The labyrinth is a powerful symbol and has been used by many cultures throughout history. There are a vast array of different labyrinth designs found throughout the world which include those found on the floor of the 13th Century Chartres Cathedral in France and the classical Cretan design from the Greek Islands which dates from over 4000 years ago.
Labyrinths provide a powerful tool to assist in exploring our inner world. Moving through the labyrinth can be seen as a metaphor for a journey through life or moving through a particular situation. Once entering the labyrinth there are turns to take, a central point to reach where you can take time to reflect and tune in and then make the return journey.
Benefits of Working with the Labyrinth
Working with the symbol of the labyrinth has many benefits and uses:
- Increasing relaxation, centredness, peace
- Aiding decision making
- Providing illumination and understanding
- Enhancing connection and contemplation
- Enabling focus and directing energy for specific purposes
Walking the Labyrinth
Visiting a labyrinth and ‘walking the labyrinth’ can be a powerful experience. The journey there can be made with intent and seen as a form of pilgrimage and ritual and the actual journey through the labyrinth can take the form of a moving meditation. If you want to find out where there are existing labyrinths that you can visit the World-Wide Labyrinth Locator which is a neat resource listing the locations of many different labyrinths.
It is of course possible to make your own labyrinth to use for walking meditation and there are many resources to help you do that such as https://labyrinthsociety.org/make-a-labyrinth
This can be done as a grand scale development project or you can make a labyrinth simply by using 13 stones and following the instructions provided in the resource produced by Serge Kahili King which can be found here.
Finger Walking the Labyrinth
Another way of working with a labyrinth is to use an image of a labyrinth and to ‘walk the labyrinth’ with your finger. The following is taken from the article Finger Walk A Labyrinth by Jim Fallon. It provides some simple instructions and draws on Huna concepts.You can draw your own labyrinth or you can download a finger labyrinth to use. The following link provides useful examples of downloadable labyrinth designs as well as other resources relating to labyrinths.
I would encourage you to give it a go and I would love to hear your feedback. Happy walking.
You might also be interested in:
Serge Kahili King talking about labyrinths as energy devices.
Inspiring Labyrinth Art by Lois Stokes
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