Posted by G G Collins
Walking a Labyrinth for Personal and Spiritual
In the forthcoming “Atomic Medium” Rachel Blackstone, the Reluctant Medium, walks a labyrinth for insight into the mystery that will take her back to 1945 and The Manhattan Project.
by G G Collins (Copyright 2014)
Much like pyramids, labyrinths have been found all over the world although their origins have been lost in the sands of time. During the middle ages, Catholic churches featured labyrinths. For repentance, believers walked the passages on their knees. Even today churches with labyrinths may ask their members to walk the labyrinth during church holidays. One of the oldest and most beautiful labyrinths is the one at Chartres Cathedral outside Paris. It was constructed about 1200 and is located inside.
Newer information suggests that walking a labyrinth enhances right-brain thinking. People in the creative fields of writing, art, performance arts, may find their work improves and ideas flow after walking the circuits.
The circuit is the path one follows after entering the labyrinth. It is good to note that labyrinths are not mazes. There are no high walls outlining a labyrinth and no dead ends. Labyrinths do not put obstructions on the path. You enter the labyrinth and simply follow the paths round and round until you reach the center.
Here’s a fun way to experience a labyrinth in cyber space. The Labyrinth Society has provided the Virtual Labyrinth Walk, an online version. It allows you to choose six different “walks,” each with its own symbol for focus. This may be done as a mouse-driven or self-guided walk. Along the way calming music plays. From time to time you may stop and choose a meditation to inspire you. Click on this link:
Labyrinths can be constructed of earth, outlining the circuits with stone, brick or concrete for a more organic feel. But contemporary labyrinths are beautiful as well. This one at the International Museum of Folk Art in Santa Fe is made from tinted stone. The colors indicate where to walk. The surface is completely flat allowing wheelchairs to access the labyrinth. The Milner Plaza labyrinth is a 7-circuit pattern designed by Allan T. Baer of Lloyd Tryk Architects and built by Marty Kermeen.
For more information about Santa Fe labyrinths check out: Labyrinth Resource Group of Santa Fe
If you don’t know if your community has a labyrinth, try this handy locator, the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator.
If you’re working on a personal challenge or want to get your creative juices flowing, take a walk—through a labyrinth.
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