Find Your Center May 4th 2019 + Celebrate World Labyrinth Day. Throughout history labyrinths have acted as representations of journeys into the sacred. An ancient practice used for millennia by many faiths as a quest for meaning, for spiritual centering, contemplation and prayer. Entering the serpentine path of a labyrinth, you open the senses and focus on the process of taking slow and deliberate steps, while bringing the mind to prayer, chant, or a spiritual question to contemplate during the walk to the center. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path to the center and one direction out, which is called unicursal (one line). In this way, the labyrinth symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination, a reflection then of how you walk your life. The metaphorical quest of life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.
It is believed that the labyrinth’s origins are in the image of the spiral. A curving line around a central point, which symbolizes movement, growth, change, and a continually shifting perspective that is inspiring and life-renewing. An archetypal shape that can be found extensively woven into the very fabric of the natural world, represented mathematically in the Golden Ratio, also known as the Divine Proportion. Classical labyrinths are based on this template, rooted in what is referred to as Sacred Geometry. Sacred Geometry is the reverence for geometric patterns and numerical ratios that are reoccurring and universal. As such, sacred geometry is connected to the belief that by exploring these patterns, one may gain insight into the structures of the Universe.
In our modern world, there is an increasing need to take time for self-reflection and simplicity and just as those who came before us, there is the desire to build a bridge between mind body and spirit. As we unite those aspects of our life experience, we find that we are able to live with a greater sense of wellness and fulfillment. The meditative experience of walking a labyrinth is an invaluable tool for contemplating the journey of one’s life, toward integration and the individuation of the Self. Therapeutic and spiritual techniques of our ancestors are just as pertinent today as they were at their inception. Walking the labyrinth is a sacred journey which offers the opportunity to explore areas of one of the most complex mysteries of all, that of our own psyche. Enjoy The Quest!
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Journaling The Labyrinth Path By Catherine Anderson. A place to turn when you yearn for the calming path of the labyrinth, and don’t have easy access to a labyrinth to walk. It can be your portable path to peace, a guide for your inner journey whenever and wherever you need it. On the pages of the journal you can travel the path of the labyrinth with your words and with your fingers as they touch the page with the writing of your pen. An inspirational quote and a journal prompt accompany each labyrinth, to guide you on your path. You can use these prompts for creative journaling or you can choose your own path. Follow your intuition and let your hand and pen guide you towards insight, healing, peace and joy.
Labyrinths For The Spirit By Jim Buchanan. A guide for creating your own distinct labyrinths for meditation and enlightenment. “By moving in a focused and directed way through the labyrinth, we begin to relax, and our sixth sense becomes heightened.” That’s how the author, a renowned labyrinth-maker and land artist, describes the effect of walking the traditional and contemporary labyrinths explored here. Examples range from classic Greek and medieval designs to patterns used in Native American basketry, as well as the author’s distinctive creations, which push the boundaries of the form. Connecting the spiritual aspects of walking the labyrinth to the creative act of construction, this guide offers illustrated instructions for making more than 20 different labyrinths.