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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GHR 2015 Q3 Restoration/ Release

Dear fellow labyrinth facilitators and friends,

I particularly relate to this quarter’s focus, “Release.” As I consider the possibility of releasing my grip of control (or my illusion of control, right?) on life, I think about the labyrinth facilitator community as a whole. Though our backgrounds, intentions, and goals might differ, I have experienced a common thread among us. We like to be in control. I even wonder if our attraction to the labyrinth and facilitating the labyrinth experience holds a lesson for each of us…As much as we try, we can’t control a labyrinth walk.

During July, August and September may we each trust the process of release that leads to restoration. Let’s not just release control but, also, all that no longer serves us and what might be able to serve others. Hopefully, these materials will help others find comfort in releasing as we lead walks across the globe!

Peace & Healing, Ellen

2015 Theme: RestorationSunset

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

July-August-September

Focus:  Release

Quote:  “I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” —Carl R. Rogers

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

Color: Orange

Prayer/Meditation:

In this time, we give thanks that all around us the fullness of summer is expressed with abundance. And yet, we should know, such richness is only manifest through selfless surrender to potential and possibility. The tree does not say, “I will not bear fruit.” Waving fields of wheat, corn, beans do not fail to relinquish themselves to a harvest unimaginably greater then their original sacrifice. NO. All is given up. Every last bit of energy exhausted; exactly for this season of overflowing treasure.

So may we, too, offer the world our delicious fruit of generous release.  For the sake of so much more, let us offer to the world what we have been given. By our surrender, let us celebrate a means to sate the hunger of countless souls.  In letting go the seeds of self, may our gifts find redemption through a harvest of miraculous grace.

Even as the harvest-time world around us gives itself, utterly, completely, for the life of the other, let us, too, send forth an abundant harvest of wisdom, care, and nurture – made possible only after we have let go of our own self-minded intent, bequeathing our futures for the sake of the wider world.

May it be so.      —The Rev. Warren Lynn 

Ideas for benefiting organization: Local food banks and Global Relief Organizations

Ideas for ambiance: Leaves, acorns, pine cones, harvested items

Music: “The Healing Journey”, Tami Briggs

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GHR 2013 Q2: Truth/Peace

Global Healing Resource Q2

2013 Theme: Truth

“Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”  I John 3:18

Q2: April-May-June
Focus: Peace

Quote:  “Without trust, there can be no genuine peace. Neither in politics, nor in the quiet individuality of the heart and spirit.”―Timothy Zahn, Vision of the Future

Color:  Blue

Prayer: Peace in the Present Moment

Peace is not a matter of faith; it is a matter of practice. We need only to find ways to bring our body and mind back to the present moment so we touch what is refreshing, healing, and wondrous.
In the Buddhist tradition, every time a bell rings, you are invited to breathe in saying silently, “listen, listen,” and when breathing out, say, “this wonderful sound brings me back to my true home.”
Our true home is in the present moment. To live in the present moment is a miracle, walking on the green earth in the present moment, and appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now. Peace is all around us—-in the world and in nature —and within us—in our bodies and our spirit.

Walking the labyrinth breathing in, taking deep breathes allowing ourselves to walk mindfully, touching the earth with each step. We don’t need to wish our friends, Peace be with you”.
Peace is already with them. We need only to help them cultivate the habit of touching peace in each moment.  Make way for Peace and it will be found.

—Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

Ideas for benefiting organization: This website, PeaceWomenlists hundreds of organizations working for Peace.  (http://www.peacewomen.org/portal_organizations.php)

Ideas for ambiance:  Decorate your labyrinth with these Birds of Peace.” Each pilgrim could make their own and put a message on it.  (http://www.arvindguptatoys.com/toys/peace.html)

Music: Circle of Healing,” Paul Lloyd Warner  (http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/paullloydwarner4)

Photo: by Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher

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[box type=”bio”] Happy Spring to those of you in the Northern Hemisphere! These materials were created as we listen to news of North Korea’s aggressive actions along with more problems in the Middle East. The focus of “Peace” seems more important than ever. I hope you can use these materials to create a labyrinth walk, or other healing event, that connects with your community. As always, I am grateful for the help of Jo Ann Mast, Veriditas Master Teacher, and The Rev. Warren Lynn. We would really appreciate any feedback or experiences you have while using these materials. Comments are welcome!! Peace & Healing, Ellen Bintz Meuch[/box]