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Welcome to the Global Healing Response.

The GHR is a simple plan using the labyrinth and the labyrinth community in a unified response to promote healing, calm and grief integration in the case of an emergency or disaster.

The GHR has been successfully implemented on several occasions: Hurricane Katrina, the Tsunami, Myanmar Earthquake and floods in China, and Haiti’s Earthquake, Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami, Hurricane Sandy and most recently, the tragedy in Newtown, CT at Sandy Hook elementary school.

Over the years, the GHR Quarterly developed as a tool for continual healing intentions. Each year a theme is chosen and each quarter has a focus for the theme. All the materials needed to conduct an intentional labyrinth walk or healing event are provided.

It is our hope that the GHR will continue to be a simple model for healing that will promote peace and provide hope throughout the world. As I always say, never underestimate the power of unified healing energy and the labyrinth.

Peace & Healing,

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

GHR 2017 Q3: Love/Faith

Dear Labyrinth Facilitators and Healers,

I think your calm, trust, love and faith are needed more than ever. Our world is fragile and bent. But with people like you doing the work you are called to, we will not break. These materials are created for your service. I hope you find them helpful.

With gratitude, trust and faith in all you do,
Ellen Bintz Meuch
Founder, Global Healing Response

Global Healing Response Quarterly

 2017 Theme: Love

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

July-August-September

Focus:  Faith

Quote: Faith makes all things possible… love makes all things easy. Dwight L. Moody
Picture/Symbol: A Leap of Faith

Color: The rainbow

Prayer/Meditation:

Faith is the refusal to panic.
It’s the setting of an alarm clock, it’s the “see you later.”
Faith is in a parent’s hand when giving a teenager keys to a car.
It’s boarding a plane or bus or boat.
Faith is trusting a vision to the next step. It’s a leap.
It’s now.
It’s fueled by love.
Let our daily acts of faith help us see that we can have faith in our world…
And each other.

Ideas for benefiting organization: Goodwill, Salvation Army, thrift stores—Encourage your walkers to donate or purchase.

Ideas for ambiance: Stones that allow us to stay centered and grounded.

 Music: Chant your Faith: https://soundcloud.com/sama-renuka/10-chant-your-faith

Click Here for a PDF version of these materials

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

April-May-June

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

Prayer/Meditation:

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- www.whiteswanmusic.com

For a PDF version of this material click here.

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.

 

Standing (and Walking) Together for Standing Rock

Dear Facilitators and labyrinth lovers,

Fellow Veriditas facilitator, Robin Dilley of Arizona, has urged us to stand together with the water protectors of Standing Rock on January 15th, 2017.This will be an important time considering the recent events.

Even though there are big victories, like the December 5th decision by President Obama to deny the last permit, forcing the Army Core of Engineers to re-route their initial plans, our President Elect has a financial stake in the pipeline moving forward. With the recent appointment of Scott Pruitt as the director of the EPA, it is more pressing now than ever before that the Standing Rock encampment and its supporters increase their visibility and message to the public.

I helped Robin put materials together to create a template similar to what we do for our quarterly resources. The PDF version of these materials can be found by clicking here. Hopefully you will want to make copies and hand them out at your walk on January 15!

If you can’t lead a group walk on the 15th, perhaps you would like to follow the ceremony Robin created for an individual ceremony.

Please let us know if you will be leading a walk so we can create a map of the labyrinths that will be involved. Let’s work to cover the globe with Ppeace on the 15th.

Thanks for all you do to create healing in the world and thank you, Robin, for uniting us in this effort!

Ellen Bintz Meuch
Creator, Global Healing Response


Standing with Standing Rock

Global Healing Response
Labyrinth Walk

January 15, 2017

Quotes: “The rivers are our brothers. They quench our thirst. They carry our canoes and feed our people. So, you must give the rivers kindness you would give any brother.” Chief Seattle’s Letter 1852.

“You visit the earth and water it, you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people with grain, and so you have prepared it.” Psalm 65:9

Prayer/Meditation:

Grandfather Great Spirit
All over the world the faces of living ones are alike.
With tenderness, they have come up out of the ground
Look upon your children that they may face the winds
And walk the good road to the Day of Quiet.
Grandfather Great Spirit
Fill us with the Light.
Give us the strength to understand, and the eyes to see.
Teach us to walk the soft Earth as relatives to all that live.
— Sioux Prayer

 Idea for a group ceremony:

  • Welcome participants to bring drums, rattles, Native American flutes.
  • The facilitator chooses a large bowl or container for water.
  • A ladle for pouring water in individual cups.
  • Small paper cups (recycled if possible) should be available for participants.
  • Native American music or even Hallelujah can be provided in background.
  • Participant carries empty cup into the center with silent reflection on the necessity of water.
  • Fill the cup with water, with gratitude.
  • Carry out with silent reflections and prayers for the people standing their ground at standing rock.
  • Take place around outside of labyrinth.
  • Last walker takes his/her place in circle.
  • Facilitator offers a final prayer and all drink the water together in solidarity.
  • The water, container, and ladle should be blessed in some way.

Idea for an individual ceremony

  • You may want to carry your own cup of water on this walk or warm up the labyrinth prior to your walk with a blessing of water that you sprinkle around it.
  • Enter: May the Holy One of Blessings come and walk with me as I walk for those at Standing Rock.
  • Remember: Reflect on our oneness. We are all one. Remember that our bodies are at least 65% water. We all need water to survive. Our water sources are sacred and all of us are dependent on them. Let you mind flow to images of water that are important to you.
  • Release: Release the people at Standing Rock to freedom. May they be free of fear. May they be free of suffering. May their land be freely released to them and may their water flow freely for them. Release your own fear, anger, and angst over the injustices committed to others, in order that your energy is free to send peace, victory, and joy to Standing Rock.
  • Receive: At the center, receive guidance and blessings for what you need to do to continue to Stand with Standing Rock. Receive healing for those injured in the past, present and future.
  • Return: As you walk out from the center, imagine that each step you take is bringing healing to the earth, healing to the waters of the world, and healing to everyone that has been hurt and wounded in the battle at Standing Rock.

GHR 2016 Q4: Stability/Serenity

This quarter’s focus might be a challenge for many of us…Serenity. Hopefully, we can accept the challenge and find serenity among the chaos so that we can provide Stability to those around us. I am deeply appreciative of Jo Ann Mast’s BEAUTIFUL prayer/meditation. (I am thinking of copying it, laminating it, and using it hourly).

Thank you to all who work to offer a place for others to find Peace, Healing and Serenity!

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Global Healing Response Quarterly

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

October-November-December

Focus: Serenity

Quote: “Today I want to feel the release of fully letting go of those things I cannot change. May today feel lighter and more joyful as a result.” —Shawn Fink

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

Color: Blue

Prayer/Meditation:
SERENITY
Fully letting go of those things we cannot change.
Releasing things of the world—the wild, dangerous, fearful, tiresome, and challenging outside world.
As you take the first step into the labyrinth, close your eyes, take a few breaths, then a full breath.
Imagine diving deep into the calm waters of the lake washing away tension, fear, hurt and worries of the outside world and your world. Trusting the labyrinth and yourself, putting one foot in front of the other, letting go stress, tension, fear and doubt.
Mindfully reaching the labyrinth center—Your own center. Continue releasing, letting go, especially those things you cannot change. Breath-in and breath- out feeling lighter and lighter…
Now leaving the center with, lighter steps, quieter mind, body refreshed, and spirit renewed, light-hearted and joyful.
Path of Serenity

In Light and Joy,
Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: Organizations that work to improve the quality of our oceans and lakes, or provide clean water and drinking water. In the Midwest, the Great Lakes Alliance is doing wonderful work cleaning up the beaches and water quality.

Ideas for ambiance: Water filled mason jars, floating candles, buckets of sand with candles

Music: Try using calming nature sounds, waves, and wind. These tracks are available on YouTube and even Pandora.

For a PDF version of these materials click here.

 

GHR 2016 Q3/Stamina

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —ConfuciusMountain250

The quote for this quarter’s focus of stamina feels right for a couple of reasons. After reading what I wrote for Q2 Support, I am feeling a bit frustrated that I could write the exact same things today. I said, “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.” And the sad thing is….it isn’t going to stop any time soon. We need stamina! We need to hold the course of stability and as the quote says, not stop. It seems we don’t need to worry about how much we are accomplishing or how often we are offering support. We just need to try and persevere as Jo Ann Mast so eloquently wrote in this quarter’s prayer/meditation. By doing this, we WILL create change. I hope this plan for an intentional labyrinth walk, for prayer and for meditation helps us all persevere. Thank you for all the light you each bring to the world. You ARE making a difference.

Peace & Healing, Ellen

Global Healing Response Quarterly: Quarter 3 (July, August, September)

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

July-August-September

Focus:  Stamina

Quote: “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius
Picture/Symbol: Mountain (Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn)
Color: Green
Prayer/Meditation:
Perseverance
Perseverance is a choice. It is not a simple, one time choice.
It’s a daily one. There’s never a final decision.
Our first “yes”—-filled with energy and enthusiasm—-brought us here,
but it’s no use as the waters rise and the turbulence increases.
By the time we’re surrounded by obstacles and opposition, by aggression and and mean-spiritedness, our initial choice has no meaning.

Having to make a choice everyday, keeps us alert and present.
Do I have the resources, internal and external, to keep going?
Can I deal with what’s in front of me right now?
Do I have any patience left? Is there a way through this mess?

These critical questions require a momentary pause, a little reflection.

Rather than striking out or being reactive to a bad day, we offer ourselves freedom.
Do I continue or do I give up? Even a brief pause creates the space for freedom.
We’re not trapped by circumstances or fatigue.

We give ourselves a moment to look as clearly as we can at the current situation.
And then we make a conscious choice—–Every Day
—Veriditas Master Teacher, Jo Ann Mast 

Ideas for benefiting organization: Organizations like the Red Cross who have been around to support us for a long time, who have endured through good and bad times.

Ideas for ambiance: Large or small bowls of water with floating flowers or colorful rocks in small/large bowls (or other containers) with water.

 Music: Music: Drums, rattles, chimes walkers can bring to play when walking or CD “Ashana: All is Forgiven” or “Chartres – Path of the Soul” by Catherine Braslavsky.

For the PDF version of the post click here.

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)

For the PDF version of this post click here.

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.”

For the PDF version of this post click here.

 

Wounded Knee Healing Hearts Event

Friends and Healers,

In the wake of the events in Paris, California, Africa, Georgia (the list can go on and on), please consider joining the Native Elders as they create a Global ceremony to end massacre, and all that massacre means, and to finally heal our hearts. The event will take place on December 29th at noon.

If you plan to host a labyrinth walk, or host any other type of healing event please register it on their site by clicking here. You can also see where events are happening all over the world. Also, please email Ellen Meuch with the details of your event.They will be posted on this site.


For more information, see below and click here.

Join the Wounded Knee Celebration by using a finger labyrinth. Make copies for those in your community who would like to participate but can’t get to a public labyrinth!! Click here for the PDF Finger Labyrinth with information and prayer on the back.


Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee
Global Healing Labyrinth Walk

Noon, December 29, 2015

“WE CAN END THE TRANSMISSION OF WOUNDING”—James Odea

For the past 25 years, Native American people have been riding, running and walking the route that Chief Bigfoot followed with his people, before they were massacred at the site of Wounded Knee in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. This year, to honor the 25th anniversary of the Chief Big Foot Band Memorial Ride and the 125th anniversary of the massacre, we inaugurate a 4 year cycle for global ceremony to end massacre and all that massacre means and to finally heal our hearts.

This December 29th at 12 noon in your local time zone please enter into prayer and sacred space with us.

Together let us honor all who have fallen not only at Wounded Knee, but all of our beloved ancestors who have fallen throughout the millennia of global conflict.  Let us create a Global Wide Ceremony together wherein we begin the sacred journey to redress and heal our multigenerational and multi-lineal wounds.

 Prayer/Meditation:

 Hand in hand, heart to heart, let us step forward together into this new millennium to engender Peace!  We envision a world in vibrant health, joyous abundance in balance with our earth with governance arising from wisdom, truth and justice, love and peace.

 Visit www.healingheartsatwoundedknee.com for more information

Register your walk at: http://healingheartsatwoundedknee.com/global/ceremony-registration/

Join the Healing Hearts at Wounded Knee on Facebook by clicking here.

 For a PDF flier about this event click here.

GHR 2015 Q4 Restoration/Rejoice

Dear Friends and Facilitators,

After the beautiful lunar eclipse on September 27th… and a new shift in energy that is emerging…I think the perfect response is to REJOICE! (what else is there to do??) We have reflected, renewed, released and now it’s time. The world needs joy. That is very clear to me. Let each of us keep searching for, and finding, JOY!!

Global Healing Response Quarterly

2015 Theme: Restoration

“All the beauty that’s been lost before wants to find us again” ― U2

October-November-Decemberstars

Focus:  Rejoice

Quote: “Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.”―Henry van Dyke

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

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Prayer/Meditation:

As light joins us late and leaves early,
May we make our way deep inside our hearts,
As our animal kin turn to hibernation and renewal,
May we take it slowly and rest abundantly, remembering the season of waiting
and longing with hope and with joy.

May each day remind us to curl up with our memories,
May each night bring us to holy dreams and simple receiving.
And as the light begins its slow ascent,
May winter’s deep embrace strengthen our souls in love.
— Judith Tripp

Ideas for benefiting organization: Homeless shelters, and programs which provide sleeping bags and warm clothes

Ideas for ambiance: Candles, glow stars, shawls

Music: United Guitar Players, “International Spanish Acoustic Guitar Tribute to the Legend Bob Marley

Click here for a PDF version of these materials.