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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.



How to Inspire Creativity

Once creative juices have slowed down – then what? Are you writing your first book? Writing an email to inspire the action you want? Recent brain research is revealing some interesting facts about the creative spirit. A major cause of slowing the flow of creativity is the common problem of anxiety. Intense anxiety, when the mind seems to be out of control with no hopes of stopping; muscles are tensed with no real movement, yet plenty of exhaustion is present. These moments can draw energy away from creative thinking, positive thought, and writing strength.

Is there an antidote? An easy fix? The finger is pointing to something the Shambhalla Institute has been doing for past three decades – creating moments and spaces that exude a natural high. Not only in the home, in the garden, and in the office, but, for the mind, body, emotions, and the soul. The Institute is looking for writers, authors, web-designers, actors, interior designers, and anyone else that uses up their creative prowess on a daily basis. To have a recharge and expand your creative flow, check out their upcoming, transforming Shamanic Journey Retreat in Sedona, Sept 18-23, (Thurs-Mon). It’s a skillfully planned, guided, and safe, immersion into the natural world; to deeply explore the hidden qualities of the basic powers of the Earth. To check out & to register, Click Here

Royalty Free Stock Photo: THE HOUSE IN THE TREE by Franciscah

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.

Entering Into the Silence: The Seneca Way

Grandmother Twylah Hurd Nitsch. (Published 1976, New York, by the Seneca Indian Historical Society)

It is exciting to honor Grandmother in these first entries of the blog because she has been so important to me as a mentor and teacher. She gave me the spiritual name Joy. Studying with her through the 1980’s gave me so many profound experiences. Her incredible book is still a reminder to see and feel the sacredness of the earth as I work in my garden.

This book presents the teachings of the ancient Native People known as Seneca who were acknowledged philosophers and famous orators. They lived in upper New York and were original members of Haudenosaunee, also known as Iroquois or Six Nations: Seneca, Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, and Tuscarora. With a commitment to preserve the heritage of the Seneca Nation, Grandmother Twylah taught through the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge of the Senecas.

In response to a need to offer guidance to seekers of peace and to be a voice for the Elders throughout the ages, Grandmother wrote it to sustain pathways of harmony and to support life experiences of love and joy. In this book she highlights nature as teacher, the power of gratitude, the miracle of light, and the Great Mystery. She defines unity, gives suggestions for character change, and teaches how to learn about peace through ‘breathing into the silence’. Grandmother explained,

“The Senecas believed the Force was in everything, everywhere at all times. It was called the Great Mystery, Swenio (Spirit in Seneca) and the inquisitive people vowed to learn what it was all about.”

Today her son Bob Nitsch and his wife Lee sustain the knowledge of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge.

For me the book has been valuable. It has become a continuing source of inspiration for my spiritual journey and shamanic practices. I have used it to sustain a journey of peace, deepen my understanding of myself and to help others find their purpose. I am grateful for being aware of the Great Mystery in my life.

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