GHR 2017 Q1: Love/Courage

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

I am so happy to let you know that the theme for 2017 is LOVE. The planning for this year and this quarter are a great example of how the Global Healing Response is an organic creation. Jo Anne Mast and I had agreed at the end of the year that we needed a theme of LOVE. In fact, it hit both of us like a ton of bricks one morning—the same morning. And then, we developed the quarters. We knew we would need courage to face what was ahead of us after the US election and its effects around the world. We just had no idea how much courage. Sigh.

The Women’s March that I attended in Chicago was a Lovefest and has inspired me to see how strength can be rooted in Love, support and hope. I know many of you have had the same experience. The GHR walks that happened on January 15th for Standing Rock, thanks to Robin Dilley, were inspiring and the issue continues to be so important! The intense yet calm eyes of our image, the lioness, feel like a great energy to hold on to. Thank you, Rev. Warren Lynn, for the photo. The meditation that Judith wrote is going to be taped on the left side of my computer at work. I think it is beautiful and inspiring.

One of my favorite quotes is by Annie Kirkwood, “Peace on earth lies only in the hearts of peaceful men, women and children.” We are each responsible for the Peace and Love that surounds us right now. If you are like me, and have to resist the overwhelming feelings of fear, sometimes this takes courage. It takes courage to stay awake to what is happening and not bury your head in the sand and yet balance that with a calm trust that the Universe works for the good. Our quote for the quarter feels absolutely right and I thank the powers that be for bringing it to me.

The labyrinth is the perfect vessel to help us stay rooted in Love and find our Courage and community. I’m sure there are amazing courageous acts of faith (peaceful marches, phone calls to legislaters, creative art, gatherings, and more) that will be revealed to us.

We are the leaders in this movement of LOVE. This is what we have been trained for. We know how the labyrinth can help an individual, heal a community and reveal possibilities. Let’s share our knowledge and wisdom.

With that said, please take time to take care of yourselves. Don’t let your vessel become empty. We need you!! Feel free to share these materials with anyone who might be interested.

With Loving gratitude for all you do that will lead to acts of Courage,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

PS: Sorry I got a little preachy, but desperate times…..

Global Healing Resource Quarterly

2017 Theme: Love

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love.” —1 Corinthians 13:13

January-February-March

Focus: Courage

Quote: “It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.”

—Oscar Wilde

Picture/symbol:    Lioness (picture by The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Pink

Prayer/Meditation:

A Prayer for Courage
May we find a glow of light
deep in the place of courage, just below the heart
where the breath swells
and the spine straightens
May we remember our strength
And the strength that multiplies in the circle,
in the crowd, in the People
May we kindle a fire of hope
in our words and deeds
Stoked by our belief in freedom, justice and love
May we know the power of deep listening,
find the balm of compassion,
Know the power
of right timing
of right action
May courage find us worthy companions
And accompany our walks, our commitments and our prayers.
—Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization‎: Standingrock.org, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood

Ideas for ambiance around the labyrinth: Feathers, stones, water, blankets

Music: Chariots of Fire Soundtrack

For a PDF version of this material click here.

 

3 thoughts on “GHR 2017 Q1: Love/Courage

  1. Thanks Ellen, this is perfectly timed to be used at our First Thursday open labyrinth walk in Seattle at Plymouth Church UCC. It is a public walk, so I like to leave a meditation on each chair. I’ve used and reworked text you’ve given us to create this month’s meditation.
    (lioness picture)
    The intense yet calm eyes of the lioness convey a great energy to hold on to.

    We are each responsible for the Peace and Love that surrounds us right now. Resisting the overwhelming feelings of fear takes courage. It takes courage to stay awake to what is happening, to not bury our heads in the sand and yet to balance that with the calm trust that the Universe works for the good. The labyrinth is the perfect vessel to help an individual, heal a community, reveal possibilities, help us stay rooted in Love and find our Courage and community. There are amazing courageous acts of faith (peaceful marches, phone calls to legislators, creative art, gatherings, and more) that will be revealed to us.

    A Prayer for Courage
    May we find a glow of light
    deep in the place of courage, just below the heart
    where the breath swells
    and the spine straightens
    May we remember our strength
    And the strength that multiplies in the circle,
    in the crowd, in the People
    May we kindle a fire of hope
    in our words and deeds
    Stoked by our belief in freedom, justice and love
    May we know the power of deep listening,
    find the balm of compassion,
    Know the power
    of right timing
    of right action
    May courage find us worthy companions
    And accompany our walks, our commitments and our prayers.
    —Judith Tripp

    “Peace on earth lies only in the hearts of peaceful men, women and children.” Annie Kirkwood

    “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

    “It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.” Oscar Wilde

    Seattle Plymouth Church UCC labyrinth ministry team

  2. Monthly Labyrinth Walk Duncan Conference Center March 13, 2017

    Mention: Global Healing Response 2017 Theme: Love 1Q Focus: Courage
    It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.—Oscar Wilde

    Synthesizers
    We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.
    The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able
    to put together the right information at the right time, think
    critically about it, and make important choices wisely.” E. O. Wilson

    Coming Together
    Succeeding is the coming together of all that is beautiful. Furtherance is the agreement of all that is just. Perseverance is the foundation of all actions. Lao Tzu
    Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. Henry Ford
    Diversity: the art of thinking independently together. Malcolm Forbes
    We’re helping those children who cannot help themselves and giving a push to those who can. We’ve done it by working together for a common purpose. I see no reason to stop now. Jane D. Hull
    Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Helen Keller

    Connection
    Inhumanity feeds on division.
    Division creates fear.
    Fear spawns hate.
    Hate incites violence.
    Humanity is rooted in connection.
    Connection creates understanding.
    Understanding produces acceptance.
    Acceptance blooms into peace.
    Listen to those who differ from you.
    Ask them to share their stories.
    Share yours.
    Connection begins with shared stories
    of life and loss and hope and failure
    and dreams and defeats and joy and pain.
    We are all one race.
    The human race.
    We have one home.
    One planet to share.
    Peace is possible.
    It starts with us. L. R. Knost

    To Pray is not to prevent winter, but to allow summer. The Gospel of Philip
    Kathleen McGowan, The Source of Miracles (the center of the labyrinth)
    1. Have Faith: Find your destiny
    2. Surrender: Give up self-doubt and claim your worthiness
    3. Be of Service: Create heaven on earth
    4. Prepare for Abundance: Learn to ask and receive
    5. Forgive: Begin with yourself
    6. Conquer Obstacles: Understand your own darkness
    7. Love: Obey the Highest

    Rev. Linda Hurley, Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  3. Furtherance: Monthly Labyrinth Walk April 3, 2017 Duncan Conference Center
    Global Healing Resource 2017 Theme: Love 1Q Focus: Courage

    1. “It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory and still to love it.”—Oscar Wilde

    2. “Many paths lead from the foot of the mountain, but at the peak we all gaze at the single bright moon.”—Ikkyu, Zen monk-poet (1394-1481)

    3. As a mirror that reflects the light of the sun, the moon represents the shadow side of the sun’s light. The Moon reflects the mystery and fear within our souls. It reflects to us all that we cannot see inside ourselves because we cannot look directly at the brilliant sun.

    4. Example of courage, civil rights, solidarity:

    • April 3, 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke in Memphis, Tennessee called by the Memphis sanitation workers strike, the striking workers theme “I am a man” became a foundation of the civil rights movement. The speech Dr. King delivered is known by the phrase, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” Regarding the strike, King stated that the issue is injustice; the issue is the refusal of Memphis to be fair and honest in its dealings with its public servants, who happen to be sanitation workers. He warned the protesters not to engage in violence lest the issue of injustice be ignored because of the focus on the violence. King understood that peaceful demonstrations were the way to go and the only way to guarantee that their cry for rights would be heard and answered. This was his last public speech; on the following day, King was assassinated.

    5. Meditation: love, courage, mountain, moon, (reflected issue: injustice)…

    Give thanks to the God of heaven,
    His love endures forever,
    who made the great lights—
    His love endures forever,
    the sun to govern the day,
    His love endures forever,
    the moon and stars to govern the night;
    His love endures forever. Psalm 136

    6. Emphasizing reflection points of the labyrinth during the walk.

    Rev. Linda Hurley, Veriditias Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

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