Saturday, October 7, 2017

Walking the Labyrinth: A Metaphor for Life


(Edgar Cayce Hospital of Enlightenment before renovations)


A labyrinth is a metaphor for life's journey with all of the twists and turns along the way. This winding maze moves in and out towards a center, but there are no dead ends.  Eventually we get there.

Labyrinths have been around for over 3,000 years and are a tool to meditate, deal with stress and grief, and to find peace. Walking a labyrinth is also a meditative way to get inner guidance.

Before starting out, I like to take a deep breath,   be still and ask the Holy Spirit for guidance on a particular question.

Then as I follow the path set before me, answers will come in different ways. It could be a bird flying overhead, or a word I catch from a passerby.  It could be a thought from out of the blue as I look down at my feet to stay within the lines.  Every walk is different.

One day while walking the labyrinth on the hill at the Association for Research and Enlightenment in Virginia Beach, I asked, What's my purpose?

During my walk an unexpected object appeared on the path. The old white hospital building (Edgar Cayce's dream) was getting a new roof.  Apparently a small piece of tile had blown off during the work that day.  I stopped to pick it up.  To my surprise, that bit of shingle was shaped like a heart. A message to add love to whatever I do.

 Further down the winding path, another surprise.

A  small green/white rock from the labyrinth stone path had come loose and appeared at my feet .

These objects were "building blocks".  Grateful, I tucked it in my pocket along with the little heart and continued merrily along the trail.  At the time, I was working part-time at the A.R.E. as a greeter at the Visitor Center and volunteering to lecture on angels.   Silently I thanked  Edgar Cayce for his selfless dedication and tireless work that made it possible for seekers like me to find answers here.

Before long, I had made my way to the center.

(Two dolphin in center of new labyrinth)

 I took a deep breath, happy to have made the journey within. I looked out at the ocean, taking in the expansiveness and soft sea breeze.  Then I turned to greet each of the four cardinal directions and welcomed the corresponding Archangel.

Peace was in the moment as I closed my eyes to reflect on the messages about my purpose.  The heart seemed symbolic of all the love that keeps the A.R.E. going. So many donate their time and energy.  I could see how each of us together are part of the sheltering roof as we help to support the work. And the green/white chip of stone was perhaps a sign of the healing that takes place as we stay on the upward path and seek within to find the truth.  Sometimes the path rises up to meet us where we are. We are exactly where we need to be at the time.
I was also reminded that the journey to our center is not the end. It's the beginning. Because what we have learned inwardly along the way is meant to be shared outwardly with others so they may grow and learn from our experiences, too.

An interesting thing happened before updating this blog yesterday (written in 2009).  An angel thought came to me, Check your old God Box.  Maybe those keepsakes you found are still there.  And they were, buried down deep in the box.  Lately, Elliot and I have felt a pull to visit Virginia Beach, a place we called home for eleven years. 

(Keepsake treasures on the walk)
And so the journey is always about going deep within to the heart and returning out in the physical world again.  On our way, we can listen for the whisper of angels.  They encourage us to keep on  following the winding road home, step by step.  We are always closer to the Truth than we know.

What lies behind us
and what lies before us
are tiny matters
compared to what lies
within us.
          --RALPH WALDO EMERSON


(View of the Visitor Center from Labyrinth )

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,


Rae Karen

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