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The classical 7-path labyrinth design is a perfect sacred space for community gatherings, sacred ceremonies, as well as creating a means for connecting with nature, and as a tool for developing peace. Used as a form of sacred space in cultures around the globe for over 3200 years, this type labyrinth design can actually, de-stress the nerves, help to integrate and balance the right and left brain, center the focus, and organize your day.

I have been walking my personal since 1981. Mostly in the morning before the sun rises so I can enjoy the energetic and shamanic sacred space designed by the Great Mystery. My walk sets the day for me in a very powerful and enlightening way. I walk my labyrinth when starting a new project, I need a solution or new insight, I want to connect to my deepest inner wisdom, or just get connected and express gratitude. It has become a sacred space that is an important ingredient of my life.

Because the Shambhalla Institute blends the design and installation with sacred teachings of ancient indigenous cultures, feng shui, and sustainable garden design, personal sacred space reflects individual lifestyle, innate strengths, goals, and spiritual nature. The experience gives the mind a chance to slow down and get focused. The senses are heightened to feel, see, and hear the natural environment surrounding the labyrinth while the intuition opens into what the mind is thinking, the heart is feeling, and my gratitude.

The Shambhalla Institute is looking for people who want to learn about the labyrinth and help install labyrinths for themselves, friends, schools, nature centers, community gardens, and public parks. If you are interested in working together to add sacred space in your community, please contact the institute, 352.638.2617.

 

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A master BIRD ARCHITECT at work, RECYCLING nature’s debris in the most gorgeous of ways!

The circle is a sacred shamanic form that relates to the Truth of Harmony and the spiritual essence of wholeness. As the bird’s inner wisdom determines a creation of circular design, the result is one of living within harmony and knowing the Wholeness of the natural world. A shamanic gardener seeks to become whole and to live within the balance and harmony that’s present in the Circle of Life.

For an incredible collection of shamanic stories and tips check out another great Process Media book, Shamanic Gardening: Timeless Techniques for the Modern Sustainable Gardener

The wisdom teachings of ancient cultures, shamans and medicine people are relevant in today’s world. A comforting, powerful tradition I learned from Grandmother Twylah in her classes on the Pathway of Peace/Cycles of Truth is to acknowledge those who have kept the ancient Indigenous teachings alive. Because of the educators, from the past to the present, it is possible to integrate the ages-old teachings with the energies of today.

Looking ahead to seven more generations of people, we all can be grateful for the teachers that are weaving the lessons of earth medicine into the present culture. However, as you ‘stand tall’ and ‘walk your talk’ others are taught and that sustains the Circle of Life for the next seven generations.

I am grateful for your teaching.

In today’s world the eco-shaman is alive and well, ready to tackle some backyard challenges. From a yin-yang point of view, shamanism is about striking a balance between 2 realities. One is the commonly known, undisputed, physical world.  This reality holds me accountable when a plant needs water, or when delicate seedlings are put into the ground too soon and shrivel from frost or too much sun.

Another type of reality is produced in the heart, this expresses and reflects your spiritual nature. This inner dimension is not commonly known, but is less disputed by your feeling and sensory systems. Known as the Inner Shambhalla, it can be recognized in the beauty of spring flowers across a green meadow, the majesty of a giant sequoia tree, and felt when any tree blooms in your yard.

Rumi, so beautifully wrote about the inner shamanic realm in one of his poems:       “When the soul lies down in the grass, the world is too full to talk about.”

My sensory memories are intensely felt whenever I see butterflies drinking nectar from my giant milkweed in the front garden, or from the pleasure I feel when I sit on my protected, moon-lit garden bench. At these moments I am ONE with the essence of my garden’s Shambhalla. The artist, Claude Monet, captured shamanic beauty in his famous paintings of his garden in Giverny, France. When painting, Monet focused less on the flowers so he could capture the more shamanic qualities of the transparent, misty reflections in the water.

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