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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  1. Aldous Huxley, author of The Perennial Wisdom, the most comprehensive distillation of the universal wisdom traditions, said near the end of his life, “It’s a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all one’s life and find at the end that one has no more to offer by way of advice than ‘try to be a little kinder.'”

    This month’s question…How do we reach consensus to move forward in unity in kindness on our Earth ?

    Earth teach me to remember (origin: Ute, North America)
    Earth teach me stillness as the grasses are stilled with light.
    Earth teach me suffering as old stones suffer with memory.
    Earth teach me humility as blossoms are humble with beginning.
    Earth teach me caring as the other who secures her young.
    Earth teach me courage as the tree which stands alone.
    Earth teach me limitation as the ant which crawls on the ground.
    Earth teach me freedom as the eagle which soars in the sky.
    Earth teach me resignation as the leaves which die in the fall.
    Earth teach me regeneration as the seed which rises in the spring.
    Earth teach me to forget myself as melted snow forgets its life.
    Earth teach me to remember kindness as dry fields weep with rain.

    Source: Philip Novak, The World’s Wisdom Sacred Texts of the World’s Religions

    Offered at monthly labyrinth walk at Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL
    March 17, 2014 under theme and focus of GHR Unity; Consensus

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