Labyrinth Walking: A Healing Tool For Cancer Patients


Tool For Cancer PatientsLabyrinth
Walking can be a healing tool for cancer patients. In many ways the labyrinth represents the journey to healing. Healing is not only physical but also occurs on the emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. A physical healing is often described as a cure. While a cure might not be possible, healing is always an option. To be healed means to be made whole, and wholeness is fundamentally a psychological and spiritual process of finding meaning. The labyrinth can be used as a tool of healing to help people find meaning in their situation.  You can find more healing tools in the book ABC Workbook for Cancer Patients.

A portable canvas labyrinth can be used and cancer patients are encouraged to walk it as a symbolic journey to recovery and healing. It is suggested that you think about your life from diagnosis through treatment up until the present moment and to relate your journey to the labyrinth walk.

Suggested questions

  1. What is the most important lesson your illness and recovery has taught you?
  2. How has your illness had a positive effect on your life?
  3. How has it affected your relationships?
  4. In what ways are you more whole than before you illness?
  5. What about your illness are you grateful for?
  6. How has your spirit been influenced?
  7. What is required for continued healing?

The path towards healing is not straight and often you feel lost. Perseverance is required to complete the journey. The center represents treatment and the journey out is toward recovery and acceptance. People come and go on the journey. The whole process occurs in the container and context of love and spirit. You feel more connected and relaxed

.Suggested Cancer Self-Help Healing Book:

Writing Your Way to Healing and Wholeness

In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer 

ABC Workbook for Cancer Patients.

Breast Cancer: A-Z Mindful Practices: Self Care Tools For Treatment & Recovery

Labyrinth’s for Physical and Emotional Healing

Labyrinth’s for Physical and Emotional Breast Cancer HealingBy: Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer and a licensed psychologist,

During my journey with breast cancer treatment I found a very powerful symbol of healing in the Labyrinth. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that has managed to stay present into the 21st Century. If we can tap into the labyrinth’s significance we can use it on a regular basis as part of our healing. This blog is about finding solace as well as empowerment by taking a walk, a walk to the center and back.

Breast cancer is a journey. It is not a journey that we have chosen, but a journey that is here and it is important to find ways to cope with it, manage it, and come out the other side of it thriving as humans.

As Dr. Lauren Artress says in her book, WALKING A SACRED PATH , “Walking the Labyrinth has re-­‐emerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation. This walking meditation is an archetype, a mystical ritual found in all religious traditions. It quiets the mind and opens the soul, evoking a feeling of wholeness.”

Transformation is the process of evolving from what is to something different. It often appears to happen all of a sudden, but in reality transformation is an extended process over time. Words that come to mind when I think of transformation are words like evolution and metamorphous.

Psychotherapy is a conduit for change. Spirituality is a path of change. They both have elements of relationship and together they are a lifestyle of daily transformation for self and for other.

As a person who has experienced breast cancer our life lessons parallel that of a Hero/Heroine’s journey. The Hero’s journey is that which requires that we master the unknown, overcome dangers, and defeat obstacles as we move toward the healing challis, the prized object of our journey. A Labyrinth walk mimics that of the Hero’s journey. The Hero or Heroine enters the journey to find the precious “challis.” Once the precious challis is obtained the question becomes “Now what?” The hero or heroine must make it back out to the world with the challis to bring the power of healing to others.

Take this virtual labyrinth walk

Click on labyrinth to take a virtual labyrinth walk

As people coping with breast cancer in all of its many phases of pre and post treatment, where mortality has broken the illusion of immortality the simple but influential process of putting one foot in front of the other is an amazing feat. As a people who have experienced breast cancer, life as we know it has come to an end and now the process or recreating a new one is an ongoing journey. Walk in for your inner world of peace walk out for peace for every person experiencing a potentially terminal illness, and especially kindred spirits with breast cancer. If you cannot find a labyrinth near you to walk, take this virtual walk at The Labyrinth Society.

I hope you have found this an interesting start to your emotional and spiritual health as a hero/heroine on your journey.

You can follow me at https://www.facebook.com/inamomentsnotice Or visit me on my web-­‐page www.psychotherapyunlimited.com

Enjoy the moment. Dr. Dilley

Dr. Robin DilleyDr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

DIY Backyard Breast Cancer Healing Garden Labyrinth Ideas

Breast Cancer Fall Garden Labyrinth

Photo By Warren Lynn

By: Dr. Dilley Adapted By Breast Cancer Yoga Staff.
During my journey with breast cancer treatment I found a very powerful symbol of healing in the Labyrinth. If we can tap into the labyrinth’s significance we can use it on a regular basis as part of our healing.

Breast cancer is a journey. It is not a journey that we have chosen, but a journey that is here and it is important to find ways to cope with it, manage it, and come out the other side of it thriving as humans.

As Dr. Lauren Artress says in her book, WALKING A SACRED PATH , “Walking the Labyrinth has re-­‐emerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation. This walking meditation quiets the mind and opens the soul, evoking a feeling of wholeness.”

As people coping with breast cancer in all of its many phases of pre and post treatment, where mortality has broken the illusion of immortality the simple but influential process of putting one foot in front of the other is an amazing feat. So if you’ve got a patch of grass, you too can have a labyrinth. They’re stylish and a breast cancer healing garden should have one.

Fall Ideas For Your Labyrinth
Each year autumn open spaces provide for laying out temporary labyrinths. We invite gardeners to build temporary labyrinths for therapeutic healing.


Crystal Labyrinths
Crystals and quartz as an extraordinary substance that holds vibration, light and amplifies, harmonise focused healing energy.  The crystal  emanating goodwill to all beings, – programmed for forgiveness, unconditional love and to awaken consciousness.


Labyrinth in Grass
Backyard Grass LabyrinthFor a grass labyrinth you need:
A patch of grass about 50ft square and the grass needs to be long enough that once you mow the shape into it, it will be clearly visible. This is a pretty big slab of grass I know but I used my little 16″ cut mower to make the paths for this one and if it was much smaller and it would be somewhat cramped.How to draw a labyrinth
Heart Shaped Labyrinth
Heart Shaped Labyrinth For Breast CancerWalking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind.The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.Printable Design of a Heart Shaped Labyrinth

Transformation is the process of evolving from what is to something different. It often appears to happen all of a sudden. Psychotherapy is a conduit for change. Spirituality is a path of change. They all have elements of relationship and together they are a lifestyle of daily transformation for self and for other.If we can tap into the labyrinth’s significance we can use it on a regular basis as part of our healing.

Pumpkin Labyrinth Photo from Warren Lynn

Dr. Robin Dilley

Dr. Robin B. Dilley, author of In A Moment’s Notice: A Psychologist’s Journey with Breast Cancer is a licensed psychologist in the State of Arizona. Her eclectic practice allows her to cross diagnostic barriers and meet clients in their need assisting them to respond to life in healthy and empowering ways rather than react to life’s circumstances.

The Labyrinth’s Spiritual and Psychological Power for Physical and Emotional Healing

Labyrinth

Walking Labyrinth For Breast Cancer

By: Dr. Dilley

During my journey with breast cancer treatment I found a very powerful symbol of healing in the Labyrinth. The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that has managed to stay present into the 21st Century. If we can tap into the labyrinth’s significance we can use it on a regular basis as part of our healing. This blog is about finding solace as well as empowerment by taking a walk, a walk to the center and back.
Breast cancer is a journey. It is not a journey that we have chosen, but a journey that is here and it is important to find ways to cope with it, manage it, and come out the other side of it thriving as humans.
As Dr. Lauren Artress says in her book, WALKING A SACRED PATH , “Walking the Labyrinth has re-­‐emerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation. This walking meditation is an archetype, a mystical ritual found in all religious traditions. It quiets the mind and opens the soul, evoking a feeling of wholeness.”
Transformation is the process of evolving from what is to something different. It often appears to happen all of a sudden, but in reality transformation is an extended process over time. Words that come to mind when I think of transformation are words like evolution and metamorphous.
Psychotherapy is a conduit for change. Spirituality is a path of change. They both have elements of relationship and together they are a lifestyle of daily transformation for self and for other.
As a person who has experienced breast cancer our life lessons parallel that of a Hero/Heroine’s journey. The Hero’s journey is that which requires that we master the unknown, overcome dangers, and defeat obstacles as we move toward the healing challis, the prized object of our journey. A Labyrinth walk mimics that of the Hero’s journey. The Hero or Heroine enters the journey to find the precious “challis.” Once the precious challis is obtained the question becomes “Now what?” The hero or heroine must make it back out to the world with the challis to bring the power of healing to others.
As people coping with breast cancer in all of its many phases of pre and post treatment, where mortality has broken the illusion of immortality the simple but influential process of putting one foot in front of the other is an amazing feat. As a people who have experienced breast cancer, life as we know it has come to an end and now the process or recreating a new one is an ongoing journey.
I am inviting you to participate in this amazing event, Saturday May 4th 2013  is international labyrinth day and people across the world are walking at 1:00 for world peace. I invite you to find a labyrinth near you and walk for world peace,
yours. Walk in for your inner world of peace walk out for peace for every person experiencing a potentially terminal illness, and especially kindred spirits with breast cancer. If you cannot find a labyrinth near you to walk on May 4th, take this virtual walk at The Labyrinth Society.
I look forward to being a guest expert on this new and exciting blog and hope you have found this an interesting start to your emotional and spiritual health as a hero/heroine on your journey.
You can follow me at https://www.facebook.com/inamomentsnotice Or visit me on my web-­‐page www.psychotherapyunlimited.com
Enjoy the moment. Dr. Dilley

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