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So let go…it’s alright, ’cause there’s beauty in the breakdown.

–Imogen Heap, from the song Let Go

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.”

–Deepak Chopra

Do you feel like a storm is brewing? If so, get out the candles, stoke the fire, and prepare to wait it out.

The first rune of the second aett (or rune “family”) in the Elder Futhark is all about challenges that delay and disrupt your plans. In situations like these your choices are usually few, but clear. Do you face the storm with courage, then pick up the pieces and rebuild after it has passed? Or do you deny the storm is raging around you, then stare with disbelief at the damage it leaves behind? Worse, do you spend your valuable time and energy demanding the Universe “make things the way they were before,” instead of moving forward?

It’s hard watching something we’ve spent time and energy building come crashing down around us, especially when we feel powerless to stop its collapse. But nature’s cycle of birth, growth, and death is something neither we nor anything we create can escape. At best, some of the forms we create – friendships, intimate relationships, careers, beliefs about ourselves and others – eventually stop helping us grow. At worst, these can become stifling to the point of making us feel imprisoned. Whatever the case, old forms that no longer enliven and empower us have to be shed to make room for different opportunities that bring renewed freedom, inspiration, and joy. By holding on to the old instead of embracing the new, we rot ourselves from the inside out and become what compassionate spiritual warrior and well-known medium Faye The Tattooed Psychic calls “the walking dead.”

If you’re not ready to face the challenges in your life, ask yourself why. If you’re ready for the peace that comes from accepting things as they are and would like help mustering the courage to move on, try these affirmations by Orin and Sanaya Roman, from the book Living with Joy:

I peacefully and lovingly release situations and relationships that are not for my higher good.

I view every situation as an opportunity to grow stronger and more joyful.

About these affirmations: if the words presented above don’t ring true for you, change them! The words don’t do the work on their own…it’s words + repetition + intent and emotional connection that make affirmations such powerful catalysts for positive change. Feel free to create ones that feel good and reflect who you are.

Click here to see other affirmations in this series.

Additional source material: Oswald the Runemaker

I’ve been a runology student for 20 years. See the About page or click here to learn more about my work with the runes.

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At different points throughout my 31 years I’ve been immersed in Christianity, Paganism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Zen. Masters who walk two of these paths have called me student. This might lead some to the conclusion that I’ve amassed a good deal of wisdom – but that conclusion would be incorrect. Recognition of the novice I really am has recently humbled me in a big way.

The Cup of Tea, a Zen parable: 

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era, received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Yesterday while reading an article on Deepak Chopra’s new book I was reminded of a concept I was introduced to several years ago. Deepak spoke of meeting a woman at one of his book signings who demanded a great deal of dedicated time while others waited in line behind her. Eventually he politely asked if she could step aside and allow the next person to come forward. Apparently this infuriated the woman, who proceeded to cause a scene. After the signing he was still shaken by her outburst and, knowing the truth of the spiritual mirror, asked himself what qualities this woman displayed that bothered him so much. After determining she was demanding, selfish, angry, and impatient, he immediately called his wife and asked if he behaved in those ways. His wife was silent…and he got his answer.

The spiritual mirror is simply what others reflect back to us about our own deficiencies. What has it shown me lately? It’s shown me that I’m often arrogant, self-righteous, and scathing in how I communicate my views – especially to those who disagree with me. Who has given me this painful but valuable lesson? Christian fundamentalists.

They infuriate me when they arrogantly claim their way is the only way. The self-righteousness they embody when they condemn anyone who doesn’t think like they do makes me see red quicker than anything. The scathing way they communicate their black and white view of the world is maddening, mind-boggling, and (thankfully) sometimes comical.  But instead of standing up to their spiritual tyranny with calm and reason, I’ve become a tyrant myself. That’s not who I want to be.

Perhaps being a novice isn’t so bad. After all, if my “cup” is empty of “opinions and speculations,” I’ll have nothing to defend…

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Mixing patriotism with religion has always been lethal yet all too common. 

Jesus is a most unlikely figure to justify a war, [yet] his name has been used to justify destructive wars in the name of religious fantasies. Most troubling of all, his teachings have been hijacked by people who hate in the name of love. 

Politically, Christianity is being used almost as a weapon. It’s very strange. Where did Jesus talk about stem cells, or abortion, or homosexuality? There’s just too much hypocrisy.

Deepak Chopra in an interview with John Hartl about his newest book The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore (Feb. 26, Seattle Times)

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