You want to know Seidr. I understand. You have an inquiring mind. You want to have grace and might. You want to aid and assist others you care for. You want to realize your true potential. You want to navigate life, and create effective change.
First, you must delve into your Urlog/Orlog. It is far too simple to translate this word as ‘wyrd’ or ‘law’ or even ‘primal layers’, for one’s Urlog are the memories and impressions that one has been born with equally as they are the psychological imprints that have been accumulating since birth. Every encounter, every impression, every action has left its mark – literally – upon the bark of one’s skin; and deeper still into one’s epigenes. These accumulated experiences have left behind impulse and tendency and habit.
Since the beginning of recorded history, the Mystery Schools have related a singular truth: Know Thyself. More than a cliched expression, this aphorism is based on experience; and notably, it was written above the door to ancient Greek Temples as a reminder to all who entered.
Know Thyself is enduring rede. It is a subject I write often on in relation to Seidr, and most recently, Forn Threifa.
‘Hidden meaning’ is something most magic knowers yearn to know, yet many never realize that hidden meaning must first be sought within. To be discerning one must start with their self, they must be able to anticipate their self – their next thought and the root/origin of that thought. They must be able to increase personal productivity, and they must be able to stop their self before making a mistake, or if already made, know the best course of action to assure that mistake does not establish a pattern or habit. Seiðfolk and those who seek to know Forn Þreifa must be able to read their self, to honestly listen and seek the beginning of their thoughts, for more often than not, common folk re-act to a situation instead of act – which is the difference between being led and being a leader. Such folk must know what sort of thinker they are: intellectual or emotional, and to know that they must observe their bodily movements, in particular their facial expressions. For example, under what circumstances does the tone of your voice change? Do you deliberately change the tone of your voice depending on whom you are talking to? Do you laugh or hum when thinking of a past or unpleasant memory, and if so, ask yourself “why”. When speaking with others, do you give orders or make suggestions? When you try to impress or intimidate, does the pace of your words shift, perhaps slowing down or speeding up? Or, do you talk quickly when nervous, or slowly when considering what you think someone wants to hear, versus speaking your mind honestly? How much do you criticize yourself, or berate yourself for being ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’, and if so, where did you learn to do that? Or, how do you stand when talking to close friends compared to those you don’t know? Do your shoulders drop when you lose interest or do you stand taller when you’re interested? What of the rhythm of your voice, is it rapid or slow, wavering up and down or droning? Are you aware of your voices rhythm and if so, do you know how to use it to interpret your true intent? In short, are you aware that you can both control yourself and others by the use of your voice or stance? In fact, many do this without even thinking about it; so consider the might one may acquire if it was a conscious act.
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