I received some interesting feedback about last week's post, but one really stood out, because it was a nuanced aspect to the idea of dealing with change that relates to priorities. The question was - how can you keep from losing track of your priorities, especially when change occurs? The example was a personal project this person has been working on consistently for a few years. However, her family is going through a big change right now and she wants to make sure that she manages to keep working on this project, which has come to mean a lot to her.
I asked the Runes her question and their response was simple, but I felt like I wanted to capture the strength that lies within its simplicity. So, I made them into a bind Rune. The Runes I drew were Nauthiz, Laguz, and Mannaz.
This is the way I chose to bind them, because, I felt that Nauthiz and Laguz were tied to Mannaz on the left, almost as if, even though Mannaz was last, it was actually first and they are responding to the foundation of the human experience.
Nauthiz, the Rune of need and necessity, came up about a year ago in a slightly different context, but its overarching meaning is still the same - the idea of need versus want. Nauthiz acknowledges that it is easy to get caught up in the new things that come with change. Whether they are good or bad, we can find ourselves dedicating far more time to them than we should or really need to. As the first Rune drawn, it suggests that we need to create an awareness of the things we need and make sure that we keep them in our lives. Too often we focus on a single aspect of 'need', such as money, but we need a diversity of things in our lives and that is what Nauthiz tells us. For some it means time outside hiking or gardening, for others, maybe writing or reading, for example.
Laguz was second and also appeared in our last bind Rune about life's pursuits. In that bind Rune, it told us that we must not get stressed out, but we cannot simply kick back and let our circumstances take control of lives. We must move consciously. Similarly, in this instance, Laguz says that part of moving consciously within the flow of our lives means that our hobbies or special projects or time with family and friends are not just going to happen on their own. We need to make a commitment to them (maintain it) through the changes in our lives. In essence, it is our responsibility to ourselves to engage in the activities that fulfill different parts of who we are.
That leads us to Mannaz, the Rune that came first last week and feels first today. Last week's message was important, however brief. We are human; we have strengths and weaknesses. Beyond the self, Mannaz brings the larger human society into the picture. When considering priorities, Mannaz reminds us to consider how we want our individual self to exist and interact with the society in which we exist. How will it influence us and we it? How do we want to be a part of it?
Joining these three Runes together as I have establishes us as part of a larger entity or force. Placing Nauthiz lower and, in a way, closer to Mannaz allows us to acknowledge what we need to feel fulfilled, especially those things that we might be inclined to let slip away, because of some major change in our lives. Laguz, then, helps us prioritize those needs and find a way to continue to honor their place in filling our lives with the things we need.