I am proud to announce that I have gone into business as a reader of runes and a diviner of Grimm’s Folk Tales. My new business name? Findrune.com.
Offering my services over email and Skype, my rune readings and Grimm readings are unique. The emphasis is on finding connections and becoming whole: helping you to remember and manifest the inner resources and wisdom you already possess.
Here are some testimonials from my customers…and some reflections on how it all works.
HB Says: “Henry mapped out the landscape of my heart with precision and clarity…”
LD Says: “Thank you so much for the amazing reading. You were very accurate in your interpretations…”
MA Says: “Your reading is so unbelievably accurate and revealing.”
BL Says: “I found you to be above all honest and deeply understanding in what you perceived and conveyed…”
KF Says: “As a professional reader myself, Henry is the one I have gone to for my own readings.”
AC Says: “I was actually moved to tears by the insight it brought forth.”
GT Says: “Not only was Henry’s Grimm reading the most insightful reading I have ever received, it was so lovely I carry it with me every day, in my heart, on my lips, and in my pocket.”
I invite you to visit www.findrune.com and read further…and, indeed, order a reading!
Meaning and Healing
I see readings as an opportunity to explore meaning as a vehicle to find healing.
Human beings experience the world (and themselves) as a warp and weft of meaning. All our actions, reactions, everything we do is shaped, guided, and informed by the significances we project onto the world around us. Meaning is the daily bedrock of our lives.
Yet it is easy to lose perspective on the meanings that we live out. Perhaps things have always been a certain way, so that we do not even realise there could be other attitudes or ways of living that might serve us better. Perhaps we have just been in a certain groove for so long that it seems non-negotiable, self-evident.
When these sorts of blindness trap us in unpleasant patterns it is easy to forget that change is possible, or that the way we are living is just one of many possibilities. We are forced to shut down our curiosity, our imagination, in order to endure. In this respect we lose our wholeness – it is no longer our entire being which guides our life, but only the parts that can subsist in the limited horizons that we find closing around us.
Sometimes external circumstances might change, yet, dulled by habit, we are unable to perceive this and so continue to react to our own expectations of reality as though they were true. Actually, everyone does this to one degree or another, and while to a point it is simply necessary to get through this complex world, it can also seriously impede our ability to live joyously and completely.
In my experience as a therapist (and for that matter as a therapy client) I lived a truth that Carl Jung emphasised again and again in his writings: the importance of being able to distinguish our projections from the world itself. Jung says that even if our projections – our expectations, our stories, our habitual assumptions – are correct, we still need to be able to recognise that they are distinct from world around us as such.
The moment we lose sight of this, we find ourselves reacting to our own habits and expectations and not to reality. We can become addicted to experiencing life in certain “stuck” ways. We lose sight of the horizon of mystery that shimmers on the rim of our lives; we become so focussed on the tree trunks that we cannot understand that we are in a forest. And when challenges or change come, we no longer possess the flexibility needed to survive and thrive.
Not only that, but often the narrow projected meanings that we adopt are hurtful, or at least unpleasant. Self-criticism, expecting the worst, not noticing one’s strengths and values in the face of hardship: all of these can grind us down, deadening our wisdom, our passion, our ability to live creatively.
Yet Jung also explored methods for using our tendency to project meaning against itself, and in working with the runes (among other things) I have discovered that they are a powerful means for just this purpose. Hence my passion for offering readings as a tool for healing.
Because the runes are a set of richly evocative symbols, we attach significance, project meaning, onto them very readily. Yet at the same time we can hold them at an arm’s length: these are semi-abstract symbols, after all, conjured from times past.
This enables us to take some space from the usual ruts and cycles of living. This enables us to find connections, piecing together the patterns of our life with insight, recognising the limits of narrow thinking, seeing how those limits might be overturned. In drawing a richer understanding of our circumstances we enable ourselves to become whole (or at least more whole) once more.
So as a set of symbols, runes allow us to detach from the meaning-drenched cycles of daily life a little, so that we can regrasp the maps of meaning which guide our choices, actions, and experiences. By consciously projecting onto these symbols we give ourselves breathing room. “Rune” means “mystery,” and by taking a little time to explore our life through these symbols we recover an awareness of the horizon of mystery in which all our lives unfold.
Naturally, a similar logic drives my use of Grimms’ Fairy Tale readings as a tool for insight and healing: we are able to withdraw for a little while from the usual habits of belief and expectation and attach ourselves to these mysterious stories, so loaded with potent imagery. In a way, each of these stories is a rune, too.
There’s something incredibly liberating about using projection as a tool to undo the very knots that our projective nature creates. Rather than trying to escape reality, my philosophy encourages each client to work with what they already have, to move with the natural tides of their own character. As a reader I’m hesitant to presume to tell people what their future holds; I’d rather help them to surprise themselves!