Three Cs Therapy & Coaching

Kathy Robbins, LICSW, PCC
Psychotherapist • Life Coach

923 Route 6A, Unit T, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675

Phone (508) 744-7400
Mobile (508) 274-1067

Summer 2017
Full Moon Labyrinth Walk

Blue Moon Labyrinth Walk
Sandy Neck Beach

End of Summer Walk & Oneness Blessing

TBA
Full Moon Walk

Fall Full Moon

November 2016
Give Thanks Walk

Labyrinth location:
10 Angela Way
West Barnstable, MA 02668

What is a labyrinth and where does it come from?


Labyrinths have been in existence for over 4,000 years. Over the years people, cultures and traditions have used the labyrinth in their search for meaning and guidance. Labyrinths are usually single (unicursal) pathways that lead to the center of the pattern and then back out by retracing the same path. Unlike mazes, one cannot become lost or trapped. A labyrinth provides a sacred space. It invites the walker to set aside the cares of the world and to enter into the realm of the Holy. It quiets the mind and opens the soul. It inspires change and renewal.

To walk the labyrinth is to make a pilgrimage, to discover something about ourselves and our life. The destination is not important, the journey is. The labyrinth is a path for prayer and meditation. It echoes the turns and twists of life. The best way to learn about it is to walk it – with an open heart and an open mind – and experience your own sacred response. There is no right way or wrong way to walk the path. Relax and enjoy the experience.

REPRINT of a Cape Cod Times PRIMETIME Article about Kathy’s Labyrinth with pictures

January 2007, Health & Well Being

LABRYINTHS: Walking with an Open Heart

By Amy Default

Labyrinths, huh. Well, let’s just think of them as a getaway, Mecca at a fraction of the price if you know where to go to walk one, and, of course, if you’ve got an open mind.

After researching that people used labyrinths as a spiritual practice for over 4000 years, Kathy Robbins, a West Barnstable psychotherapist and life coach, embraced the idea of them enough to incorporate their healing properties into her own therapy practice. And, because she was so attracted to the concept of the structure being used as a pilgrimage that many of her clients could use for healing and clearing the mind, her husband build one for her right in her own backyard. She calls it her own Taj Mahal.

“The labyrinth urges action. It calms people in the throes of life transitions. It helps them see their lives in the context of a path,” says Robbins, whose butterfly shaped labyrinth is a seven-circuit classic containing one path with seven circuits to the center.

An ancient pattern found in many cultures throughout the world, labyrinths are based on spirals from nature. In fact, a Web site on labyrinths (www.veritas.net) points out that a few thousand years ago, Native Americans began calling it the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze; the Celts described it as the Never Ending Circle; in mystical Judaism they called it Kabala, and that “one feature they all share is that they have one path which winds in a circuitous way to the center.”

“It’s funny, I think without realizing it, we gravitate towards the symbol. There’s just something about it that helps us connect to our inner intelligence,” says Robbins, who walks her labyrinth just about every day to check in on and quiet herself. Being a therapist, for years, working with people suffering from addictions and for seven years with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Robbins is reflective of people’s pain and determined to provide a sacred space for them to discover something about themselves and their life. The destination she says is not important, the journey is.

“With labyrinths, there is definitely a ‘sacred geometry.’ Walking it is a whole-brain exercise and a spiritual practice. Anytime we’re incorporating both sides of the brain to do an exercise there is always clarity,” says Robbins.

As a therapist and life coach, Robbins says she’s always looking for new ways to help clients get to what they really want in their lives as life becomes more hectic. She contributes the lack of serenity to the fast-paced life that for most of our society means no time for listening to what the “info inside us” is trying to tell us.

This is true for almost any-aged American with parents working more hours, children spending more time in after-school activities and day care programs, young couples trying to make a successful financial path for themselves, and even baby-boomers trying to recreate their lives.

“Because of how busy we’ve made our lives, people have begun to implement these labyrinths in hospital atriums, schools and churches. Hospitals use them to settle people waiting for treatments and chemotherapy. They’re also being used more for children with ADHD to help settle conflict situations,” says Robbins.

She adds that the simple act of walking and being mindful, that whole brain experience, is how one can discover themselves on their human path.

How she herself puts clients on their path using the labyrinth is based on her own conceived Four R’s, (Remember, Release, Receive and Return). With a first session that introduces her clients to the idea of walking the labyrinth as part of their therapy or coaching, Robbins helps the person to get clear on why they want to walk it. She gives examples like, “I have a choice between two jobs, which job should I take?” and “What ails me?” Just by focusing on that one question, the participant instantly releases some anxiety. Robbins says her clients have reported back that after walking the labyrinth they have in fact been successful with the question they came with and ultimately, the answer that they left with.

But it all starts with that question.

And, with that, the walker is asked to remember they are a sacred human being who is naturally creative, resourceful and whole, and to take time to count their blessings. Upon entering, releasing the thing that is in the way of remembering who they are, and at the center, “returning to the world with a renewed sense of joy and purpose,” and a resolve to return one’s gifts to the world.

Recently, Robbins had 25 women come on a full moon and walk the labyrinth together.

“We used the four R’s and spaced the women as they entered and it was very quiet. After we sat around the fire pit and passed the talking stick and shared ideas. One woman said, “Who would’ve every imagined that walking in circles around other women and not speaking to them as they pass by could bring such intimacy?”

(Whoever holds the talking stick gets to express themselves without interruption. When they are done, they pass the stick to the next person who wants to speak.)

Robbins says this woman’s response is not unusual but part of simply being conscious, open and able to perceive one’s life as in need of change. This is often difficult for a client to accept as they’ve fallen into ruts that have seemingly become normal and they know no other life. Because of this, Robbins routinely asks people on a scale of existing, surviving or thriving, where they are, to which most will answer, “surviving”, which she finds sad.

“Living in a higher consciousness helps me personally to thrive; that’s why I try to walk at least five times a week so I can be centered. It’s that spiritual dimensions I need to ask guidance from. To work with my clients I need to be there fully to hold the space for them and so it becomes a checking in with myself on the inside,” says Robbins with a hopeful smile.

So, as a writer, I am of a lucky lot, engaging in unique experiences. After finishing off a cup of tea, Robbins says she needs to meet with a client who is walking the labyrinth to pass time until our interview is finished. I ask her if I can walk it myself and let myself out after. Leading me to this sacred space, she tells me there is no right or wrong way to walk it, and places a handful of rocks face down on the stone bench. I’m to turn one over as I leave and we say goodbye. Robbins says at the entrance of the labyrinth to take time to remember who I am and to count my blessings. I pause and listen to myself breathing.

It is a sunny day, full of the promise of a cool December. I close my eyes and feel the sun. I am lucky to be alive and take this thought in with me as I walk, step by step, until I believe it. Maybe there is something to this idea of whole-brain thinking, this meditative mantra, this something or other that’s successfully calmed me. I’m almost reluctant to leave, but walk over to the bench with the rocks and turned one over. “Believe” it says. I do.

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