Doing Seidr solo

I am of the fervent believe that Seidr work can be done safely on your own. Sure it’s great to do a session with someone else to sing you into the other realms and back out again. But there are other ways to safely do a Seidr session.

First of all don’t go into trance so deeply that you lose touch with ordinary consciousness. You should be able to perform all that you need to in a Seidr session by keeping one foot in each realm. I call this a working trance. Not out so deeply that you don’t still have an awareness of the ordinary state of consciousness. That way you’re able to navigate safely in whatever realm you choose to visit. You still experience a shift in your consciousness but it’s not so severe you’re totally gone. One foot in each realm. That’s my motto.

So is such a working trance really Seidr?  I suppose not if you only define Seidr by what we have in the lore. But I maintain we have grown as a species since the lore was written. Couldn’t that growth include growth in the purview of Seidr?  I say yes. Emphatically. We are at a point in our growth where we’re able to take cues from other cultures in how this is done safely. Does this make what I do and teach a heathen practice?  Absolutely. Remember intention is the key. If I am using this talent with the intention of journeying the nine realms it is definitely a heathen practice.

What do I say to those who maintain that Seidr work can only be done with someone for assistance?  I say if that works for you and your practice is only lore centered great. Just be open to the fact that others perform Seidr sessions solo. Don’t criticize someone else’s practice because it doesn’t match your own.

As long as you are able to bring yourself out of a session safely I say go for it. No harm will be done to you as long as you keep one foot planted in this realm. Walking the worlds is what we do. And that requires the ability to straddle two realms at once. That’s all.

Another tip that I find helpful is that I set an alarm on my phone for 15 minutes or so. If I’m not able to accomplish my goal in that amount of time I wasn’t very clear about my goal going in. Again intention.

So I claim Seidr work can be done alone. Have an exit plan. Keep one foot in ordinary consciousness. Set a timer. Have a clear intention. These are some of the keys to traveling safely on your own. And I encourage you to do so.

Author: vitkimusings

A fifty-something Vitki living in the suburbs of Chicago. Follower of the Nordic Path for the last fifteen years. Student of runes for the last 23 years and seidr for the last seven years. Always learning and growing!

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