Where does this post go?  marionpatterson or 1080Labyrinth?  Here it is. This weekend’s weather is so reminiscent of home in New Hampshire in March.  Unsettled warmish wind coursing through the tree tops alternating with a shiver up and down the spine. Frozen ground below and squishy above.  Visiting the eagles along by the roller dam was, well, an “adventure”.  And, fits with my dream of going down a straight away road but not blacktop and suddenly difficulty steering the vehicle.  Actually happened to Rich on Friday morning and again to us along by the roller dam.

Walking the labyrinth the temperatures hovered just at freezing, crusting the snow and magnifying the crunch…crunch…crunch of my footsteps.  And, previous footprints, once mini-puddles now filled in with ice.  Outlines of the turkey tracks that grow each day with the melting and freezing. Again, a dream last night where I both heard and felt the crunch of the snow, and saw the dirt particles clinging stubbornly to crystals.  Soon to be part of the earth again. To say that my senses are in a highly acute stage is an understatement.

At Mardi Gras last night three different people engaged me in discussions about labyrinths.  So, I keep coming back to TW’s statements of don’t get distracted.  Labyrinths are what I do. But, I am rebelling here, so probably am grumpy. Maybe time to eat, Mrs. Patterson.  DL and I talked about the Laughing Labyrinth and Bottleworks.  SB and her husband visited about how they walk the Prairie Labyrinth and have their own “private” syrup factory (meaning they live close to the Nature Center). And, ST, overheard us and wanted to know more about labyrinths in the area.  So, today I sent off a revised list.

Now, Reverend Tom Capo’s  sermon snippets:  Told the story of Jacob wrestling with the angel, and how some conversations with mystics as a recent conference stayed with him. Struggle with the truth until you get what it wants from you. Spirituality – being open to something beyond the self. A “call” accept the “musts” that spirituality demands. Then, how five different ministers tried to deter him from the ministry but the last one conceded that “if you must do this, I will help you.”

Now to tie this together: I’m studying, reading, taking different classes, and meditating (especially in the sauna which is oh, so lovely), and taking time for me and at times basically feeling “guilty” about it.  “Less is more,” Mrs. Patterson. So, if I believe that the labyrinth is “the way” and so is Reiki, how do I blend them? Then, there are “the angels” and intuition which really is there. Back to The Reverend Tom Capo’s metaphor with Jacob and the angel, “Struggle with the truth until you get what it wants from you.” So much for “free will” of Unitarian Universalists!  HA!

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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