Remarks from Labyrinth Workshop

Winter discussion preparing for the workshop: “The beauty of the labyrinth is that can be that tool to bring people together. Holistic – spirit, mind, body.” (At this point I remembered James Naismith of Springfield College whose motto is just that:  Spirit, Mind, Body.)  Connections.

“New seekers as well as experienced.  Even when we are experienced, the newness of the present experience can speak to us.”

During the workshop” When the ordinary becomes extraordinary. Jot down by decades when and where sacred places occurred for us. This can connect us to the divine. ”

“A Pilgrim’s steps: prepare…travel…the event…return…reflect.  Dr. Harry Caldwell of the

Sandi Ohlen

University of Idaho in Recreational Geography taught that each journey has these five components!  Again, connections!  Leaving the “monkey mind” behind is difficult. Have your antennas up to the space around us.  Openness vs. expectations and intentions make a difference.

“Silence is part of any relationship. We meet, talk, delve into each other.  But to go deeper takes time and silence. When people share their core they move into the divine.  Be aware of what is really being said.

“Thought of an apple and going to the core…the seeds…get planted and burst open.  A gift of who we are to be nurtured.  The labyrinth nurtures this in us.  Mindfulness.  It is more than, “just a walk” but even if it is “just a walk” the experience can be pleasant and what is needed.

“Synchronicity is seemingly unrelated causal events which in reality do have connections. Was proposed by Carl Jung.

Quoted Dali Lama and Thomas Keating.

Made connection of “human nature” and nature.

Take all that occurs as metaphor.

My awareness 9-28-12 at Yellow River State Forest combined with Sandi’s thoughts: The

Universe: “I do not manipulate. Only help move people toward awareness.”

Universe does not manipulate.  It works with us to “tune in” (think of radio waves).  We have to adjust the dial to hear best and be aware of opportunities and respond to these opportunities.

“Nature was earliest peoples’ sacred test labyrinth that transcended all.

“Accept, honor our differences.  Stop the dualistic thinking.”  As the Beatles sang, Come together right now….”

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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