Walking the Labyrinth
There are many ways to walk a labyrinth. You may walk, dance, skip, or just roll along. Allow yourself to surrender to the path, you will find your own pace and posture. You may pass people, let others step around you, or stay where you are.
We are all at different places on the same path … journeying toward our center!
What I may Experience on the Labyrinth
The labyrinth experience ranges form a deeply transformative encounter with spiritual self, feelings of quiet and peacefulness, to an “exercise” that is “interesting and unique.” No two experiences are alike. Suspend expectation and simply allow the experience to unfold for yourself and others. You may find it helpful to use the following guidelines.
The Eleven Circuit Chartres Labyrinth
The labyrinth pattern is an archetypal design, a divine imprint found in various forms as in all spiritual traditions including the Buddhist mandala, the Native American medicine wheel and the Jewish tree of life. It has been an integral part of many cultures such as Greek, Celtic, and Mayan.
We are using a design that was laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around the thirteenth century. The center of the labyrinth, the rosette, has been seen as a symbol of human and divine love. In the Christian mystical tradition, the rose is a symbol of the holy spirit and the six petals may symbolize the six days of creation. In other traditions the petals may represent the elements of the earth, the directions, or the center of spirit. Labyrinths are different form mazes: there are no tricks and no dead ends.
A labyrinth is a universal path that winds throughout and becomes a mirror for our life’s journey.