Rebecca and Jaime have left , taking the bus and train back to Melbourne – back to dishwashing for Jaime and transpersonal art therapy for Bec.
Jaime from Chile is currently travelling our fair land and then he met Bec at a five rhythms dance class,
they like each other and she wanted to bring him home so that he could understand her.
‘you get where I am coming from now ‘she says to him with a grin and a sweeping arm gesture out and around and into the forest.
after a week here perhaps Jaime does get it – he wants to thank us for our hospitality and offers to take us to lunch.
we are in the car on our way to Narooma talking of the alphabetical challenge and coming close to the finish line.
what are you up to?
mmm the car is quiet for a bit.
‘ex you know like ex boyfriend the ex’ says Bec.
of course who doesn’t have an ex story
it seems we collect them these days.
or existentialism exorcism exit excitement – the ex words leap around the car.
indeed we have many X sounding words and I haven’t read any rule book that said you had to begin with the letter.
the thing is – X is a very strong character and deserves to stand in its own light.
John said “ it’s a rune ”.
aaahh so it is.
” X is gebo ” I said that much I remembered and something about generosity.
X is the rune for gift giving but more than that built into this rune is reciprocity – checks and balance .
I extend a gift to you a helping hand sacrifice perhaps and to keep it all sweet – you or the universe gives back to me
and so in the old way
what goes around comes around.
hence giving implies sharing appreciation forgiveness gratitude .
The Rune Poem was written they believe about 750 AD by a poet or monk looking back into the time when runes were powers
– a link between the natural and the supernatural worlds – between Earth and the gods – a code of connection and understanding.
“We give the gift
to us, beautiful thereby.
The exiles miss this.” *
it is the nature of reciprocity that sustains us and those that live outside of the circle of giving cannot survive.
a great analogy for us on the planet at this point in time.
The X rune is also about love magic sacred marriage union binding sharing of energies complementing partnering harmony.
I am deeply thankful for the visit by Bec and Jaime -for the way the children come adults return and share their loving energy their laughing joy their ups and downs.
I am grateful for the wood gathered and the meals cooked and the all round good time we had this last week.
Bec appreciates this forest -her home that we have held all of her 30 years and all that is offered here – the fresh water the beauty the nurturing creative space.
Going out to lunch at the Quarterdeck on the Wagonga Lake was a gift from Jaime in appreciation of being able to step into our lives and be welcomed into our family.
X is where the treasure is – it marks the spot on the map where we can find that which we are seeking
joy companionship shelter love forgiveness…. all these lie under the X.
I give thanks each day for this Earth this shelter the water that flows out of the sky and my tap the forest – trees and creatures that share my life
for family and loving friendships – for the wind that shakes us about and fire that warms us and cooks our food
for the community that shares my dreams and for all the stories we tell each other.
all this is given to me and in return I give that is which is mine to give –
The Rune Poem this book was a gift to me some years ago by Glenda and Rob
Wisdom’s Fulfillment and believe me these two are / have been a great treasure in my life.
Translated and Annotated
by Jim Paul