We move from mystery to mystery, living within mystery, a mystery ourselves. We do not know, for certain, what will happen next. Nothing is certain until it happens. And yet, sometimes, it seems we can apprehend the future---big events bound to happen no matter what are often perceived long in advance; small events bound to happen in the near future may also be predicted, based on the likelihood we won't change our course. But some mysteries are deeper than what-is-going-to-happen mysteries.
Notice I do not capitalize it. This is for two reasons: One, capitalization might suggest that it is separate or different from us, and two, capitalization might encourage you to think of the anthropomorphic personifications of it which are always capitalized.
Mystery permeates our lives at every point. When we first come into this world, we know that, but this knowledge is soon conditioned out of us. But it doesn't have to be, and even if it has, we can regain it by become observant and reflective. Looking at anything and truly ask, "What is this? What is it made of? Where does it come from? What is its purpose?" Whether it is a leaf or a cup or a seashell, if we look deeply enough, we'll discover its fundamentally mysterious nature. The fact that it even exists at all is a mystery. Further, it exists in time in this form, yet it is clear that this is not the only form it has taken in the past or will take in the future. Whether it was made by nature or man or woman or other species, the leaf or cup or seashell is a composite that will recompose into other arrangements at some point in the future. For now it has these boundaries. All boundaries are temporary. In the future, some of it will belong to other sets and sizes of boundaries. And what about me? I think that is true of me, too. At least the changing part of me. But the underlying mystery will be the same light I know now at the center of my being.
Fundamentally, am I any different from the leaf or cup or seashell? The only difference I can see is that currently I have different boundaries and a greater number of vibrating patterns. I am more complex with more interpenetrating fields. Yet all our fields are basically energy-light, the same "stuff."
You'll find the full chapter on Peorth under the Divination tab. Read it and think about mystery today. How everything really is a mystery, including grass, as Walt Whitman realized when asked by a little boy, "What is grass?" Sure, we can explain it chemically and biologically, but these explanations only beg the question. What is grass really? Well, it is energy, slow-moving light, quantum foam, one might say. But does any answer really satisfy?
Answers in words do not unravel the mystery. Yet we are taught to accept words and processes as explanations. We are told grass is in such and such a family, and it grows from seeds or roots, depending on the type of grass. Under the right conditions and with the right resources, it replicates itself from its DNA. But these are only descriptions of processes. None of it tells us what this thing called grass really is or why it is.
Peorth is the rune that reminds us that seeds grow when the conditions are right. Peorth could be compared to a matrix, or womb, that births in accordance with our state and contents of consciousness. In Uruz we form the seeds; in Peorth, we plant them; in Hagalaz, they cross the Rainbow Bridge into manifestation in some plane of being. While the seeds we have created are germinating in Peorth, we cannot be sure what, exactly, will be the results. At bottom, we live in not knowing, in uncertainty. Mystery underlies all of life. We don't know for sure what is going to happen in the next moment or tomorrow. We can never know for certain that we are secure in this world. It only takes a moment for all physical security to vanish. If we don't learn to live with uncertainty, we must live in fear, or anxiety at the least. But if we can accept uncertainty as our daily companion, we can live in joy.
To live in joy is to be in the now. We've all heard that before. When we truly live in the present, we live in the Great Mystery of all knowledge, time, and space. It is a very exciting place to live. The possibilities are endless. It is not the least bit dull to live in the now, although people who are into drama will think us dull because we're not frantic and worried.
Living in the now includes planning for the future. In the now, you can plan for the future. Some people have this misunderstanding that if you're living in the present, you can't even think about the future or past. Not so!!! Focused in the present, you can write your grocery list or decide what to take on vacation. The difference is that you are not out of touch with the present when you do it. You are still solidly in direct contact with reality.