Walking The Labyrinth
How the labyrinth is part of a spiritual journey, which leads to healing, self-knowledge, peace and finding you life’s purpose. Walk the labyrinth.
The Labyrinth is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation and a continuously expanding vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challengers every step of the way. From this point you are your spiritual path and from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life into a magnificent tale of triumph, healing, courage, beauty, wisdom, power, dignity and love.
The Labyrinth is often confused with a maze; however, this is not the case. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved. It has twists, turns and blind alleys. A maze is a left brain task that requires logical sequential analytical activity to find the correct path in and the correct path out again.
At its most basic level the Labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self. Many cultures have used the spiral as a symbol of their search for meaning and guidance. It is a one path design; there are no tricks or decisions to be made.
The Labyrinth spiral is non-denominational. People of all faiths and people that are longing to re-connect to faith come to walk it; this is a place of peace.
Some of the earliest forms are found in Greece, and date back to 2500-2000 B.C.E. It is called Cretan Labyrinth or classical seven-circuit. So much a part of the fabric of this early society was the Labyrinth, that it was embossed on coins and pottery.
The way you walk the Labyrinth, is by stepping into the entrance and putting one foot in front of the other. After traveling through all the paths, you come to the center, after staying in the center for a short time you walk the same path out. The total you travel is approximately one third of a mile, depending on the size. You should start by having a quiet mind and an open heart it is often referred to as a walking meditation.
The entrance can be a place to stop and reflect on your spiritual walk. The walk around the design to the center can be a letting go, a quieting of thoughts, let go of worries, list of tasks to do, and letting go of bad memories. When you arrive at the center which is a place of meditation you will then be ready to allow in guidance into your life. The walk out takes you back into your life, it is empowered by spirit to transform your life and actions in many ways.
I see the Labyrinth as a call to action, a transformation spiritual tool for people. It can aid healing, help with the release of grief, help guide you through troubled times, aids in decision making, gives you a purpose in life and acts as a tool of celebration and thanks. I have heard and seen it be many things for many people. It is important to recognize it as a spiritual practice, not a magical tool.