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