We could not have asked for better weather, especially in November!  On the first several Pilgrims  walked the 1080 Laughing Labyrinth reflecting, soaking in the sun and warm air, and sharing experiences. Some left quietly. Others shared a hug and thoughtful remark.
Still others were obviously energized. That variety of experiences is a gift of labyrinths.

And the energy that builds as people share their walks is

Dousing Rods

The labyrinth revealed its energy as the dowsing rod spun around.

palpable and measurable.  Before the walk and before I “opened” the labyrinth, the dowsing rod swung around six times.  Low energy.  After I walked clockwise to open and welcome in healing energy, the rod swung  19 times. Then, I walked with gratitude and joy. The rod responded by spinning 31 times.  As pilgrims finished and before they left, I stood quietly for five minutes as the dowsing rod located the energy, swung fast then slower then faster 136 times around. I thanked the labyrinth and dowsing rod, closed the labyirnth by walking counter-clockwise and gratefully came inside.


Feeling the energy of the Magnolia Tree.

In this time of angst, consider walking a labyrinth physically or virtually. Several on-line designs can inspire “walkers”. And, The Labyrinth Society has a Labyrinth Locator where pilgrims can find a labyrinth near them to walk.

Eastern Iowa has many wonderful labyrinths to walk and simply sit near.  One of my favorites is at Regis Middle School. Set atop a knoll overlooking downtown Cedar Rapids, the seven circuit labyirnth, created for beloved teacher Jim Sells, soothes, stabilizes, and invigorates me each time I walk.

Consider grounding yourself as we move into and through thisPilgrim period of rapid change and preparation for the major holidays that many cultures celebrate in late fall through early winter.

May it be so.  Be at and of peace.

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