Up At Night

Wide awake at 2:30 am, and I am not sleeping. Most people I know complain of this, but not me. This is the time when I am most in touch with my dreaming, my problem solving, and sometimes communication from the Divine. 2:30 am is the time when the downloads are the most clear, and I grab my journal and write things down. I have often wondered whether those friends who complain because they wake up and cannot get back to sleep would benefit from waking up long enough to jot down whatever free association flits across the blank page of their sleepless mental space.

Because this is a practice that benefits me, I have learned to pre-program my mind at night before sleep to answer problems that may have come up in waking life. Usually I will get a workable solution when I wake up in the morning. I have gotten answers to difficult relationships, computer glitches, the next phase in a writing project, and so on. Once I write it down, I am consistently able to put my mind to rest and easily return to sleep.

If you are one of those folks who wake up and cannot get back to sleep, I invite you to test my theory and try this out. Keep a pen or pencil and a notebook beside your bed, write down your free associations, and see what comes up for you. Then please let me hear whether it works. Consider this inexpensive method of problem solving without expensive doctor visits or a shrink. I am curious as to what might happen. We could be on to something big here, perhaps a whole new medical breakthrough. “Doctor” Susan’s prescription, get up and write your way to better health.

Published by susanofthenorth

Susan Hintz Epstein is an author, Rune diviner, healer, non-academic scholar, and former Methodist Lay Speaker who was called by the Runes in 2013. The time since then has been a serpentine shedding of one skin for another, as Susan's spiritual practice with the Runes and the World Tree, Yggdrasil, deepened. Susan keeps company with the Norns and other like-minded women.

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