What is a labyrinth?
There are two main kinds of labyrinths; the classical and the medieval. The classical labyrinth is an ancient meditative tool that has been used by many cultures around the word for over 4000years. The medieval labyrinth follows the rules of sacred geometry developed in the 13th century by Europe’s cathedral builders, the most famous example being in Chartres Cathedral, France. The way to walk the labyrinth, however, remains the same, offering a singular path to the centre, with the same path also used to exit. It’s not a maze, you cannot get lost!
Walking the Labyrinth
There is no right way or wrong way to do it. Like a pilgrimage there are three stages to the walk:
Releasing: On entering the labyrinth try to let go of all distractions as you focus the mind and open the heart. Keep any question or life-concern uppermost in your thoughts. Enter at a pace that is natural to you as you relax into the experience.
Receiving: On reaching the centre, stand or sit quietly for as long as you wish, taking time to reflect or meditate. Be receptive to what may be offered.
Return (Reflection): When you are ready, leave the centre and follow the same path out, reflecting on what you may have received. All this to integrate into your being.
Move gently around others on the walk, allowing space between walkers. Keep your eyes soft, your heart focused, your mind open. This is a highly personal time so make each walk your own, with intention but without expectations.
Each experience is different for everyone, and outcomes not immediately apparent. Your labyrinth experience may be profound or you may feel that ‘nothing happened’. Something did!
I step into the back of time’s delusion,
Propelled by the winds of ancient memory,
Waves crashing down to fall as soft as feathers,
As the endless song of Marama fills my soul
Deep are the lands I travel,
Within the honeyed voice of memory,
Which pulls me forward, drags me back,
Until past, future, present are as one