Last week I wrote on the theme of releasing, old patterns, old stories about ourselves, the things that served us once but no longer do - letting go of these things with gratitude, to make room for the new.
As we have just passed the new moon, it is the point in the lunar cycle ideal for setting your new intentions and beginning to move forward into them.
But I sense that many are still feeling things release - that process hasn’t quite completed. Like shedding an old, ill-fitting skin. It takes a while for it to fully come away - or for us to fully accept it leaving us. We lived in that skin for so long, we got used to the feel of it. It is hard to say goodbye to that without trepidation. Which is perfectly natural!
But remember, that skin didn’t fit you anymore - that habit, that belief, that behaviour, that story of who you thought you were. You have grown, and that was to tight for you now, too restrictive and to keep it would have hampered you.
It is time for freedom, full freedom.
But as that old thing leaves you, as you step out of it, you may feel a little raw and vulnerable. You are still getting used to the feel of this brand new you. The ways you have grown and changed recently make you feel different in your body and mind and emotions than you are used to feeling.
Our brains are very quick to interpret anything new and unfamiliar as scary, dangerous or painful. They don’t want us leaping into unfamiliar territory before they’ve had time to assess & recalibrate.
And there is in fact no need to push yourself forward. But try not to retreat either - try not to cling to any of the old for assurance, because that has gone now. Feel the grief of that even if you need to. But let it go, and try to just BE with your newness.
Practicing meditation is of particular value at times like these, because it reminds us to stop for a moment and simply be with ourselves, to observe the newness and the changes and growth within us. It helps us not feel the need to react or retreat, but instead just notice and grow more comfortable with our own souls.
(I’ve got a video on this if you want a simple 3 step practice to help you ease into it without struggle. It's at the end of this post.)
Maybe you are excited about the changes. Maybe you are eager to step into them (and you can be both reluctant and excited at the same time) I am like that often - I love change and growth and even challenge, because I know it will bring out something new and better, and so I am excited when it happens, while still being nervous about this unfamiliar territory.
But try not to rush forward into the future before you have taken the time to BE with yourself, to meditate, journal or just reflect in someway on what was, what has fallen away, and what you are now growing into.
When you do this, it helps you to remain open to the possibilities of what is happening. We may have an idea in our minds of what these changes mean - where it’s going to take us in our lives, businesses, relationships or just sense of self.
But the challenge here is to remain open to the possibilities we haven’t seen yet. Because this is all new - the reason we feel nervous or afraid is because it is unfamiliar, the reason it’s not always easy to embrace the shedding and releasing of the old is because we can’t see what’s coming next.
So the temptation is to now push through this transition by jumping into something we can see. A new project or ambition or goal - which, while potentially all perfectly noble and good, may actually be a distraction from the unfolding, limitless possibility life actually wants to give us.
So be open to the new, the unseen. Don’t shut yourself off by feeling you have to dive into the first thing in front of you.
Even as you do move forward, take time each day to be with yourself and listen to your soul.
In this weeks live video in the Soul Tribe group (free to join), I talked about procrastination being an invitation - whenever we feel hesitation or resistance, or even just “Eh, I don’t wanna,” that is not us being lazy or unmotivated - it is an invitation to notice more than we are currently seeing, and invitation to expand and let something emerge that is waiting for us to give it space.
So rather than pushing through, take the time each day to listen to those messages and invitations to be still. And then even as you take steps to move forward in certain areas, you will still remain open to possibility and new directions and new ideas as they come through. You will expand, instead of going back to the patterns you are familiar with.
Be with your soul, don’t drown it out with busyness, and it will guide you clearly to the right projects, the right people, the right decisions - the ones that feel fun, exciting, open and aligned. The ones that expand and grow and manifest in ways that are faster and more amazing than anything you could manufacture on your own by just pushing through.
This weeks Rune reading is done with this in mind. I created this set of runes myself out of clay, and they are dedicated with my own menstrual blood on a waning moon - so especially attuned for releasing.
There is no choice between one, two or three this time, like there was with the cards. I was originally going to, but when the runes came out, I felt they wanted to be told as one story.
Something to know about runes is that you can combine them to make bindrunes, and this new bindrune is a symbol made up of each of the runes used to create it.
So the features and appearance of each rune symbol is important - one rune can hold elements of other runes within it.
With these three that I drew today, you can see that physically they strongly resemble each other. They each have a straight stick, up and down. And read from left to right, it is almost as if the extra lines from the first rune (Wunjo) gradually disappear, until we are left with just the single line of the third (Isa).
This is significant. It speaks to a paring back, and stripping down of everything until we are left with simply ourselves, our bared soul.
So appropriate, considering the theme of what I wrote above - I drew the runes after writing that, and it is such a confirmation. I feel so strongly this is the key message to take at this time - be fully present with your soul. It is so important - always but especially now - to really learn to hear your soul clearly, to hear yourself clearly.
And if that means stopping, waiting, being still for a while - even as life demands action, taking the time anyway, putting your self and your soul first right now is vital. And though it may feel challenging, it holds to promise of so much joy and refreshing, you can’t even imagine!
Because even as we see the paring back from the first rune to the third, we don’t remain there. That is simply showing us what is contained within that first rune, what makes it whole and powerful.
Wunjo, the first rune here, is the rune of joy - of contentment and recognition and pleasure. It is the joy of creating and being in your purpose, of being aligned with yourself and the fullness of the reward.
This is what we all want. This fullness of purpose.
But the runes are reminding us that there is more contained within that - we don’t just happen upon this state of joyful contentment.
And what is within it?
Laguz is the rune of water and the healing power of that element - renewal, cleansing, ebb and flow. It is the symbol of emotions, dreams and fears, and the depths they contain.
We need to be in touch with these parts of ourselves, to not fear the depths, and to let the flow being a healing for us as we immerse ourselves in it. To be in touch with our intuition, our sensuality and our unconscious selves.
And how do we do that?
Isa tells us to stop, to be still. It means “Ice” which can feel like a blockage, a standstill, a complete lack of forward progress. But stillness, even delay, is not automatically a bad thing - non action can be a very powerful thing if we surrender to the message in it.
In Isa there is also a cooling of our emotions - which is not simply a lack of enthusiasm, but a step back from our feelings so we can properly see them and observe them; we are not defined by our feelings. We are not tossed about by our passions and fears and hopes, but we see them, harness them, an then step back into our power, fully aware.
Because the good news is we do not stay here in stillness and delay. Remember how I said, though it seems read left to right, the runes are paring back to this stillness and delay, this is actually just an uncovering of the fullness of the first rune - wunjo, Joy!
The ice melts into water and we flow again into our purpose.
(But always that central stillness is carried within us, a deep peace that remains and can be accessed at any time, in the midst of any circumstance - easier to do when we’ve have heard and understood it.)
So embrace delay, embrace stillness, embrace the opportunity to get in touch with your soul & your soul’s calling in a way you never have before. Then you will no longer be overwhelmed by the enormity of this infinite possibility being presented to you, but instead melt into it, flow into and embody your purpose and gifts like never before.
YOUR PURPOSE IS MORE ABUNDANT AND FULL THAN YOU HAVE IMAGINED!