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Candles of Commitment

TLS 365 Experience #174
Aug. 21, 2017

365 Club Annual Gathering Welcome Walk 2015 IndianaLeading the former 365 Club Welcome Walk at the Gathering one year, I asked each participant to take a candle off the table that resembled the size of their ability to commit. It allowed each to be honest with themselves and to consider a healthy perspective about what they wanted to achieve and the time they wished to devote to the daily experience they wished to keep.

It helped because it wasn’t a measurement of competition, rather a dedication to what each wanted to accomplish in being a part. Some candles were tall, others were thick and the variety helped all to find the right fit for their commitment. Like the stories that were shared when we were independently connected online and in email, lighting the candles off of each other reminded how the flame of any good intention continues and as we completed the experience, the sharing confirmed a call for what our existence was all about.

Annually we can dedicate, connect and confirm, though the message was clear, keeping the light alive was up to the sharing from one to another.

Today’s Experience submitted by:
L. Tourloukis, Labyrinth Facilitator and Designer, Former TLS 365 Club Chair

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Walking with Our Fathers

TLS 365 Experience #110
June 18, 2017
Labyrinth HandThe labyrinth is often called a feminine instrument as it relates to the lunar calendar and the Earth energies, which we know as Mother Earth. It may be what draws so many more women to the labyrinth than men, however it is an invitation always for everyone.

On this day that celebrates the father, the labyrinth is a wonderful tool to invite an honest reflection for father’s worldwide. As the labyrinth can take a point and spiral it inward, giving us different perspective directions to turn into; bringing in the wealth that father’s offer can be a blessing for humanity as we integrate a walk with that reality on this day.

What if on this day, we reflected on the way a father matters, the connection that children of all ages crave with their father and the one that a father really desires with his children. What if in each step we take, we all realize a step we can make to move closer to the father we have known and better wanted to know? What if we understood what it is that they wish? Consider the ways in which we are touched in heart, a physical hug, a pat, or holding a hand. Consider the ways in which we communicate in listening well, speaking what’s true and holding compassion.

May your walk of fathers, be one that changes your world.

Today’s Experience submitted:
A Father

The TLS 365 Experience: A Cycle of Giving & Receiving

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The Essential Labyrinth

TLS 365 Experience #57
April 26, 2017

In researching information for my book on labyrinths, I needed to address what made the symbol so enduring, so fascinating, throughout thousands, if not tens of thousands of years of human experience.

To me, the labyrinth touches on something essential to humankind; a connection with a spiritual, healing power that has been a deep-seated metaphor as long as there have been humans who have recognized illness in a wide variety of ways, and found healing potential in community support.

It is a fundamental longing for ‘health’ and ‘balance’ that requires sharing and participation.


Today’s Experience Submitted by:
Jodi Lorimer, TLS Education Outreach Chair

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The Labyrinth in Oneness

TLS 365 Experience #18
March 18, 2017

“Walking home to country is a connection our people have always had with Mother Earth. Our culture is defined by the closeness of family circles and staying connected to the people within it. The labyrinth invites and welcomes people to walk the path together – it calls them to the land in oneness.”                Aunty Ali Golding, Wisdom Keeper

Labyrinth in Oneness

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Day Ten… Passion for Purpose

12DaysOfLabyrinthsPlay along in December, any 12 days or just make it last all month. Today’s post moves beyond the simple preparations into the action of the game itself. Read The Game and How to Play in the link below to follow along. Then send along comments of your experience. 
The Game and How to Play
Preparations…12 Things that Matter
Preparations…12 Gifts, Talents or Abilities
Preparations…12 People of Influence
Day 1  l  Day 2 l Day 3 l Day 4 l Day 5 l Day 6
Day 7 l Day 8 l Day 9

On the tenth day of Labyrinths… I moved with Passion, mindful of a developing new path and the art of allowing it to unfold with purpose, grace and humble prosperity. Labyrinths unfolded like a resplendent repository of riches from my travels as I brought out a selection of wooden finger labyrinths and two canvas labyrinths to host a workshop.

IMG_4582I had planned to be on the West Coast looking after and visiting my Mom while sharing a few opportunities. A car accident short circuited many of my plans and turned my intentions around to realize a reflective period to foster self care and realize value. For the past seven weeks I have managed to allow a natural course to chart itself and while it sometimes felt as if it needed my input, when I remembered to step back, I was rewarded with a better answer than I might have conceived otherwise.

IMG_4584The workshop today was a manifestation of an easy conversation that filled a need on many levels. I was delighted at the opportunity to be working again, although what I do is hard to consider work, I would call it being purposeful and contributing again. Though without regular purpose,  I began to feel fidgety so I found a circle nearby to practice Reiki energetics with and in discovering that they wanted to create a day of vision boards, I smiled as I recall a blog post where I shared my innovative idea for vision boarding and labyrinths.

The Director loved the idea and so I brought a 20 foot classical canvas design made for the Hope Fest of 911 at the ten year anniversary. It had become a type of “graffiti” labyrinth that served to live on in hope, harmony and happiness for the life beyond. I have used it for several unique workshops and session walks. The small canvas petite Chartres design accompanied this workshop as well.

IMG_4587Each individual had just come from the healing circle so they were full of the love that accompanies such a gathering and into the workshop they carried themselves ready to dive into their vision. Explaining the labyrinths was a relatively easy and flowing process with each point similarly stretching a point and coming around to suggest ideas and helpful aids that might allow each to move into their walk with mission in mind.

IMG_4592An idea I had shared earlier this year was to place a plastic board over a vision board and inscribe a labyrinth on the plastic. On the earlier one, I had cut through the plastic board to forge the path. That design was back in the Midwest so I purchased a clear shower liner and with heavy marker outlined the design of a labyrinth on several large 20″ squares. When the vision boards were complete, the light plastic was placed on top the vision board so that each could activate their vision.

IMG_4591I shared how to draw a simple seed pattern, so that each might draw out their own on plastic and use them regularly to stimulate their vision. It was a rich sharing and a purposeful day filled with the creative passion that drives my purpose.

On this day of being in the passion with the purpose I thought of the inspiration of a new friend I met this year. She came along at a time that really made a difference for both of us. I offered her a service she sought, shared with joy and passion that she aligned with and since that time we have held that similar interest and love.

IMG_4590It reminds me that when we are passionate, we find purpose and in knowing each of these,  we step into the love of feeling connected. When we are fortunate to meet and appreciate others with similar personas and paths, we understand more of purpose with passion and we are grateful.

This was such a day that took me by the hand, appreciated the gifts that materialized, felt the passion and knew the purpose.

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Connections to Peace

Where is your path to education, inspiration or collaboration leading this year?

Where is your path to education, inspiration or collaboration leading this year?

There are only nine more days until the Labyrinth Society connects the membership once again with the Annual Gathering. It is a wonderful opportunity to be in the walk with others, learning and growing. It is also a blessing to reconnect and remember again with friends and colleagues the values that we create with the labyrinth.

We will also connect with new acquaintances and make new friendships as we grow in the ways that others use and share the labyrinth. It is in all that connection that there is a pathway to peace as there will be many labyrinths on the grounds and in the service of education and enlightenment, the participants will engage with something of value. It is that engagement that can lead us into the embrace of what we seek or what we weren’t aware that we sought.

In that reckoning there is a peace. There is no more searching, no confusion and no resistance… we found what we sought or what our soul called for and the quite moment of satisfaction has the chance to smile upon our being with the wisdom of knowing yet another facet of our existence.

“Peace begins with a smile.”
Mother Teresa

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Pilgrimage to Presence

Sacred Oak Grove

The labyrinth at Sacred Oak Grove

I’ve enjoyed pilgrimage in a variety of ways. Experiencing the simplicity of meditative pilgrimage to the more arduous journey of the Camino de Santiago’s walk across Spain.

In the act of pilgrimage we seek to find presence with ourselves and our presence with the world. Pilgrimage gives us the opportunity to step back and as my Australian friend puts it so gently… have a look.

In that look we see many things because we step away from our everyday and lose some of the confusion that we have been transporting. We become simple and clear and our connection to the divine is magnified as is the aspect of connection itself.

I took a pilgrimage of labyrinths years ago when my path was redirected from taking the pilgrimage of the Camino. It was in many ways a way to gain more appreciation for the breadth and width of my own back yard of Illinois. In it I found the labyrinths and the stories that created the difference in lives. It was a pilgrimage of a purpose I did not yet know and what I found in the presence of the experience was that there were so many things to find appreciation in.

As I prepare for a pilgrimage of a different sort shortly, I wonder about what presence I shall encounter in the experience, though know it will be just what I am ready to receive and exactly what will serve me on my present path.

I look forward to the experience with much joy and discovering yet another depth of what presence can be.

With curious discovery,

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