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Raunacht #2: The Art of Stillness

Raunacht2

The Rough Nights can be viewed as ‘Nights of the Soul’ because much of what happens during this time is of a spiritual nature. This 2nd night is about the stillness within and without (you can read about the 1st night HERE).

A lot of people fear silence. Some of them because they associate silence with death, others because they know they will have to hear their own thoughts and by extension the voice of their own inner demons.

Silence should not be feared but rather embraced as it is the key element of any creative or healing process. Learn to be at peace with silence.

Face any thought or emotion that may arise with honesty & integrity. Ask yourself (or the spirits) whether what you hear is just random inner dialogue or if there is something deeper that needs to be addressed. In this case, stillness will set you on your path toward healing. Welcome the experience & the lesson(s).

Blessings.

Inspired by ‘Das Wunder der Raunächte” by Valentin Kirschgruber

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Walking the Path

Dewdrop

“All of this means that you will stand outside of the world of men and have to create your own web of dreams. This is always the loneliest way, and sometimes the saddest, when, from this perspective, we more clearly see the world and the sorrows that people carry.”

Ross Heaven / The Sin Eater’s Last Confessions

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Entering the Runic Month of ISA

The Month of Isa

The wheel is turning once more and we just entered the runic month of Isa, which is the 3rd of the rough/challenging Runes (2 weeks to go).

This is natural evolution as we have integrated the lessons & challenges from the 2 previous Runes: Hagalaz & Nauthiz.

Deep inner work of transformation and taping into unknown/hidden resources are at work as the ice slowly releases other treasures buried in the unconscious.

More will be revealed soon as we dig into the ice that will lead us to the mastery of Isa in Midgard and the other realms that constitute the Nine Worlds.

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How to Make Fenchelhonig / Fennel Honey

Fenchelhonig

When I was a child, my Oma would often send us care packages from Germany which included lots of sweets, all sorts of teas and various herbal remedies. One of those hard to find herbal treasures was Fenchel Honig – Fennel honey. One of those all-purpose remedies (which tastes delicious), fennel is usually used for coughs, digestive and nervous issues… Plus it’s a Virgo plant.
Traditionally it’s made with fennel seeds but my wild fennel was in full bloom so I decided to use the flavorful flower heads instead of the seeds (fennel pollen is one of those sought-after ingredients by chefs).
Herb infused honey is one of the easiest medicine one can prepare. You basically fill in a glass jar up to 1/3-1/2 full, then you cover with raw honey. Screw the lid and keep the jar in a sunny spot for about a month. I like to flip the jar every once in a while. After a month, strain with a fine mesh strainer. It’s messy but oh so tasty! 

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Reality in a more than Human World

Mandragore Yannig Germain
Picture Credit: ‘Les Carnets Secrets de Merlin” by Yannig Germain

The belief in another reality involving non-human beings doesn’t stem from superstition or old wives tales (though myths and mythologies evolve over time) but from genuine shamanic experience.
The solution to the current environmental crisis can’t be only rooted in the physical: a spiritual reconnection needs to occur as well.

 

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Defining Runic Healing

Today I taught my last Runic class/meditation with the last Rune of the wheel: Dagaz. It was a learning process for me as well as for my students. But the wheel is turning and it’s time for me to give form to that old dream of mine and put it on paper…

https://soundcloud.com/hindarfj-ll/hindarfjall-fran-tidernas-begynnelse

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Vibrational Medicine: Subtle yet Powerful

By vibrational medicine, I mean energy healing in its many forms, and more specifically what is called essences or elixirs. Nowadays you can find Bach Flower Remedies is most health food stores. What are they? They are considered a form of homeopathy in which the energetic imprint & healing qualities of a flower (in that case) are transferred to a liquid medium (usually a mix of water and alcohol, but I have seen vinegar or even glycerin as well).

Anybody can make flower essences. But you need to be a little bit intuitive or at least in tune with your inner self and/or Nature to come up with the healing properties of your own essences/elixirs. Most of the applications of these remedies are for emotional healing (let’s face it, most of us are emotional wrecks even if we manage to hide it or lie to ourselves) and/or spiritual healing but there are physical applications as well (I know of some Andean flower essences that have been scientifically tested in clinics and hospitals in South America for healing purposes, with official documentation).

If you wish to learn to make your own, here’s a useful link to get you started: http://info.achs.edu/blog/how-to-make-personal-flower-essences

Now I find working with flowers a bit too restrictive, considering that some flowers only bloom once a year and during a short period of time. I have successfully made essences with other plant parts like leaves and stems, I bet that roots would work as well (especially if you wish to work on the root cause of a problem). The advantage of these plant spirit essences is that it can allow you to work with plants that could be considered toxic or poisonous. Since the contact with the plant material is limited to a small quantity and a short period of time.

I once dealt with an unusual bout of depression which isn’t something I’m prone to but for some reason, it lingered but I wanted to find a natural way to get out of it while addressing the problem. So I did a shamanic journey during which I was shown or handed some mistletoe. Mistletoe is one of those herbs that can affect the heart and should only be prescribed by an experienced herbalist. Anyway, right after my journey, I went to do an online research regarding mistletoe essence and I found out that indeed it was used to treat depression: seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. I ordered some and it worked pretty quickly.

During the past 5 years or so, I have been using a lot of flower and crystal essences (some of which were my own). They have helped me tremendously with deep healing work (mainly emotional, since I had to rebuild myself) and defining as well as refining my spiritual path, which is always evolving – as so are the essences I use. They work on a subtle level and some people are more sensitive to them than others in terms of efficiency and how fast it starts kicking in. I know for a fact that the more imbalanced and toxic one is, the less sensitive one is going to be to such medicine (initially it was not working for me at all).

Technically you can make vibrational remedies out of just about anything that has an energetic imprint/vibration. Considering that everything in the Universe is Energy, it is a logical choice to use Energy as medicine as well. I have made my own essences with stones & crystals (some of which can contain harmful metals or minerals and thus should be in indirect contact with water), as well as Runes and now I am making some out of fossils…I’ll tell you more about these soon.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
― Nikola Tesla

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A 2nd Shamanic Egg Cleansing

Works like magic!