Monday, February 29, 2016

How to forgive when forgiveness doesn't come easy

     "Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die.” ~ Anne Lamott, Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy

     "True forgiveness must include completely letting go of victim consciousness." ~ Colin Tipping, Radical Forgiveness

     The Anne Lamott quote is pretty harsh, but it makes a good point. Withholding forgiveness creates more suffering to us than the person we are withholding forgiveness from. But that doesn't make forgiveness easy - especially if you use traditional definitions of forgiveness.

Traditional Forgiveness vs Radical Forgiveness

     The traditional definition of forgiveness assumes someone has done something wrong that needs to be excused or pardoned. But true forgiveness is the realization that there's nothing wrong because what we see in our lives is simply a match for what we vibrate in.  If we vibrate in victim, we attract victimization. But of course this is unconscious.  I want to make it clear that if you are attracting victimization in your life, you aren't doing it on purpose and you aren't doing anything wrong! There is no judgment in energetic vibration.  You can read more about that here.  The point is, once you recognize what you are vibrating in, you receive the gift of awareness, because awareness means you now have the option to do something about it instead of unconsciously repeating the pattern.

The Gift of Awareness
     
     Let me give you an example of how awareness can become a gift. I recently went through a period of time when angry men kept showing up in my dreams and in my life - the angry client, or the guy cursing at the cashier next to me in line at the grocery store. One evening, two different men yelled at me as I passed them on my bike. I could no longer ignore the pattern.

     Naturally I felt hurt and victimized by these verbal attacks. But deep down I knew that whatever was happening in my outer life was a reflection of what was going on in my inner life. I had to look within at my inner angry man, a part of me I didn't like looking at. Now I hadn't done anything wrong and there was no judgment in the realization that I was carrying anger. It was just unpleasant to connect with this inner anger.

     By having the courage to look within, I shifted my energy from disempowered victim to empowered awareness. I needed to forgive these men that kept showing up and mirroring my inner angry man back to me.  And I needed to forgive myself for carrying anger.  What I learned  from the angry men was self awareness. And in becoming aware I received the gift of healing my anger through forgiveness.

Healing with Forgiveness
  
     An effective way to heal through forgiveness is the Ho'oponpono prayer. This simple prayer is an ancient Hawaiian practice of forgiveness and reconciliation used by healing priests for someone suffering from physical illness. It is: I love you. I'm sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you.  

     As I sat in my backyard and said these words repeatedly to myself while deep breathing, a deep sense of peace came over me. And afterwards I slept better, had less anxiety, more energy and no more angry men showed up in my life.  Indeed, the results can be miraculous - read more about that here along with more about how to do this simple prayer.

     When you notice a pattern in your life, ask yourself:
  •      What is this showing me?
  •      What does this experience or person remind me of about myself?
  •      What can I learn from it?
  •      What needs to be forgiven?
     And then try the Ho'oponpono prayer.


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Friday, February 26, 2016

How Trauma is Far More Common Than You Might Think

     "Trauma is a fact of life. It does not, however, have to be a life sentence. Not only can trauma be healed, but with appropriate guidance and support, it can be transformative."  ~ Peter Levine, PhD, Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma 

      We usually associate trauma with a major life event - the traumatic loss of a loved one, a traumatic accident that causes physical injury, or a traumatic divorce, etc. But in fact we are being traumatized every day. Sound like an exaggeration?  Consider this. Every single day on TV, the internet, and through social media we are being terrorized with a barrage of fearful messages. This produces trauma. We've become so desensitized to it that we may not even recognize what it's doing to us.

     Those who seek to control others know that traumatizing them with fear is very effective. Because people who are traumatized become more suggestible, which makes it easier for them to be manipulated and controlled. However, what is far more powerful than fear is love and compassion. Love and compassion are the antidote to fear, the energy medicine to heal your spirit and your heart from trauma.

     Here are some ways to stop the fear trauma and start the healing:

1. Stop watching mainstream news sources! Instead, seek out what inspires. Put posts from FB pages that have positive and healing messages at the top of your news feed.  Here's a good one: TheGoodNewsNetwork

2. Instead of being anti-something, be pro-something that espouses love, compassion, kindness and caring. Rather than allowing your energy to be drained and manipulated into supporting a fear-based person or cause, heal your heart by using your energy for good, to expand love and kindness in the world.

3. Heal your spirit by spending as much time as possible out-of-doors, where you can hear the whispers of your own soul, away from all the fearful messages. Being in nature synchronizes energetic rhythms. This synchrony balances biological rhythms, sharpens focus, enhances creativity and heightens present-moment awareness. These mind-body-spirit, health-enhancing effects of being in nature are well-documented.

     Here is a video I made of one of my favorite places to heal and write, but you don't have to go any further than outside your own door. Any place in nature is healing.



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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

How to meditate if you can't meditate!

      “Meditation is a way of being, not a technique.”  ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn from Coming to Our Senses


   It is well-documented that meditation is one of the best things you can do for your health. But if you are like me, the idea of sitting still for any length of time is unbearable.  Add in being silent and having your eyes closed and you've got torture! Given those issues, how the heck do you meditate?

Changing the Goal

     If you have difficulty meditating, it might be because you are focusing on it as a technique. And making your goal mastering that technique. So try changing your goal.

     Instead of the goal being meditate, think meditative state. Any time you are in a meditative state, you are experiencing the same benefits as sitting meditation. This is also called mindfulness, and some studies indicate mindfulness while moving, also referred to as walking meditation, is even more beneficial than sitting meditation!


Being in the Moment

     I achieve a meditative state every day when I work with clients in my energy healing practice, and when I exercise. When I do either of those activities, I become literally flooded with inspiration, insights and ideas. In fact, the idea and content for this blog post came to me while riding my bike. This happens because whether I'm working with a client or exercising, I'm in the moment.

     As I focus on the experience of that moment, my mind becomes emptied of thought. I shift from being mindless to being mindful.  Here's the difference: A mindless state is spinning thoughts that create anxiety. A mindful state is stream of consciousness that creates relaxation.

Facilitating a Mindful Meditative State

     Here are some activities that facilitate a mindful, meditative state:
  • Enjoyable exercise, especially out-of-doors.
  • Engaging in a creative hobby or form of art.
  • Chores or housework that facilitate a zen-like state. 
  • Eating a meal.
  • Drumming (click HERE to learn more)
     When engaged in these activities, focusing on your five senses will help you be in the moment.  What do you hear, see, taste, smell and feel?

     Another option if you have difficulty meditating is to use a recorded guided meditation. I have created one for you that is available here.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

How to Heal Neck and Shoulder Muscle Pain

       "There's nothing like a little physical pain to keep you mind off your emotional problems."
 ~ John Sarno, MD, Healing Back Pain: The Mind-Body Connection

Many of my clients have muscle tightness and discomfort, especially in the trapezius muscles. These are a pair of large triangular-shaped muscles that control the movement of the head and shoulder blades. When they tighten up you can have soreness, knots and pain in your neck, shoulders or back. Tension in this area of the body is associated with inflexibility and seeing life as a burden.

     Here are a 3 ways to relieve the pain:

1. EFT (emotional freedom technique) - Here's a video I made that shows you how to use EFT to heal neck and shoulder pain:



2. Take a shower, allowing water that is comfortably hot to flow over the sore area (this works for any sore muscles).  Once the area feels warm and relaxed, turn the temperature controls to as cool as you can tolerate for 10-20 seconds, then back to comfortably hot. The goal is to alternative 6 times with hot water and 6 times in the cool-cold.  This alternating heat and cold dilates and constricts blood vessels, pumping out waste products and pumping in the body's natural healing factors.




    3. After your shower, a few drops of doTerra Deep Blue essential oil blend, or Ovvio Soothe Muscle Relief Blend mixed into a carrier oil like coconut lotion and massaged into the area will continue the healing.


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Friday, February 19, 2016

How to Let Go of Worry

     "Even if it's well-intended, worry blankets the poor recipient's energy field in a negative vibe. Imagine a black Express Mail envelope marked 'Thinking of You' with much, mildew and a few skull bones." ~ Tosha Silver in Outrageous Openness

     We have an old beagle whose health had been deteriorating recently -- our dear Stanley. It got so bad he could hardly move and we were carrying him outside to do his business.  My mind went to worst-case scenarios of what had been suggested to us in the past - heart disease and disc disease. It broke my heart to see my super-active, mischievous little hound dog reduced to an invalid.  I worried about him constantly - day and night. It was making me sick and clouding my ability to see things clearly. And then I had a dream.

     In the dream, in order for Stanley to get better I had to surrender him.  In the dream I was very sad, but also felt a great sense of relief and peace that I didn't have to worry about him any more. When I awoke, I was initially horrified by the idea of surrendering my own beloved dog, but then I understood that dreams are metaphors.  What I needed to surrender was not Stanley, but the worry.

     The next day Stanley was seen by a new veterinarian who determined his issues were not nearly as bad as we had thought -- and easily treatable. Stan responded quickly to a new treatment protocol and soon was back to running around the yard. Who knows what the future holds for him, but worrying about it does him and me no good and is actually detrimental.  Because the body cannot tell the difference between an awful thing that is actually happening or if you are just thinking about the awful thing. You will experience debilitating stress regardless. I choose to live in the moment, as Stanley does. I choose peace.

     If you find yourself worrying, try one of these:

     1. If you are dwelling on past experiences and worrying about the future, bring yourself back to the present moment by focusing on your breathing and what you see, hear, smell, taste and feel in your current environment.

     2. Send love and acceptance to the part of you that is worried and afraid.

     3. If you are worried about a person, say a prayer:

     "If it is in the highest good of _____, I ask that their suffering be relieved and that any dysfunctional connection between myself and this person that causes me to take on their suffering be severed. Please fill us both with love, light and spiritual power."


 

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

How to Feel Your Own Energy

      "To achieve excellence, we must also consider and work with what is not apparent, with what cannot be seen. We must journey into the complex world of subtle energies." ~ Cyndi Dale, The Subtle Body

     A few years ago I was taking a winter walk when I noticed a single blade of grass had melted a hole through the snow cover. I was amazed that the life force-- the energy -- of this single grass blade produced enough heat to melt through the snow pack. It is a visible example of the work of the "invisible" energy that is the basis of all life.



   Do you feel overwhelmed and buried under your life circumstances like the grass buried under snow?  Have life difficulties obscured the light? Even when there are no leaves on the trees and the grass is covered with snow, we know that beneath the surface nature is teeming with life. We are the same, but out life difficulties can keep us so distracted that we forget about the life force surging through us. If we can't feel it, we may feel flat and lifeless.  But its always there.

     Take a moment to connect with your life force energy - your subtle body.  Play some meditation music.  Light a candle.  Get in a comfortable position and close your eyes.  Rest your hands at the top of your thighs, at the crease where your legs meet your torso. Breathe deeply and slowly.  Empty your mind and focus on your breathing. Be patient. Have no agenda other than to breathe and relax for as long as it takes. As you relax, you will begin to feel your own energy.  It may feel like heat coming from your hands.  Tingling sensations.  Magnetic sensations that you may feel in your feet. 

     The more you practice sensing your own energy and focusing on your life force instead of your life difficulties, the more you will see the light that has been obscured.  Like the blade of grass, you will melt through what has been burying you.



 

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

How to Love Yourself

     "Encourage yourself, believe in yourself, love yourself. Never doubt who you are."  ~ Stephanie Lahart, Overcoming Life's Obstacles

     I am writing this on Valentine's Day, but its applicable on any day. Valentine's Day can be hard because of societal expectations that you not only be in a love relationship, but that relationship has to be Hallmark-card-worthy! The message is that unless someone loves you, you don't have anything to celebrate on this day of love. What an incredibly limited view of love!

     Love is not dictated by the degree to which someone loves you. Your "lovableness" is a permanent aspect of your spirit. Love is not limited to the love between two people in a love relationship. Love is boundless and forever, as your spirit it.

    Take back your power and define this day (and every day) of love for yourself!  You are the one you are looking for. Someone else can't complete you because you are already complete. You are enough.

     On this day, put your hands on your heart and take a deep breathe.  Pledge your love and support of yourself.  Cherish yourself.  Believe in you. 


   

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Friday, February 12, 2016

3 Tips to Being Positive

      "The practice of positive thinking implies that negative thoughts must be avoided.  As for negative thinking, it is not something to be feared, shunned, or replaced: the ironic truth is - it has its positives too."  ~ Garrett Kramer, The Path of No Resistance

     I'm sure you've heard how important it is to be positive.  And how "bad" it is to be negative. And how thinking negative thoughts draws negative to you.  The prevailing new age wisdom is that each time you have a negative thought, immediately replace it with a positive thought. 

Don't Shoot the Messenger!

     The problem with immediately replacing a negative thought with a positive thought is this: Negative thoughts are symptoms. And symptoms are a message from the body-mind.  When we immediately dismiss a negative thought, we shoot the messenger. And when we shoot the messenger, we don't receive the message.

     The other thing is, negative thoughts are energetically weak.  Even one positive thought negates the effects of a bushel-full of negative ones, especially if its accompanied by positive feeling and emotion. So give yourself a break and don't worry too much about the effects of your negative thoughts, which can just make you more negative! A single negative thought has about as much power as a dust bunny under your bed.

A Shift in Perspective

     To be positive, we need a shift in perspective....the higher-self perspective. When you are feeling negative and thinking small, it's because you are living from a small part of you.  That small part categorizes everything as either bad or wrong, or good or right.  But your symptoms aren't bad.  They are messages from a part of you that needs some healing, or is in the process of healing. Either way, its all good.

     I know so many individuals who are experiencing all kind of physical-emotional symptoms -- anxiety, racing heart, shaking, vibrations and tingling, strange transient aches and pains, feeling weepy and vulnerable. And they think it is bad. This is very understandable given the cultural belief that symptoms = pathology. But our body-minds are responding to the ever increasing frequencies on the planet. Our body-minds are making the necessary adjustments to sync with our spirit, which creates ascension symptoms Its all good.

How to be Positive

     To be positive, have compassion for yourself. 

  1. Send love to the part of you that is afraid. 
  2. Send love to the part of you that is thinking negative thoughts.
  3. Send love to the part of you that thinks it's bad. 
     Every part of you is deserving of love. The simple act of feeling compassion automatically shifts you to your higher self.  And that's how you become positive. More about this HERE

    When I asked the Siri feature on my phone for directions the other day, I automatically said "thank you," forgetting that Siri is not a real person.  Her answer? "It's all good, Heidi."  Ain't that the truth!!



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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

3 Tips on How to Let Go

    " Letting go helps us to live in a more peaceful state of mind and helps restore our balance." 
~ Melody Beattie, The Language of Letting Go

     On a recent boat trip our boat broke down just short of our destination. We had to be towed back to the marina at a slow speed, which took over an hour. Now this may seem a big disappointment. But I embraced the experience as an opportunity to let go.

     As we were being towed, there was nothing to do but let go. I laid down on the boat cushions and slipped into a very deep state of relaxation. It felt like the sun was kissing my cheeks and the breezes caressing my hair. I opened my eyes several times, half expecting to see someone touching me. I felt enveloped in a benevolent, loving presence. Because when we let go, we make room for spirit to come in.
     By the time we reached the marina, I didn't want it to end!  I felt completely de-stressed.



     As children, letting go was exhilarating. We spun around until we became so dizzy we fell over. We took our hands off the handlebars while riding our bikes. We swung so high on the playground swings that our stomachs did flip-flops. But somewhere along the way, we began to believe that letting go was dangerous. We started to try and control situations in order to feel safe. But that control can get in the way of health and well-being.

     Letting go does not mean giving up our dreams, denying that you are afraid, or becoming out of control.  Letting go means surrendering the details and the need to control outcomes. 

     Here are 3 ways to let go:

     1. Recreate a childhood experience of letting go.  Go ride a bike or swing on the swings at the local playground!  
     2. Love the part of you that is afraid to lose control
     3. Do some "receive-release" breathing.  Deep breathe for 10 minutes with the silent mantra of "receive" on every inhale, and "release" on every exhale.  Breathe in I receive support.  And breathe out I release control.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

How to Use Your Voice for Healing

     "Our voice is the most healing instrument. The use of the voice for healing is called toning, and it's probably the oldest and most natural form of sound healing that there is." ~ Jonathan Goldman, The 7 Secrets of Sound Healing

     While taking a walk in a local park, I was delighted to hear a man doing vocalizations in the woods. I was able to record the sound on my phone in the first 7 seconds of this video:


      Why was I delighted to hear this sound? Because most people are too inhibited to practice vocalizations. I felt honored to witness this healing sound.

      Vocalizations are a powerful sound energy therapeutic technique. Chanting, moaning, humming and sighing, accompanied by deep breathing, can release the energetic effects of trauma and associated tension, pain, and emotion. This is particularly the case when intoning a sound on a single breath, as the man in the video was doing.

     Unfortunately most people unconsciously hold their breathe and restrict their voice to prevent suppressed emotions from surfacing. The best way to approach vocalizing is in a non-judging, unconditionally accepting state of mind. Give yourself permission to make sounds. Make an agreement with yourself that you won't judge the sound that comes out of your mouth. Its going to feel awkward at first, but if you set aside a time to practice every day, and keep showing up with willingness, you will break through and experience a release of tension, heaviness, and negative emotions. This will leave you feeling lighter, clearer, and more positive. It may not happen the first time, or even the first week, but it will happen.

    Toning and vocalizations also help open the throat chakra. The communication energy center can become "clogged" when we hold our voice back.  This is particularly an issue for empaths, who hold back their words out of fear of hurting others or being criticized.

     If you would like to know more about using the voice for healing, check out Jonathan Goldman's book through the link at the top.



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Saturday, February 6, 2016

How Flower Essences Can Heal Your Issues

    "Healing with the clean, pure, beautiful agents of nature is surely the one method of all which appeals to most of us." Dr. Edward Bach, The Bach Flower Remedies

      Flower essences are vibrational medicine. The original and most well-known of the flower essences were developed by Dr. Edward Bach, a London physician frustrated with conventional medicine. In 1930 he closed his lucrative medical practice and set off to find a new system of healing involving plants.


     Dr. Bach discovered that the intake of high vibrational substances, such as plants and flowers, can raise low vibrational frequencies and positively impact health. Following this initial discovery, he determined how to transfer the vibrations of plants into water.  By infusing spring water with wildflowers, either by "sun-steeping" or boiling, he created Bach Flower Remedies.

     There are 38 remedies in Bach's system.  Read through the descriptions to see which one(s) best match your issues. Links to purchase are embedded in the names.  I found that after a few months of putting a few drops of a remedy in a glass of water a couple times a day, the description barely fit me. That's a lot of healing for a small cost!



Agrimony
Indicated for individuals with issues of addiction, unhappiness, anxiety and insomnia who hide their difficulties with good humor and appear to be care-free.    

Aspen
Indicated for individuals who suffer from vague fears, worries, and dread of unknown origin that haunt them day and night.

Beech
Indicated for individuals who are intolerant and critical, and need to be more understanding and see the good in all things and others.

Centaury
Indicated for individuals who are passive, neglectful of themselves, and unable to say no to others who then take advantage of them.  

Cerato
This remedy is indicated for individuals who lack confidence in their own decisions and always look to others for advice and confirmation.  

Cherry Plum
For individuals who are afraid of losing control and exploding in rage.

Chestnut Bud
For individuals who have difficulty learning from past experiences and keep repeating the same mistakes.

Chicory
For individuals who are over-protective and demanding of others, who see themselves as the one to correct what they think is wrong by manipulating and controlling loved ones.  

Clematis
For dreamers who live in the future with little interest or engagement in the real world and have difficulty concentrating. 

Crab Apple
This is a cleansing remedy for people with poor self image who obsess on a particular aspect that feels essential to be cleaned or cured.

Elm
For humanitarian individuals who become depressed and overwhelmed when their calling in life feels too difficult and they don't feel they can do it all.

Gentian
For individuals who are easily discouraged and disheartened from any delay or setback.

Gorse
For pessimistic individuals who have fallen into hopelessness and have lost their faith and belief. 

Heather
For individuals who are preoccupied with their own problems, dislike being alone and feel the need to discuss their issues with others at length.

Holly
For individuals who suffer from jealousy, hate, insecurity and suspicion with thoughts of revenge. 

Honeysuckle
For nostalgic individuals who can't let go of the past, who are homesick and bereaved.

Hornbeam
For individuals who feel weak, weary and bored with life. 

Impatiens
For impatient individuals who are tense, irritated and frustrated with others who they feel are a waste of time, who rush ahead and prefer to work alone.

Larch
For individuals who lack confidence, who feel inferior to others, who are discouraged and hold themselves back for fear of failure.
  
Mimulus
For individuals who lack courage and are fearful of accidents, poverty, misfortune, darkness, flying, spiders, who may hide their dread. 

Mustard
For individuals who are depressed and gloomy for no reason, who feel overshadowed by a dark cloud.   

Oak
For individuals who overwork and overachieve, who continually fight and struggle against difficulties despite exhaustion. 

Olive
For individuals who lack energy, who feel they have no reserves of strength and are weary, whose daily life feels like hard work. 

Pine
For individuals who feel guilt and shame, who are never satisfied with their efforts and decisions and blame themselves for everything. 

Red Chestnut
For individuals who are over-concerned and worried for others.

Rock Rose
For individuals who are panic-stricken and frozen in terror. 

Rock Water
For individuals who are self-sacrificing, perfectionist and deny themselves the joys and pleasures of life. 

Scleranthus
 For individuals who feel uncertain, who suffer from indecision, unable to decide between two things. 

Star of Bethlehem
Remedy for post traumatic stress, for recovery from trauma or shock, who have difficulty being consoled. 

Sweet Chestnut
For extreme mental anguish, hopelessness, despair and sorrow to the limit of endurance. 

Vervain
For those of strong will with fixed ideas who are highly strung and wish to convert others to their point of view. 

Vine
 For capable and gifted individuals who are domineering and inflexible and can be aggressive.in thinking they know what is best.  

Walnut
 For those who need protection from outside influences and energies and need help with adjusting to major changes in life. 

Water Violet
For individuals who are self-reliant but lonely because of their aloof and anti-social appearance.

White Chestnut
For individuals who suffer torment from repetitive circular negative thoughts and arguments, which interferes with their peace and causes insomnia.

Wild Oat
For ambitious individuals who feel uncertain of their path in life who need clarity in making important life decisions.  

Wild Rose
For those with apathy and a lack of ambition and enthusiasm who are resigned to their joyless life circumstances. 

Willow
For those who are bitter and resentful, feeling short-changed in life and have difficult accepting adversity without complaint and blame, who would like to regain their sense of humor and perspective.

Other Flower Essences

     Although the Bach Flower Essences are the most well-known, there are many other essences available! I would highly recommend Sacred Forest® Flower Essences made by Grandparents of the Forest.  These are essences made with wildflowers from the Appalachian Forest of the Great Smoky Mountains. This is a very high energy area and that energy is transferred to the local flowers.

     I have personally used this product and can attest to how powerful, yet gentle they are. Each purchase comes with a printed guided meditation that greatly enhances the effectiveness when used with the essences.



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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

How to use a Labyrinth for Healing

     "Whoever you are, walking the labyrinth has something to offer." ~ Melissa Gayle West, Exploring the Labyrinth


    Whenever I go to the beach, I like to draw a 7-circuit labyrinth in the sand with a stick. Its the quickest and easiest way to construct a labyrinth and walk it's path.  Click HERE for directions on how to make your own labyrinth.

What is a Labyrinth?

      The first labyrinths appeared over three thousand years ago on coins and pottery. They were also carved into rock faces, and built into the ground and in churches and cathedrals.  

    There are many different types of labyrinths. The seven-circuit labyrinth is the most common type and has been found in all cultures and time periods. 

    Unlike a maze, there is only one entrance to a labyrinth and only one way to the center with no dead ends. A labyrinth is perfectly balanced with an equal number of right and left turns. In a seven-circuit labyrinth there are seven right and left turns.

Amazing Patterns

     Within the labyrinth is sacred geometry and many different patterns, relationships, and proportions found in nature and life. One of the many patterns in labyrinths is the meandering pattern, found in the flow of water and throughout nature in such varied forms as the pattern of lightening and the pattern sutures form between the cranial bones. In the flow of water, this pattern slows down the flow for the support of life and is associated with the filtering and oxygenation of water. Water that flows too quickly creates erosion; too slowly creates stagnation. Walking the labyrinth slows down our rhythms and aligns us with this meandering pattern.

     The labyrinth also contains the Golden Mean - a rule of proportions found in nature that guides the growth of any organism. The Golden Mean can be found in shells, plants and flowers, animals and humans down to the cellular level. These patterns represent nature's design for efficiency and simplicity. The labyrinth invites us to move and align ourselves with these basic patterns that create and sustain life and vitalize us. This simplicity is experienced on a kinesthetic level.
   
The Experience

     The labyrinth is a tool for expanding the spirit, focusing the mind, and transforming and improving our health and sense of well-being. A person's energy field can expand two to three times its usual size after a walk through the labyrinth, and with it comes a feeling of being centered, balanced and one with the universe. The labyrinth helps us to be in the moment and remember who we are and why we are here.

     The walk to the center of a labyrinth is a metaphor for going to our own center. Following the path occupies your logical left brain, freeing up your intuitive and creative right brain. It relaxes the mind and is a tool for connecting with the divine within ourselves. In our fast-paced and stressful society, entering the labyrinth is a simple way to allow ourselves to disconnect from the outside world and go within. Out of chaos order is restored. In this balanced state, the body can heal itself. The seven-circuit labyrinth is an especially powerful tool for balancing the seven major chakras, or energy centers. Seven is also found in the patterns of nature.

Earth Effects

     The ancients discovered that building labyrinths affected drainage and weather patterns, and drew underground water to the area beneath the labyrinth. As people walk the labyrinth, the energy at the site is increased and a sacred site is formed. The focused attention people have while walking a labyrinth feeds the earth.

How to Walk A Labyrinth

     There is no wrong or right way to walk a labyrinth, and every experience of walking the labyrinth can be a different one. Before entering, take a moment and focus on what you would like to gain from walking the labyrinth. This can take the form of a question or a problem you would like to solve. Silence should be observed and cell phones turned off. Be open to any release or enlightenment that may occur.

     Start at the entrance and follow the path at your own pace, without rushing. At the center, you may want to take a moment to meditate. When you feel ready, follow the path back to the entrance. 

     After walking the labyrinth, reflect on your experience and journal any insights you gained. Pay attention to your dreams after walking the labyrinth, and take note of any synchronistic or coincidental experiences. I have received helpful insights regarding the issue I focused on during my labyrinth walks for up to several days afterwards.

     For more information about labyrinths, see the book link in the quote at the top.
  
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