Isa – ice– Keep cool is the message from this last of the winter Runes. Tuck in and be comfortable, because we’re not going anywhere. I like a message that emphasizes relaxation; however, there’s a more to it than that. At this time, we’re challenged to find comfort in something not so comfy, and that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Isa brings a ‘ring pass not’ sort of scrutiny. We all have our limits, through which we cannot move until we find the momentum to do so from our deepest reserves. Isa comes when it’s time to examine those depths. Insight may be lacking, or meaning, understanding, a solution to a problem. Whatever it is missing, now is the pause in which we find it, because nothing advances without it.

It’s perhaps more relatable to think of Isa as indicating that to get where we want to go, we first have to realize where we are. Whatever is occurring at this time must be dealt with, not just for the pragmatic benefits of doing so, but because what comes after cannot manifest until present enlightenment is found. “Enlightenment” sounds dramatic, but that’s exactly what is being called for.

Push internal boundaries. Go beyond what’s possible to expect from ourselves, and the world around us. Perhaps the need is to merely sit and reflect on what needs attention, or it’s to acknowledge something long-skirting the edge of awareness. Whatever it is, we all recognize that guttural gnawing sensation telling us that what sustains is no longer working, that we’re hungry for what authentically feeds.

Don’t try to push through this, or circumvent it. Likewise, trying to backtrack to the past won’t yield anything useful, either. Be now. Find a way to engage the stillness. What does it need to say? How can it help us be ready for what comes next?

This is the inner spotlight. This is a staycation of the soul.  Use it to examine what you are, what you are not, and just how much breakthrough awareness you can handle, because this is what’s called ‘the verge.’

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