Tag Archives: sacred spaces

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The Space In-between

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Before I left Canada in January I was gifted a set of the May You Know Joy Meditation cards, created by Adrienne Enns Edgar. I only opened them when I presented my first Write to Know Joy class in March, simply because they were about joy! Well, we’ve been using them as a homework writing prompt ever since!

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This month, the card — May You Know Space — really got me thinking about the space in-between so many things.

The space in-between my pauses for breath

The space in-between my thoughts

Today, I took a stroll to the beach and more spaces appeared, in-between the steps that led to the sand, and between the sparkles on the water…

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In-between the seagulls and the sand as they soared on the air currents.

In-between the clouds and the clear blue sky.

Then there was the space in-between the waves crashing onto the shoreline and between the beads of foam…

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I realised there was space all around me, for at one point I had the whole beach to myself. Why? I’ve no idea because it was a glorious sunny day!

Nature is full of wondrous spaces to explore. Equally wondrous, are the spaces within us.

To know space is to be present in the moment, and to be aware of how I feel. I love my sacred space for it where I am at peace with self, to ponder, explore, expand and create. I love sharing my space too, being in the company of like-minded people feels satisfying, rewarding, enriching.

What does knowing space mean to you?

Adrienne, Chief Joy Curator at May You Know Joy, will be a guest speaker at Write to Know Self, via Skype, in June… you can read all about it here.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda ♥


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Labyrinths and Medicine Wheels

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Labyrinth at Grail Springs, Ontario Canada

On numerous occasions while in the US and Canada we had the opportunity to walk labyrinths and medicine wheels. While I’m aware of these experiences and what they have meant to me, this has led me to explore further the significance of each.

Let’s start with the labyrinth.

The labyrinth is deemed to be a sacred ancient symbol. It represents a purposeful journey; a path that leads us to the centre of our being, before returning us to the reality of our third dimensional world. The circle/spiral indicates wholeness and completion of this process we call ‘going within’.

Unlike a maze that is a puzzle to solve with various pathways and blind alleys to navigate, as I wrote about in Sister Cities, the labyrinth is one continuous path in and back out again. The maze is a left brain/logical task while the labyrinth is a right brain/creative and intuitive spiritual experience, which often includes imagery.

The labyrinth, to my understanding, offers us a sacred space in which to seek answers. They are also used for meditation purposes—to still the mind.

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Medicine Wheel ~ Ravens Ridge, Ontario Canada

The medicine wheel is similar to the labyrinth in that it connects one with spirit and nature, yet the medicine wheel is utilised for healing, aligning and understanding all aspects of self – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual through prayer and ritual. The North Americans also used it for teaching and celebration. The medicine wheel comes from Native American lore while evidence of the first labyrinths is said to be found in Southern Europe.

The wheel is circular and is a representation of nature—life cycles. Medicine is the life force and/or power of the site. When we have the Divine right medicine we have the energy and the power, along with knowledge to see us move forward on our path with grace and ease.

The medicine wheel can encompass many things – the four directions (east, north, west, south) above and below, which are generally denoted by rocks. It can also be linked to the chakras and include numerology, our ancestors, totem animals, colour, Archangels and the elements (earth, air, fire, water, wood).

At the two medicine wheel sites we visited, powerful crystals had been placed in specific spots to enhance and balance the energies. Some of these were not visible and had been placed deep in the earth.

You may be wondering why I haven’t yet shared my experiences of these sacred spaces. This is because since arriving home I feel a strong push to include these in another book.

So, have you experienced walking a labyrinth or medicine wheel? Please share yours in the comments section below.

Bibliography:

www.labyrinthos.net/firstlabs.html

mesacreateivearts.com/html/medicinewheel.html

Write to Heal and make your mark for life is worth living.

Leanda Michelle♥