I have mentioned here before that I have different books, cards, writings and tools that I use to find inspiration and messages as I journey down this path that Destiny and the Universe have set me upon…and I have chosen to follow. Today, I awoke with a strong sense to go quiet…and seek the Runes…an ancient alphabetic script, whose letters possess a meaningful name and message. The Vikings painted these runic symbols on their shields before going to battle. In the same sense, we can use the messages of these Runes as a protective shield, since knowledge of the self can transform a battle with the self into awareness, and with that, we lay our life swords aside for a time and find peace. The book that contains the translations and messages for my set of Runes is by Ralph Blum.
Today’s Rune that came to my hand is: PERTH: Initiation, A Secret Matter
The Message (paraphrased): “A Rune of mystery, pointing to that which is beyond our frail manipulative powers. Its ways are secret and hidden. Deep inner transformational forces are at work here. Yet what is achieved is not easily or readily shared. An integrity is involved that may be masked, disguised, or secret. After all, becoming whole, the means of it, is a profound secret.
On the side of the earthly or mundane, there may well be surprises; unexpected gains are not unlikely. On the side of human nature, this Rune is symbolized by the flight of the Eagle. Soaring flight, free from entanglement, lifting yourself above the endless ebb and flow of ordinary life to acquire broader vision – all this is indicated here. This is the Rune of questing.
Perth signifies that…Nothing external matters here, except as it shows its inner reflection. This Rune is concerned with the deepest stratum of being, with the bedrock on which your destiny is founded. If need be, let go of everything, no exceptions, no exclusions. Nothing less than the renewal of the Spirit is at stake.”
from the Desk of MarDrag:
Our journey through life, though we share it with many on many different levels, is really a very private, personal and secret initiation. Though we may disclose thoughts, feelings and events with others, there are the very deep, soul wrenching reflections that we keep to ourselves, for ourselves, as our secret conversations to be held hidden. And rightly so. It is a personal integrity we have for ourselves, and our deepest most acutely intense concepts about ourselves. As the Rune states, the means of becoming whole is profound, and is not to be shared lightly…or perhaps ever.
Transformation, though we do not always realize it or are aware of it, is always at work in some form. And at times, it is even kept hidden from us, until we are ready to see. There are forces at work around us at all times. I believe if we were always aware of it, we would be too overwhelmed with its power and momentum. This is why we live on a plane in the mundane. It is sometimes necessary so we have time and space to integrate the various levels of transformation, and assimilate the power of the forces around us…or we might spin into to a hurricane of energy we cannot process.
But…when we are called to it…and our path requires it…we must seek to soar like the Eagle, and rise above the mundane to lift ourselves free of the entanglements, the chains, that keep us bound to the mundane. We must live in the world, but not of it. We must ground ourselves to the physical even as we soar above all that is material to see the broader view. That is the quest of the Spiritual Warrior.
The Rune states that… “Nothing external matters here, except as it shows its inner reflection”. So, what is right before us, what may be happening now, is not the point. It is the deeper meaning that it reflects that we are called to see. We must look beyond what we “think” the meaning is to what we “see”, which is gained from a far different perspective. It is from above, outside, the mundane of everyday life that we will find this vision.
Perth calls us to “let go of everything”…which I believe to mean…let go of our attachment to everything and the desire to manipulate its outcome. Surrender it all to the infinite knowledge that it knows what to do, and is in force…while we attempt to take action…when the only action we should be taking, is to Let Go.
It is at that unfathomable, cavernous, yawning moment of complete surrender…at the very base of our nature…that Transformation of the Spirit, Renewal of the Spirit, takes place. This is the action of the Spiritual Warrior. Have courage…for the phoenix may step into the fire, but always rises, Transformed, into its greatest Self.