Creating a Rune Lifestyle

The Runes are associated with the Norse Tree of Life, Yggdrasil (pronounced Eeg-dray-sil), and this wise old tree holds its own mystery.

I can hear readers now as they peruse the title of this post, asking “Why would I want to create a Rune Lifestyle? What’s in it for me?”

Well, I don’t know what’s in it for you, because I don’t know your motives or even why such a thing would interest you.

What I can tell you is why it interested me, and why since the Runes came to me, I have built a lifestyle around them.

First of all, when the Runes came to me, I was bored and dissatisfied with my life. I’d tried a lot of things: different jobs, building a business around my talents, or creating careers that fell through because they weren’t my life path. I’ve studied religions, been part of the Gurdjieff work, and I’ve been an artist, a farmer, a Reiki healer and teacher, computer graphic designer, and somewhere along the way, none of these parts of my life ever quite FIT. They were all stepping stones to the life that began for me when I found a book on the Runes on my husband’s bookshelf in January of 2013, and I began serious work with them.

The Runes steady my restless, intelligent nature. They work, and because they work, they strengthen my faith and my ability to trust in the Universe to provide for what I need.

As I deepened my understanding of the Runes, the “little mysteries” or “secrets,” I began to learn about the God of the Runes, Odin, whose death initiation on the Norse Tree of Life obtained the Runes for humanity.

I learned about Yggdrasil, the Norse Tree of Life and Worlds. I could visit the Tree through shaman journey, where the Nine Worlds host people and energies that may seem very foreign to modern people, unless you happen to be a fan of the Lord of the Rings. The Runes also have much in common with the chakras, if you are familiar with those.

I met Gods and Goddesses from the Norse pantheon who were willing to teach me and lead me to deep emotional healing: Gods and Goddesses who will walk with me and talk with me, and for whom I need no intermediary to tell me why this God or that God is “right” and another is “wrong.”

I can use the Runes for inner work and outer work. Pulling just one Rune from my pouch at the start of a day can inform me how the day will play out and I can adjust my mood and my responses or reactions accordingly. If something goes awry during the day, or I have a need, I can call on a Rune energy to bring in prosperity to solve the problem. There really is a lot that the Runes do for me. And in service to the Runes, I am also in willing and humble service to life.

That seems as good a reason as any for me to have developed a Rune lifestyle. Other things that factor into it for me are feeling good, connecting to family (my ancestors practiced the Runes for centuries before the Christian conversion of Sweden), and identifying with Gods more suitable to my essence than the dogmatic Lutheran faith I was raised in.

The Runes have quite a lot to teach us, and that is why I am starting this Rune Lifestyle group. Simply starting each day with a Rune draw brings one to a practice of meditation and contemplation. The exercises that come later, build lasting bridges with the Subconscious and deepen one’s innate intuition. “Rooting” with Yggdrasil is a powerful tool for grounding, centering, and developing energetic and psychic protection.

And the short reason, working and playing with the Runes is a pathway of spiritual evolution, and honoring the work I came here to do in life.

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