Mantras in English – A Modern Take on Runes

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Runes lend themselves, easily, to become English mantras. Runes were a part of an ancient spiritual system known as Galdr. In this system, runes were carved and sung for specific intentions. Very common uses were for healing, protection, finding love and success. These are fairly common needs for today. The rune songs that were sung held a very close parallel in use and form to Vedic and Tibetan Mantra.

There is another, very important reason that runes make effective English mantras. In addition to being part of a spiritual system, they were also a form of written language. Just like Hebrew and Sanskrit, every rune has a phonetic value and spiritual energy. The language that used runes was Old Norse. Over the centuries, Old Norse evolved into Modern English.

When we look at the alphabet we will see many letters that are the same in form and sound to runes. These include f, s, t, b, m, and r. In fact, there are many words carved on ancient rune stones that are the same as in today's English.

Since we are speaking a language that descended from an ancient spiritual system, this means that English has a subtle sacred essence. When we turn our thoughts to sacred matters, the everyday words we speak can become transformational mantras.

This is apparent in the use of "I am". Often, we unconsciously say "I am sick" "I am depressed", "I am all alone". What many people do not realize, is that they are setting up sacred energy that continues to draw these energies into their being. The phrase "I am" is directly connected to the energy of Om/ Aum. The Vedic and Tibetan mantras start with Om or Aum in order to tune a person's being to the energies that follow in the mantra.

Runic mantras, called galdrathula, follow this same concept. Instead of the word coming at the start of the phrase, it comes at the end. This runic word is alu. Alu has the power to manifest the energies that preceded it. If we keep in mind that English is a sacred language, and that alu serves the same purpose as Aum, then the phrase "I am" manifests the energies associated with it.

The simplest sacred English mantra is to use "I am" only in positive ways. If you are sick, you can say "I am getting well" or if you are depressed, you can say "I am starting to feel a little happier everyday". These positive phrases alter your conscious and subconscious minds in a very subtle way. This allows your spiritual being to draw this energy, and associated situations to you.

Construction of an English Galdrathula (runic mantra)

To make a galdrathula an English mantra is fairly simple. It involves two steps: creating a runic mantra then convert the runes into English words.

You must first start with an intention; decide what it is that you wish to achieve.  When you have this determined, look up and identify the runes that may be associated with this goal. Once you have them, put them together in an order that makes sense and end it all with alu.

Such as a person looking to achieve financial success may choose Fehu (f), Wunjo (w) and Jera (j). The galdrathula would simply be "Fehu Wunjo Jera alu". This would be enough to modify the person's energy to attract opportunities for financial success. To convert this to English, one simply needs to find one or two words that best describe the rune.

F - Money, finances, capital

P - Joy, happiness, success

J - Achievement, success, the name of the goal

An example of an English mantra for this would be:

I am |in the process of |achieving| financial| success|

Alu  |                            | j      |  f     |   w  |

To really make the galdrathula successful, it would be a good idea to have a specific goal in mind. Using our example, one could use:

I am |easily |raising enough |capital| to open a |successful restaurant|

Alu   |     w |             |  f  |         |       j         |

Feel free to experiment with this process. There are many great rune publications on the market and websites. Simply study the various descriptions of the runes. Come to your own understanding of them, and create your own galdrathula.

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