Freeport, The Bahamas - A
number of persons turned out this past Sunday morning, March 20, at the
Garden of the Groves for the Labyrinth walk in prayerful meditation.
Walking the Grand Bahama Labyrinth on Sunday, March 20th as part of a global initiative with prayer walks all over the globe. The initiative was organized by the World Labyrinth Organisation is implementing the Global Healing Response (G.H.R.). Photo: Yasmin Popescu
to Ms. Barbara Chester as she addressed the participants just before
they walked, the meditation was on love to share with others, honouring
those who survived the devastation in Japan and other lands in the
told the gathering, “Today, the Spring Equinox has been appropriately
chosen for special Prayer Walks to take place on all Labyrinths around
the World to send blessings to our sisters and brothers in Japan and the
lands of the Pacific. In the knowledge that we are all connected and
what we do on an individual level affects us collectively.”
told the group of mainly women, to remember that we are all members of
the same family of creation, sharing one religion of love which she said
was appropriate on the labyrinth, a sacred path for everyone.
Chester began her speech by commenting on the beauty and comfort of our
lives here in comparison to many of our global families who are
enduring so much pain and hardship. She noted that there are messages
and prayers from around the World, mentioning in particularly the Hopi
Elders' statement which integrated beautifully with the Hawaiian prayer
which translates, “I'm sorry; Please forgive me; I thank you; I love
In her prayer she used some of the words of Judith Tripp and also Marina Gottleib Sarles...which resonated with me:
Mrs. Barbara Chester, founder of the Grand Bahama Labyrinth gives remarks at a prayer walk for the victims of Japan on Sunday, March 20th Photo: Yasmin Popescu
are all One Creation; part of the great Spirit of Being. Today
especially we are sending our united blessings to Japan from the great
collective heart of our creation.
direct our vibrational blessings to everyone and all life in the
Pacific region and to them we say - May our blessings surround you in a
strong circle of light; May every form of help come your way and may you
be filled and healed by our collective love.”
began the walk by “warming the labyrinth” which meant walking clock
wise to begin the flow of energy in the labyrinth during which time,
Marjoke Muller and James “JJ” Roker sang “The Prayer”, then the other
ladies joined in the walk.
Some of the ladies were visibly moved as they took part in the meditation.
of the group remained after the walk for quiet contemplation/meditation
in the garden, sitting on the benches around the Path.
Chester then got to speak to each of them and gave them a little
souvenir bookmark, which she had made and laminated the previous night.
also gave bookmarks to a little Japanese family who arrived too late to
join the morning walk but not too late to walk in the loving energy
was on Friday March 11, 2011 that Japan suffered an 8.9 earthquake
followed by a devastating tsunami. Several thousand people were reported
dead, tens of thousands missing and the threat continued with at least
one nuclear power plant in danger of a meltdown.
is noted that in reaction to the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan,
Veriditas, the World Labyrinth Organisation is implementing the Global
Healing Response (G.H.R.).
is an international effort through which countless Labyrinths are made
available worldwide for people to walk in heartfelt response to the
great needs of the people and the planet, in the wake of catastrophic
Photo: Yasmin Popescu