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THE HOPI / CRETAN
LABYRINTH at MURRAY CREEK
in the California Mother Lode
The Center Mother Stone
1988 - 2002
CELEBRATING A FOURTEEN-YEAR MILESTONE
IN HONOR OF THE MIWOKS AND THE ONGOING
RE-ENCHANTMENT OF THEIR TRIBAL LANDS
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Unless the past is honored,
the value it holds for the present is lost.
Unless our relationships
they lack the kind of creative interchange
that transforms, heals and leads to wholeness.
From Henry Nelson Weiman's thoughts on Ultimate Commitment
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The Murray Creek perspective on the labyrinth represents a convergence of pathways to wholeness--the spiritual and the psychological, the mystic and the shamanic--with the labyrinth understood as both symbol and instrument of individual and planetary transformation.
As Dromenon, the labyrinth is "a thing done," an act, an enactment--a drama. It is both art and ritual: its design both defining and directing the rite its walking, praying, dancing performs.
Its winding, encompassing pathways are symbolic of the Journey of Life and of Becoming.
The center is where opposites unite, where heaven and earth meet. Center and circumference form the sacred ground where soul and Self are awakening to the Creative Event everywhere happening as the walls that separate come down, and the illusions that isolate fall away; for Dromenon, like Communion, is "a thing not done alone," but in community and in celebration of our common humanity.
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The Labyrinth THEN
The Murray Creek Labyrinth - Winter 1988-89
Bob Leading a Walk with Daughters Louisa and Anna and Son-in-Law Jim
An Overview of the Labyrinth Meadow from a Toyon Covered Hillside
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The Labyrinth NOW
Labyrinth in the soft spring grasses of April (photo by Conal 2003)
The Murray Creek Labyrinth - 2002
Viewed from its east-facing entrance:
Some of the stones have disappeared beneath sod and moss;
the "Mother Stone" has been moved from entrance to center; and at the entry now
a "Touchstone" symbolic of the Self to which the inner journey gives birth.
The Mother Stone at the Center