Labyrinth Insight Walk

3936424358cd1c8321e73eccfbe97c50The light from each candle defined the dark perimeter of the nearly thirty foot labyrinth painted on the floors of Arcadia studios.  On this rainy and very soggy night of Winter Solstice weekend, it seemed a fitting ritual to partake in such a contemplative walk and reflect inward on the turning of this season toward the light.

I’ve walked many a labyrinth in my life, Chartes Cathedral in France, Findhorn in Scotland, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, and numerous retreat centers across the country.  But this experience, like every sojourn, was unique in it’s perspective.

When I first arrived, there were only a few participants, mainly staff, taking their turn through the maze.  The music playing in the background was hypnotic, so I closed my eyes and meditated on being present in this special evening.  When I opened my eyes several minutes later, there were seven people walking through the labyrinth.  Watching each person twist and turn, some walking faster than the other was a fascinating observation in itself.  A metaphor of how some of us rush through life, some take their time, some don’t seem to look like they know where they are going, and so forth.

When the next person exited the path, I made my way toward the entrance and soon I was a part of this dance we all were doing, walking, twisting, turning, walking some more, twisting again, and so forth.

Because there were so many of us, I never felt ‘alone’ because we would be walking next to each other at every turn.  When the people who had reached the center began walking back, they often entered the same path I was on, so we both made space, like two cars trying to pass each other on a narrow road.

At some points, it all felt very confusing, like, who was going where, and who was right, who was wrong, and then I just had to laugh internally at noticing my judgements.  We ALL were on the path, and really, it doesn’t lead anywhere in particular.  As the saying goes, ‘it’s the journey, not the destination’.

When I finally walked the whole maze, and came out the other end, I took a few minutes and just sat with those thoughts.

I closed my eyes again and meditated for awhile.  When I opened them, all those people had left and there was no one now in the labyrinth.  It was just quietly being outlined by all those candles defining it.

I went up to the entrance for the second time and began walking it slowly, having it all to myself.  But that entitled sense was soon overwhelmed by the feeling of loneliness on walking the path without anyone around.

Such a stark contrast to the walk just minutes before.  I realized that the people who were walking with me actually helped define the experience.  When they were to my right,  I had to be to the left.  When they were in front of me, I was in back.  When I was walking fast, they were walking slow, and so forth.

Just like the lines on the floor defined the shape of the maze, without them, there would only be an open, bare floor.  These polarities, the contrast of the other people and myself, or their opposite behaviors are necessary to actually make sense of the experience.

Walking the labyrinth alone allowed this insight to surface, but it was walking it with others that yielded the idea of needing polarity to define experience.

I look forward to the other contemplative classes and events I have planned for this solstice weekend and will continue to share the discoveries.

Copyright 2019 Eileen Dey Wurst

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Reiki to clear the smoke and haze

nasa-b-c-firesEvery client without exception I have been seeing this week has had some respiratory effect from the smoke in the air from the wildfires.  Most have developed a cough, runny nose/eyes and fatigue.

One client who had still been recovering from a month-long hospital stay for complications with congestive heart failure came in for her counseling session with me, but could barely talk because of being so incapacitated by the smoke. We did Reiki instead and within the hour, the congestion in her lungs had cleared enough that she could talk again and was able to have more depth of breath.

I’ve seen Reiki clear congestion, aches and pains before, but never like this, so very dramatic and effective.

I am curious to see what effects the Reiki will have on recipients at our Reiki circle later this evening.

Like many in the Northwest during this week, I’ve been staying indoors, air purifiers on and windows closed.  I have minor symptoms, but am in good health and I count my blessings for that.

Climate change is being effected.  I think of the all the individuals to the north of me in British in much closer proximity to all the wildfires.  On the other side of the sea, the residents and visitors on Hawaii, dealing with the onslaught of a category 5 hurricane.  We will include them in our circle tonight and offer Reiki for the highest and best good.

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Copyright 2018 Eileen Dey Wurst

Musings from the Spiritual Path

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I remember in 1991 when I first visited Seattle on a family vacation how radiant and lush the landscape and views were.  I had travelled many parts of the globe by then, and yet touching down here at that time, I felt a deep sense of home.  The land whispered to me, “Come back”.

It took eight more years, a marriage, a divorce, a graduate degree and being introduced to Reiki before I was ‘ready’ to begin to grow roots here.  This internal preparation with external transition was the first manifestation of my spiritual journey.

The first decade in Seattle was about clarifying my vocational vision and stepping into the role of leader in establishing the Reiki Training Program.  Along that path I explored  much of the NW back country and became attuned to the seasons and weather here.  My artist self gained traction through various creative pursuits.  I travelled through Asia and South America with expanded awareness of other healing traditions.

Personal relationships ended, deepened or started anew.  My Reiki work and fellowship began to expand with the publication of my first book and guided meditation CDs.

Over this last almost-decade, a whole new spiritual path has begun.  It did require me to professionally ‘own’ both my counseling and Reiki paths with the state’s requirement of licensure.  That path has provided me with a whole other world of gratifying healing work and experience I never would have gotten from the Reiki path alone.

My home went through multiple transitions from becoming a public workshop and healing space for students and clients into a humble but creative ceramic arts studio.  Family health crises dominated these years, but developing sober strategies enabled an ability to drop further into witnessing.  Despite those tragedies, travel also occurred, to the Mediterranean and all throughout the Baltic.

Again, personal relationships ended, deepened or started anew.

I’m taking a moment today to just catch my breath, looking back with clarity and looking forward with fresh and curious eyes as to what lays in store.  I couldn’t possibly have predicted any of the profound experiences I am grateful to have had when I first walked this land.

I am prepared to be surprised at what comes next.  In gratitude for the journey…..

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Copyright 2017 Eileen Dey Wurst

Welcome gentle snow blessing!

seattle-snow1I’m witnessing the first Seattle snow this morning out my bedroom window.  It’s always lovely to see when you know it’s not going to accumulate or you have to shovel but you can appreciate the snow for what the snow is.  The quiet, light  and frosty blanket of white covering my the winter ground.  It reaffirms for me to continue the inner work I have started this season.  Spending much time in reflection, contemplation and meditation.  In Reiki parlance, I’d call that ‘Honoring the Pause’.

There have been several community gatherings and prayer circles I’ve been attending that support this inner state and I feel grateful for having been invited into their warm and nurturing embrace.

I think the snow in the time I have written this is now ceased, but it’s memory is still there, if only for another hour, saying to me, rest, rest, go within, become frozen and still, if only for the moment.

I honor this message.

Copyright 2013 Eileen Dey

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Join the party as revamped MOHAI reopens

2019995696After 13 years, I finally made it to the Museum of History and Industry.  What a gem of a museum.  It makes me proud of being an adopted Seattlite and of all the wonderful inventions and technologies that have come out of this rich and entrepreneurial area.

For more info on upcoming events visit:

Join the party as revamped MOHAI reopens | Entertainment | The Seattle Times.

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Vows to Celebrate Union

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In honor of the enacting of Referendum 74 today for same-sex couples to have the equal right to marry I wanted to share these vows of commitment that are apropos for such a union:

  1. May we not just accept each other as we are, but accept each other as we know what each can become, and thereby help each other to become that.
  2. May we freely realize the gift-love and the need-love of one another.
  3. May our gifts to each other be from the depths of our very being and our need for one another be not out of weakness, nor to fill our emptiness, but a way of knowing our strengths and power.
  4. May we always tenderly touch one another so that each may grow in love.
  5. May our embraces be doors to greater discoveries and not walls that contain or restrict us.
  6. May we experience the mystery of being through our love.
  7. May we know that injury has no place in our love.
  8. May our love for each other so transform us that others who move in the circle of our lives will be renewed.
  9. And, may we know that our love for one another exists only because our Creator first loved us.

Copyright Eileen Dey 2012

The benefits of a Reiki clinic

We envision a self-sustaining Reiki clinic open to the public and veterans and their families, where paid practitioners and staff can provide Reiki sessions and classes to the public.  It would be the first one of it’s kind in Seattle and provide employment and low-cost alternative care to those in need.

The Reiki Training Program and Fellowship has already witnessed the demand for low-cost or free Reiki in the various outreach events and demonstrations we have been providing over the last 10 years.

There is an opportunity to become eligible for a 250k grant that is provided through Chase Bank, but your vote depends on it.

Time is running out!  You can help us manifest our vision of our Reiki clinic  by these 4 simple steps:

1.  Click on the Mission:  Small Business website here:  https://www.missionsmallbusiness.com

2.  Login with your Facebook account (lower right side)

3.  Enter ‘Reiki Training Program’ under Vote Local

4.  Click on ‘Vote’

Thank you for your support, we need 250 votes by midnight 6/30/12!

 

Healing our Inner War

Whenever I see violence in the outer world it reminds me as humans we still have much work to do on the inner wars that confront us.  This outer manifestation is a symptom for the discord that rumbles in the mind and soul.

Yesterday’s violence in the Seattle May Day protest was felt throughout this fair city.   It’s a reminder of the continuing unease felt downtown.

It made me feel quite sad and despondent because the phenomena isn’t just in my town, it’s really everywhere in the world, bubbling underneath, simmering…and when opportunities are right, that violence shows it’s harsh face.

Tomorrow’s distant Reiki group provides and opportunity to work on our own inner conflicts and discords, from difficulties in relationships with others as well as our own anxieties and frustrations with our personal limitations and perceived flaws.

Cultivating inner peace truly ripples across time and space and effects others in our vicinity.  From there, hope is possible in creating a more peaceful world.  May Day is a celebration of spring, but perhaps the words also stand for ‘Mayday!’.  It’s time to respond to the call for help.  Work on healing the inner war so that outer violence can truly be transformed.

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Countdown to Emerald City return

In a week we’ll hit the road again and begin our journey north back to Seattle.  It’s been many things, this winter stay in Santa Monica.

I’m not quite sure if there is one word to describe it, so here are a few:  sunny (a given), laid back (fer sure), challenging to connect to people (individuality reigns), too expensive (what else is new in L.A.), creative (c’mon, Hollywood is just a stone’s throw), surprising (actually met and taught people who like Reiki), congested (traffic is worse I’ve ever experienced anywhere in the world), noisy (look back a few blogs at my description of the apartment we lived in), organic (ate more fresh fruit and vegetables than I ever have in my life), spontaneous (on any given day you have the pick of hundreds of artistic events), and finally, a point I might have mentioned early on going into this experience, which is why I’m so happy to return to Seattle, a lack of folksy or quirky.

The Pacific Northwest is a subculture of the US.  It’s distinct and refreshing, at least to me, that has many quirks, folkiness, inventiveness, etc. I have yet to encounter in other parts of this great country.

Soothing balm for the soul is the series Portlandia, if you haven’t seen it, you can download on Netflix.  It’s about a couple and their assorted friends going about life in Portland, OR.  I’d love to see a Seattle take on this, of course, but the gist of the culture is really well done.

L.A. is just too vast a megalopolis to have anything quite that unique.  So, I’ve got my preferences.  The people I did connect with here would always comment that I’ve got that ‘Northwest vibe’, which is quite a compliment, considering my roots first began on the opposite side of this country in New Jersey.  It’s there too, but like so many people who have migrated to the West Coast, we integrate it.

I look forward to the snow covered mountains, evergreens, real coffee, not having to dress to go out, wearing fleece, walking along the shores of the Sound, actually having conversations with people in supermarkets, cafes, on the street, having cars stop for you when you cross the street, going to art events that aren’t prestigious but absolutely one-of-a-kind, delving back into Reiki community, hanging out with my neighbors (does that even happen in L.A.?), letting my cats run around outside (and not be in danger of getting run over by a garbage truck), walking in the rain, smelling the freshness of the forest and finally, eating my favorite bowl of Pho.

As they say, no place like home.

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No snow for the One Gathering!

I know how much energy and effort Jen Yost has put into creating the One Gathering tomorrow on January 15th.  It’s easy for me to say ‘no snow’ from the warm and sunny place of Southern CA, but I really do hope for all who plan to attend this amazing event that snow doesn’t end up being an issue.  You won’t want to miss this annual uplifting!

I will be presenting Reiki from Venice Beach at the same time, so the energy on both sides of the continent will be flowing!

Wishing a good journey to all and a little reprieve in the weather!

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