GHR 2014 Q2: Unity/Affirmation-Diversity

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. —Baha’u’llah 

April-May-June
Focus: Affirmation/Diversity

Quote:  “I know there is strength in the differences between us. I know there is comfort, where we overlap.” ― Ani DiFranco

Color:  Yellow like the sun that shines on all of us.

Prayer:
Holy ones, help us to live a life of clear seeing of the light in each soul.  Help us to let the distinctions of race, gender, class, orientation and appearance fall away in the bright light of our affirmation of the essential goodness we each possess.  Help us to show our affirmation loud and clear in our thoughts, words and deeds.  —Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization:
Find an organization in your community that celebrates diversity!

Ideas for ambiance:
A mixture of textures of cloth, images, objects, instruments, global sense, representing the diversity of your community, the diversity of our world, as we move to walk and dance in unity. May the walk be a time and way to move together and honor the other.

Music:
Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Sacred Ground” (http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Ground-Sweet-Honey-Rock/dp/B000002M7R)

Exerpt of lyrics from the song “We are” on the “Sacred Ground” CD
“We are Mothers of courage, fathers of time
Daughters of dust, sons of great visions
We are sisters of mercy, brothers of love
Lovers of life and the builders of nations”

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GHR 2014 Q1: Unity/ Consensus

I am very happy to introduce our theme for 2014—Unity. In preparing to send this information out, I started to think of the impending Olympic games. The flame seems like a wonderful visual for Unity and perhaps when we see the Olympic flame we will each think of Global Healing.  I was thrilled to find a quote by Dr. King about consensus and it feels very fitting considering we just celebrated his birthday. Thank you to Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast, for helping me create this quarter’s materials. Thank you for using these materials as a community! 

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2014 Theme: Unity

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. —Baha’u’llah 

January-February-March 

Focus:   Consensus

Quote: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

Picture/symbol: The illuminating flame of the candle

Color:  Orange

Prayer

Like the labyrinth, consensus is a journey –preparing individuals to make a decision that requires identifying issues, clarifying and questioning to create an understanding of the issues.

Doesn’t this sound like a journey into the labyrinth? Walking to seek clarity, release anger, listening to all the possibilities? We honor what comes up.

Consensus is a process where people think and talk together until they find a solution to move forward. Following a community labyrinth journey, we often come together, witnessing and sharing with one another that leads to a greater depth of understanding.

We Are One

“Creator of All, we join our minds and heart with people of this earth. We recognize the deep bond that we have with each created being. We rejoice in your sacred presence among us and with us.

Divine Oneness, we celebrate the goodness, the beauty, the talents, and the spirituality of all these brothers and sisters. We stand in solidarity with all those who suffer in any way.

Rekindle our love, revitalize our compassion, and renew our awareness of the unity we share with all beings.”               – Excerpts from “Out of the Ordinary” by Joyce Rupp-

Ideas for benefiting organization:  An organization that promotes nonviolence such as The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (www.thekingcenter.org)

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Candles—Perhaps many candles in sand within a pot or bucket.

Music:   Winding Path” by Kevin Kern. (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-winding-path/id62112693)

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GHR 2013 November: Philippine Typhoon Haiyan Response

shorelineIn response to Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines on November 8 , 2013 we would like to implement the Global Healing Response.

As you might remember from previous Global Healing Responses (Katrina, Myanmar, Haiti, Japan, Hurricane Sandy, Sandy Hook), the GHR is an international effort through which countless labyrinths will be made available worldwide for people to walk, as they pray and discern how they might contribute to the emerging recovery solution for the Philippines.

We have chosen Sunday, December 1, 2013 for us to do our walks.  I think many of us might already have been planning walks. But, if that day is not convenient feel free to choose a time that works for you and your community.  Because the pain and struggles and recovery will continue for a while, it might be appropriate to allow more time than just one day for the walks.

Please let me know when you will be having a walk or post your walk on the list serve or as a comment to this blog post so that we can either attend, or be with you in spirit and offer our support. You could also post your walk on the GHR Facebook page.

Below are the documents we have created to simplify and unify this process. (These documents are only meant to help you out. Please feel free to change and adapt them to your style as you see fit.)

If anyone has any other tools to use or has ideas for this event PLEASE contact me!!

I urge you to pass this information on to anyone (or group) who might be interested in participating in the Global Healing Response. We learned during our Hurricane Katrina response that those outside the Veriditas labyrinth community—and even beyond the labyrinth community—wanted to participate.  Hopefully, that will be the case this time, too.

If you collect money during your walks please support a relief agency that you trust.

If you are able to plan a walk PLEASE let me know when and where it will be occurring!  I will help to keep us all current with this information.  Also, if I can help anyone with press information (or any other information) please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Remember, never underestimate the power of the labyrinth AND unified healing energy!

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2013 Global Healing Response

Philippines Typhoon Haiyan

December 1, 2013

Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. —Hippocrates

 

Prayer

Click here for PDF file.

 

Ideas for a benefiting organization

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Website:
http://www.ifrc.org/en/get-involved/donate/
or
go to www.whitehouse.gov/typhoon for US government donation ideas

Ideas for ambiance

Clean water in mason jars, green plants symbolizing regrowth. Stones—each inscribed with a word like “strength, love, courage,” etc. Walkers would pick a stone and carry that prayer as they walk the labyrinth.

Music

Master Teacher, Kay Mutert, suggested these lovely songs….

Click here more information and translations (PDF).

Requiem by Eliza Gilkyson

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySmoRzotXdA 

Please Call Me By My True Names (Thich Nhat Hanh, Plum Village)

https://ia600609.us.archive.org/19/items/ABasketOfPlums/12-PleaseCallMeByMyTrueNames1.mp3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ley6FLlbcYc

Philipino lullaby: Sa Ugoy ng Duyan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBvDpg_BUS4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGeYwR6Vwtg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6NDVhdP1AY

 

GHR 2013 Q4: Truth/Beauty

Global Healing Resource Q4

2013 Theme: Truth

“Let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth.”  I John 3:18

October-November-December

Focus:   Beauty

Quote: “‘Beauty is truth, truth beauty,’ – that is all ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.” —John Keats

ColorPurple

Prayer/Meditation:

The Truth is our human soul is hungry for beauty; we seek it everywhere—-in the landscape, music, art, clothes, furniture, gardening, companionship, love, religion and in ourselves.  When we experience beautiful, there is a sense of homecoming. Some of our most wonderful memories are of beautiful places where we felt immediately at home. We feel most alive in the presence of the beautiful because it meets the truth of our soul.

In the experience of beauty we awaken and surrender at the same time. Beauty brings a sense of completion and sureness. Something ancient within us trusts this.

Truth is, given the current national and global crisis; our lives hold anxiety and uncertainty.  In the heart of people some natural ease has been broken. Our trust in the future has lost its innocence.

It might sound naïve to suggest it is the time to invoke and awaken beauty. Yet that is exactly what we can do.

The time is ripe for beauty to surprise and liberate us. Beauty is a free spirit and will not be trapped by the ego. The wonder of the beautiful is its ability to surprise us. With swift, sheer grace, it is like a divine breath that blows the heart open

In the light of beauty, courage is awakened. You are invited to explore ways beauty can surprise you, and restore hope in your hearts.

Ideas for benefiting organization:

Bring the joy into other’s lives by noticing and acting on opportunities for sharing through local food banks and homeless kitchens and thrift stores (where you can shop & donate).

Ideas for ambiance:

  • Walk an outdoor labyrinth in the chill of an autumn or winter evening.
  • Dance the labyrinth with colorful scarves, or flags or ribbons.
  • In a few words write about where beauty is in your life and carry this into the labyrinth.
  • Or what does beauty look like to you?

Music:

Free music from Shilombish ensemble (native american flute, string instruments, and didgeridoo) that can be downloaded from Well-Fed Spirit. Two different sets of tracks can be found at:

http://wellfedspirit.org/labyrinth_pages/labyrinth_music.html &
http://wellfedspirit.org/labyrinth_pages/labyrinth_music-2.0.html

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GHR 2013 Q3: Truth/Authenticity

Global Healing Resource Q3

2013 Theme: Truth

“Let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth.”  I John 3:18

July-August-September

Focus:   Authenticity

Quote:  “Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.”— Eckhart Tolle

Color:  Green as in the saying, “As sure as the grass is green.” It symbolizes the truth, honesty and authenticity.

Prayer:

In this time, when even nature is confusing, may we allow the wisdom of our authentic selves to come forth and show us the way.

In order to find the authentic we must often peeling layers, opening doors, let go. May we have the courage to begin that search and honor what we find.

May we look to each other and have the wisdom to see the purpose of being that lies beyond what sometimes feels unauthentic.

May we find comfort in nature and its inability to be anything but authentic.

In the events of the days may we work with groundedness. In the events of the night may we rest with the peace of truth. And with the thoughts of eternity, may we know our connections with each other are always rooted in the center…in authenticity.

Ideas for benefiting organization: The Red Cross, for the victims of natural disasters in the recent months.

Ideas for ambiance: Rocks, grasses, real flowers, sand, dirt. All that symbolizes the ground and grounding

Music: “Homage”  by Judith Tripp. (http://www.circleway.com/products.htm) A compilation of solo flute pieces performed by Judith Tripp, recorded live at various sacred sites in England and France. Included are Judith’s musical responses to the inner circle at Stone Henge, Merlin’s Cave at Tintagel, The Chalice Well Garden and Abbey Kitchen at Glastonbury and the Crypt at Chartres Cathedral.

I hope you find them useful and have time to plan a walk or personally walk with these intentions sometime this summer. The picture is taken from my backyard and I am excited to share my labyrinth with all of you. Happy summer to those in the Northern hemisphere and I hope this bit of green brightens the day of those in the Southern hemisphere. I love being a global community!

GHR 2013 Q2: Truth/Peace

Global Healing Resource Q2

2013 Theme: Truth

“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  I John 3:18

Q2: April-May-June
Focus: Peace

Quote:  “Without trust, there can be no genuine peace. Neither in politics, nor in the quiet individuality of the heart and spirit.”―Timothy Zahn, Vision of the Future

Color:  Blue

Prayer: Peace in the Present Moment

Peace is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice. We need only to find ways to bring our body and mind back to the present moment so we touch what is refreshing, healing, and wondrous.
In the Buddhist tradition, every time a bell rings, you are invited to breathe in saying silently, “listen, listen,” and when breathing out, say, “this wonderful sound brings me back to my true home.”
Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle, walking on the green earth in the present moment, and appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us—-in the world and in nature —and within us—in our bodies and our spirit.

Walking the labyrinth breathing in, taking deep breathes allowing ourselves to walk mindfully, touching the earth with each step. We don’t need to wish our friends, Peace be with you”.
Peace is already with them. We need only to help them cultivate the habit of touching peace in each moment.  Make way for Peace and it will be found.

—Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: This website, PeaceWomenlists hundreds of organizations working for Peace.  (http://www.peacewomen.org/portal_organizations.php)

Ideas for ambiance:  Decorate your labyrinth with these Birds of Peace.” Each pilgrim could make their own and put a message on it.  (http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/peace.html)

Music: Circle of Healing,” Paul Lloyd Warner  (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paullloydwarner4)

Photo: by Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

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[box type=”bio”] Happy Spring to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere! These materials were created as we listen to news of North Korea’s aggressive actions along with more problems in the Middle East. The focus of “Peace” seems more important than ever. I hope you can use these materials to create a labyrinth walk, or other healing event, that connects with your community. As always, I am grateful for the help of Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher, and The Rev. Warren Lynn. We would really appreciate any feedback or experiences you have while using these materials. Comments are welcome!! Peace & Healing, Ellen Bintz Meuch[/box]

One Billion Rising: Dance (and walk) on 2/14 Against Violence

The Veriditas and greater labyrinth community are THRILLED to support the work and actions of One Billion Rising, an initiative against violence against women in the world on February 14th in over 190 countries, click here to find an event near you.

As written on the 1BR website…

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

Eve Ensler, the creator of the event and author of The Vagina Monologues, asked Lauren Artress if the labyrinth community might want to join the efforts of 1BR. We feel certain there is a significant place for the labyrinth community to be involved.

Last week I attended a workshop in Naperville, Illinos to learn the dance that all participants will perform. (You can learn it via the video). It was fun, meaningful and even emotional. I can’t imagine how much more intense the actual event will be. In fact, one woman said, “I don’t think I will be able to dance and just leave, I am going to be too emotional.”

I told her about the labyrinth and we both talked about how helpful it would be to “center” after this experience. If weather permits, we will walk to an outdoor labyrinth near our dancing spot (which is inside a store). I am planning on bringing some paper finger labyrinths (Fingerlabyrinth) just in case we can’t get outside.

I believe Grace Cathedral in San Francisco will host an event and the dancing will be ON the labyrinth. How wonderful is that!

Are any of you participating? Do you have plans to incorporate the labyrinth into the event? Do you have any ideas of how the labyrinth can support this event? Please share!

Remember….

ONE IN THREE WOMEN ON THE PLANET WILL BE RAPED OR BEATEN IN HER LIFETIME.*
ONE BILLION WOMEN VIOLATED IS AN ATROCITY
ONE BILLION WOMEN DANCING IS A REVOLUTION

 

GHR 2013 Q1: Truth/Faith

Global Healing Response Quarterly
2013 Theme: Truth
“Let us not love with words or speech
but with actions and in truth.”  I John 3:18

January-February-March
Focus:   Faith

Photo by Jo Ann Mast

Quote: “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”—J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

Picture/symbol: Snow, the next best thing to pixie dust!

Color:  White

Prayer

FAITH

“I want to write about faith, about the way the moon rises over cold snow, night after night, faithful even as it fades from fullness, slowly becoming that last curving and impossible sliver of light before the final darkness.
But I have no faith myself
I refuse it even the smallest entry.
Let this then, my small poem, like a new moon, slender and barely open, be the first prayer that opens me to faith.”
—David Whyte

Somewhere between the belief in the magical powers of fairy dust imbued in Tinker Bell and David Whyte’s poem on faith, exists our faith and trust in certain truths.
In these chaotic and uncertain times, we greet & welcome the winter season opening wide the door of wisdom, wakening to the abundance, and warmth of our core being.
In less technological times, before the days of central heating, earth’s children gathered around a blazing fire to find warmth. They found another gift, the great blessings of family and friends, and the warmth of the circle of companionship that frightens away the worst beasts that haunt our human heart.
May our community of family and friends gather around the light and warmth of the labyrinth as we support each other in this time of renewal, when freedom of spirit, and clarity can be experienced.
Let’s not forget to honor the gods of thermostats and tinderboxes invite them to be our Faithful friend and Fire-maker until the light of Spring. —Jo Ann Mast

Ideas for benefiting organization:  Make a Wish Foundation, www.wish.org.

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: White candles, white twinkle lights, outdoors in the snow, if possible!

Music: “Why Angels Sing” with 4 songs running 59 minutes.  Click here to purchase.

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GHR 2011 Q4: Coming Together/Community

2011 Global Healing
Theme: Coming Together
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”—Henry Ford

October-November-December
Focus:   Community

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn                                               

Quote: “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” Margaret J. Wheatley

Picture/symbol: The Starfish

Color:  A Rainbow, suggesting that each color has its place, but only as they come together to form one vision of unifying hope.

Prayer
May we be like the morning forest, upon which the quenching dew feeds all together, and no one creature or plant goes wanting.May we be like the noon day forest, upon which the sun filters in enough light for all in their own place; where maternal old growth trees stand amidst the intimate embrace of ferns and dogwoods, brambles and vine, redbuds, mushrooms, lichen and moss.May we be like the afternoon forest, against which the gale of thunder storms seek our undoing; knowing that our ability to withstand the force against us is utterly dependant upon the way we find rootedness together.
In community we hold fast; alone we are quickly pulled up and cast aside to our doom.
May we be like the evening forest, creating space in which other creatures find sanctuary. Our shadows move like blankets of safety over other resting inhabitants. Stillness and quiet are our hallmarks. Only together are we known and yet still enveloped in mystery. Only together can our community be called a forest. Only together do we provide a place for each. Only together do we create a home in which each, and all, can thrive.
Only together. Only together. Only together.  May it be so. Amen.  —Rev. Warren Lynn 

Ideas for benefiting organization: Habitat for Humanity, National Resources Defense Council

Ideas for ambiance:  Let the seasonal changes determine the setting for your labyrinth walk. Branches of autumn leaves as we let go into winter. Gather food, clothes, shoes and gifts for those in your communities who are in need. Decorate with small colorful jewels sprinkled on sheer white cloth. The season calls for candles small battery candles are safe and create a quiet ambiance.

Music: “Music to Walk the Labyrinth” a synthesizer music for the Inner Journey. By Richard Shulman, www.richheartmusic.com

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GHR 2011 Q3: Coming Together/Civility

2011 Global Healing
Theme: Coming Together
“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”—Henry Ford

July-August-September
Focus:   Civility

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: “Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none.” —Benjamin Franklin

Picture/symbol:  An Eagle, reminding us of strength and courage

Color:  Orange, like the color of the sun that sheds brilliant light upon our shadowy ways

Prayer
On this day of brilliant possibility we invoke a wisdom that is simple enough for children and yet challenging for the wisest adult: be nice.
So let the grace that creation offers wash over my neighbors. Let my actions make way for the differences of those around me. May my way of being be a confession of what can be, but not a weapon to deny the hope of others. In this space, in this time may actions of holy civility be the path upon which we dance.
Share a breath with an other. Affirm someone else’s right to not agree with you. Choose to be kind. Offer embrace to a stranger. Hold the door open as someone else passes by. Step aside so that the other may also use the path of your going for different purpose. Honor the space that is big enough for all of us, and too small for only one of us. Celebrate the opportunity to disagree and still be friends, sisters, brothers, lovers. Rest in the wisdom that what you don’t agree with may have something important to teach you. Play fair. Amen.   —Rev. Warren Lynn

Ideas for benefiting organization: National Civility Center <http://www.civilitycenter.org/>, local and/or national conflict resolution education programs; an example might be the Navajo Peacemaking Project <http://navajopeacemaking.org>

Ideas for ambiance: Beautiful flowers of fall colors (could use the small planted flowers and replant them for next year). Incorporate small group dancing with scarves. Use small bells or chimes when walking and share them with other walkers thus creating community.

Music: “Songs of the Earth and Sky” by Bill Douglas featuring the Ars Nova Singers. A combination of upbeat and light music.

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