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Friday, January 25, 2008

Learning about Labyrinths

See link:

Labyrinth Walks - Life Coaching

The following is quoted from the website

What is a labyrinth and where does it come from?

Labyrinths have been in existence for over 4,000 years. Over the years people, cultures and traditions have used the labyrinth in their search for meaning and guidance. Labyrinths are usually single (unicursal) pathways that lead to the center of the pattern and then back out by retracing the same path. Unlike mazes, one cannot become lost or trapped. A labyrinth provides a sacred space. It invites the walker to set aside the cares of the world and to enter into the realm of the Holy. It quiets the mind and opens the soul. It inspires change and renewal.

To walk the labyrinth is to make a pilgrimage, to discover something about ourselves and our life. The destination is not important, the journey is. The labyrinth is a path for prayer and meditation. It echoes the turns and twists of life. The best way to learn about it is to walk it – with an open heart and an open mind – and experience your own sacred response. There is no right way or wrong way to walk the path. Relax and enjoy the experience.

Labyrinth - a whole brain experience:

The following is taken from the website:

The Power of the Labyrinth

Psychiatrist Carl Jung called the labyrinth an "archetype of transformation". The
effect of the winding walkway results in the synchronization of the left and right
hemispheres of the brain, allowing for "whole brain" thinking and the union of the
analytical and feeling selves. This whole brain synchronization leads to altered
states of consciousness and powerful opportunities for transformation.

Some say the path of the labyrinth - as it winds around and doubles back on itself
- becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives and thus opens us to powerful
insights. Entering into the labyrinth - the journey towards the center is often
considered the stage of letting go...of our anger, self-pity, judgement, control
- those things that cut us off from our own Divine Center.We arrive in the center cleansed of the limiting beliefs we released upon our journey inwards and we wait with an open heart and open mind to receive. The center of the labyrinth may be experienced as a powerful vibration, a rush of energy, or simply a calmness

As you journey back out from the center you travel your path with new perspective and new focus. Returning to where you began with a new sense of direction. The commitment to follow that new sense of direction is a choice you have free will to keep.

Guidelines on Walking the Labyrinth
Walking the labyrinth is a very personal journey...there is no "right" way. You may wish to keep the following in mind:

* Let go of any expectation of what you "should" experience..and do not compare your walk to others. Allow any emotions to be expressed...feel free to dance or skip, or simply reflect quietly.
* Walk at your own pace. It is fine to pass the person ahead of you.
* Since the entrance and exit to the labyrinth are the same, you will meet others along the way. You may choose to connect with them soul-to-soul, embrace or simply step aside to let them pass.
* Stay in the center as long as you wish, then follow the path outward.
* Know that the vibration of the labyrinth is multiplied by the number of individuals within it. See each person as one cell in the Greater Being that is the One.
* Some people may wish to bow or pray or touch the ground upon entering or exiting the labyrinth. Allow yourself to follow any impulses that may come to you.

Monday, January 21, 2008


Walking a labyrinth is wonderful way to create a whole brain experience. The path weaves to the center and we know that it will reach the center. However, the weaving is so intricate that we soon forget to think about the direction that we take because we know that the path will lead us there. We have faith. So with faith, we proceed along a path and soon our thoughts become focused on the spiritual journey.