” Sustainability – the art of having enough to get by”, Explains Fred “Can be understood through Lime Blossom”. If there are days without rain The Lime flowers will blossom The trees will burst into flower The Bees will gather Lime pollen. The Bees will gather Lime nectar, The cells of the hive will fill up And abundance will flow… All that it takes for the survival of the hive Is a few days without rain.
Some days of sunshine… Days of sunshine at the right time.
All it takes for our world to thrive Is lime blossom blooming… In Canterbury… At the right time…
Pain is a mordant to memory. It fixes precious memories and lessons into our minds. It fixes events into our souls. Fortune Tellers like Miranda are full of ‘home truths’; so here are a few ideas for you if you are recently bereaved or you are living a daily routine; whilst someone dear to you is fighting a disease or coping with the process of dying.
It is not an alternative to the support of your family, your own priest or pastor; and your friends – remember to keep them close; and keep on reaching out to them.
If you face a daily schedule of dealing with this kind of emotional pain there is a special memory jogger to help you: HALT
Hungry* That moment when you have forgotten to eat in your desire to get through a “to do list”. Low blood sugar moments when your body needs food for fuel. Good food.
Angry* That moment you are about to burst with indignstion when a mindless stranger pushes past you at the check out or ignores your polite request.
Lonely* That moment you feel you have the world in your shoulders and you havent spoken to anyone who will listen for days
Tired* You have been pushing yourself to the extent you feel your eyes glaze over like Garfield the Cartoon cat.
They spell HALT meaning stop. If you have more than one of these physical warnings while you are being a carer for someone you love it is time you called in some help and administered some self care. Have a snack or more importantly a proper meal. Do it for yourself.
When my Grandfather Gordon was dying; it was a long death and took several weeks in a wonderful hospice in Cheltenham; my Grandmother took time to go to the Supermarket and get some of his favourite chocolste mousse. Not for Gordon as he was past eating but for me and her. We didnt eat it in front of him; but that chocolate mousse gave us the strength to be cheerful and loving when all we could do for him was moisten his lips and help him rinse out hid mouth when he could no longer swallow. It helped us to have the strength to surround him with love when we felt close to defeat.
When you feel angry go and make a bed. Give the pillows a good thumping. Ask Archangel Michael to give you some strength. Talk to friends you trust. Pick up the phone. Go gor a walk in nature. Pray. Talk to God.
When you feel alone talk. Talk to the people in your locsl shop. Ring your children. Visit a friend. See your Pastor. Go to Church and stay for Coffee.
When you are tired ask for help. Get someone else to take over and get that sleep.
Remember also to keep tslking to those who have passed over. They are there for you too. And if you talk to them the signs will ce back to you.
There is something earthy about the Runes and of course this is natural. The Runes are after all a ‘tree’alphabet. It is natural for them to ‘earth’ you. Ralph Blum explains:
“The Runes and their symbols were employed by warriors bent on conquest. It is my hope that in their contemporary use, the Runes will serve the Spiritual Warrior,the one whose goal is self-transformation. The sacred Hindu text Bhagavad Gita chapter 6, verse 5, says it succinctly:
Light is shining on new activites in your life. Hold on to ‘hope’
The Runes – the Viking Alphabet – are a tree alphabet. They can be used to spell words- even ‘modern’ names but their main use is for ‘magic’.’ Magic aligning yourself with the natural or supernatural world for the purpose of bending it to your will – not necessarily recommended – or aligning yourself with the magical powers of the runes and nature to experience a broader vision more in tune with the Spirit of the Universe to find guidance.In ‘The White Goddess’ – the Poet Robert Graves describes a poetic work called: “The battle of the Trees” The book ‘The White Goddess” describes the importance of “The battle of the Trees” and the Bardic tradition. The Hero of the book is Taliesin.. in Marion Bradley’s ‘The Mists of Avalon’ Taliesin is The Merlin.It is is Wodin in the Norse Myth who hands upside down on the Yydrassil- the World Tree to make a sacrificial shaman journey which yields to him the vision of the Runes. Hanging upside down on the magical World Tree Wodin is given the Magical Runes – magical tree alphabet symbols in a vision.Graves explains in the White Goddess that the Goddess – will find the Poet or Seeker and take him or her on a magical journey of ‘enlightenment’ leading the student on … with visions and synchronicities…I use my Great Uncle Esmond Sowter’s Runes.I will talk more of the magic of the runes and vision quests and the secrets of Celtic Magic another day.
Let me end todays musings with the Sufis Saying:When the student is ready the teacher will appear.