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 Nepal & World Labyrinth Day

nepalWe would like to initiate the Global Healing Response for the victims, survivors and land of Nepal after the devastating earthquake on April 28, 2015.
My thought is that many of us will be walking on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. for World Labyrinth Day. If possible, perhaps we could integrate the GHR materials into our walks.
The Rev. Warren Lynn has written a wonderful prayer that can be used to unify our energies. Also, we can use the materials for the GHR 2015 Q2. If you remember the theme is Restoration and the focus for this quarter is Renewal. Click below for a link to a printable copy of the prayer along with the Q2 materials for your convenience.
Please respond to me if you plan to have a GHR Nepal walk. I will collect the details and post it on this website to keep you updated. Or, post your walk as a comment at the end of this post.
I realize there is so much going on in the world right now (I am in the US and the violence in Baltimore is what first comes to my mind). Broadening the Healing circle beyond Nepal is perfectly acceptable and encouraged!!!
Thank you for all you do to make this world a better place. I am honored to be in this community of healers. If anyone can pass this information on to The Labyrinth Society, or any other organization that might be interested, please feel free to do so. As always, don’t hesitate to contact me with questions, comments or ideas.
Click here for a PDF version of the prayer
Click here for a PDF version of the GHR Q2 materials
Labyrinth Prayer for Global Relief
to Nepal Earthquake Victims
April, 2015 by Warren Lynn
Amidst pain and suffering and loss and injustice beyond our words and feelings,
we bring ourselves into the intimate presence of holiness —
to ask and ar
gue and doubt and cry.
And when all is said, and all is thought,
and exhaustion replaces the raw energy of our grief…
…finally we let our quiet breathing replace what keeps us from
letting Śānti, Shalom, Salaam, Peace have its way with us.
Indeed, now, breathing in Spirit feeds our spirit;
breathing out Spirit cleanses our souls.
Breathing in feeds — breathing out cleanses.
Br
eathing in — breathing out.
True inspiration!
In this space, we find strength in our breathing to abide in each new step;
one after the other.
In this space, in our breathing and in our walking,
we experience the intimate presence of holy sustenance along the way
towar
d a more-focused compassion.
Slowly, we begin to seek less after answers about why disasters happen.
More and more, we begin to ask, “how can we help?”
“What creative solution can come from our gifts?”
“Who ar
e we, who am I, to be used for healing,
reconciliation, new wholeness, generous comfort…
…for those in places like Nepal wherein lives have been
undone by mysteries of the ear
th’s ways.
So, let us listen for inspiration in the deepest places of our living.
Let us acquaint ourselves with sacred possibilities within our own lives.
Let us affirm and confirm our ability to bring a new light of relief and recovery
into the presently darkened holes of grief and pain across our world,
and even next door;
…into the life of each of our neighbors,
even those amongst the communities of Nepal.
Amen.

GHR 2010 February: Chili Earthquake

frontpagepic2 copyIn response to the earthquake that occured in Chili on February 27, 2010. 

We would like to extend our Global Healing efforts that were first implemented this year for the Haitian earthquake victims to the victims and survivors of the Chilean earthquake.  Saturday, March 13th is the date we have chosen.  As we said before, please understand that, though it would be great if we could all walk on the 13th, it is more important that you conduct a walk.  So if that date doesn’t work for you, or if you have already planned a walk in which you could incorporate the GHR, please know it is more important to have a walk at a time that works for you than to not have an event at all.

If you have not had a GHR walk yet, perhaps you can combine your efforts to include both locations- Haiti and Chile.

Below is the prayer we will use to unify our efforts. For the PDF version of this prayer [button link=”http://globalhealingresponse.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/2010ChiliRecoveryPrayer.pdf”] click here[/button]

 

Labyrinth Prayer for Global Relief

to Chilean Earthquake Victims

March 1, 2010

by Warren Lynn

Amidst pain and suffering and loss and injustice beyond our words and feelings,

we bring ourselves into the intimate presence of holiness —

to ask and argue and doubt and cry.

And when all is said, and all is thought,

and exhaustion replaces the raw energy of our grief…

…finally we let our quiet breathing replace what keeps us from

letting Shalom, Salaam, Peace, Paz have its way with us.

Indeed, now, breathing in Spirit feeds our spirit;

breathing out Spirit cleanses our souls.

Breathing in feeds — breathing out cleanses.

Breathing in — breathing out.

True inspiration!

Tonight, we find strength in our breathing to abide in each new step;

one after the other.

Tonight, in our breathing and our walking,

we experience the intimate presence of holy sustenance along the way

toward a more-focused compassion.

Slowly, we begin to seek less after answers about why this has happened.

More and more, we begin to ask, “how can we help?”

“What creative solution can come from our gifts?”

“Who are we, who am I, to be used for healing,

reconciliation, new wholeness, generous comfort…

…for those in places like Chile wherein lives have been

undone by the mysteries of creation’s ways.

So, let us listen for Spirit in the deepest places of our living.

Let us acquaint ourselves with holy possibilities within our own lives.

Let us affirm and confirm our ability to bring a new light of relief and recovery

into the presently darkened holes of grief and pain across our world,

and even next door;

…into the life of each of our neighbors, even those in Chile.

 

GHR 2010 January: Haiti Earthquake

TheaHaiti2In response to the earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010. For more information about this disaster click here.

We would like to implement the Global Healing Response in reaction to the horrible earthquake in Haiti.   As you might remember from previous Global Healing Responses (Katrina, Myanmar), 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 country of Haiti and the Haitian people.

We have chosen Friday, January 22, 2010 for us to do our walks.  The power of us walking together with the intention and energy of healing will, without a doubt, be impactful to those suffering.  With that said, if that day is not convenient feel free to choose a time that works for you and your community.  Because the pain and struggles will continue in Haiti, it might be appropriate to allow more time than just one day for the walks. 

I have attached a prayer (GHRHaitiPrayer) written by The Rev. Warren Lynn that we can all use and hand out to walkers: This will be our unifying energy, yes?    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. 

Remember, never underestimate the power of the labyrinth AND unified healing energy!

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Over 27 facilitators led walks all over the world in honor of the victims of the earthquake.

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Labyrinth Prayer for Global Relief to Earthquake Victims

January 15, 2010
by Warren Lynn

Amidst pain and suffering and loss and injustice beyond our words and feelings,
we bring ourselves into the intimate presence of holiness
— to ask and argue and doubt and cry.
And when all is said, and all is thought, and exhaustion replaces the raw energy of our grief…
…finally we let our quiet breathing replace what keeps us from letting Shalom, Salaam, Peace have its way with us. Indeed, now, breathing in Spirit feeds our spirit; breathing out Spirit cleanses our souls.
Breathing in feeds — breathing out cleanses. Breathing in — breathing out.
True inspiration!
Tonight, we find strength in our breathing to abide in each new step; one after the other.
Tonight, in our breathing and our walking,
we experience the intimate presence of holy sustenance along the way toward a more-focused compassion.
Slowly, we begin to seek less after answers about why this has happened.
More and more, we begin to ask, “how can we help?”
“What creative solution can come from our gifts?”
“Who are we, who am I, to be used for healing, reconciliation, new wholeness, generous comfort…
…for those in places like Haiti wherein lives have been undone by the mysteries of creation’s ways.
So, let us listen for Spirit in the deepest places of our living.
Let us acquaint ourselves with holy possibilities within our own lives.
Let us affirm and confirm our ability to bring a new light of relief and recovery
into the presently darkened holes of grief and pain across our world, and even next door;
…into the life of each of our neighbors, even those in Haiti.

________________________________________________________

Reflections from Walks for Haiti

Friday, January 22, 2010
Veriditas Global Healing Walk for Hatai

Lea Goode-Harris

Santa Rosa, CA USA

It is dark,

wet,

and cold here…

I am alone…

I step forward and light

the heart space…

blazing light sizzles in the damp night

connecting me in circles ever expanding

as I step onto this lone path…

I walk in silence,

my heart full of thoughts

of those who’s night is ever deeper,

where even though the sun shines…

their despair reaches…

searching for meaning to a world turned upside down,

shaken and broken…

their humanity seen by those who will look…

Walking this path…

I reach back, touching the hands of those walking

around the world,

weaving our love to hold that which is no more,

to that unknown

where all life ends and begins again…

Asking for compassion,

humility,

sustenance,

love,

healing,

recognizing our face in other,

being present with this step,

and the next…

holding our light,

gently…

so others may find their way home…

One More Miracle on the Path

  It was late. The walk had ended. Just before the labyrinth was folded away she was seen peering through the glass door at the sign publicizing the Compassion Labyrinth Walk for Haiti. The church was a strange place for her; she was not a member and had never been there before. In fact, in so many ways, OrcasIsland remained unfamiliar to her. She had only been on the island four years and didn’t get out too often. These were not her people; and besides, she had never walked a labyrinth before. It seemed perhaps better to gather round her the uneasiness, doubts, and fears that had become her companions of late and turn away from the church. As she walked down the street, Cheryl ran to catch her and asked had she been wanting to walk the labyrinth? Without hesitation the visitor blurted out, “Yes.”   Later, as the young girl finished her walk, she was delighted at the invitation to help fold the labyrinth.  When asked if she had a connection to Haiti, Rosedanie replied, “Yes, I am Haitian.  I have just returned from visiting my family.” “What has this week been like for you?” she was asked. “I have not as yet been able to get any news of my family. I am planning to return in a few weeks once I am able to find a group to go with.” Knowing she is a cook in a tiny local eatery, I silently wondered about the sacrifices she might have to bear in order to travel the thousands of miles back to her land, now a devastated place of pain and unknowing.   Once again, the path continues to unfold, encircling yet one more grieving heart desperate for comfort and relief from the pains of this transitory life. The labyrinth remains silent, strong, and eternal as it continues to heal, one person at a time.

Nancy Ayer Orcas Island, WA St. Croix, Virgin Islands

Follow up to the above story…. Well, Rosedanie leaves Orcas today and will be in Seattle and New York before going on to Haiti on February 10th.   I don’t know if you’re on the island, but in case you missed it, she was written up in the Sounder this week.  I thought you might enjoy seeing this: http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/sanjuans/isj/lifestyle/82307792.html Teri Williams and her husband Jay, who are Rosedanie’s landlords, were kind enough to waive her rent for the month she will be in Haiti.   And others have come through for her; it’s been very inspiring. Of course this is just a beginning for this project, and she is going to be able to bring along a building contractor and a permaculture specialist to help organize the people in the village, and another professional project manager to help too.  She is one mover and shaker!

Just a quick note to let you know that we did have the Global
Labyrinth Walk at the Nelson Cathedral on Friday the 22nd.
One woman, who is a friend of local woman, Emily Sanson, who lost
her husband and two daughters in the earthquake in Haiti came to do
the walk. (Emily’s husband covered their two year old, and she
survived, but he and two other daughters didn’t. Emily is still in
Florida waiting for rescuers to find the third daughter’s body, and
hopes to return to Nelson, soon.)
Another gentleman, who goes to the local Sea of Faith group came
along. The others who did the walk were visitors to the area and
when I explained why there were candles around the labyrinth, several
of them did walk. One woman from Germany, who couldn’t speak English
did walk, after her daughter explained it to her. We did have
thirteen people walk that afternoon. The local newspaper did send a
photographer on the day, and I did get a call from a journalist the
next morning. So there was a report, after the fact, in the local paper.

Nancy Sayer

GHR 2011 January: Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

japanearthquake2011In response to the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011.
For more information about the disaster
 click here.  

We would like to implement the Global Healing Response in reaction to the horrible earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. 

 As you might remember from previous Global Healing Responses (Katrina, Myanmar, Haiti), 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 Japan and the Japanese people.  

We have chosen Sunday, March 20, 2011 for us to do our walks.  I think many of us already have walks planned for the Spring Equinox and it might not be too difficult to add the intention of healing to the day. Also, the first day of Spring feels like the right energy for our intentions. I hope you feel the same way. 

Remember, never underestimate the power of the labyrinth AND unified healing energy!

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2011 Global Healing Response
Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

March 20, 2011

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

Prayer

See Below and attached file (GHRJapanPrayer)

Ideas for benefiting organization:  Red Cross
Per the Red Cross website:Those who want to help can go to www.redcross.org and donate to Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. People can also text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation to help those affected by the earthquake in Japan and tsunami throughout the Pacific.

Ideas for ambiance: Clean water in mason jars, green plants symbolizing regrowth.

Music: Master Teacher, Kay Mutert, suggested this lovely song….

Eliza Gilkyson, Requiem Mother Mary.
There are several versions on utube. But the best is when she and her daughter sing. It is a story of her desire to respond to the first disaster in the language of her own faith, thus Mother Mary. Powerful and beautiful words, simple melody. Utube has several video versions. Here is the one she sings on with her daughter, her idea is the daughter offers hope for the future.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AJqgRjqc6sY

Meditation:
Judith Tripp, fellow council member and Dreamquest founder sent me this meditation…
T
his is a beautiful 5 minute video created by Gaiafield Wisdom Council members Bonnie Bell and David Todd: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HpsvIy3-H0. It is a simple guided meditation, composed of healing images and words with music, intended to direct our blessings to the people, animals, and land of Japan.

 

Labyrinth Prayer for Global Relief
to Earthquake Victims in Japan

By Kay Muturt
March,  2011

For our sisters and brothers of Japan
In the midst of devastation,
turmoil and loss
A land torn apart, broken by the earth,
swept by the speeding waves

 When words fail,
When loss is beyond comprehension

 May we walk…
May we walk in silence

In love
In humble care
That hope be born
Healing begin
Heart be shared

 In days of fear and uncertainty
Disaster lingering and haunting
As the clouds of turmoil hover near,

 May this world respond,
May no step be not taken
No grief be unknown

 May we walk
that this broken world be
encircled in care

May our hearts not forget
our sisters and brothers of the earth
May we be one.

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The GHR hosted walks in over 35 locations in the U.S., Canada, Bahamas, Virgin Islands and South Africa.

A facilitator from Japan kept us updated with the progress there and wrote…

Dear Facilitators,

It has already more than 10 days past since the earth quake occurred. We still
don’t know how many people died (more than 21,000?) More than 230,000 peopl
e evacuated from the area.

Many people trying to support the earthquake and tsunami attacked area. Food,
water, medicine, clothes are being sent to Tohoku. People in less damaged are
as in Tohoku are sending clothes to higher damaged area. 

In other prefectures, many groups of Tohoku people, high school and university
students, Buddhist monks, etc., are standing on the street to collect donatio
ns. Many people go to medical centers to give their blood for surgery in Tohok
u. I donate to a food bank. 

Survivor’s needs are different depending on the nature of their problems. Peo
ple are trying to respond to their various needs. 
In Tokyo, rice, gasoline, and toilet paper disappeared from shops. We have pl
anned black outs in some areas in and near Tokyo. 

In Tokyo, for many people, radiation is the biggest worry. The electric compa
ny, Self Defense Forces, and fire fighters from Tokyo and Osaka are trying to 
make the situation better. It seems they are making progress and the situation
shouldn’t worsen.
However, we cannot clearly know when will we feel we are completely safe. 

We feel thankful to the rescue teams and the support from many countries.
Thank you, Facilitators, again for planning the labyrinth walk and sending mai
l to me!

I heard about Lybia, too.
I pray for peace. 

Mitsuyo Takeda