How can I think runicly?
Good question. A key to bringing the energies of runes into your life is thinking runicly.
A good start is obtaining several books on runes, the ancient Germanic alphabet. These books should deal with runes not from the view of divination but a historical, cultural, folklore, etc. perspective. As you compare a particular rune in several books, you will start to get a feel for its individual energy.
For example you may find that the th-rune was called sometimes thorn. Next you read that the thurs were an ancient race of brutish dumb giants. The th-rune looks like a thorn on a limb. Sleeping Beauty (an ancient Germanic tale) slept in a castle surrounded by a thick thorn forest, if you will.
Think now of yourself as a brutish giant trying to force your way through the impenetrable thorn forest to harm Beauty. As you meditate on the feeling of the thorn protection, from the perspective of the giant, from the perspective of the thorns, you will begin to feel the energy of the rune. At least this aspect of the energy of this rune.
[Remember what keeps something out (protection) also keeps something in (blockage). Here however, you become a familiar witness to the protection side of this energy. We will not side track into the deep philosophic ideas involved in Odin’s paradox, which is seen in the d-rune.]
Feel that energy. Associate that energy with Beauty’s protection. Memorize the feeling to where you can call the feeling up on command.
You might imagine yourself as Beauty, looking out from a castle tower window. [Yes, I know that she was asleep.]. See the struggling of the giant to get through the thorn forest and failing. How would you feel seeing that protection for you as Beauty. That feeling is associated with that energy of protection.
Now when you find yourself in a situation needing protection, imagine a forest of thorn bushes between you and the threat. Feel the feeling of protection.
Say you are working late and have to go through a dark and shadowy parking lot to your car. Then you see three thuggish brutish looking men in the shadows.
What do you do? Think runicly. Feel the energy of the th-rune imagine the energy between you and the possible threat. Deeply feel that runic energy. Instead of projecting fear, victimhood, project a feeling of being protected by the thorn forest, runic energy.
Police tell us that walking in a victim projection is a calling card for predators. On the other hand walking in confidence and awareness tends to direct the bad guys to look somewhere else for a victim.
In this case thinking runicly has brought you into confidence and more protected environment. Boldness generally banishes the bully. And the feel of protection, facilitates this protection. But you must remember to keep up your guard and never, no matter what, drop the feel/energy of the th-rune. Just go your way under protection.
That is an example of one way of thinking runicly.