GHR 2017 Q4: Love/Hope

Dear Facilitators,

Creating the materials for this quarter has felt like trying to hit a moving target. We began by trying to create a response to all the hurricanes, global floods, earthquake, fires in the upper Northwest and California and the Las Vegas shootings. And now, I must include the hurricane in Ireland.

The GHR was created eleven years ago and we have never had a period of time when so many events happened consecutively like this. After discussing this dilemma with fellow facilitator, Jan Mahood, I wondered if the materials for the entire fourth quarter should be approached like a response. Perhaps we could plan to walk the labyrinth globally on three dates: October 22, November 22 and December 22 at 2 pm wherever you reside.

If you can’t plan a community walk, how about doing a walk in solitude or with a friend.  You could even do a finger labyrinth. (click here for a PDF finger labyrinth)

Our world is in great need and, therefore, we are all in need of healing each other; those who are experiencing great upheaval from the disasters and those who look on not knowing how to help. Please take a few minutes to read an article that I feel is very hopeful about what is possible in our community of facilitators. It will show you that we CAN make a difference.

Thank you, again, to Jan Mahood for her help and vision with these materials.

Thanks for all you do to make the world a more loving place.

Peace & Healing,

Ellen

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is Love.
1Corinthians 13:13

October-November-December

Focus:  Hope

Quote: Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou

Picture/Symbol:  Rainbow

Color: White—for bringing in white light of healing, blending of all color

Prayer/Meditation:

As we look to the East each morning, to the rising sun, may we begin again with hope.
May we feel the hope that is sent with each donation given.
May we feel the hope in the acts of the survivors, helpers and heroes.
Renew OUR hope by their strength and courage.
And so, like Hope, we will Rise.

Also, Warren Lynn’s “Meditation for Mindful Response To a World in Such Great Need” (click here for PDF version) is great for use during a labyrinth walk.

 Ideas for benefiting organization: The organization that is addressing the needs you feel drawn to, making sure not to forget those organizations that are serving beyond these disastrous events.

Ideas for ambiance: Candles floating on water

Music: “Hope”Native American Flute Music.Gray Fox Flute in Key of “E minor” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSyLoH7hUUo)

Click here for a PDF version of these materials

Click here for Rev. Warren Lynn’s “Meditation for Mindful Response to a World in Such Great Need”

 

To a world in such great need…..

Just when I think the world has stabilized, it seems another disaster occurs…Texas, Florida, Mexico, South Asia, Puerto Rico. These are only some of the weather related problems.

Rev. Warren Lynn has written a beautiful meditation to be used at this time during a walk. Please feel free to print the entire meditation and hand it out to fellow walkers when you open your labyrinth for Global Healing. I hope you have an opportunity to do that soon. Thank you, Warren, for your healing words

We want to help, relieve suffering, provide relief. And we search for ways to do that.

One of our tasks is to offer a place for others to find peace among the chaos. A labyrinth walk can do that, as we all know.

Peace & Healing,
Ellen Bintz Meuch

Click here for a PDF of this meditation

Meditation for mindful response
To a world in such great need

Chaos surrounds me
But chaos moves within, too

Turmoil and disaster undoes the world beyond my world
But turmoil and calamity keep knotting up my own experience

So, let me first begin, here; with me.
Within my own life, let me begin untying knots
To free myself up so I can begin to address the chaos elsewhere

One breath at a time
One step at a time
I begin with me
But not only for me
But so I can turn
And offer the world my best self
My complete self
A healing and whole self
For the sake of greater need
beyond what even I know.

And so I begin,
By just breathing
Naturally,
Slowly
Relaxed

Breathing in,
I feed my spirit
Breathing out,
I cleanse my soul
Breathing in,
I receive the gift of life
Breathing out,
I relinquish distraction and suffering
Breathing in,
I accept new possibility and opportunity,
Breathing out,
I release doubt and skepticism
Breathing in,
Breathing out.
When I am ready,
When the time feels right for me,
I begin to walk
One step at a time.

One foot
Then the other
Slowly moving upon the path
Walking and breathing
Receiving what I and the world needs
Letting go that which keeps the world and I from knowing recovery and wholeness once more.
Breathing in, Breathing out
One foot, then the other.

There are great undoings around us.
Around me.
But there is me.

I am not able to do all things
But I am able to do respond to some things
Amazing things
I am full of generous potential;
Capable of lavish possibility.

And I am part of connected sacred communities
Who can act together
in ways beyond my own holy goodness
but who may need my inspiration, leadership, and example.

And so, I walk on.
One step, one breath, at a time.
One after the other
Listening for my place
in a mindful response to a world in such great need.

Until I reach the center,
Where I lay down all remaining burdens
That might keep me from attending as fully as possible
To a world in such great need.

With life now unburdened
Standing in centeredness
I open my life wide
Considering the fullness yet inside me
Exactly because I have finally emptied myself.
I am now ready to give
Ready to respond
Ready to realize my place in the reaching out
To those whose lives have been undone by greater forces.

To the human and more-than-human world standing in flood waters
I proclaim myself as a place of refuge

To those torn asunder by winds I can barely imagine
I declare my life a resource for renewal and rebuilding

To lives undone by the violence of hate and bigotry
I stand ready to enfold them with arms of loving acceptance and care

I may be only one
But I am one
And I am part of
Communities of healing wholeness

And I will not turn my back
On a divine calling
To share myself
With those who do not have such

Still, I do not forget
To breathe and walk
One breath, one step
At a time.

When I am ready
I move from the center
To head down the path
Back toward the entrance
Into the wider world

I use this time
on my way back into the world
to consider practical options.

Upon leaving the labyrinth
How will I respond?
How will I behave?
How will I act?
Where will I use my time?
Where will I share my resources?
To what organizations will I send my money?
Because I am a holy human creature
Full of exactly what is needed
for this world in such great need.

I can do this.

I will do this.

And such a response
as is given to me in this time
is a gift
whose joy can only be known fully
if I say, “yes!” and move forward in action.

Amen.

GHR 2017 Q3: Love/Faith

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

I think your calm, trust, love and faith are needed more than ever. Our world is fragile and bent. But with people like you doing the work you are called to, we will not break. These materials are created for your service. I hope you find them helpful.

With gratitude, trust and faith in all you do,
Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is Love. —1Corinthians 13:13

July-August-September

Focus:  Faith

Quote: Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy. Dwight L. Moody
Picture/Symbol: A Leap of Faith

Color: The rainbow

Prayer/Meditation:

Faith is the refusal to panic.
It’s the setting of an alarm clock, it’s the “see you later.”
Faith is in a parent’s hand when giving a teenager keys to a car.
It’s boarding a plane or bus or boat.
Faith is trusting a vision to the next step. It’s a leap.
It’s now.
It’s fueled by love.
Let our daily acts of faith help us see that we can have faith in our world…
And each other.

Ideas for benefiting organization: Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift stores—Encourage your walkers to donate or purchase.

Ideas for ambiance: Stones that allow us to stay centered and grounded.

 Music: Chant your Faith: https://soundcloud.com/sama-renuka/10-chant-your-faith

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GHR 2017 Q2: Love/Light

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

The focus for this Spring quarter of the GHR is Light. I have to admit that it was set to be Wisdom and at the last minute, Jo Ann Mast and I felt sure that Light was more appropriate. Not just the idea of shining light for others—or even reflecting it— but also to BE Lighter. The world feels heavy now for many reasons.

When I introduced the GHR in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina our responses were to disasters and other global events that needed healing….one at a time. Now it seems we are hearing events everyday that could warrant a Global Healing Response. (As I write this I am hearing news of the chemical attack in Syria where many of the victims are children.) That realization feels heavy to me. Thankfully, we have our GHR yearly theme and focus to use continually and the world has folks like you to offer modes of Healing, Centering, and Sacred Spaces. Thank you for all you do.

As always, our intention is that these materials will help you plan an intentional labyrinth walk that when joined by others doing the same thing globally will have a unified effect of Healing for our world.

In Light and Love,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is Love. —1 Corinthians 13:13

April-May-June

Focus: Light

Quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Picture/Symbol: The rising sun (Picture courtesy of The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Blue

Prayer/Meditation:

Divine Power
“To give love from the heart and to receive love
To be the light and project the light
To know yourself and thus know spirit
I am part of you and you of me
The seeds of yesterday,
Today and tomorrow have been painted
Now we must learn to nurture,
To love to overflow with Spirit.”
Light your faces with a smile.
—Jo Ann Mast, Master Labyrinth Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: Prayers and Support for our elected local, state and government officials. Write post cards messages to elected officials.   Volunteer in community sanctuary groups

Ideas for ambiance: colorful flags (could be made by walkers before or during the walk) scarves, stones with messages, ribbons.

Music: “Embrace” – Deva Premal- www.whiteswanmusic.com

For a PDF version of this material click here.

GHR 2017 Q1: Love/Courage

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

I am so happy to let you know that the theme for 2017 is LOVE. The planning for this year and this quarter are a great example of how the Global Healing Response is an organic creation. Jo Anne Mast and I had agreed at the end of the year that we needed a theme of LOVE. In fact, it hit both of us like a ton of bricks one morning—the same morning. And then, we developed the quarters. We knew we would need courage to face what was ahead of us after the US election and its effects around the world. We just had no idea how much courage. Sigh.

The Women’s March that I attended in Chicago was a Lovefest and has inspired me to see how strength can be rooted in Love, support and hope. I know many of you have had the same experience. The GHR walks that happened on January 15th for Standing Rock, thanks to Robin Dilley, were inspiring and the issue continues to be so important! The intense yet calm eyes of our image, the lioness, feel like a great energy to hold on to. Thank you, Rev. Warren Lynn, for the photo. The meditation that Judith wrote is going to be taped on the left side of my computer at work. I think it is beautiful and inspiring.

One of my favorite quotes is by Annie Kirkwood, “Peace on earth lies only in the hearts of peaceful men, women and children.” We are each responsible for the Peace and Love that surounds us right now. If you are like me, and have to resist the overwhelming feelings of fear, sometimes this takes courage. It takes courage to stay awake to what is happening and not bury your head in the sand and yet balance that with a calm trust that the Universe works for the good. Our quote for the quarter feels absolutely right and I thank the powers that be for bringing it to me.

The labyrinth is the perfect vessel to help us stay rooted in Love and find our Courage and community. I’m sure there are amazing courageous acts of faith (peaceful marches, phone calls to legislaters, creative art, gatherings, and more) that will be revealed to us.

We are the leaders in this movement of LOVE. This is what we have been trained for. We know how the labyrinth can help an individual, heal a community and reveal possibilities. Let’s share our knowledge and wisdom.

With that said, please take time to take care of yourselves. Don’t let your vessel become empty. We need you!! Feel free to share these materials with anyone who might be interested.

With Loving gratitude for all you do that will lead to acts of Courage,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

PS: Sorry I got a little preachy, but desperate times…..

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2017 Theme: Love

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love.” —1 Corinthians 13:13

January-February-March

Focus: Courage

Quote: “It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.”

—Oscar Wilde

Picture/symbol:    Lioness (picture by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Pink

Prayer/Meditation:

A Prayer for Courage
May we find a glow of light
deep in the place of courage, just below the heart
where the breath swells
and the spine straightens
May we remember our strength
And the strength that multiplies in the circle,
in the crowd, in the People
May we kindle a fire of hope
in our words and deeds
Stoked by our belief in freedom, justice and love
May we know the power of deep listening,
find the balm of compassion,
Know the power
of right timing
of right action
May courage find us worthy companions
And accompany our walks, our commitments and our prayers.
—Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Standingrock.org, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Feathers, stones, water, blankets

Music: Chariots of Fire Soundtrack

For a PDF version of this material click here.