Good Monday Morning! Today’s post brings us our regular Monday Message to take into the week with a bit of wisdom to help us along. This week, we consult the Runes for that message. And so, with my well-used, tattered and worn “Book of Runes” by Ralph Blum before me, I tumble the stones in their bag until one finds its way to my palm. The Rune that shows itself for us today is:
Jera: “Harvest, Fertile Season, One Year
Message (paraphrased): “A Rune of beneficial outcomes, Jera applies to any activity or endeavor to which you are committed. Receiving this Rune encourages you to keep your spirits up. Be aware, however, that no quick results can be expected. A span of time always is involved, a full cycle of time before the reaping, the Harvest or deliverance.
You have prepared the ground and planted the seed. Now you must cultivate with care. To those whose labor has a long season, Jera offers encouragement of success. Know that the outcome is in the keeping of Providence and continue to persevere.
Remember the farmer who was so eager to assist his crops that he went out at night and tugged on the new shoots. There is no way to push the river; equally you cannot hasten the Harvest. Be mindful that patience is essential for the recognition of your own process which, in its season, leads to the Harvest of the Self.”
from The Desk of MarDrag:
Well, there is a little of the good, and a little of the frustrating in this message today. On one hand, Jera is telling us that much of our hard work, planning, and planting of seeds is coming to fruition…or to harvest. It encourages us to stay our course and stay positive…and to cultivate those seeds and take care with our plans as we wait for them to unfold. And there brings the frustrating aspect…
…the wait. Sometimes, plans, goals, and moving forward take a bit of time to fall into place. We, then, are called upon to be patient, and that is not always easy in this fast-paced, instant access world we live in. We need or want things to happen now…and while some do…some take more time to ripen and come to full bloom and we cannot rush that process to be done before its time. As Jera says, we cannot push the river, or pull the shoots from the soil before they are fully grown and ready for the picking. If we move too soon or too quickly, we lose the benefit of our growth maturing to its fullest and we then cannot reap its full benefits.
With a little patience, we can gain the best of what we are gestating. But, while we wait, it is important to keep working at our endeavor and cultivating it until it is the best we can create, and we will be that much happier with the results for the wait. Because it is then that we get what we ask for.
So, we must be as clear as possible on what we want, and what we do to cultivate it. We must Persevere…and not lose hope or belief in what we are doing. If we recognize our process as necessary to the success of the outcome, then we can let the process flow and let go of the stress and worry of how it will turn out. This takes Trust, in ourselves and our path. Nurture that trust as we cultivate what we have planted…and we will see the shoots and blossoms from our efforts grow strong, beautiful, and fulfilling.