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


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


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:, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood

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

Music: Chariots of Fire Soundtrack

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GHR 2010 Q4: A Call for Courage/Heart

2010 Global Healing
Theme: A Call for Courage
“Courage is a kind of salvation.”  ~Plato

Focus:   Heart

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn                                                          

Quote: “Sometimes the biggest act of courage is a small one.”  —Lauren Raffo

Picture/symbol:  Red Rose

Color:  Red

Blessed are You, Oh Harvest of my Heart, never let me lose sight of the importance of a beautiful sunrise; or watching my children or grandchildren sleep or smell the rain. It is often the little things that really matter in life.

Open my heart and mind to the small steps and little victories along my path for these have the greater meaning in life.

I give thanks to you, Divine One who are so Light-Hearted, make my heart like yours. May I be a light this day for those who are in darkness and give warmth and light to all.

Amen —Jo Ann Mast

Ideas for benefiting organization: UNICEF

Ideas for ambiance: Enhance your labyrinth with small rocks, glass stones or beads and tea lights (candles or battery operated)

Music: “Beauty All Around: All is Forgiven” by Ashana; (Songs for voice and crystal singing bowls; “Portal” by Christine Tulis (award winning harpist & composer)

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GHR 2010 Q3: A Call for Courage/Patience

2010 Global Healing
Theme: A Call for Courage
“Courage is a kind of salvation.”  ~Plato

Focus:   Patience

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: “Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” —John Quincy Adams

 Picture/symbol:  Clouds and sky

Color:  Blue

Life-Giver, Compassionate Companion, over and over you teach us about the process of inner growth: to have patience with all things but chiefly have patience with ourselves. Regardless of how much patience we have, we would prefer never to use it.

You advise us that patience cannot not be acquired overnight. It is just like building up a muscle. Everyday we need to work on it.

You encourage us to not lose courage but to instantly set about to transform our impatience— everyday begin the task anew.

Life-Giver, support and guide us in our daily practice of patience. Open our hearts to understand that patience makes lighter what sorrow cannot heal. Patience is the art of caring slowly.

We are grateful. 

—Jo Ann Mast

Ideas for benefiting organization: Local Food Banks

Ideas for ambiance: Canned goods, shoes to donate to a shelter, any offering of help to your community

Music: “SecretGardens: Songs From A SecretGardens” by Mercury; “Celtic Spirit” by Narada Collection Series; “Chartres: The Path of the Soul” by Catherine Braslavsky Ensemble

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GHR 2010 Q2: A Call for Courage/Spirit

2010 Global Healing
Theme: A Call for Courage
“Courage is a kind of salvation.”  ~Plato

Focus:   Spirit

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: “Spirit has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle.”  —Mark Twain

Picture/symbol:  Yellow water lily

Color:  Yellow

From out of the depths of darker places; Up from the mud of past death and decay; Surpassing all that would consume our tender shoots of hopeful possibility — We journey beyond the cold past toward a golden light of new life.  With each motion forward, we come closer to our own blossoming future.

And so, for Spirit that offers us energy to keep going; for Spirit that leads us beyond old regrets with surprising strength; for Spirit that guides us along better paths; for Spirit that empowers indescribable beauty in unsuspecting places – we give thanks, beyond even our words.

To this time, Spirit brings only what we already have the potential to become, moving us toward a radiant light of new day, until, finally, we too blossom with a golden brilliance, offering Spirit for a world in such great need. Amen. —Warren Lynn

Ideas for benefiting organization: Veriditas or local labyrinth organization or Local Women’s Shelter

Ideas for ambiance: Flowers!!!!!! Perhaps bunches of yellow daffodils. New life

Music: “Soir, Dit-Elle,” tracks 3-5, 9, 11, 13-14, by Trio Mediaeval or, “Emergence: Songs of the Rainbow World,” tracks 1-2, 4-5, 7, 9, R. Carlos Nakai; and “Spirit Wind” album by Richard Warner

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GHR 2009 Q2: A Time of Transition/Courage

2009 Global Healing
Theme: A Time of Transition
“There is no power greater than a community discovering what it cares about”

Focus:   Courage

Photo by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power. “  —Alan Cohen

Picture/symbol:  CardinalThe Cardinal reminds us that regardless of the situation, we have the opportunity to renew our own vitality.

Color:  Red

Holy ones of all ages and every wisdom path,
Bless us as we ask for courage while walking ways that seem to change beneath our feet.
Empower us to remember that courage is not only bravery; courage can be
Just keeping on when we feel fear, uncertainty, or just that we can’t handle what we’re faced with.
Help us to know that courage comes from the heart; it comes with age, wisdom,
Knowing that if we’ve faced hard times before we can again, and prevail.
Through you, Holy ones, courage finds strength within and sends it out to our planet, to all humankind:
That every being can face adversity with grace, dignity, integrity.
Holy ones of all ages and every wisdom path,
Empower us to think without fear, and do what is necessary for the wellbeing of all the earth.

—Bonnie Odiorne

Ideas for benefiting organization: Perhaps a local food pantry could benefit from cash donations or nonperishable food and paper goods..

Ideas for ambiance: Flowers!

Music: “Feather on the Breath of God”

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GHR 2010 Q1: A Call for Courage/Fortitude

2010 Global Healing
Theme: A Call for Courage
“Courage is a kind of salvation.”  ~Plato

Focus:   Fortitude

Picture by The Rev. Warren Lynn

Quote: “Where true fortitude dwells, loyalty, bounty, friendship and fidelity may be found.”  —John Gay

Picture/symbol:  Mountain

Color:  Green


We call upon the Gentle creator of the earth, our planet home with its powerful depths, and abundance of life – teach us, show us the faithfulness of the mountains.

Mountains that are looked at have a particular grace, some rounded and steadfast, others a wildness of spirit, still others the sharp face of fortitude.
A few beckon with deceptive calm, luring the unwary with their raw beauty, heads buried in clouds.
Mountains that are looked at grow in strength and magnificence. Mountains that are looked at look back with authority and the promise of tomorrow.

We invite all who have lived on this earth, our ancestors and our friends, who dreamed the best for future generations upon whose lives our lives are built on. We are filled with gratitudeto them for the preservation and gifts of the mountains.  —Jo Ann Mast

Ideas for benefiting organization: Organizations that benefit Haiti

Ideas for ambiance: Bowls of sand, dirt, rocks and water

Music: “el-Hadra the Mystik Dance” by Klaus Wiese, Ted de Jong and Mathias Grassow (A rhythmic trance style Sufi dance recording. The rhythm corresponds with the breath and heartbeat).  To hear go to:

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