The First Labyrinth:The
The Sacred Circle and The Labyrinth is in us.It is what we are; What we are becoming. It is flowing
and moving in our blood. It is the rhythms of our brain cells. It is a part of the Spirit of this Land. It is not an import.
Long before the Labyrinths of the Cretan and other cultures of the East, it was on the ancient walls of canyons and
caves, the earthworks of the ancient tribes, stone rings of the Medicine Wheels of The Northern Plains. Only later did it
become intergrated into the Spiritual Practices of the Mystics of Christian Tradition
But the Labyinth is even
more basic.It is inside of us, the cells and organs of our bodies, the eyes through which we see and the birth path through
which we were born. This labyrinth is all around us, holding us wrapped in the blanket of the earth and sky, the warmth of
the sun, the beauty of the flowers, the sounds of life which we hear.
We can lay out many paths by which to walk
the labyrinth, to assist us in staying on the path as we journey in to it's center and out again; to guide us to a deeper
conscious awareness of our passage through time and experience. However when, with our walking staff, we simply enter, spiraling
inward toward the center, guided only by our inner movements, touching the dips and holes of the Earth itself, we connect
our body,mind and spirit in a deep fundamental way with our Being, that goes beyond any preconcieved Ways of Doing.
Walk the Labyrinth, in fact, walk many of them, experience their sacred and ancient ways of healing and tranformation.
Know in your deepest Heart Space the Labyrinth is What You Are and what You are Becoming.
"The Medicine Wheel Garden":
Creating Sacred Space For Healing, Celebration and Tranquility.
E. Barrie Kavasch.
Thoughts: Claiming The Vision
Oh what is this vision that is calling me, this longing yearning
that shows up in my dreams and fantasys, the image that draws my eye, lifts my spirit and that guides my hands? Perhaps in
these words I will discover and uncover the answers.
This Wheel of Life: Medicine Circle, Sacred Circle, The Sacred
Hoop is all over the world, found in the most ancient of Art Forms. In Caves, Buriel Mounds and on ancient canyon walls, It's
presence speaks forth the voice of those who have gone before. Even the physicists of our time are beginning to listen to
their voices. But the First Peoples of this land have always known this Presence.
Great Mystery, The Great Something.
This Circle of Life, the Power of Life; The Elements of earth,fire,water,air hold All life together in an interconnected whole,
like a family we are in relationship.Inclusive of all creation, regarded as family relatives, the animal beings, the plant
beings, the flying beings, the swimming beings, stone being and Human beings. Yes!Family are we. We all have a place on the
Circle. All are equal on the circle.
From the East, the South, The West and the North we are gathered as Family.
We live, move and have our being, inclusive,dependent and interdependent: Rituals and Ceremonies all share the purpose of
keeping life in balance and Harmony.
All of life is imaged as a circle, a spiral; The energies that power the life
of the universe, the four winds, the grandfathers, the grandmothers, Mother Earth, Father Sky, the cycle of the Seasons, the
Movement of the Day, the Movment of the Spiritual Life, the movment of Ordinary Life. The Movement of my Life: Birth, Childhood,
Adulthood, Elderhood. All of my Life experience are of the Circle of Life. All of this experience is a learning. All of it
is a teaching. All if for the Good Of the People, Held Sacred and Holy.
But The Circle is Broken and Life is out
this is what my grandfather told me.
Once the Circle was perfect. the four winds of the east,south,west and
north, the Earth, the air, the water the Fire, All was Life, All was Spirit. All the Beings lived together in Balance and
Harmony.Everything was ending, everything was a beginning. everything was moving with the Spirit. Everything was moving with
Life. Death was part of the Circle's movement Everything was natural. everything was in the Great Mystery, The One Above.
I am what I am.
Then Coyote came and messed it all up. Coyote is the trickster, the teller of lies, the fool, the
joker. He distracts us with his crazyiness.But Coyote is a Teacher and Coyote gets our attention.
We have listened
to Coyote instead of listening to Great Mystery'.
Thats why we are in the mess we're in. That's Why We have the
Rituals and Ceremonies to Bring the Circle back to Balance, to Keep Life Moving On.
.... and that's what GrandFather
told me,Teaching Bear
Medicine Wheel: Sacred Circle: Sacred
Hoop whatever the term that is used , it refers to a model or view of Life that is common
to Native American and other Indigenous Peoples
Rituals and ceremonies may differ from tribe
to tribe but the circle is shared, pointing to the shared purpose of Balance and Healing for life
circle of life is recognized as Sacred,inclusive and interconnected. "Mitakuye Oyasin" -we are all
related. Inclusive of all creation. We are relatives with
• animal beings • plant beings• flying beings• swimming
beings• stone beings • human beingsFour
elements hold it all together:
• earth• fire• air• water.This circle is reverenced, respected and held sacred. Not
a object of worship but an expression of the Great Mystery.Everything a part of the “Great Mystery” the “great
Rituals-Ceremonies all share the purpose of keeping life in balance. Connection
with dynamic life force energies ,
The Great Mystery
- Inclusive of all life experienceInclusive of all beings
- respect and equality.Cyclic
- Dependence and interdependent.Wholistic
- communalIndividual gifts, power and responsibility
for the good of the tribe
- Expressed by the four cardinal
directions: East-South-West-North. Usually the four sacred colors of Red, Yellow, Black and White
- four winds• the grandfathers-the grandmothers.Mother
- Everything is a circle/spiral:
the day-season-life cycle, faith development, interior life,the cells of our body, etc.
We begin with
awareness of sacred space. Sacred form. Sacred sound, sacred movement in all that we do
Living The Circle is Interwoven with Forgiveness.
‘One is as close to God as the person you like the least’ which might include yourself.
The process of Forgiveness: Four steps toward Freedom.
1. Identify and become
aware of situations or experiences in your life where
forgiveness is needed, either for others or for yourself.
2 Be willing to forgive others for any harm they may have caused you. This applies also to situations and institutions.
3. Be willing and give permission for others to forgive you for any harm you may have caused them.
yourself for allowing these feelings and emotions to affect you.
5. Be willing to look for and receive the deeper
understanding, insight or teaching that this situation has given you. What is the Blessing of this situation.? How have you
become more mindful of compassion and un-conditional Love?
This can be used anytime, anyplace and any situation.
Can be used in any emergency or crisis
A physical way to calm the person, A spiritual way to elicit hope
•Enter into a state of relaxation.
•Focus on a situation or person
aware of the feeling or emotion
•Take a deep breath and hold it
• I am willing to forgive this person
or situation for any harm
•: I am willing to be forgiven for my part in this situation
•: I am willing
to forgive myself for allowing this to affect me
•: I am willing to receive the blessing and teaching from this
•Let all your breath out
•Give Thanks to Your Higher Power for this forgiveness
I have given and received.
**complete by taking seven deep breaths.
Write a Mediation
of Forgiveness from Your heart.
If I had a Year to live I would ....
"we should understand well that all things are works of the Great Spirit. We should
know the Great Spirit is within all things:the trees, the grasses, the rivers, the mountains, and four legged and winged peoples;
and even more important , we should understand that the Great Spirit is also above all these things and peoples. When we do
understand all this deeply in our hearts, then we will fear, and love, and know the Great Spirit, and then we will be and
act and live as The Spirit intends.(Black Elk)
The Labyrinth Within
Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth,
discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning
to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are
on the path... now in this moment with the past only a memory... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life
story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love."
A labyrinth is an ancient and universal symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle
and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again
out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.
A labyrinth is an archetype
with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life's journey. It is a symbol that creates
a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to "That Which Is Within."
In recent times the Labyrinth is being recovered as a Spritual Practice but it has always been with us. Here at Singing
Stones, the Labyrinth is unmarked, except for the markers which identify the four directions. As we walk the Labyrinth, we
move intuitively in harmony with our interior body wisdom. Some amazing insights are called forth. We offer the labyrinth
walk in most of our workshops.
A labyrinth is a right brain task. It involves intuition, creativity,
and imagery. With a maze many choices must be made and an active mind is needed to solve the problem of finding the center.
With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is
needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.
At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor
for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.