Radiant Path LbNA # 54833
|Placed Date||Jul 15 2010|
Faith was runninG Out. She listened tO the rhythmic slap of her shoes hitting the hot, black pavement as she followed the familiar roUTe, Her jumbled thOughts raciNg just a step ahead of heR quickening pace.
She had to get away. As she ran, she envisiOned herself breaking free from all the self-doUbT and nEgativity in her liFe. She felt like she was gOing in ciRcles with no real direcTion in life. She had manY blessings in her liFe and yet she felt trapped. “I want a lIfe of authenticity,” she said to herself. “I want to liVE a life where I am free TO Be me.”
At that moment she saw a laRge hawk soar over head. “I want to be free to fly like that hawk,” She said, This time alOud. Hawks are free to fLy, and their focus is sharp. They know exactly what they are seeking.”
Something inside her told her to follow the hawk. So she broke from her normal running course and turned right onto a side street...82nd. She kept one eye on the hawk overhead as she made her way down the road. Then she saw it land behind what looked like a house with a small parking lot. A sign read “Radiant Path.” "That sounds like exactly what my life needs," Faith said. "A radiant path of its very own." She walked behind building and there in the back came to the start of an intricate path outlined in stones. A labyrinth, Faith recalled the name of these artistic, contemplative walking paths.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth is a metaphor for life's journey, an archetype with which we can have a direct experience.
Faith heard the cry of the hawk and looked up to see him perched majestically on a tree overhead. It was as though the hawk had led her here to walk this very labyrinth. Perhaps doing so would help her gain perspective on her own life’s journey. Faith took a deep breath and before taking her first step onto the path, said a silent prayer asking for direction and peace. She slowly meandered through the paths twists and turns, and as she walked she felt a comforting peace overcome her.
When she finished walking the labyrinth and stood in silence. With a loud screech, the hawk abruptly disrupted her thoughts as he swooped down and perched on top of a hutch near the tree line. Faith knew it sounded crazy, but she couldn’t help but feel the hawk was trying to tell her something. She went over to the hutch and opened the door.
That’s when she understood. Her prize was within. It always was.
"Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path... exactly where you are meant to be right now... And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love." —Caroline Adams