The pattern of the circle and the spiral that create the labyrinth creates a sacred space, an intentional pathway that represents our journey to center of our being, and then back out into the world again. It is about the journey as well as the destination. Labyrinths are ancient and have been used for over 4000 years, or perhaps longer. They are used for ceremony, walking meditation and ritual. You can find the labyrinth pattern in many forms of art and pottery. Small handheld labyrinths are meditative and relieve stress. Outdoor Labyrinths can be made of earth, rocks, mowed into a grass, and painted onto a surface. Labyrinths were found in many medieval churches as part of the flooring pattern. Today, beautiful portable labyrinths are created out of canvas and bring the experience to indoor and outdoor venues. These are wonderful opportunities for community and retreat activities.
Why “Walk” the Labyrinth
Labyrinths are believed to enhance and activate right-brain activity. Walking the labyrinth can be a transformative process, meditative, calming, and healing. The symbolic sacred geometry unites humanity through the universal primal, building community, personal reflection, and spiritual connection.
Let’s bring it to the labyrinth:
A pressing question or concern
Healing from grief and loss
Releasing negative threads
Quest for purpose
Connecting to Spirit
Community – tribe building
Connecting to Gaia
Entering the Labyrinth:
Entering: As you enter, bring you intention and attention inside.
Hold this inner focus, perhaps a question or prayer and begin the walk.
Follow the pathway. Step after step, wind your way around and around, as the energy calms.
Stop in the center. Take some deep breaths, stand or sit and check in with yourself. What do you feel? What thoughts have entered?
Leave the center. Begin the journey back out, and re-center yourself with you original intention and prayer. Follow the pathway all the way out to the original entrance.
Reflect on your walk. What was the experience? How do you feel?
American Nurse quote:
“Representing growth and transformation, a labyrinth can confer a sense of clarity, peace, and serenity. Psychotherapist Melissa West, author of Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth, describes the labyrinth experience as walking toward one’s own core and the center of one’s soul. Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress calls a labyrinth a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror of the soul. ”
Today, we find labyrinths in many community settings: parks, schools, medical centers, hospices, prisons, retreat centers, churches. Consider bringing a labyrinth to your school as a creative and calming process for children and teens.
Find a Labyrinth: https://labyrinthlocator.com/