As the path of Odin, Shiva, Socrates, Lucifer, Buddha, and many others will reveal: authority, truth, and wisdom reside in our core, lying within us. Through the emulation and understanding of these most invulnerable and permanent forms, the essence of the Self stirring within every human incarnation, we get a glimpse into a higher, more focused, refined and crystalline sense of reason and awareness. Here is where all answers await, and where all questions of importance in time must be directed, as this is the only conveyer of truth, the eternal Self within all. This is the voice which calls the true seeker; drawing ever closer to its origin; striving to balance the earth and sky.
A perfect Self should be viewed in the context of human biology.
As a “perfect” organ(ism) can exist, serving its purpose with extreme clarity, so can an actualized and/or super individual Self.
Not all of us are meant to be a heart, for instance…
Some of us embody a form whose perfect expression is unique to its duty, as each human’s duty is not identical.
Some people are brains, some are hearts, some are eyes, some are stomachs…
This can be most obviously seen in the ancient caste system, which places this concept into a meta-biological framework, as each caste represents a different part of the human body; each duty not only necessary, but sacred and holy. This was the case within some Indo-European societies all the way into the “Viking Age.”
Like the plethora of circumstances and organs that create a working organism we call a body, we should view ourselves (and humanity as a whole) in the exact same context. We individually make up a greater organism that is called Humanity; where exists many types of organs, tissues, muscles, needs, etc.
Each and every faculty or individual organism has a divine duty specific to their existence, allowing the wheel of human life to move forward in balance and harmony (theoretically).
All things have a meaning and all things have purpose. If this wasn’t so, there would be no cause or reaction; a topic I touch on in this article : Fate, Instinct, and Nature.
Shaping yourself into a potent being should be your main focus, in however that expression manifests within you. Pair this with love and wisdom to achieve the ultimate state of being.
Spend less time thinking of the faults of others and instead set your crosshairs within at your lower impulses and desires; become the spiritual catalyst that the body needs to heal itself and the spirit within.
Narrow your focus on your higher Self. Develop this connection with as much time as you can dedicate to it and you will no doubt find a more solidified presence within yourself; one, that with practice, becomes more and more unshakable.
Mannaz is the rune of man and greater humanity. It represents the vessel in which our spirit is carried and the critical analysis we can apply to the world around us. Mannaz is the ability to articulate and grasp esoteric knowledge, become aware of natures’ patterns, and form practical responses to those patterns. It is a rune of magical abilities, skills and superior memory; associated with knowledge, thinking, and interdependence with the forces of nature.
Mannaz signifies the unique conductivity, receptiveness and intellectual capacity within us. It also symbolizes the importance of finding control over that heavenly conductivity. Some say this means to equalize the “male” and “female” aspects of the self, but I think this control is more concentrated within that category in which we fit. Both energies (male/female) are valuable as separate entities in their own right, each having their own physical, emotional, and spiritual needs and requirements. The Mannaz rune represents those energies coming together in the creation and preservation of the divine spark.
Overlooking, renouncing, or ignoring the powers of the sexes in magic (or spirituality) is to miss the divinity held within both individually. In this respect, we should celebrate our physical incarnation and hold our biological strengths in high regard; recognizing the powers held within them both. Nature has suggested separate requirements for the sexes, and these are all necessary for the manifestation, cultivation, and propulsion of humanity. Mannaz signifies our journeys coming together equally to manifest creation and ascension. Essentially, Mannaz can be seen as two Wunjo runes (ecstasy and bliss) coming together to form one entity.
Mannaz is the rune of intellect, logic, and reason. It represents the sacred structure and occult organization of mankind; symbolizing the intelligence, awareness, and technical abilities we possess. These abilities distinguish humanity from the rest of the animal kingdom, who we are closely associated with in many ways, shapes, and forms. In the order of the Futhark, the Mannaz rune appears right after the (ᛖ) rune Ehwaz, which symbolizes animals. This close proximity (and similar shape) suggests a similar origin or purpose, but distinct separation.