November Knownings

Sometimes “knowing” just is.  A  colleague, who is a fellow learner and friend, and I have had on the planner for some time a “date” for lunch.  The day before, on the way to an AARP Smart Driver class in Tipton, I had seen a bald eagle fly right over the car.  I knew it for some message, and then received the text from her, asking me to work with her in discerning some messages she had received.  An honor that I take seriously. Part of her message was that I could help with discernment through the Labyrinth.  On the way home from the class, I thought about this “assignment” and simply asked Universe to guide me. Then, being tired and hungry and rather grumpy, I tried to let it go, especially when I was aware, ‘You will know.’   OK.  I reflected on three possibilities for walks in labyrinths.  But none seemed quite right.  Solon-Schwab would be too complicated to follow for a novice walker seeking specific insights.  The Laughing Labyrinth was not in the mix.  Regis – hmmmm – a possibility with the lovely hilltop view and feel.  But not quite the one.  Prairiewoods is easy to follow, secluded.  Possible. Again, not quite right.   In the evening we talked so that I had a better sense and then I re-opened the computer and looked up the town where we agreed to meet and a radius of 25 miles.  Predictably, all the CR sites that are registered came up. Well, I already knew these were not the “one.”  Then, I scrolled to the bottom of the list and discovered Camp Wyoming, outside Wyoming, IA, has a Chartres replica labyrinth. Well, that was it.  And, I knew it.  Practically, it was close to our meeting place. But, intuitively, I knew this was the one to go to.

After lunch and a short drive where L. shared many insights and experiences, and I briefly shared about labyrinths, we pulled in, were welcomed by staff and walked to the labyrinth.  The designer and staff did a good job locating the labyrinth and welcoming in the energy.  After opening the labyrinth, pointing out the lunations and the center rose, I invited L. to enter.

FarHolding space, I walked the perimeter, admired the cedar and shag bark hickory and listened.   Only the wind. Allowing her space, I waited outside.  After a while, I decided to walk also. As L. had said earlier, “Maybe there is something in the center for you, too.” Her tentative steps grew stronger. In the Center she stopped and “felt” the energy.  I just observed with “soft eyes.”  At the entrance to Center, I paused, backed up, and held and allowed space She asked, “Is it OK to talk?”  So we did.

What an incredible experience she had.  She had faced each “petal” and felt specific energies. Modelling standing in each petal, I invited her to stand in each and face Center.  Then, she opened up: Earth Elements – calm, Plant Kingdom – the throat chakra wanted to express something, Animal Kingdom – tingly all over, Human Realm – Heart and Third Eye, Angelic Realm – Third Eye and sparkly, The Great I Am – Good All Over. She kept re-visiting these and with each grew confidence.  The Center was

All energies meet

Stillness and accepting of all energies

peaceful and comfortable. The conclusion for L. was that she is all of these. She is at once “no-body” and “every-one” (A concept I share and the knowledge and experience I shared from an earlier labyrinth experience. I get it.) She relates to all and draws from each element and realm the best and highest to share with clients.

More to the conversation but this is the essence.  Written as notes but the meaning was deep and profound.  Yet, for me not “earth shaking” because “I knew.”  As SN said at the All  Souls Labyrinth Walk, “Not THAT kind of profound.  THIS kind of profound.”  Precisely.



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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