What is a labyrinth?
A labyrinth is a metaphor for our spiritual journey through life. A single circuitous path winds in and out in one direction: a circle symbolizing wholeness and unity.
A labyrinth is not a maze. Mazes make you lose your way. Labyrinths help you find your way. A maze requires choices. A labyrinth presents only one path, requiring no choices. There are no dead ends, no wrong turns, simply one path to the center and back out.
A labyrinth can be a form of pilgrimage. When actual travel is impossible, walking a labyrinth is an easily accessible journey. Despite the shorter time and distance involved, it still provides time and space for listening, praying, meditating.
How to walk a Labyrinth
There is no wrong way to walk a labyrinth, but many envision the walk as a threefold path:
* Journeying In to the center, quieting or emptying yourself, letting go of the details of everyday life, struggling with a life challenge.
* Resting in the Center meditating, praying or simply being of open mind and heart to receive whatever gift or insight may be present.
* Journeying Out from the center may be experienced as awareness of a deep connection or communion with God, the Holy Spirit, or with Sacred energy at work in the world. Others may feel centered, peaceful or renewed to journey back into challenges in their life and the world. (Adapted from Robert Ferre’ of Labyrinth Enterprises)
Many people also enjoy “finger labyrinths” that you trace with your finger instead of your feet. Even online labyrinths are available: Google “online” or “virtual” “labyrinths.”