When dealing with situations of facing deeply felt fears, we need something that will make us feel calm, instill a bit of confidence, and maybe give us the slightest sense of empowerment or ability to succeed or overcome. In essence, we need something that will give us the strength to face our fears and some of you may know what that is for you. I had no idea what it was for me, but the Runes offered me the best chance of finding something.
The first step of my ritual was contemplation. Lying in bed, I relaxed and thought about all the Runes and their meanings. Through that process, I narrowed it down to five Runes - Jera (my guiding Rune), Uruz, Wunjo, Thurisaz, and Eihwaz.
It has been a year and a half since I wrote about Eihwaz, where it served as a symbol of bravery and a reminder to be mindful. The fact that it represents a tree, firmly rooted to the earth (as opposed to being suspended high over a large body of water) resonated well with me too.
Finally, two weeks later, I had to cross another big bridge. I carried Eihwaz around with me for a few days before having to drive over another big bridge. As I carried it, I thought about its meaning and it helped calm me down, so that I could focus. When the time came to cross the bridge, I held Eihwaz in my left hand and chanted "Eihwaz offers me strength. As a tree, it is rooted and as a tool its arrows shoot straight from its bows." I needed the reminder of the tree being rooted to the ground, but I also needed the focus of the arrow being fired from the bow and following a straight path to get me over the bridge without acknowledging one side or the other. Thank you, Eihwaz.
What Rune would you use to help you get through an anxious experience?