What is a Labyrinth
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that replicates our own wholeness. It represents a journey for life, regarding it as a path to connect within through meditation, with our higher power, and then back again. Then we go out into the world with a richer knowledge and awareness of self.
The first Labyrinth recorded was about 5,000 B.C in Egypt, to hold the Minotaur. This was a monster with the head of a bull and the body of a man. This creature was killed by Theseus. Similarly, in the Middle Ages, Christians used the Labyrinth as a symbol or substitute for going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Ultimately, their spiritual journey led them to salvation or enlightenment by walking this sacred path.
Today Labyrinths are found throughout the world, including the entrances of many ancient sites. From the entrance to the center, a circular path travels clockwise through all four quadrants. As well, this same path is used to walk in and out. People all around the planet incorporate these meditation paths into the landscapes of their homes or businesses. Chiefly, walking these paths help people feel calm and refreshed, at the very least. Indeed, there is a wonderful Labyrinth in Sedona that people walk at the Stupa.
How Labyrinths are Constructed
The geometric construction for most Labyrinths is intended to replicate archetypal designs associated with Spiritual symbols. Furthermore, Labyrinths are built in a variety of designs, such as the four quadrants representing the four elements. Correspondingly, the seven or twelve routes represent the seven chakras or the 12 months of the calendar. In summary, Labyrinths are based on sacred geometry designed to help center the mind. Likewise, bringing the self to a deeper level of awareness.
By walking the labyrinth, our right brain expands, not our left-side logic and analytical thinking. While on a Labyrinth walk, our right-side brain takes us away from ego thinking. Therefore, it opens up the sacred space to the essence which is within. Deep insights come that are sometimes known to change people’s lives.
The Process of Walking a Labyrinth
When you are ready to enter the Labyrinth, it is recommended to take time to relax and set an intention for the meditation walk. Upon entering you begin a three-stage path. The first stage is one of purgation, or releasing and letting go of the struggles in your life. It’s time to allow the heart to open and the mind to be still. The second stage occurs when you reach the center of the Labyrinth. This stage is called illumination or receiving. This is a place of meditation and enlightenment from your Higher Power and helps yourself surrender totally to your inner-self. The third stage is called union or returning. We exit from the same path of the Labyrinth that we entered. Emphatically, we are now connected with our Higher Power and have a new awareness to carry with us in our day-to-day living.
Through the Labyrinth walk or meditation, we are enlightened with insights and gifts from our Higher Power. Staying fully present, in the moment, we trust the journey. We let go of negative energies that hold us from the joy, love, and light within. We honor the path we are on and it honors us as well. Ultimately, we are fully present in the moment and Oneness integrates into our minds and bodies.