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The Labyrinth

A labyrinth is not a maze.‭  ‬Mazes conjure up images of high hedges,‭ ‬hiding a pathway that has all sorts of choices leading a person into endless tangles or dead-ends.‭  ‬We expect to get lost in a maze.‭  ‬Labyrinths are the complete opposite.‭  ‬The pathway begins at the outside and meanders back and forth in a seemingly random pattern and leads you to the centre.‭  ‬There are no choices,‭ ‬so the traveler can let go of concern about where the path leads and simply enjoy the journey to the centre and then back out again.‭  ‬This process seems to encourage heightened intuition,‭ ‬balance,‭ ‬and a sense of wellbeing.

Medical research has shown that walking or tracing a labyrinth balances the left and right hemispheres of the brain,‭ ‬and people have experienced improved mental clarity and memory,‭ ‬calmness in dealing with grief and trauma,‭ ‬a release of pain,‭ ‬and a deeper connection with their own inner resources.‭  ‬Children say they just feel better after walking a labyrinth and use it when they are sad.‭ ‬In all cultures,‭ ‬the labyrinth represents the three-fold path of nature,‭ ‬that of Life,‭ ‬Death and Rebirth.‭ ‬Following such a pattern is a dance that engages us on a cellular level,‭ ‬returning us to a felt sense of the body walking the path of life.‭ ‬It is a pattern to be experienced and encountered as we seek wholeness in an increasingly fragmented world.

Labyrinths have been built out of a variety of materials and have been found in almost all cultures in the world for thousands of years.‭  ‬We may still access labyrinths that were built in the‭ ‬14th century.‭  ‬In the past‭ ‬30‭ ‬years there has been a worldwide renewed interest in them that is attributed to the desire for a personal spiritual practice as well as a tool for self-awareness and growth.‭  ‬Today,‭ ‬labyrinths are found in hospitals,‭ ‬schools,‭ ‬churches,‭ ‬community gardens,‭ ‬prisons,‭ ‬cemeteries‭ ‬,‭ ‬retreat‭ ‬centre’s,‭ ‬and in back yards.  

We are entering a time when the treasures of this precious tool are being rediscovered and passionately pursued.‭ ‬A Labyrinth readily surrenders its secrets up to the sincere seeker.‭ ‬I invite you to walk its Path of Grace.