Have you noticed the image at the bottom of my homepage?
That’s not just some random clip art. It’s an image designed by my daughter that is meant to be a wrist tattoo (that I might actually get some day), and it has an important significance to me.
Several years ago I was seeing a therapist, digging for “answers” as many of us do sooner or later. Eventually I ended up confronting some really frightening truths. I had to dig deep inside myself to find the part of me that could face those truths.
I already had a vision of my “inner child,” the part of me that was still a terrified five-year-old. What I needed was a way to keep that child safe while a more courageous part of me faced the demons.
It took me a long time to find a place where I/the child could feel safe. What finally did it was a memory of me sitting in my grandfather’s lap when I was little. When I was in his lap everything felt right. That memory developed into a larger-than-life image of what I called a “grandfather-god” and he looked decidedly Native American.
For the courage, my therapist suggested a lioness. A mother who would protect her child at all costs.
These three images: the child, the grandfather-god, and the lioness became my inner guides. Each had a purpose. The grandfather-god provided wisdom as well as safety, the lioness was my courage, the child showed me what I needed to know.
Nordic runes provided symbols for each image: Kaunaz, the nordic letter “C” symbolizes knowledge. Ansuz, the nordic “A”, meaning god. And Teiwaz, ” T”, the warrior.
The image on my home pages is the result. The symbolic representation of me:
The grandfather who possesses wisdom.
The courageous warrior.
And the child, who knows the truth.