365 Days of Prayer – Day 127 – The Work of the Spirit

Flowers wait to bloom

When we follow our life calling without worry or fear, we step into our destiny. When we instead submit to worry or fear, we are subject to fate. There is always Choice, but there is a difference between Conscious Choice and Unconscious Choice. I believe this is as simple as getting caught between conditioned thought and the capacity for “waking up,” or not being burdened by conditioned thought. Getting free from that can take years of hard work and self examination.

Years ago I had a discussion with a man who was complaining about replacing his carpet. As the conversation progressed, I became aware that this was less a “need” than a want to live up to his expectations of what other people thought. My remark, “We always have a choice,” grounded him. He had not previously perceived that we have a choice. The discussion provided food for his thoughts, and therefore, for his being.

Every interaction we have with other people can provide an influence for their life and their being. It is not that I am better than you or you are better than me: It is rather that our relationships become mirrors one for the other. What I dislike in you, I dislike in me; what I like in you, I like in me. I have had people whom I disliked intensely teach me about the practice of grace and comporting themselves well in situations I am uncomfortable. It became a practice of seeing the whole person, withholding critical judgment and allowing the filters of perception to remain open. I become a witness to life instead of viewing life through the egoistic lens of my own perfectionism.

I have just finished a week of reviewing my relationship with my own dear mother, who became an ancestress in 1998. I have owned my resentments and seen the seed patterns of my childhood. It has been difficult, but rewarding work. From the seeds of jealousy and resentment, I have learned how I can use my awareness of my shadows to help me find the gift in any situation. Envy does not have to lead to horrible behavior – instead I can turn it into self care. If I like Jenny’s necklace, I do not have to fixate on wanting one just like it – I can craft myself something similar that is even more unique to my individual sense of style. If I envy Kate’s time for artwork, I can create a period of time in my day where I give myself time to draw. I change the filter of my perception. I can be glad for Jenny and Kate and support their happiness even as I pursue my own. There is enough for all of us.

Because I value the Spirit, I work on myself to be worthy of the Spirit. There is less indulgence in my old habit of self pity and more of holding myself in balance with the question, “How can I be of service today?” More and more often, the answer is simple: BE PRESENT.

BE PRESENT.

This means showing up in the fullness of my own being, my own spirit to WHAT IS. Verdhandi is the Norn of the Present. She teaches me to wait and perceive, and while I wait, to clear my inner space for what is coming in now.

Verdhandi, thank you for the teaching. I am open. I am present. And when the time is right, I will know how to be of service.

365 Days of Prayer – Day 127 How Are You Called?

The Norns Weave Orlog

The Norns weave Orlog. I was called to the Norns in 2013, the year my understanding opened to the Runes. I have been Spirit-led since. The Norns are the three frost-thurs from Niflheim who are the weavers of fate and destiny. I was called to them by the Creek Woman whose “body” or “place” encompasses the valley where I live. This deadly virus has given me the time again to spend in communion with the Spirits who teach me.

COVID-19, as awful as it is, has given us the opportunity to STOP and reconnect to what is basic and simple, and -if you allow it to fill your being- a source of profound joy. I am talking about reconnecting with Nature. Nature has been revered in times past by great musicians (Beethoven comes to mind), artists (Frederick Church, Thomas Cole, and George Inness), and indigenous first peoples world wide. We humans are part of Nature and we should remember that as the pause from COVID-19 shut down the world, and Nature’s bounty has rebounded.

Many people of our era have experienced such a disconnection from Nature that they do not seem to relate the life of the Spirit to the Spirit of Nature. These people even question such “realities” as Spirit, Soul, God. I wish to encourage such folks to look within and find again these connections. It does not matter to me which Gods people follow. What matters to me is that people get in touch with their own divinity. Turn inward and learn who and what you are. This is what matters.

The god-brothers Odin, Vili, and Ve gave humanity everything really necessary and good for our lives in our own bodies. Odin gave Ond, the breath of life; Vili gave mind and will; Ve gave blooming hue, which encompasses everything from the blood that flows in our bodies, to the heart that beats and pumps, our outward appearance, the capacities of the five senses, and the sensual delights these bring us. In the Norse mythology, these life attributes that made humanity were given to two trees, Aske and Embla. Therefore, the Norse connection gives us a profound connection with Nature in our own bodies.

Creator, I pray today that as people face the times we are in, that they will be healed of all that has been out of balance in modern culture, and find in themselves again the connecting links that have been broken.