Labyrinths and the Evolution of Consciousness

A presentation by Robert Ferré at the Labyrinth Conference in Baltimore, MD, Nov. 7, 2003, sponsored by the Labyrinth Society. This has been written after the fact. It is not a transcript, but a reconstruction from my outline. In a few cases, the materials were expanded to include points omitted from the talk due to time constraints. This full version is a few paragraphs longer.


Good morning, my name is Erutuf-3-5-0. I have come back from 3,500 Earth years in the future to speak to you about labyrinths. I am using the body and voice of Robert Ferré in order to be able to communicate with you. Fear not, he will not be injured in any way, for despite being a long way from my home, an orbiting dome which we call HintryBal, positioned in the 2nd Ex-Am quadrant, I am still bound by the Universal Code.

It is an indication of the importance of labyrinths, and your theme of resonance past and future, that the Council has given permission for me to travel back in time. Such permission is rare, as they fear we may somehow be contaminated by contact with primitive societies such as your own. It is a pleasure for me personally to visit Earth, for we have read that prior to the Abandonment, there was a long period of time in which Earth was a virtual Garden of Eden, with a vast number of life forms, both animal and vegetable. It is puzzling to us why you would not have protected and maintained such a favorable environment. But that is not what I have come to address.

My purpose is to talk about resonance. What continuity extends across the 7,000-year period that you are currently honoring? It is not any physical structure, form of government, social organization, or even religion. All such cultural and social structures come and go. All empires, however great, eventually fall, including your own. It is consciousness alone which extends in an unbroken continuity from far in your past to far in your future. I speak of human consciousness, all of that, both within and without, that comprises being human.

To make my point, let's start at the very beginning, the moment of creation of the physical universe. Somehow, All That Is began to differentiate. There was some element of resistance that was unlike the unformed pre-creation state. This resistance grew until it reached a point of critical mass, resulting in the bursting out of diversity, the formation of the physical universe that surrounds us. This creation, including you and me, is characterized by the duality which allowed its creation. We have two distinct aspects which can be described as the inner and the outer, the seen and the unseen, the spiritual and the mundane, and so forth.

Our natures are reflected within other parts of the creation which show a similar polarity. Last evening, your speaker mentioned the desirability of balancing polarity. There are times when there is a close rapport with our inner and outer realities. These are times of resonance. At other times, however, the outer structures and experience gets considerably out of sync with the inner, the physical fails to align with the spiritual. These are times of dissonance. The evolution of consciousness consists of cycles of resonance and dissonance, resonance and dissonance.

The dissonance is caused by the limitations of the physical world. It cannot adequately contain or express the vastness of the spiritual aspect of our nature. As soon as there is a period of resonance, consciousness continues to advance, say, in a vertical direction, whereas the social context gets distracted and goes into a more horizontal direction. This involves fragmentation and distraction which becomes more and more inimical to the advancing consciousness. In other words, society gets out of step with spirit. While this may seem like a negative circumstance, it is in fact the nature of things, and reflects the very mechanism which then leads to a new resonance and an advance in the evolution of consciousness. As consciousness increases, so does dissonance. You can understand this in the metaphor of light. As the light becomes brighter, so too does the shadow become darker. They both increase at the same time.

The physical world necessarily drags behind spirit, attempting to freeze consciousness into material form. Starting from the broad perspective of resonance, social institutions remain static, attempting to consolidate and control their future. Consciousness, on the other hand, keeps growing, making a new dissonance inevitable.

Solidity, materiality if you will, is an illusion, caused by the rapid vibration of atoms which have virtually no mass. It is a passing stage. Part of our consciousness is still reflected in this process, namely shallower aspects of our thinking, such as conditioning, socialization, education, and intellectual activity. Social structures do indeed reflect our consciousness, but there is a lag, for by the time it is manifest, our consciousness has already advanced further. The resulting dissonance is very much like the original resistance that permitted creation in the first place. The growing dissonance builds a kind of creative tension that eventually must be resolved in a new resonance. Thereby, consciousness. advances, and social structures continue to change and attempt to adapt.

Our dual nature has been expressed in many ways throughout history. The temple in Jerusalem had two pillars, one representing the seen and one the unseen. In alchemy, Sulphur and Mercury form a dissonance which finds resonance in Gold. Religions have an outer teaching, comprised of ritual, public ceremony, and a written scripture as well as a mystical aspect, which is inner, oral, and leads to a direct experience of the divine. In the Kaballah, there is a diagram known as the Tree of Life which contains two columns, representing the manifest and the unmanifest, the masculine and the feminine. There are additional figures in the center, which represent the integration of the two outer columns, namely, resonance. The evolution of spiritual awareness is expressed within this diagram as a lightning bolt. It goes forward to the unmanifest, and then goes sideways, horizontal, towards the manifest. This is the stage I am calling dissonance. The spiritual is expressed within the physical. Then the lightning advances to the next stage of unmanifest, and then goes horizontal towards the physical again.

Originally, the earliest social structures were very amorphous. People were hunters and gatherers, nomadic, following the prey or the location of sources of food. As the population increased, such a social structure soon became very dissonant to the needs and consciousness of the population. And so, the domestication of plants and animals ensued, allowing for permanent villages, which accommodated more people. At this point there was a transition from dissonance to resonance. Then, the dissonance again returned. The pattern continued to repeat itself. Eventually, we see the arrival of science and rational thinking. During the industrial revolution, it represented an advance of consciousness that machines could be used to multiply human capabilities. But then the world used that advance in ways that included child labor, monopolies, robber barons, and the like. The powerful had reason to freeze the social structure in the format which most benefited them. But consciousness continued its march.

Now, in your time, the Internet represents an advance in consciousness. The paradigm that everything is connected by a net or matrix is an advance over the concept that we are all separate and discrete entities. But immediately you see the Internet used for crass commercialization, spam, pornography, and other abuses. The new resonance is immediately followed by increasing dissonance. And so it is that consciousness evolves as an interplay of these two. You might see it as a dance between consciousness and materiality.

Equilibrium and integration are the same as resonance. We have two aspects, but these aspects are in no manner equivalent. The physical is immediate, literal, and extremely limited, whereas the spiritual is timeless and infinite. The resonance between the two requires only a minimum of the physical. As the physical increases, the balance is replaced by dissonance. The more we rely on the physical world, the greater is our departure from the infinite capacity of the spiritual world. This is where labyrinths fit into the paradigm. Labyrinths represent the ideal balance between the physical and the spiritual. That is why they are of such value at times when dissonance is great. In fact, it is exactly at such junctures in history that labyrinths, as well as other spiritual tools and practices, undergo a revival, so as to resolve the dissonance caused by the intrusion of the world.

Some people join religious orders and live in the desert or in monasteries, withdrawing from the world to try to restore a proper balance. Ultimately, however, monasteries adapted more and more characteristics of the world they were originally trying to escape, as their wealthy status caused them to protect and defend the status quo that favored them. In other words, the institution become static. Institutionalized religions, too, become frozen in structure in a way that defeats their original message and purpose, which is spiritual. Churches and individuals are rediscovering labyrinths because it is there that the world and spirit meet and re-establish rapport..

Consider the design of a labyrinth. It has thin lines and wide paths. The lines are the physical aspect. The most appropriate use of the physical is to point towards the spiritual, either through the use of symbols or by organizing our experience in a certain way. Labyrinths do the latter. They organize us, so that we walk in a certain geometry and achieve a certain consciousness. The purpose is to have an experience. Thus, the lines are only guides, signposts, whereas the paths represent our journey. This is the right balance between the material and the immaterial. The lines are minimal, sufficient to point the way but drawing little attention or importance to themselves. Labyrinths, as experiential tools, exist for the walking, for the path, and not for the lines. The labyrinth demonstrates the appropriate proportions and relationship between these two elements. Because labyrinths are thus the perfect form of resonance, they have continued to be used right up to my time, 3,500 earth years in your future, and still going strong..

As a measurement of time, Earth years are not particularly meaningful or relevant to us. We don't use as our standard how long it takes the earth to orbit around its sun. After the Abandonment, earth years became irrelevant. But not labyrinths. There were many centuries of difficulty, in which it was necessary to create social structures and domed communities that successfully operate within the inhospitable environment of deep space. Labyrinths continued to be an important part of that process.

Of course it is possible to create dissonance with labyrinths, as with any physical structures – if labyrinths become just a fad or fashion, or if there are certain rules and regulations enforced as to how they are used, or if they are associated with a specific dogma. Fortunately, such dissonance never developed to a point that made labyrinths ineffective.

The key is to walk the labyrinths. It is in using them that the resonance is achieved. Just looking at the beauty of their form is pleasant, but does not have the same degree of effect. You have a group of people who have seen the wisdom in walking labyrinths, called the 365 Club. The purpose is to walk a labyrinth every day of the year. I commend this. The only improvement I could suggest would be to have a 730 Club, or a 1,460 Club, in which you walk the labyrinth twice a day, or four times a day. It is through increasing your own consciousness that you enhance and advance the time when a new resonance is achieved. How many people or how much activity does it take to cause the new resonance that changes the outer social structures? In terms of physics, what is critical mass? Less that you may think: Probably somewhere around five or six percent of the population. If you reached 10%, the movement towards social change would be an unstoppable tidal wave.

As consciousness evolves, in incorporates the entire previous level of consciousness, plus expands to include additional growth. Often, the new format emphasizes a particular aspect of consciousness which is quite dissimilar from that which preceded it. It is as if a person who has already learned to play the trombone decides to learn to play the piano. The piano hardly resembles the trombone, but learning the piano builds on the consciousness that already knows about music, can read musical notation, etc. Eventually, the consciousness expands to include both trombone and piano. It is cumulative.

The same is true with the fact that god was once a woman, as has been mentioned, and the social structure was matriarchal. As consciousness evolved, it took on many masculine aspects, which became more and more dissonant with the matriarchal form. In your era, the social structure has gone to the other extreme, and is so patriarchal that it is likewise creating a considerable amount of dissonance. At this point, a new resonance is possible because consciousness holds both of the previous forms. Trying to return to previous, historical forms would be inadequate for the current level of consciousness. Rather, a new point of resonance will occur in which masculine and feminine are in balance.

As consciousness advances through the cycles of dissonance and resonance, the disparity between the two diminishes. All of nature is comprised of vibration, or waves. Waves have height (amplitude) and span (frequency). The movement of waves reflects the cyclical process of the evolution of consciousness, and of creation itself. The amplitude decreases, meaning the dissonance is less and less, and the frequency increases, meaning the waves are closer together, with less time between new moments of resonance. The greater the level of consciousness, the more quickly it identifies and rectifies the dissonance. As a result, as consciousness grows, social institutions drag behind less and less, and become more and more relevant to the level of consciousness. By the time you reach our time at HintryBal, the swing between resonance and dissonance is very small. War and conflict, as a reflection of dissonance, has likewise diminished.

Labyrinths have been an important part of this evolution. Picture a labyrinth that is a back-and-forth meander, starting at the outside and proceeding to the center. Now, swing out the circles, away from the entrance, until they become horizontal lines, and you will arrive at the same wave form of decreasing amplitude and increasing frequency. In terms of colors, this progression would be moving from red towards blue.

I'm tempted to tell you that labyrinths are required in HintryBal. That would be slightly misleading, however, because you see the word requirement as meaning the imposition of will by a stronger power upon a weaker power. Your forms of government, laws, police, armies, etc. are all based on this principle of the strong imposing its will on the weak. That is not what I mean by requirement, as we do not have the dynamic of weak and strong that I just described. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that labyrinths are ubiquitous because everyone uses them automatically. They are a fact of life. To be without them would be unthinkable. By being required I mean that they are an essential part of our culture, without which, our very identity would be threatened. They are required because they are indispensable.

I was describing the phenomenon of decreasing dissonance as consciousness increases. You have a similar example in the numerical series known as the Fibonacci series. Each succeeding number is the sum of the previous two, hence, 1,2, one and two are three, two and three are five, three and five are eight, etc. If you divide each new number by the previous number, you arrive at a number which approximates a proportion found throughout nature known as the golden mean. Early in the series there is some discrepancy (i.e. dissonance), but as the series progresses, the difference decreases in the same pattern that I am describing, in which the swings back and forth, the extremes, become less and less.

I have made several points about the evolution of consciousness. First, that it results from the cyclical process of dissonance and resonance. Secondly, that each step includes all of the previous consciousness, plus additional. Hence, it is an advance. My third point was that the degree of dissonance necessary before the next resolution to resonance becomes less and less as consciousness increases. You could summarize these points as saying that there is a process, namely the evolution itself, there is inclusion, as each step builds on the previous step, and finally there is a diminishing of dissonance, or a movement toward ultimate equilibrium and balance.

These three points are also true about labyrinths. That is why there is such a close association between labyrinths and the evolution of consciousness. First, the labyrinth is a process. To benefit from the labyrinth, you must interact with it. You must walk it, whether with your feet, your fingers, yours eyes, or just your mind. As a result of this interaction, the labyrinth organizes and directs your experience in a way that enhances the evolution and expansion of consciousness. For this conference you have chosen resonance as your theme, perhaps without realizing the extent of its importance and its integral relationship to the labyrinth.

Secondly, the labyrinth is cumulative. Each step builds on the previous step and takes you closer to the center. After taking two steps, or after completing one circuit, you wouldn't declare your effort a failure because you hadn't yet reached the center. You realize that you must walk the entire path. There are no shortcuts, just as in life. It takes patience and confidence and tenacity, perhaps even endurance. Even when it seems that you are getting further away, in fact, since there is only one path, no step is wasted. You are always making progress towards the center. Labyrinths are also cumulative in regards to the number of times that you walk them. To walk a labyrinth once and then dismiss it, saying you have already experienced labyrinths, would be to deny yourself a more powerful experience by continuing to walk the labyrinth. Join the 365 Club. Form a 730 Club. Be sure to walk labyrinths whenever and wherever possible.

Thirdly, labyrinths also resolve and reduce dissonance or conflict. One of the most commonly reported results of walking the labyrinth is feeling more calm, more balanced. There is, indeed, a balancing going on. It is more than balancing the hemispheres of the brain, it is a balance between the two principal aspects of your nature, the physical and the spiritual. It is a smaller version of the exact process that results in the evolution of consciousness. Hence the importance of labyrinths.

The three points that I have covered, regarding both the evolution of consciousness and the nature of labyrinths, also pertain to the microcosm as well as the macrocosm. They pertain to each person's individual spiritual growth. They pertain to individual expansion of consciousness. So what I am describing is not applicable just on a larger, historical scale, or to the phenomenon of labyrinths. It applies to each of you.

First, there is the process itself. Everyone of you has felt times of great resonance and rapport with nature, with each other, when in love, etc. Similarly, you have experienced times of being out of sorts, dissonant, conflicted. Your lives are a constant mixture of fine tuning the balance between the spiritual and the demands of the world. Usually the world demands much more than its due. Included in what I am calling the physical is your lower mental activity, personality, ego, rational thinking, social conditioning, and the like.

The two aspects of your nature exist within your mind, the shallow vs. the deep, intelligence vs. knowledge. The world is dissonant in part because it reflects this split mind. The chaos is reflected around you – your own fears and sense of isolation. That, too, is your consciousness. Then look at what the world does with it. Watch the evening news. The world harps on the dissonance and gives little recognition to the resonance. In many ways, then, one's spiritual path, for which the labyrinth is a perfect metaphor, involves overcoming the world. That means, returning to more balance. Plato and ancient philosophers preached, "Know thyself." By that they meant the inner aspects, beyond the intellect and the known, beyond the world, so that balance may be restored and resonance result. It is more effective to raise your own consciousness than to fight against the dissonance.

Look at the world's use of language, for example. Early on it was very basic, and mostly symbolic. Little marks or wedges were combined to draw one's attention to something else. Communication was in images and symbols, often shown as hieroglyphs. Then, as consciousness advanced, so did language. The printing press was a huge leap. More precise language could both allow for better and precise metaphors and symbols, but also the trap of taking words literally as they become more and more specialized and analytical. Yet today, in your time, television and the Internet are replacing words with images. This marks a point of resonance, of reaching a state of communication more in touch with spirit and consciousness. But, the images are often worldly, emphasizing bodies or parts of bodies, emphasizing the very aspect of physicality and materialism that is, in fact, illusory. Dissonance.

Individually, you can see the process of resonance and dissonance. The key is to use the dissonance for your own growth. It demonstrates what is most out of step with your spiritual nature. It allows you to change your way of living, relating, perceiving, to be more resonant and in balance with consciousness, and with life itself. Walking labyrinths can help you do this. It can give you new insights, help reorganize your priorities, and even lead to physical and emotional healing. In short, balance, integration, equilibrium, resonance.

I don't wish to be disrespectful to my host body, Robert Ferré, but since I have access to his consciousness, I will use him as a good bad example of achieving resonance. Robert is a labyrinth maker of considerable skill. He wants you to know that, although he is conflicted in telling you directly. If you would like a fine labyrinth, he would be glad to build one for you. Five years ago Robert moved to a new home with a large yard. It has been his intention to build a labyrinth in the yard, for use by himself, his wife Ruth, and even their friends or clients. But he hasn't yet done that. The fact is, Robert has been too busy making labyrinths to spend much time walking labyrinths. This is not a proper balance, and he knows it. He can feel the misalignment and he intends to resolve it. The longer he waits, the greater will be the dissonance between his inner consciousness and his outer actions. When that dissonance reaches a high enough level, he will put it before business and he will make himself a labyrinth. Then he will have resonance.

The same situation exists with many in this room, who are talented labyrinth presenters and facilitators. You introduce others to the labyrinth and help them to appreciate the power and possibility of the labyrinth, but you don't follow your own advice. You don't walk the labyrinth yourself as frequently as you could. It would help your work and be far more advantageous to you to reach a state of resonance than to continue having a dissonance between your words and your actions. You know how to do it. It's just a matter of following through. That is usually the only requirement for walking a labyrinth: deciding to do it. The rest takes care of itself. And, it takes care of you, as well. The labyrinth does this because of its excellent degree of resonance. It has many polarities, outer paths and inner paths, a masculine, rational pattern and an experiential, feminine process, outer physical activity with inner, spiritual awareness. The labyrinth is rightly identified as a form of pilgrimage which again offers the balance of an outer, physical journey, with an inner, spiritual purpose. It's all about resonance.

Individually, the three aspects I have described for the evolution of consciousness apply: It is a process, it is inclusive and builds upon itself, and it reduces dissonance more and more effectively. When you are happy, peaceful, loving, calm, wise, creative, intuitive – these are states of resonance. When you are not happy, for example, you are experiencing dissonance. Using happiness as a metaphor for consciousness, the happier you are, the sooner you recognize when you are not happy, and the more effective you are in resolving that situation. Thus, the happier you are, the more your happiness increases unless an even more powerful dissonance gets in the way. The same is true for consciousness, on both a communal and an individual level.

I have been told that after I have completed my comments, you will hit your hands together, making a noise. After the noise has subsided, I will then answer your questions to whatever extent possible.
If I were one of you, having stated the three aspects of the evolution of consciousness and their close relationship to the labyrinth, I would then encourage all of you to continue your work on behalf of labyrinths and consciousness. But since I am Erutuf-3-5-0, from 3,500 earth years in your future, I already know that you will continue to do good work with labyrinths. So my only appropriate comment is one of gratitude. Thank you for all you have done and will continue to do. We in the future applaud you. Now you can make that noise.

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Question and Answer Period. The questions were not pre-arranged. They are spontaneous.

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Q: I would like to know about water. How do you use water?

A. Well, we have water, of course. It is necessary for life. We don't have natural sources for water. That is one of the wondrous things about earth. It had such enormous reserves of water. At this moment, there are reports that your aquifers are being depleted through inordinate usage of water, and few pay attention. It was this attitude that led to the critical situation that led to the Abandonment. Our water is all manufactured directly from hydrogen and oxygen. Just as you may have a small filter at the end of a faucet, to clean your water, so do we have a similar device, except that it manufactures water on demand. The hydrogen is no problem, as it is found in great abundance everywhere, but the quantity of oxygen is more difficult, especially as it is also needed for breathing. We have decorative bodies of water, that look like lakes and ponds, but they are only a few inches deep, as in a reflecting pond. We don't have fish and we don't have sports propelling our bodies through deep water, nor on the surface.

Q. Tell us more about the Abandonment. How did that happen?

A. Throughout history, as times of great dissonance, a certain amount of damage to either nature or social structures resulted. But there was a limit to what could be done. A city could be destroyed, or a forest burned down. However, with the increase in technology, human capabilities were vastly extended, including the capacity for massive destruction. Eventually the dissonance was so great that the earth became uninhabitable. Technology made it possible. At the same time, however, consciousness did continue to evolve. Perhaps some of you have known a person who was sick. That person reordered his or her life, changed priorities, became more spiritual, practiced forgiveness, put aside grievances. A great healing took place, but the body itself didn't make it, and it died. The increase in consciousness was successful, but the host vehicle no longer served. The same thing happened to the earth.

Q. Robert, since you can see the future, perhaps you can tell us the role played by the Labyrinth Society.

A. If you are addressing your comment to Robert, perhaps he will answer when he returns. I am Erutuf-3-5-0. I cannot give you dates or specifics regarding future events. Nor would it matter if I did, because you wouldn't understand them. Suppose you were to go back 3,500 years into your past and meet with someone from a culture extant at that time. You could show them a watch, or describe New York City or a shopping mall, but they would not be able to understand it. Even if they could see a picture of a skyscraper, they would not have the consciousness to understand why anyone would want to live or work in buildings stacked vertically on top of each other. Looking at the watch, they would not understand the division of time, nor the necessity to be reminded of it constantly. Similarly, you would have no basis for understanding the nature of my society. However, since your question involves time, I could respond by giving you two additional metaphors for understanding the nature of time itself.

The model that I have presented for the evolution of consciousness has been a linear one, proceeding from past to future. Such a linear metaphor is a practical way to describe experience, and so I have used it. You could, however, also see time as a wheel. The outside of the wheel represents the world, the physical. The center represents the spiritual. The outer part of the wheel turns the fastest, thus, time is fast there. But as you get more spiritual, as you move towards the center of the wheel, time slows down. Spiritual time is much slower. And if you were to reach the center of the wheel, the ultimate state of consciousness, time would stand still. More accurately, time would not exist. Eternity is not a long, long time. Rather, it is the absence of time.

The second metaphor can be illustrated using the labyrinth itself. Suppose that you began to walk a 7-circuit labyrinth and you reached the fourth circuit. At that point, walking the first three circuits would be in your past, the fourth would be in your present, and the remaining three in your future. This is especially true if the circuits had high walls which didn't allow you to see from one to the other. Whereas your experience of the labyrinth is linear, the labyrinth itself exists completely. If you could see your lives in the same metaphor, as being somewhere on a circuit of a labyrinth, experiencing that particular part of the path, your life actually could be seen in its entirety from a higher viewpoint. Your linear experience is just a convenience. And so, using this metaphor, I haven't really come back to speak to you, in a linear manner, I have just stepped over a few of the walls from another place on the great cosmic labyrinth.

Q: There are many people who like to make their own labyrinths. Can you comment on the difference between this and using traditional patterns?

A. All forms and shapes have a certain energy and consciousness to them. Their design, use, and arrangement are the subject of many disciplines of creating flow and resonance, such as feng shui, dowsing, and others. It is possible to have dissonance or resonance between people, and also between people and objects. The key to this is not just geometry, but also intent. If you make a labyrinth with a spiritual purpose, even if it is ugly and crude and unsymmetrical, it can have a real resonance to it, which touches people. On the other hand, if you make a labyrinth out of pride, because you want to make a pattern different from all other patterns, and you want recognition in a way that reflects ego and worldly status, then the labyrinth is likely to have less resonance and be used less effectively.

Geometry is also a consideration. A labyrinth made with balance and cadence and rhythm is more effective than one without those elements. The reason that the classical 7-circuit design has lasted through the millennia, for example, is because its geometry and resonance are so perfect. I would think that rather than spending a lot of time trying to be clever and invent a new design, it would be better to make a classical 7-circuit and use your time instead for walking the labyrinth.

Intent is important. Even a traditional design can be built in a mechanical or uncaring way, which results in a certain amount of dissonance. However, in all cases, the dissonance is not permanent. It can be resolved to a degree of resonance by inputting additional consciousness. So the short answer to your question is that new designs have a varying degree of resonance and effectiveness, depending on how and why they are produced and used.

Q: You praised the 365 Club, but couldn't it be possible to force yourself to walk the labyrinth out of obligation, and therefore obtain no benefit from it?

A. The answer is yes. Any time that needless structure is added to the physical realm, it blocks access to spirit and consciousness. Walking the labyrinth out of a sense of obligation would indeed be misguided, and likely to create dissonance. On the other hand, access to the spiritual is enhanced by having an effective container. The labyrinth, as I have explained, is such a container. It organizes our experience by having us walk in a certain pattern and a certain way. So, too, can our scheduling be a container, if it organizes us in a way to be able to walk the labyrinth every day. Such a walk should be a time of rest, time out, and resonance. It should be something that enhances your day and that you look forward to. If that is not the case, if you are heavily involved in the world and only give cursory attention to some perceived obligation to walk the labyrinth, then I agree with you, it would serve little purpose and have very little resonance. It may even increase the dissonance between wanting to walk the labyrinth and not giving yourself time to do it. Sometimes, if you don't feel like walking the labyrinth, that little impulse of walking it every day is enough to encourage you to overcome your resistance, and then you enjoy it. In such case, the container worked. But if you resent it, or don't enjoy it, then I would not suggest that you force yourself.

Q: Can you give us any prediction as to what will happen next November?

A: I presume you are talking about the presidential elections. We are rather puzzled by your form of government. It supposedly is based on an informed electorate, who thereby elect the most qualified candidate. Instead, you elect candidates who say they are not politicians and have absolutely no experience or credentials. That sells. Of course, having no experience, they don't necessarily do very well. Then, when they are up for re-election, their opponent labels them as being politicians or insiders, whereas the new candidate is an outsider and knows nothing about running a government. Often, the new candidate then gets elected, on the basis of having no qualifications.

It is hard for us to see how there can be any continuity in such a system, or how your government would benefit. Candidates use their money and influence to totally invent a new personality and a fictitious platform, and the electorate falls for it. Then, once in office, the candidate enriches himself, his friends, and those who gave the money for his campaign. Ironically, you call this a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, although we don't see such a relationship. Of course your government, like all outer social structures, reflects some aspect of your consciousness. In earlier times, elders were in charge of governing their communities. Their age and experience and wisdom and honoring of tradition worked well for that particular time in history, when there was little change. In your culture, change is so rampant that a government of elders would never work. And so you have your current system, which is more in keeping with the level of your consciousness. I think what I just said is that you get the government that you deserve.

End of questions. Robert will now return to his body and Erutuf-3-5-0 return to the future.

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