I use dowsing a lot in my life. I'm also active with the West Coast Dowsers Conference, held in Santa Cruz, CA every two years. Now we're building up momentum for the conference this year, little more than a month away.
One of my favorite things about the West Coast Dowsing Conference is walking the labyrinths that Alex Champion creates in Santa Cruz during the conference. This year we’re in for a treat!! On Friday July 6, Alex will lay out the design and attendees can assist (and learn in the process) as this master labyrinth maker creates another masterpiece!
This year Alex will be making a Jin Shin Jyutsu labyrinth. The following is a little background on labyrinths and his process in creating the Jin Shin Jyutsu pattern labyrinth.
Here is his description of the process, as well as a little background information on labyrinths:
"For years I have been somewhat interested in Jin Shin Jyutsu (see The Touch of Healing by Alice Burmeister or go to http://www.jsjinc.net/). Then for a reason, now lost, I started a daily Jin Shin Jyutsu practice in November of 2010. in January the next year, I went to a 5 day workshop and was further intrigued, and increased my practice to about an hour daily.
Holding the Fingers. One of the techniques one can use in JSJ is to simply hold one's fingers/thumb and listen for a pulse. Each finger/thumb represents a specific attitude (worry, grief, anger, fear and pretense), and a particular depth.
The depths refer to levels of vibration from the highest source down to eventually the crystallization of the energy into matter. A stepped down spiritual energy begins to interact with humans at the 6th depth. The relative depths important to humans are the 1st through the 6th depth. Each depth is represented by a digit and a color:
1st depth - hold the thumb (worry, yellow).
2nd depth - ring (grief, white).
3rd depth - middle (anger, green).
4th depth - index (fear, blue/black).
5th depth - little (pretense, red).
6th depth - Palm of the hand.
Notice that in going from the 1st depth represented by the thumb, one goes three fingers in for the 2nd depth to the ring finger, and then comes back one for the 3rd depth (middle), back one again for the 4th depth (index), and then forward three again for the 5th depth (ring). That is the same path as the meander pattern, the order of rings going into the Cretan labyrinth, starting from the outside (0) is 03214. From the thumb (1) it goes, depth wise, 14325. The same pattern.
The meander pattern in one of the oldest known geometric patterns. It was found in Mezin Ukraine on a bracelet made from a mammoth ivory tusk, and was dated to around 20,000 years ago.
It is also the basis for the two oldest and most famous labyrinths, The Cretan (Classical, 7 circuit) labyrinth
is easily 3,000 years old,
and the Chartres labyrinth, 800 years old.
So why not make a meander pattern type labyrinth that mimics the sequence of holding the fingers in going from the 1st to the 5th depths? So I came up with the following design:
In walking the design I want people to hold gently the finger/thumb indicated by where they are in the design. While walking a ring, one should walk slowly, listening for a good pulse. When the pulse is achieved, then move on to the next ring (depth) and repeat.
In the center one places the thumb of one hand on the palm of the other (6th depth).
As one walks through each ring, one should hold the digits of one hand or the other. Which one? Dowsers would say - dowse it.
The Jin Shin Jyutsu labyrinth, Following the Depths, will be, for the first time, at the Dowsers' West Coast Conference, held on the College 8 campus of UC Santa Cruz, July 6 - 10. What will happen? We will find out.
I will lay it out in chalk Friday morning at 10 AM or so. I am always looking for volunteers to help with the layout.
The Cretan labyrinth will be laid out on grass at about 4 to 4:30 on Friday near the registration building. Volunteers wanted."
So If you're interested in dowsing or in building labyrinths...check out the conference in Santa Cruz: www.dowserswestcoast.org! I'll be there!!