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Friday, January 25, 2008

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.

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