My latest article for a resource guide explores how experts use the labyrinth, an ancient spiritual tool, to foster creativity, help with reconcilation and release grief. If we listen to the masculine, rational mind, we could easily ridicule and belittle these efforts. But if we open up to new possibilities and to the mystical divine feminine, we begin to make the links. All three of the experts are named Kathy or Cathy. All three are venturing into new territory based on their own intution. They know it works for them. They trust in their inner guidance and move ahead.
Catherine Anderson completed a business seminar where she taught participants time management by using her backyard labyrinth. She says that walking the labyrinth opens up her creativity and helps her to find answers about the next steps to follow. When she reaches the center she may take notes or layout image cards along the path to see which one speaks to her. When we spoke, a red shouldered hawk lit in the birdbath outside her studio window and a new born fawn wobbled across the stones of the labyrinth. Her labyrinth uses the Chartres Cathedral pattern. It is not a maze and has no tricks or deadends. See www.catherineandersonstudio.com
Kathy Mansfield hopes to use the labyrinth for reconcilation in her work with Duke Divinity School’s Reconciliation Advisory Board in Africa. She says it has been used in South Africa to help heal from the scars left by apartheid with good results. The form of the labyrinth used for this process is modified to allow for two entrances where individuals meet in the center and move outward again.
At Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC, Kathy Brown says they incorporated a labyrinth in an inner courtyard. The Hospice and Pallative Care Department uses it for hospice patients and also schedules an annual "Celebration of Rememberance" where people from the community can come to remember their loved ones and release grief. Entering in one remembers the loved one and releases the pain and suffering related to the loss. In the center one honors the departed soul and on the return, the labyrinth walker recalls the good memories. Copyright: Debra Moffitt Leslie, June 2009 www.debramoffitt.com