GHR 2016 Q2 Stability/Support

Last quarter when I posted the materials on Stability/Strength, I truly hoped our planet would have made a few energetic changes and be a bit further along. Sigh.

In the States we are struggling with some chaotic election energy, racial and religious tensions while the rest of the world experiences many of the same things. I hear (through the Wisdom grapevine) that things “they are achangin.”

Last quarter we thought about Stability and Strength—for the world and for ourselves. I called on the stability quote and prayer many times last month. This quarter perhaps we can use our new found strength to offer support to someone else. Or, if you find yourself in a tough situation you will have the courage to ask for support.

Perhaps offering a community or private labyrinth walk is the perfect supportive gesture for our friends and family to find stability. Thank you for all you do!

Peace & Healing,

Ellen

Global Healing Resource Quarterly: Quarter 2 (April, May, June)

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2016 Theme: Stability
“The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside.”  —Unknown

April-May-June

Focus: Support

 Quote: “What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s what we’re here for.” —Shauna Niequist

Picture/Symbol: Bridge (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Purple

Prayer: Prayer is being aware of “the deep heart’s core” that nourishes our heart with meaning. It perceives the divine in noise and quiet, in light and dark.
Prayer enables us to live freely and gracefully in harmony with the universe.
Before we can pray,
Before we can dream,
Before we can witness
To justice and peace,
we must be a single circle.
A single unbroken circle
A wide open, welcoming circle
Let us build the circle of love and support.

A Walking Prayer—

“Today, we walk together side by side, through the winding safe, secure Path of the labyrinth. Feel the tension slowly dissolving into the labyrinth. There is comfort and support placing one foot in front of the other. Following your breath—in and out, in and out.

Your pace slows. You feel a deep fluttering sigh of release, letting go the deep stress inhabiting your body. The restless mind, the “monkey mind” jumps into fear mode: lost lives, starvation, suffering children, hopelessness— pause, breath deep, breath deep in and out, in and out, step by step, step by step, the waves of sadness gradually subside falling from your body into the labyrinth path.

Notice your heartbeat slows, the mind is quiet. As you enter the center, a small heart voice whispers, all will be well, life is an ongoing journey of change and choice, surrendering the old and trust in new beginnings.

You walk quietly out the sacred Path, one foot in front of the other.

The small voice ringing with fresh insights, carrying in your body, in your mind an attitude of the heart that can transform every aspect of your life. Your step is soft, your mind is calm and your heart is alive.”
—Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

We support one another. The labyrinth supports ALL.

 Ideas for benefiting organization: Local Youth Clubs, Libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs etc. Bring books, puzzles, games, (all ages) kites, etc. for Spring and Summer activities.

Ideas for ambiance: Spring Flowers, colorful scarves for dancing on labyrinth, small Easter baskets, May Day baskets, kites, bubbles if walking an outdoor labyrinth.

Music: Christine Tulis “Portal” (www.christinetulis.com/music.html) and  Harold Moses “Edges of the Soul” (www.allmusic.com/album/edges-of-the- soul-mw0001585657)

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5 thoughts on “GHR 2016 Q2 Stability/Support

  1. Perfect. So in tune! Preparing for my monthly labyrinth walk at the Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, FL. Celebrating the date: April 4…

    Global Healing Response 2016 Theme: Stability
    2Q Focus: Support

    Quote: “What I can do is offer myself, wholehearted and present, to walk with the people I love through the fear and the mess. That’s all any of us can do. That’s wat we’re here for.”
    Shauna Niequist, Willow Creek Church

    Before we can pray,
    Before we can dream,
    Before we can witness
    To justice and peace,
    we must be a single circle.
    A single unbroken circle
    A wide open, welcoming circle
    Let us build the circle of love and support. Jo-Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

    Almost 50 years ago today…
    “A time comes when silence is betrayal.” Concerned Clergy and Laymen.
    Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at Riverside Church in New York City, written by activist and historian Vincent Harding.

    “The truth of these words is beyond doubt but the mission to which they call is a most difficult one; even when pressed by the demands of inner truth, men do not easily assume the task of opposing their government’s policy, especially in time of war. Nor does the human spirit move without great difficulty against all the apathy of conformist thought within one’s own bosom and in the surrounding world. Moreover when the issues at hand seem as perplexing as they often do in the case of this dreadful conflict we are always on the verge of being mesmerized by uncertainty; but we must move on.

    Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. And we must rejoice as well…perhaps a new spirit is rising among us. If it is, let us trace its movement well and pray that our own inner being may be sensitive to its guidance, for we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness that seems so close around us….we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values. We must shift from a “thing-oriented” society to a “person-oriented” society. When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered….

    As if the weight of such a commitment to the life and health of America were not enough, another burden of responsibility was placed upon me in 1964; and I cannot forget that the Nobel Prize for Peace was also a commission—a commission to work harder than I had ever worked before for “the brotherhood of man”…I must be true to my conviction that I share with all men the calling to be a son of the living God. Beyond the calling of race or nation or creed is the vocation of son-ship and brotherhood, and because I believe that the Father is deeply concerned especially for his suffering and helpless and outcast children, I come tonight to speak for them….

    Somehow this madness must cease. We must stop now. The world now demands a maturity of America that we may not be able to achieve….The situation is one in which we must be ready to turn sharply from our present ways….These are times for real choices and not false ones.

    (This situation) is but a symptom of a far deeper malady within the American spirit, and if we ignore this sobering reality we will find ourselves organizing “clergy-and-laymen-concerned committees” for the next generation. We will be marching for these and a dozen other names and attending rallies without end unless there is a significant and profound change in American life and policy…as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.
    True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it is not haphazard and superficial….A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death. America, the richest and most powerful nation in the world, can well lead the way in this revolution of values. There is nothing, except a tragic death wish, to prevent us from reordering our priorities, so that the pursuit of peace will take precedence over the pursuit of war. War is not the answer….Every nation must now develop an overriding loyalty to mankind as a whole in order to preserve the best in their individual societies….

    When I speak of love I am not speaking of some sentimental and weak response. I am speaking of that force which all of the great religions have seen as the supreme unifying principle of life. Love is somehow the key that unlocks the door which leads to ultimate reality….We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs….There is an invisible book of life that faithfully records our vigilance or our neglect. We still have a choice today; nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation.

    We must move past indecision to action. We must find new ways to speak for peace…and justice throughout the developing world—a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act we shall surely be dragged down the long dark and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight….The choice is ours, and though we might prefer it otherwise we must choose in this crucial moment of human history.”

    Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

    Today:

    We support one another. The labyrinth supports ALL. Global Healing Response

    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  2. Am thinking in terms of “Mother Trees” as a metaphor for “support”–
    “The big trees were subsidizing the young ones through the fungal networks. Without this helping hand, most of the seedlings wouldn’t make it.”

    Suzanne Simard

  3. Now into June: Monthly Labyrinth Walk scheduled for June 13, 2016
    Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, Florida
    Global Healing Response 2016 Theme: Stability–2Q Focus: Support
    We support one another. The labyrinth supports ALL.

    Taking nothing for granted: June 13, 2016 Second day of Shavuot– The Torah was given by G-d to the Jewish people on Mount Sinai more than 3300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot we renew our acceptance of G-d’s gift, and G-d “re-gives” the Torah. Shavuot also means “oaths,” for on this day G-d swore eternal devotion to us, and we in turn pledged everlasting loyalty to Him. The Yizkor prayer of remembrance for dead is read on the second day of
    Shavuot.Shavuot is also the celebration of the wheat harvest and the ripening of the first fruits.

    Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “Our goal should be to live life in radical amazement, to look at the world in a way that takes nothing for granted. Everything is phenomenal, everything is incredible; to be spiritual is to be constantly amazed.”

    Oren Lyons, Onondaga Nation, “When we walk upon Mother Earth, we always plant our feet carefully because we know the faces of our future generations are looking up at us from beneath the ground. We never forget them.”

    Richard Louv, Nature Principle 2011, “Here’s the problem: we cannot protect something we do not love, we cannot love what we do not know and we cannot know what we do not see, hear, or sense. Many of us desire a fuller life of the senses, and to find meaning in life that surrounds us. When truly present in nature we do use all our senses at the same time, which is the optimum state of learning. Nature offers us the opportunity to realize an even larger sense—the position of our body and spirit in the universe and in time. Reconnection to the natural world is fundamental to human health, well-being, spirit, and survival.
    It’s about the power of living in nature—not with it, but in it.

    Nancy Wood, We Became as Mountains: (Full Circle)
    Some say the world is dying,
    but I don’t believe them.
    There is always something good to see.
    My ancestors would not have given up.
    I, in my modern house, cannot give up either.
    To give up is to die.
    My voice goes on
    and I fight like a warrior for
    creatures who cannot speak.
    The voices of turtles and falcons are within me,
    and I must put myself in Brother Bear’s skin.
    The end is the beginning. The full circle
    of my life is nothing more
    than one footstep going on.

    (Creation Song) The footsteps went on,
    and inside the mystery of creation,
    they gave the power of connection
    to creatures emerging
    from the womb.

    Walking in contemplation of this power of connection–>creature support.
    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  4. And so, the day has come, additional motivation for this walk this evening as the country mourns the lives lost this weekend in Orlando, Florida. Prayers for Seddique Mir Matteen. Prayers. Prayers. Prayers.
    AFFIRMATION (FROM UNITY):
    THE LOVE OF GOD WITHIN ME FEEDS MY SPIRIT AND GUIDES ME IN ALL I DO. WITH LOVE I PROMOTE AN ENVIRONMENT OF HARMONY AND COMPASSION. I AFFIRM WISDOM AND LOVE FOR EVERY LEADER AND CITIZEN OF THE WORLD. I SEE PEACE RADIATING FROM PERSON TO PERSON TO FORM A CIRCLE OF LOVE AROUND THE WORLD. I ENVISION ALL PEOPLE THINKING, SPEAKING, AND ACTING FROM AN AWARENESS OF DIVINE LOVE. I EMBRACE THIS POSSIBILITY IN THE SILENCE.

    Helen Keller: “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

  5. Monthly Labyrinth Walk scheduled for July 11, 2016
    Following the year’s theme of stability, for this month’s walk we will extend our focus to the quality of “Perhaps”
    Perhaps–adverb used to express uncertainty or possibility; maybe, for all one
    knows, it could be, it may be, it’s possible, possibly, conceivably, imaginably, God-willing
    • The world is beautiful outside where there is stability inside. ~ Unknown
    • Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge. ~ Eckhart Tolle (1948-)
    • It is the direction and not the magnitude which is to be taken into consideration. Having seen and felt the end, you have willed the means to the realization of the end.~Thomas Troward (1847-1916)

    Visualizing ending in love…
    Note: The Global Lives Project is a video library of 24-hours in the lives of people around the world; the goal is to foster empathy and cross-cultural understanding. Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another being is experiencing from within the other being’s frame of reference. Empathy with Meditation is an antidote to terrorism.

    Just as man cannot live without dreams, he cannot live without hope. If dreams reflect the past, hope summons the future. Elie Wiesel (1928-2016)

    John Denver, Songwriter, 1981:
    Perhaps love is like a resting place
    A shelter from the storm
    It exists to give you comfort
    It is there to keep you warm
    And in those times of trouble
    When you are most alone
    The memory of love will bring you home

    Perhaps love is like a window
    Perhaps an open door
    It invites you to come closer
    It wants to show you more
    And even if you lose yourself
    And don’t know what to do
    The memory of love will see you through
    ———
    Walking, holding the tension of “perhaps” while visualizing the hope built by empathy.

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