GHR 2016 Q1 Stability/Strength

Global Healing Resource Quarterly: Quarter 1 (January, February, March)

Wow! The preparatiocalifornia-redwoods250n for this year’s GH Resources has been very interesting. With the help of Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast, we have let Spirit guide us. And that ride has been a roller coaster! We thought we had everything done and then, boom, we had the sense it all needed to change. Then there were lost files (very mysterious), interesting dreams and blank minds (no comments needed) that kept us zigzagging. FINALLY, we think we have what we were called to create. Sigh.

We knew the theme needed to be something very grounding—lots of “loose” energy these days. The labyrinth facilitator community knows a bit about staying grounded, holding space and allowing. Perhaps we can share that concept with others. With that said, we need to take care of ourselves. We aren’t helpful to the world if our energies are depleted, unclear or unbalanced. The Stability the world needs comes from our core. We hope the materials resonate with you this year. The healing you offer will make the world a better place!

Peace & Healing, Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

2016 Theme: Stability

“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.” —Unknown

January-February-March

Focus: Strength-to stand or endure, a sense of steadiness, a steadfastness

Quote: “Remember, the storm is a good opportunity for the pine and the cypress to show their strength and their stability.” —Ho Chi Minh

Picture/symbol: Redwood Trees              Color: Auburn

Prayer/Meditation:

You are invited to use the following reading as a focus for your labyrinth walk. In these days of uncertainty, fear, and suffering by many, we are not alone. We hold space, offering strength and caring for others and for ourselves.

“Anytime we can listen to true self, we do so not only for ourselves but for the many others whose lives we touch.”  —-Parker Palmer

We hold space for ourselves so we can better hold space for others.

Creating a safe, loving space for others is a willingness to walk alongside another person whatever their journey, without judgment, making them feel inadequate or trying to fix them.
When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts and offer unconditional support, safety, and calm.

A Meditation on Solitude –John O’Donohue

May you recognize in your life the presence,
Power, and light of your soul.

My you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
Connects you intimately with the rhythm of the Universe.

May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the façade of your life
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.

May you learn to see your self
With the same delight,
Pride, and expectation
With which Divine sees you in every moment.”

Ideas for benefiting organization‎:

  • In the freshness of the New Year, share lightly used winter clothing, especially coats, shoes, hats, boots for children and adults at local thrift stores.
  • In the cold season food and staples are always needed at local food banks, homeless kitchens and shelters.

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth:

  • Walk an outdoor labyrinth under the stars or moonlight,
  • Carry battery candles walking an indoor labyrinth,
  • Write messages of gratitude, of letting go that which no longer serves you and leave it in the center,
  • Carry an item symbolizing your soul or yourself

Music:   Judith Tripp CD: “Return to the Land of Your Soul.”

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2 thoughts on “GHR 2016 Q1 Stability/Strength

  1. A Big Thank You for your resource development!

    February 1, 2016 am facilitating a labyrinth walk at the Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, Florida. Imbolc/Brigid is celebrated on this day and is a fitting symbol of the strength and stability we need at this time.
    “Is the exploration of the natural world just a pleasant way to pass the golden hours of childhood or is there something deeper? I am sure there is something much deeper, something lasting and significant. Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexations or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living.…There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.” ~ Rachel Carson
    The beginning of February brings the celebration of the Celtic festival of Imbolc,
    which coincides with Brigid’s Day and the Christian festival of Candlemas. Imbolc marks the coming of Spring, the warming of the earth and the still-hidden possibility of new growth. Brigid (Bree-heed) is associated with everlasting fire,
    and with the abundance of the natural world at springtime. (The feast of Candlemas tells the story of Mary and Joseph taking the child Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to dedicate him to God. Brigid is also said to be the mid-wife of Christ, just as the season of Imbolc is thought of as the ‘mid-wifing’ of the year.
    Imbolc, also known as the Feast of Brigid, February 1, celebrates the arrival of longer, warmer days and the early signs of spring. At the Mound of the Hostages on the Hill of Tara, the inner chamber is aligned with the rising sun on the dates of Imbolc and Samhain.
    St Brigid has been known by many names: Brigit, Brig, Bride, Brigantia, Saint Brigid, and Mary of the Gael. In folk legends her name means “fiery arrow or power” (fire goddess). Brigid represents the light half of the year, and the power that will bring people from the dark season of winter into spring. Brigid’s gifts lie not in what she brings to you, but rather in casting light on what you can bring to the world. Her canonization by the Catholic Church is celebrated with a perpetual flame at her shrine in Kildare. Brigid represents the Irish aspect of divine femininity in her role as patron of babies, blacksmiths, boatmen, cattle farmers, children whose parents are not married, children whose mothers are
    mistreated by the children’s fathers, Clan Douglas, dairymaids, dairy workers, fugitives, Ireland, Leinster, mariners, midwives, milkmaids, nuns, poets, the poor, poultry farmers, poultry raisers, printing presses, sailors, scholars, travelers, and watermen. Brigid crosses are made from rushes and a Brigid doll known as a Brídeóg (also called a ‘Breedhoge’ or ‘Biddy’) is carried from home to home bestowing blessings. Spring cleaning is often customary.

    Imbolc was traditionally a time of weather divination, and the old tradition of watching to see if serpents or badgers came from their winter dens may be a forerunner of the North American Groundhog Day. Imbolc was believed to be when the Cailleach—the divine hag of Gaelic tradition—gathers her firewood for the rest of the winter. Legend has it that if she wishes to make the winter last a good while longer, she will make sure the weather on Imbolc is bright and sunny, so she can gather plenty of firewood. Therefore, people would be relieved if Imbolc is a day of foul weather, as it means the Cailleach is asleep and winter is almost over.

    Insight Meditation: What in you needs to be birthed; and what can you do to prepare and assist this birthing?

  2. Research for monthly labyrinth walk for Marcy 14, 2016:
    Monthly Labyrinth Walk March 14, 2016
    Duncan Conference Center
    Global Healing Response 2016 Theme: Stability
    1Q Focus: Strength—to stand or endure, a sense of steadiness, a steadfastness
    “The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.” Unknown

    Is the exploration of the natural world just a pleasant way to pass the golden hours of childhood or is there something deeper? I am sure there is something much deeper, something lasting and significant. Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life. Whatever the vexations or concerns of their personal lives, their thoughts can find paths that lead to inner contentment and to renewed excitement in living….There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature—the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.
    Rachel Carson

    Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day date format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. In 2009, the United States House of Representatives supported the designation of Pi Day. The town of Princeton, New Jersey, hosts numerous events in a combined celebration of Pi Day and Albert Einstein’s birthday, which is also March 14. 1592 – Ultimate Pi Day: the largest correspondence between calendar dates and significant digits of pi since the introduction of the Julian calendar. The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. Being an irrational number, π cannot be expressed exactly as a fraction (equivalently, its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern). Squaring a circle was one of the important geometry problems of the classical antiquity. Because π is a transcendental number, squaring the circle is not possible in a finite number of steps using the classical tools of compass and straightedge. In other words, it is impossible to construct, using compass and straightedge alone, a square whose area is equal to the area of a given circle. Because π is closely related to the circle, it is found in many formulae from the fields of geometry and trigonometry, particularly those concerning circles, spheres, or ellipses. . Although not a physical constant, π appears routinely in equations describing fundamental principles of the universe, often because of π’s relationship to the circle and to spherical coordinate systems. Formulae from other branches of science also include π in some of their important formulae, including sciences such as statistics, fractals, thermodynamics, mechanics, cosmology, number theory, and electromagnetism. In Carl Sagan’s novel Contact it is suggested that the creator of the universe buried a message deep within the digits of π; Carl Sagan and his wife Ann Druyan wrote the storyline for the 1997 film, Contact, starring Jodie Foster and Matthew McConaughey.

    Albert Einstein (March 14, 1879- April 18, 1955):
    A human being is part of the whole…the universe. We experience thoughts and feelings,
    as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.
    The delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

    Contact (1997)

    Ellie Arroway: Is this some test?
    Alien: No, no tests…
    [alien disguised as her father holds Ellie’s hand]
    Alien: you have your mother’s hands… You’re an interesting species, an interesting mix. You’re capable of such beautiful dreams and such horrible nightmares. You fell so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you’re not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we found that makes the emptiness bearable, each other.
    Ellie Arroway: What happens now?
    Alien: [he stands up] Now, you go home.
    Ellie Arroway: [she stands up] Home? But I have so many questions, do we get to come back?
    Alien: This was just a first step. In time you’ll take another.
    Ellie Arroway: But other people need to see what I’ve seen, they need to see…
    Alien: This is the way it’s been done for billions of years. Small moves, Ellie. Small moves.

    Mathematics is the only true universal language.— Ellie Arroway

    I… had an experience. I can’t prove it, I can’t even explain it, but everything that I know as a human being, everything that I am tells me that it was real. I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever. A vision of the universe, that tells us undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how… rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves, that we are not, that none of us are alone.— Ellie Arroway

    “She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.” ― Carl Sagan

    “It’s hard to kill a creature once it lets you see its consciousness.” ― Carl Sagan, Contact

    “Predictions of surprising events always prove more accurate if not set down on paper beforehand.” ― Carl Sagan, Contact

    When Ellie was asked by Congress if she believed in God, the correct reply would have been, “that is none of your business.” That would have been the correct reply of any American, no matter whether they believed in God or not.–Roger Ebert, 1997 Contact

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