GHR 2017 Q2: Love/Light

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

The focus for this Spring quarter of the GHR is Light. I have to admit that it was set to be Wisdom and at the last minute, Jo Ann Mast and I felt sure that Light was more appropriate. Not just the idea of shining light for others—or even reflecting it— but also to BE Lighter. The world feels heavy now for many reasons.

When I introduced the GHR in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina our responses were to disasters and other global events that needed healing….one at a time. Now it seems we are hearing events everyday that could warrant a Global Healing Response. (As I write this I am hearing news of the chemical attack in Syria where many of the victims are children.) That realization feels heavy to me. Thankfully, we have our GHR yearly theme and focus to use continually and the world has folks like you to offer modes of Healing, Centering, and Sacred Spaces. Thank you for all you do.

As always, our intention is that these materials will help you plan an intentional labyrinth walk that when joined by others doing the same thing globally will have a unified effect of Healing for our world.

In Light and Love,

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

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

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


Focus: Light

Quote: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Picture/Symbol: The rising sun (Picture courtesy of The Rev. Warren Lynn)

Color: Blue


Divine Power
“To give love from the heart and to receive love
To be the light and project the light
To know yourself and thus know spirit
I am part of you and you of me
The seeds of yesterday,
Today and tomorrow have been painted
Now we must learn to nurture,
To love to overflow with Spirit.”
Light your faces with a smile.
—Jo Ann Mast, Master Labyrinth Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: Prayers and Support for our elected local, state and government officials. Write post cards messages to elected officials.   Volunteer in community sanctuary groups

Ideas for ambiance: colorful flags (could be made by walkers before or during the walk) scarves, stones with messages, ribbons.

Music: “Embrace” – Deva Premal-

For a PDF version of this material click here.

2 thoughts on “GHR 2017 Q2: Love/Light

  1. Monthly Labyrinth Walk May 1, 2017 Duncan Conference, Delray Beach, FL
    Global Healing Response 2017 Theme: Love, 2Q Focus: Light (Ellen Bintz Meuch and Jo Ann Mast) “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” —Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ()• Offering prayers and support for our elected government officials.

    Today is the celebration of Beltane (May day) halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice; it is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals—along with Samhain, Imbolc and Lughnasadh. Beltane is celebrated with a bonfire bringing protection for the cattle who were brought out to pastures. Doorways were decorated with yellow May flowers to repeat the bonfire theme.

    We will walk for light and protection, inspired by these poems by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr–

    A Spring Blessing

    Blessed are you, spring,
    bright season of life awakening.
    You gladden our hearts
    with opening buds and returning leaves
    as you put on your robes of splendor.
    Blessed are you, spring.
    In you is a life no death can destroy.
    As you exchange places with winter
    you harbor no unforgiving spirit
    for broken tree limbs and frozen buds.
    Blessed are you, spring.
    You open the closed buds of our despair
    as you journey with us
    to the flowering places.
    Blessed are you, spring.
    You invite us to sing songs
    to the frozen regions within
    and to bless the lessons of winter
    as we become your partner
    in a new dance.
    Blessed are you, spring,
    free gift of the earth.
    Without cost we gaze upon your glory.
    You are a gospel of good news
    for the poor and rich alike.
    Blessed are you, spring.
    Your renewing rain showers and cathartic storms nurture the potential that sleeps in Earth’s heart and in our earthen hearts.
    Blessed are you, spring,
    season of resurrection, sacrament of promise.
    Blessed are you, spring,
    miracle child of the four seasons.
    With your wand of many colors
    you work your magic in the corners of our darkness.
    Blessed are you, spring,
    season of hope and renewal.
    Wordless poem about all within us
    that can never die.
    Each year you amaze us
    with the miracle of returning life.
    Listening to Spring

    How quietly the earth breathes forth new life.
    How eagerly the sun bleeds forth the spring,

    I am listening.

    I am listening to seeds breaking open,
    to roots growing strong beneath the ground,
    to green shoots rising up from winter wombs.

    I am listening to thorns blossoming,
    to barren branches laughing out new growth,
    to wildflowers dancing through the meadows,

    I am listening.

    I am listening to the forest filling up with song.
    I am listening to the earth filling up with life.
    I am listening to the trees filling up with leaves.

    I am listening.

    I am listening to the sky with its many
    changing moods,
    to flashes of lightning, peals of thunder,
    to opening buds and greening grass.
    I am listening to the breaking forth of light
    in the vestibule of dawn.
    I am listening to the freshness of the morning.

    I am listening.

    I am listening to the rain drops
    giving hope to thirsty gardens.
    I am listening to the orchards
    pregnant with new life.
    I am listening to the flowers
    bursting forth in rainbow colors.

    I am listening.
    I am listening to the brook,
    to the song of happy waters.
    I am listening to music
    rising up from all the earth.
    I am listening to spring
    soaring in on wings of life.
    I am listening to the sounds of spring.

    I am listening.

    I am listening to prayers
    pouring forth from feathered throats.
    I am listening to prayers
    rising up from misty waters.
    I am listening to prayers
    of a meadow crowned with dawn.

    with peace, Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

  2. Monthly Labyrinth Walk June 5, 2017 — Delray Beach, Florida
    June 5: UN World Environment Day
    For the last four decades, World Environment Day has been raising awareness, supporting action, and driving change. The theme for 2017 is ‘Connecting People to Nature – in the city and on the land, from the poles to the equator’. The host country is Canada.

    Flowers have uncountable ways of pretending to be not solid, but moonlight or sunlight or starlight with scent. Primroses strive for the colour of sunshine on lawns dew-besprent. Freesias are flames wherein light more than heat is desired, as candles on altars burn amethyst, golden and white. Wall-flowers are sun streaked with shade. Periwinkles blue noon at the height.
    Lesbia Harford (1891–1927 C.E.) Australia

    Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky. Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931 C.E.)

    Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them.
    But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree.
    He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.
    ~Herman Hesse (1877-1962 C.E.)
    Knowing the Earth
    To know the Earth on a first-name basis
    you must know the meaning of river stones first.
    Find a place that calls to you and there
    lie face down in the grass until you feel
    each plant alive with the mystery of beginnings.
    Move in a circle until you discover an insect
    crawling with knowledge in its heart.
    Examine a newborn leaf and find a map of a universe
    so vast that only Eagles understand.
    Observe the journey of an ant and imitate its path
    of persistence in a world of bigger things.
    Borrow a cloud and drift high above the Earth,
    looking down at the smallness of your life.
    The journey begins on a path made of your old mistakes.
    The journey continues when you call the Earth by name.
    ~Nancy Wood (1936-2013), Spirit Walker

    Connecting People to Nature,
    Rev. Linda Hurley
    Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator

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