woman walking at St Paul's Labyrinth in Vancouver

Seeking Direction from the Directions

I walk the Chartres style labyrinth in downtown Vancouver on the regular, have done for decades. Walking meditation can be a great way to meditate and pray and stay grounded in your body at the same time.  Worth trying out if you find yourself drifting otherwise.

I go and walk, in silence (at least I’m silent, sometimes people have noisy jewelry or footfalls or whatnot) connect with my body and with the gods.

This past week something different happened, which is saying a lot, since I’ve been doing this for 20+ years.

When I get to the centre, I face each of the directions in turn and open to guidance (at least that’s what I thought I was doing) or invoke qualities from that direction or element, or pray on the theme of the element. These last two are more likely what I’ve been doing all along, because I actually, really, reached out energetically this week and opened to guidance from each element. And they were there, live and waiting just beyond the thinnest of membranes, with wisdom for me that my brain didn’t already know but my heart received as true.

For example, the centre said – “No longer will you be groundless. You belong.” That’s some pretty deep stuff.

So I encourage you to try to reach out with more than your mind in prayer. Be in your body, stand, and open, and ask. Then, and this is the most important part, wait for what wisdom comes without filtering it through what your mind expects. The elements of magic are real, and they will respond.  It may surprise you.

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