"Think about reality, confess your own helplessness and then consider the world-soul and your own soul that partakes in it. That opens the channel for the spirit of divine revelation which, when invoked and captivated, lights the way to salvation of nature and humanity."
In recent issues of my MAG E-zine, I have been writing about the implications, for me, of Winter Solstice 2021. Instead of Armageddon as some have interpreted the Mayan Prophesies, like some others, I felt that it would mark the end of our worship of our purely left analytical brain, and a switch to a more balanced linear left and intuitive right brain mode of functioning that I have called Gnowing. The only thing I can change is myself, so how to specifically do this? In the quote above, I feel John Michell suggested a way forward.
On Christmas Eve I did something I have never done before in my twenty-five years here in Glastonbury, I went to Midnight Mass at St. John's Church. This is where the Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth is located.
Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth
St John's Churchyard
(Photo by Jeff Saweard)
Every year the grass circuits of this labyrinth hold up quite well 'till later in the Autumn, when they turn into seven very muddy circular paths. So each year around the first of December, we have "put it to sleep" by erecting a fence around it to discourage people from walking it. This year, because Winter Solstice 2012 was probably going to have a large influx of seekers who wanted to be here for the Solsticial "end of the world," we decided to wait to put up the fence until just after Christmas.
Before entering the Church for this late night Christmas Eve service, I decided to enter the labyrinth to work on how I might change myself so I could be part of the very necessary shift in consciousness that I felt 2013 would bring. But by the time I had completed the first circuit (path number 3), I found that it was so boggy/muddy that I could go no further. So I stepped out the mouth, and went into the brightly lit Church. All around the edge of the nave there were Christmas trees that had been donated and decorated by over forty different groups in town from the Shrine of our Lady of Glastonbury and the Women's Institute to the 4th Glastonbury Scouts, Cubs and Beavers, the Chalice Well Trust, the Glastonbury Town Council and the Glastonbury Goddess Temple just to name a few.
As I hadn't been able to walk the labyrinth due to the muddy path, before the service started, I walked it in my mind while waiting for the service to begin. What I was shown was that to work on using sacred space to expand my spiritual life in 2013, regardless wherever I am on our planet, I will go at least once a fortnight (twice a month) to a sacred site and find a way to tune in to the Spirit there. This, I believe, would be how I could begin to meet John Michell's suggestions, and I trust that by doing this, I'll develop some new ways as well. I'll occasionally let you gnow how I am doing as we move through 2013.
A Basic Truth: All labyrinths need ongoing maintenance. Perhaps all pavement ones need the least, but if the walls are painted on pavement, they will probably need repainting yearly. If it is basketball sized bolders that make the walls like the ones in the east coast of Sweden, visitors will unintentionally kick them around, and the labyrinth will loose its shape. If grass is in any way part of its construction, it will need weeding and/or strimming (weed whacking). I have found all of this maintenance work to be a kind of meditation.
The Muddy Path
(It's worse than it looks!)
Putting the Labyrinth To Sleep
Making the fence and signs is yet another form of meditational maintenance. Several of my friends here in Glastonbury, dowser Tony Kennish and Sky, a Native American craftsman, helped me put bamboo sticks around the outer wall, and then put two rows of twine using the sticks as fence posts.
Sky and Tony Making the Bamboo Fence
While they were making the perimeter fence, I was walking on the walls and sowing rye grass to reseed the muddy bits of the paths.
Sig Planting Grass Seed
(One of the Signs at the Mouth of the Labyrinth Explaining the Fence)
Closeup of the Other Explanatory Sign
"This Glastonbury Tercentennial Labyrinth
Has Gone to Sleep for the Winter
(To Give the Grass Path a Chance to Recover)"
Notice the raindrops on the lense -
rain was the reality for most Autumn 2012 here in Glastonbury.
So our Tercentennial Labyrinth will lie dormant until the Spring. Last year at this time we were having a drought. Now we are having massive rains. I trust that we will be able to open the labyrinth again around the Spring Equinox.
Have you made any resolutions to assist our planet to move towards the new consciousness?
Blessings On Your Work in This New Year!
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