Robert Place's first Tarot deck came to him in a series of revelations. He says there was a magical quality about how it all happened, almost like the deck wanted to be made, and it wanted him to make it. Vivid dreams and spontaneous visions showed him that the Medieval alchemists' search for transmutation and enlightenment were interchangeable with traditional Tarot decks' allegories and symbolism.
“There cannot be much going on the last half of August,” I told myself. This bit of musing turned out to be ridiculously incorrect; there so many expansive offerings of interest to the Mind-Body-Spirit community over the next few weeks, it won’t be possible to go to them all. So, I am going to narrow down my choices to some that offer a variety of experiences in one neat package.
Happy Pioneer Day to all. After almost 20 years of living in Utah, I continue to forget—each and every single year—this auspicious holiday exists. But pushing boundaries and venturing into foreign landscapes of the heart, mind and body continue to be good for the soul in any epoch or locale and so it is worth celebrating. Wagons onward; there is much to explore in the next few weeks.
Don’t leave town – stay and enjoy your own personal journey locally with delectable classes and events that nourish you on the inside and out. There is plenty to choose from over the next few weeks and, like opening a box of chocolates, it might be difficult to pick just one.
Meet three people who transformed their bodies—and their lives—along with comments from area experts.
September activities at the labyrinth on the University of Utah campus.
A maze is a puzzle to be solved, defined by ambiguity, blind alleys and blocks. In contrast, a labyrinth is pilgrimage, where one path leads to the center and out again. It is traversed as a metaphor of the personal journey: inward, center and outward; releasing, receiving and returning; yin, yang and the interstitial opening in between. Its walk is contemplative, deliberate and restorative. The outline of the labyrinth is ancient—found throughout world cultures for at least 4,000 years.
“Everything in the labyrinth is metaphorical, a symbol of something else,” explains Robert Newman, Dean of the College of Humanities at the University of Utah. Hours prior to the autumnal equinox this month, Newman will present a lecture on this ancient meditation tool and lead a walk.
Newman became interested in labyrinths during a visit to the famed Chartres Cathedral labyrinth in France. He later spearheaded the construction of a replica on university grounds adjacent to the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities building. (See more on Dean Newman’s adventures and how the labyrinth came to be in the December 2008 CATALYST).
Labyrinth paths are spirals. “Scientists measuring brain waves and electrical activity have found that moving in a spiral pattern both calms the mind and stimulates areas which generally have low electrical activity,” says Newman. “Stepping into a labyrinth activates an energy field.”
by Margaret Ruth
Using energy and information from a different plane.
People cope with anguishing world events in various ways. Some obsessively watch the news, with no idea of what to do next. Some avoid emotionally unbearable news. Others find solace in believing an outside entity is at play; “God’s Hand? 44% of Americans See Natural Disasters as Sign of End Times,” heralded LiveScience.com, citing recent US polls. Many address personal and global grief through their donations of time or money to relief workers and agencies.
“Deepak Chopra leads meditation webcast” (UK Independent, March 21) “Labyrinth walk in prayer for Japan.”(Bahamas Weekly, March 23).
A part of the community reacts in a less tangible way, addressing the more spiritual and psychic realms of understanding.
Clearing out old hurts.
by Margaret Ruth
A more lucid state of being.
by Margaret Ruth
by Margaret Ruth
An exercise for exploring your deeper self. Adapted from "Superconscious Relationships: The Simple Psychic Truths of Perfectly Satisfying Connections."
A vital element for experiencing healthy, authentic relationships is becoming a healthy, authentic You. The tricky thing is that You are multi-layered and multidimensional, so perfectly understanding what is going on with you can be difficult. When I am reading for someone, I notice that you complex folks resemble a symphony orchestra broadcasting a multitude of ideas, thoughts, feelings, dialogs, conflicts and reactions. If your inner symphony isn’t perfectly harmonious, which would make you like most of us, a good first step is to get a sense of exactly what tunes are being played in there. Knowing exactly, on every level, what is going on with you might also be termed perfect self awareness. Here is an effective exercise to more fully understand the ongoing stream of the many parts of you.