Grand Bahama Labyrinth
Labyrinth walk in prayer for Japan
By Yasmin Popescu, Media Unlimited
Mar 23, 2011 - 10:14:44 AM

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
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.

According 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 Pacific.

She 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.”

She 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.

Mrs. 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 you.”

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

“We 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.

We 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.”

She 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.

Most of the group remained after the walk for quiet contemplation/meditation in the garden, sitting on the benches around the Path. 

Mrs. 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.

She 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 that remained.

It 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.

It 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.).   

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 disasters.

Photo: Yasmin Popescu

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