they told me through Vision. At that time I was still learning to trust my own intuition, so it was through trial and error that I learned to let the bean pods dry down completely before the brown bean seeds were then ready to harvest for next year’s planting.

The next spring I was driving myself crazy with thoughts of “what if” I harvested the bean seeds wrong. On planting day, I sensed the presence of a beneficent, powerful Goddess, bringing her powers of calmness, confidence, and abundance. She said, “Let me show you,” and combining her power with mine, she laid a bubble of power over my little garden to which we fed the Fehu Rune energy. The bubble contained Fehu over my garden while it grew, and I would add more energy as needed. The green beans, to which the Goddess and I had most specifically directed the Rune’s energy, were more abundant than ever before in my lifetime of gardening. At that time, I asked Her Name, and She answered, “Vanadis.” Later I learned Vanadis, meaning Lady of the Land, is another name for Freyja. So, Vanadis/Freyja, the green beans and I thank you.

Christmas Angel | The Golden Child of 2017

When I was a child on Christmas night I would linger under the tree, lights lit in the darkened living room, listening to the bustling sounds of Mom and Dad putting the day away. My sister was in the play room watching television, but for me, alone under the Christmas tree, was a special moment. A feeling of peace would come over me. In the quiet and utter stillness was the living presence of peace.

Between young adulthood and middle age, I lost this feeling in the cares of the world, making my way. But after divorce, and raising my son apart from my former spouse, a light broke into my heart again. His dad had come to pick him up for the weekend, and I was sitting alone in my home, enjoying the moment of peace and quiet before exhaustion drove me up to bed. The lights were out, because I was preparing myself to go up to bed, but I had just sat down for the moment, and two ribbons of light, one red and one green began dancing around the living room. I extended my senses, and I experienced a feeling of love. Two days later, I visited a store that sold new age art prints, and someone had painted angels that way, as ribbons of colored light.

Cares and time weighed me down again for a few more years, but this year just past, in 2017, I have reconnected. My second husband is a Jewish man. When we first met, he asked his sister to teach me the song to light the Sabbath candles. It began slowly, but in August I first noticed that by the Sabbath candles I felt again the way I had felt under the Christmas tree as a child. The more I noticed its presence, the more I began to feel in touch with my inner child.

With this presence I feel calm, happy, and joyful. The more I bask in its presence, the more in touch I become with my inner child. The presence comes now when I work with fire. It comes when I need reminding to be a light. There is evil in the world, there are greedy people without love. To be a light in the world has meant I often have to face my own shadows; as my hatred or rage gets hooked by the mistreatment and disrespect of women, the rape of our environment (Mother Earth), the often unnerving hostilities perpetuated against innocents, I can remember the Light and find my inner balance.

I call this Light my Christmas Angel, the Sabbath Angel, or my Golden Child. 2017 was the year I met my inner Golden Child. I know that I AM a light in the world, but together, humanity together – WE ARE the Light of the World. We are to hold everyone in the Light of the World, even the GOP Administration as they expose the shadows inherent in their greed and their narcissism. We are to hold in potential, without judgment, for ALL of us are creating the conditions of this time, as we move forward into 2018. May it be the best of years!

A Beginning Point

Everywhere people struggle. They struggle to get by, they struggle to find happiness, they struggle within family struggles. Comfort, individuation, the need to stay fed and keep a roof overhead are some of the reasons. Whatever the reasons, we often find ourselves imprisoned by our beliefs, our needs for the very things we think that we need. To get by, we take on more than we bargained for or feel we get less than we deserve. All of these perceptions, good and bad, right or wrong, block the actual flow of the reality of events. All of these things block us from the vision of our spirit. To get hale, to get hearty, we need to find our way home.

 

We have a choice, and the choice is very simple. To stop… Right here… Right now… Take that breath, release that tension, let go of all the imagined… What you are supposed to do, how you are supposed to be doing it. These are someone else’s words, not your own. This is your programming, not your true self. So stop, right here, right now, take that breath, release that tension, and turn inward, quietly, center yourself, and listen. There is a still small voice within that will inform you and guide you so that when you turn outward to the world again, you can bring with you more integrity of yourself.

 

Vision, and in visioning dare to dream. Dream yourself awake to the reality of who you are and how you came to be here. Each one’s story is unique, but within the stories are common bonds that will unite you with others. Ours is the common human experience. Ours to find the way home.

 

You have a body. You have a body that unites your spirit to Earth experience. While you are here in your body, Earth is home. What we can imagine without conditioned thought is a positive imagination that can bring to us the stuff of life that we need for survival. No worries and no fears. What we imagine with conditioned thought is terrifying and so is the world that generations of humans have created with conditioned thought. This is the world of Armageddon, wars, ravished by disease, and every other ill – but we do not see that we have collectively created this world by agreeing to see the world in the same way everyone else around us sees the world.

 

The shamanic viewpoint is different. It has to be. A shaman correlates the world of the spirits she sees with the world of matter that she sees. A shaman sees that spirit animates all of matter. She also sees that most people lack shamanic vision. What is needed is a new way of seeing the world, or maybe a new “old” way of seeing the world. If you see that everything has life and you respect life within you, maybe you will take better care of that life. The Peruvians say, “Ayni” – Today for me, tomorrow for you: Reciprocity.

 

To reach this stage, we need a beginning point. For today, the beginning point can be a moment. So stop. Right now… Right here… Take that breath. Go within. Listen for that still small voice. Louder voices may override it, but be patient. Let them go like the clouds flowing overhead. The wind of Spirit will blow them away, and the still small voice will make itself heard, loudly, in the Silence that follows.

ON DEATH & DYING

Town of Athens cemetery

Hela, Norse Goddess of Death, summoned me prior to my night’s rest. I sat down in the Meditation Room, and began, as is my habit, to thank the Creator and my guiding spirits for the day, its blessings, and its challenges. Once I was receptive to what she had to say, Hela asked me to encourage people to meditate upon their death, which they can use toward a fuller life.

The ultimate passage from this world awaits all of us. Death spurs us to live fully, love totally, and to work on self actively. Let no moment go by unfulfilled. Death is an ending and a beginning. Every day, many moments of small deaths occur unnoticed: the end of one breath and the beginning of the next; the end of one task and the beginning of the next; and the flow of one movement into the next.

Awareness becomes the disciplined practice of giving attention to life. Work on self might include that stuff we do not like to do – a goal for my self, if I finish cleaning my kitchen, then I can return to my artwork without further thoughts nagging upon this task. Work on self becomes also an awareness of the stuff that we do like to do, but deny ourselves. In this mood I finally completed that intricate puzzle I kept putting off due to imagined time constraints. Now it hangs on my wall where I can look at it to enjoy the sense of accomplishment and achievement it continually gives me.

To meditate upon death is to loosen the fear it can have over me. Conditioned Mind might grab me with fears of death, but I cannot “see” my final hour. To make meditation upon my personal death a regular practice offers me the chance to struggle with Conditioned Mind to loose its hold over me, including those anxieties that rob me of a peaceful night’s sleep!

My son was born on the first morning of spring. I sat with him in the hospital window on one of those rare sunny days that promise an early season, but don’t deliver more than a couple of nice days before winter comes back as rain and mud. I watched the clouds scuttling overhead, and I looked down into my son’s eyes that could not quite focus on anything yet. His eyes reflected back to me those passing clouds: Something passing and gone more quickly than I could grasp hold of. Conditioned Mind is like that. Thoughts constantly arising and passing away grab my attention, one moment slips away into the next before a moment of wakefulness comes, and I realize an hour has passed and I have not remembered myself.

Anticipation of my death pushes me to the struggle for conscious being. I have today to breathe, live and move. With death everything will stop. My body will be stiff and unresponsive. If I have trained my spirit, the other side of life will welcome me. If I have not, I will be heavy with remorse for all I have left undone. Have I said, “I love you” often, and meant it? Have I remembered to practice kindness, an act of compassion? Have I remembered to feed the dog, feed the cats, feed the horses, and give adequate care to those I am responsible for? My son? My husband? My co-workers? Have I had love? Or has my time on earth been spent in bitterness and jealous longing for greater material wealth?

Death makes me consider what I can take with me when I die and what I can’t. I can’t bring my material wealth, but I can bring my spiritual accomplishments. I have my memories. I can practice mindfulness, enjoy peace of mind, and be excited by the next adventure. I can bring my love, my good will, and my trust in the Creator, because isn’t the Creator the Great Mystery at the end of the journey, even as at the beginning?

Hela has been a great teacher to me. Death is not a new experience for me; I have been recalling unfinished past lifetimes since I hit puberty. What I needed to remember was repressed in my unconscious mind – the scars of this life that had remained unhealed. I had to uncover these to begin the process of dying to myself, which even though the Norse were training me is akin to what Jesus talked to Nicodemus about dying to self to be born of the Spirit. The hold of the Conditioned Mind, or ego self, must pass away before we can open to the Wholeness of Spirit that we are.

When Hela first came to me, I had answered the call to Northern tradition shamanism, a renewal of all the indigenous traditions lost to the Scandinavian peoples via the event of the spread of Christianity. I had begun to study the Runes and learn from the Norns. My first experience with Hela came as a test that occurred during my daily physical exercises.

I was rolling my head gently around on my neck to loosen habitual tension, when suddenly I found myself hanging from a noose! After a moment’s time to react, my thought was, “Okay! This is old stuff!” (Salem, MA, August 19, 1692 where I believe myself to have been John Proctor). Next I found myself lying flat on my back being disemboweled and dismembered on the battlefield. Valkyries flew overhead, and there was the smoke and the stink of carnage. My next thought was, “Okay! So this is what it is like to die by the sword!” I saw living skeletons dancing around me. My spirit took in all that was happening. I had been reading about Hela online at Raven Kaldera’s website, so I asked, “Are you Hela?” She nodded, and said, “You are not fearful!” I replied, “I am not! I have died many times before.” That exchange sparked a dialog with Hela on death and dying, rebirth, and living between states of awareness.

It is as possible to be dead while you are alive as it is to be alive when you are dead. This statement seems like a contradiction, but I consider the example from Christianity when Jesus admonished his apostles to let the dead bury the dead. An enlightened consciousness is vaster than what passes for waking consciousness, but is totally unknown to those who have not experienced it; a state of sleep in life is akin to death, because we have been separated from an innate connection to Spirit, which should be our birthright. It is possible to find ways to live mindfully with intention and awareness. We can learn by seeking the commonalities among world religions to overcome our own inherent religious bias. Carolyn Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit, said Christ is the great teacher of the Heart, as Buddha is the great teacher of the Mind. The Koran acknowledges the other teachers from God that came before Mohammed. Is this something fundamentalist Christians (who seem to hate Moslems on principle) are even aware of?

To be mindfully alive in full knowledge that death will eventually claim me spurs my efforts to have meaning and purpose. I can sense the life forces in all things around me and I want to continue in spirit in relationship with those beings that I love. I make the best use of this precious life. I will not lay it down without struggle.

Expanded soul awareness informs me of what is important to my life. The tasks necessary to survival must be met, but beyond this, to partake in the dream of the world is to lose my inner peace. Witness the wealthy and the famous who emphatically pursue unvirtuous lifestyles just because they can: the Donald Trumps, Roy Moores, and Anthony Wieners of this world turn my stomach with their denigration of women, the natural environment, the poor, and the physically challenged. To seek the collective wellbeing via acts of service is its own reward: to clothe the orphans and feed the hungry, visit the sick and tenderly administer to the dying, to birth babies and help the new mothers toward a satisfying relationship with their children. To honor the values of the spirit is to raise our awareness to the less tangible wealth that we can take with us when we pass.

I am coming into a deeper awareness of what it means to walk my talk and live my values. To hone my truth is to speak it and to stand by it with my life if necessary. This is what I stand for. This is my foundation. And as I take on more of the mantle of the shaman, I even more dedicate my remaining years to the wellbeing of others and stewardship for the earth. And this is how meditation on my own death has helped me: I waste less time on useless pursuits and spend more time on those things that have meaning to my task.

I had thought this work finished, but Hela called me into conversation this morning and wanted me to add to this piece the reminder that the death of the physical body is not the death of the spiritual body. This body temple that houses our soul for this particular life on earth will pass into stench and decay that will feed the soils and become living matter for plants. Our soul is a different matter entirely.

There is a planetary wide call today to awaken consciously as never before. The actions that homo sapiens have taken to make life easier for itself has led to too much reliance on fossil fuels, and generated more waste and garbage than the planet can handle. We are called to a new style of life that leaves a softer footprint where we walk on the earth home during our time here. These are conclusions we must reach individually, gained through our own experience, because nobody else can do our inner work for us.

Our spirit, after our physical death, will be stronger or weaker for the time we have invested in working on learning and practicing the lessons we came into life to learn. Work on self is essential for the growth and evolution of our spirit. Our spirit can be in a state of “death” that is akin to deep sleep from which we lack the energy to awaken. Or, our spirit can be loving and conscious and strong. The choice is up to us.

I do not say this because I wish to scare any one, but the time is growing shorter. The true power in time is Now. The Present Moment holds all of our power in life. My suggestion to anyone reading this who has a sincere wish to work on them selves would be to form groups of like-minded people. Discuss ideas, discuss solutions, take advantage of your ability to be politically proactive and get representatives in government who are as sincere as you are about creating the world you want to live in. If you wish to communicate with me, please do. My email is susan.hintz.epstein@gmail.com. If you wish a Rune reading, to form a Rune study group, or join a summer drumming group if you live local to me, please email me at the above email address, call (518) 947-0645, or PM me on FB.

© Susan Hintz-Epstein – March 23, 2014 and December 8, 2017

 

Awareness and the form of life

This morning I woke up with the phrase: If “God” is Awareness, and I am aware, then through my awareness I am partaking of the Awareness of my Source, aka God. This supports the idea of all Creation myths, even that of Genesis, that the Creator gave Beings life through Divine Breath. If you are Christian, you will believe in the Holy Spirit. “Spirit” comes from the Latin word “spiritus,” meaning Breath. Jesus talked about the Holy Spirit as the Comforter. Other words for the Divine Breath are Ruach (Hebrew), Ond (Norse), and Reiki, meaning Universal Life Force Energy. Jehovah and Odin are Creator Gods within their own mythologies and there are many others, as Renee Baribeau talks about in her Hay House Book, Winds of Spirit.

The people who insist on monotheism are missing some vital points on the Nature of God. There is a oneness of God if you realize that it is the awareness beyond the form of life which grants collective conscious participation within life. Every living being is a part of that! Myself, my husband, my dog, the trees in my backyard, you, your family, your pets, that pesky squirrel that broke into your attic, ad infinitum. My Gurdjieff teacher, Donald V. Petacchi, used to say that consciousness is the unity within the diversity of all life.

God has as many faces as there are living beings to conceive of God. Whether we call God, “God,” or “Allah,” or “Jesus,” or “Odin,” most of us imagine God as the ideas of what we believe God should be. It takes a special effort to sort all of that out and surrender to what the divine actually is. In the Gurdjieff work I learned that I was created in the image of God as a three-brained being possessing the attributes of body, emotion, and intellect. When I hold my attention on self-remembering, these three forces are unified within myself in a special way wherein I am more conscious.

My Facebook friend and Wind-teacher Renee Baribeau has discovered the Creator Gods in the Wind throughout the many Creation myths of the world. To say one is literally true at the expense of the rest, seems to me couched in insanity when I consider all the religious wars such ideas led to. When I woke up this morning with the above mentioned phrase playing through my mind, I understood that we are all equally partakers in the Awareness that lives beyond the form of the world. What we form from that, or whether we ever totally access that which lives beyond the form of the world depends on the questions we ask or the experience we seek from our lives.

To get research for my own book, I read Lucid Dreaming by Robert Waggoner. At one point he chooses to seek the awareness beyond the dream, and what made itself so richly known to him through his experience was a clear blue light, which he equated with the Clear Light meditations he had done through a Buddhist meditative practice. This seemed to me very beautiful and connected to what Donald Petacchi used to say about the diversity within the unity. How many who talk about the oneness of everything have really experienced it in this way? Or is this another justification to push for monotheism?

Another person whose ideas I follow published a very well written post on her blog this morning on prayer, which practice connects us to the Gods. You can find Galina Krosskova’s post here: https://krasskova.wordpress.com/2017/11/21/on-prayer-2/

I return to my original point, that life partakes of the awareness of the collective consciousness, and this thought is supported by my Christian friend John Naughton who writes so well of the hidden applications of Revelations. I met John in Oneonta, NY where we were both working as psychic healers. His message tied in exactly with something I had read by Edgar Caye, the Sleeping Prophet, who channeled from the Akashic records that The Revelations of Saint John is not a book about the end times, but a book on healing. John Naughton publishes his book Revelations under the author name of Phoenix, and you can purchase it from him online if you are interested. Revelations relates to the end times insofar as it relates to our own living and our own dying. It is at birth that life begins for us and at our death that it ends.

I may have a lot more to say on this subject eventually, so if you are interested, please subscribe to my blog at nornirscorner.com

The Voice of God is in the Wind

One of the things I have always been is a student of the divine. A few years ago while I was still a Lay Speaker for the Methodist Church, I wanted to meet God, so I went up on the mountain and prayed. My answer was immediate. The wind came up on a still day into the pines where I sat, and I saw a face of God. I believe God is in all things, in all Nature, as an aspect of the Creator gave breath to all Life. The Wind or Holy Spirit/Holy Breath/Ruach/Ond flows through all times and all spaces. So now I know that God has many faces, many names, and all may call upon Him at any time. Not any one religion is the right one, polytheism is just as valid a form of worshiping God as monotheism or even atheism. I no longer judge.

Since I received this understanding, I met online a shaman who is teaching work with the winds and has a book coming out on Hay House next February. I joined her facebook page, the Wind Clan, and I highly recommend anyone who is interested in the things that interest me to check out what she has to offer. Her name is Renee Baribeau. With her teachings many of us are emptying our closets of old emotional junk and finding our own Wind Voice.

The Runes and Norse Goddesses with whom I now work are also energetic beings of this type. They have facilitated deep inner healing and have been teaching me ways to facilitate that. I am interested in forming a local community who is interested in working with the Winds and the Runes. If you are interested, please call me at (518) 947-0645, PM me on FB, or email susan@nornirscorner.com