A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that replicates our own wholeness. The Labyrinth represents a journey for life, regarding it as a path to connect within through meditation, with our higher power, and then back again out into the world with a richer knowledge and awareness of self.
The first Labyrinth recorded was about 5,000 B.C. in Egypt and was used to hold Minotaur, a monster with a head of a bull and body of a man, that was killed by the Theseus. In the Middle Ages Christians used the Labyrinth as a symbol or substitute of going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. They believed that walking the Labyrinth took them on an ascending journey to salvation or enlightenment.
Today Labyrinths can be found throughout the world including the entrances of many ancient sites. The labyrinth normally consists of a circular path that moves clockwise from the entrance to the center, traveling through all four quadrants. This same path is used to walk in and out of the labyrinth.
The geometric construction for most Labyrinths is intended to replicate archetypal designs associated with Spiritual symbols. Labyrinths are built in a variety of designs such as, the four quadrants representing the four elements, or seven or twelve routes representing the seven chakras, or the 12 months of the calendar. In summary a labyrinth is based on sacred geometry designed to assist the spiritual consciousness by centering the mind and bringing self to a deeper level of awareness.
Walking the labyrinth does not engage our left-side logic and analytical minds, but promotes the expansion of our intuitive and creative right side of our brain. While on a Labyrinth walk our right-side brain takes us away from ego thinking, and opening-up the sacred space to the essence which is within.
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 being a three-stage path. The first stage is one of purgation, or releasing and letting go of the struggles in your life; allowing 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 let yourself surrender totally to your inner-self. The third stage is called Union, or returning. As we exit from the same path of the Labyrinth that we entered we are now connected with our Higher Power and a new awareness to carry with us in our day-to-day living.
The Labyrinth walk, or meditation encompasses us with insights and gifts from our Higher Power and enlighten us with a feeling of gratitude for life and all it has to offer. Staying fully present in the moment, trusting the journey and letting go of negative energies that hold us from the joy, love, and light within.