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A vigil of hope for a brave new world

Join me each week for a silent, 4-hour weekly online vigil to ask for for lasting, positive change to be carried into the world, as we begin to emerge from a period of lockdown, uncertainty, and crisis. This time for meditation, reflection, holding open or prayer is held every THURSDAY between 10pm and 2am UK/5 and 9pm EDT. Please join me via Zoom at any time for as long as you wish and as many times as you wish to reflect, pray, meditate or simply bathe in the beautiful ministry of the shared will of others, wishing hope for our world or for whatever is on your heart.

The vigil is silent, occasionally accompanied by gentle music. I, and at any time, potentially others, plan to be meditating, receiving, and holding space during this time. Hence, excepting possibly very short breaks, you’ll know that you’re not alone when you join the vigil. My own focus in the first half hour of this vigil is set aside for silent holding of requests for prayer and holding made to The Labyrinth Society's Energy Keepers group. If you are a member of this group, you may want to join me at this time to offer this shared intention. However, you're very welcome to join at this time to hold out whatever is on your heart.

The vigil is intended for people of any faith tradition or none, for those who pray to the God of their understanding, and for those who simply hold out to the possibility of our collective goodwill being able to make a difference.

Through prayer, positive intent, or heart-felt willing, we may–perhaps–enable a real quantum shift to happen if we can reach a critical mass of intention and momentum. This is my hope and prayer. I hope that you will join me in sharing this great vision for a brighter future.

Energy Keepers

If you are a member of The Labyrinth Society Energy Keepers circle, I especially welcome you to join me for the first half hour of the call (2200-2230 BST / 1700-1730 EDT) to hold in light the individuals, families, places and situations that we've been invited to hold in our hearts via the requests sent to us by email. This will be unguided, but you will be aware that you're not alone in holding the same intention with others. Find out more about the Energy Keepers at It's not necessary to be a member of The Labyrinth Society to join this group.

How to tune in to the vigil

At the time you want to join, simply click on the following link to tune in to the Zoom livestream: Click here to join the call. You can also join via the Zoom app, with meeting ID 885 7865 9976, or by dialling-in to the vigil from a phone. Click here to find the local number to dial in to from your country, then enter the meeting ID 885 7865 9976 Pass vigil when prompted.

Click here to find the equivalent times in your own time zone:

You can join via a computer, tablet or smart phone–all you need is an Internet connection. However, Zoom usually works best when used via its own app (on a computer or other device). If you don’t already have this and plan to join the vigil, you may like to download the app ahead of the call:

Find out more about joining a Zoom call:, or watch my video introduction for folks who are new to Zoom.

What will happen during the vigil?

When you join the vigil, you will see me on screen, along with small images of any others who may be with us, and who've chosen to share their cameras. I and others will not normally be speaking, as all calls will be muted by default (note: I may occasionally disappear for essential breaks, but typically, these should be short).

This isn’t a guided meditation, but rather a space for people who want to invite hope for humanity, and for being together at a heart level. You will have the option to share or hide your webcam, as you wish, however this isn’t a livecast about talking and watching, but rather holding, connecting with the positive intention of the vigil, and receiving comfort and inspiration.

Please join at any time, for as many times, and for as long as you like during the 4 hours. In the unlikely event that you find you cannot come online, just try again later. You can leave the meeting and rejoin again later as you wish.

If you wish, you will be able to share anything that comes to you in Zoom’s chat (a messaging box that you can optionally display on your screen and interact with), but I request that you keep sound muted throughout the vigil (this will be set automatically when you join), to avoid interrupting the vigil for others. The chat will not be recorded, and will delete after the vigil ends. I do not expect to monitor the chat.

At the end of the vigil, the call will simply come to a gentle close. It is not recorded, though is usually simultaneously streamed on my Facebook page. The post here too will be deleted shortly after the call ends.

What to do during the vigil

There are no "right ways" for taking part. I suggest, if you can, joining for at least 15 minutes, which is usually a good time for breaking from the stresses of the day and allowing yourself to be still for a time. When you leave, you may want to come away slowly, becoming aware of where you are, and not immediately rushing into another activity.

You may wish to close your eyes during the vigil, and try to avoid too much time staring at the screen. You may want to restrict eating and drinking to taking only water. Sit, stand or lie comfortably, or as you feel led. Have a blanket to hand if you feel cold. Otherwise, just be still and simply breathe.

If you feel able to, you may also at times like to remember others who are on the call, either in actual or virtual time. Pray that they will be blessed, hold them as they enjoy receiving whatever their time of holding may bring them.

Generally, though, just allow yourself to be led as you feel guided. Go within, empty your mind of busy thoughts if you can, do not feel a need to reflect or focus on anything in particular. When your mind distracts and you become aware of the distraction, simply come back to reminding yourself of the intention of the vigil.

Longer meditation

If you plan to join me in meditating during the vigil, and meditating over a longer period of several hours or more, be careful to take rests between periods of "going deep", especially if like me, you're more familiar with shorter meditations. Take special care to come out of the meditation gently, to avoid being disturbed by the busyness of normality. Much can come up during a deep meditation, and you can find yourself going very deep. Yet this is also where we can most learn, be transformed, and renewed.

If you want to share anything that arises for you with another person after the vigil, I will be available to listen and share on a one-to-one basis in spiritual holding a little later in the week (I expect to need sleep immediately after the vigil, except if your need to talk is an emergency). Simply email or message me after the vigil if you'd like to talk.

What if there are technology problems?

Excepting a failure of the Internet/break in any music and images playing at my end, I won’t be able to monitor the sessions or offer technical support, as I’ll be joining in the vigil myself. If you have difficulty connecting, you may wish to check your Internet or try again.

Zoom offers a very comprehensive online help service here, which should help with any problems you may have relating to Zoom.

I will endeavour to resolve any technical problems at my end as soon as possible. If these occur, simply check back later (the Zoom links will remain valid, excepting very unlikely problems with Zoom’s servers).