GHR 2018 Q3: Light/Shine Your Light for Others

Dear Facilitators,

As this time of year brings a warmer and brighter earth (at least for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), let our lights shine brighter, too. As our meditation points out, we can bring our lights to the darkness and also warm those places that are cold. It may take courage (lots of courage) to illuminate the dark, but we can do it! We have the tools of the labyrinth, our community with each other and our communities where we live.

Keep your light burning glowing with lots of self care. It’s easy to “burn the candle at both ends,” as they say. One person doesn’t need to handle the burden of all the problems—Many candles make a bright light.

Thank you for all you do in the world!

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch

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Global Healing Response Quarterly

2018 Theme: Light

To love beauty is to see light. —Victor Hugo

July-August-September

Focus:  Shine Your Light for Others

Quote: “The hero is one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by.”  — Felix Adler

Picture/Symbol: Torch

Prayer/Meditation:

I share my light of love so that I may
…Illuminate a path for those who are stumbling.
…Brighten a dark corner where fear incubates.
…Glow for those who have found too much comfort in the darkness.
…Warm a heart that has grown cold.
…Torch injustice and blaze luminous beams on a situation that has slipped away from integrity.
…Shine with others to create a rising sun of hope for peace everlasting.
                                                                                 —Ellen Bintz Meuch

Ideas for benefiting organization: I found a very interesting organization called “The Compassion Games”. They have an opportunity to “Build a Global Fire.” Read about it here: http://compassiongames.org/globalfire/

Ideas for ambiance: Begin the walk in near darkness, as the walk progresses, turn the lights on slowly. Or, have each person hold a votive light that is electric. When they feel their light “shine.”

Music: Ashana, “The Illuminated Path”: https://www.amazon.com/Illuminated-Path-Ashana/dp/B00AB3A0A6

GHR 2018 Q1: Light/Shine Your Light

Dear facilitators and friends,

Welcome to 2018! The theme for this year is LIGHT. We will explore letting our Light shine—and the courage that takes— and we will talk about shining our Light in a dark place —and the courage that takes, too. We will also work to see the light in others and finally, Lighten Up!

I love the meditation for this quarter that suggests we think of ourselves as lighthouses and not life boats.I often wonder if the healers of this world have been over functioning. I think we have a tendency to try to do too much of the healing for others when we might need to remember each person has a journey of their own. Perhaps we can let your Light shine so others can see your love while remaining centered and solid, like the light house that withstands many a storm. I am also reminded of the saying, “You don’t need to set yourself on fire to keep others warm.” How do you plan to let your light shine? What holds you back?

I believe Marianne Williamson is right when she says, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, nor our Darkness, that most frightens us.” What is it that keeps us from allowing our Lights to be completely lit. Many of us sang a little song when we were young….”This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Hide it under a bushel, NO. I’m gonna let it shine.”

As our beacons of light, shining from our hearts, bring others to the labyrinth, we can help to illuminate this cloudy world. Thank you for all you do!

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2018 Theme: Light

To love beauty is to see light. —Victor Hugo

January-February-March

Focus: Shine your Light

Quote: As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.—Marianne Williamson

Picture/symbol:   Lighthouse

Prayer/Meditation:

“I am a lighthouse
rather than a lifeboat.
I do not rescue,
but instead help others
to find their own way to shore,
guiding them by my example.” – Modern Affirmation

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Solar Aid (https://solar-aid.org/)
SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change. They provide access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia. Find out more at their website.

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Candles set in sand, floating on water, set in mason jars. Perhaps each walker would like to walk with a tea light (battery operated might be safest)

Music: “Morning Light (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZHSR5VG0uU)

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