I love to use a labyrinth for my meditation time. They allow one to focus while following the path into the center and back out again. A labyrinth comes in many sizes (textures/ materials) and there are a variety of pathways to choose from. While I make soft sculpture lap size (about 15” square) for people to use, I also enjoy walking labyrinths outdoors.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol intertwined and found throughout many cultures worldwide. They have one single path which takes the participant into the center and then returns outward again on the same path.
Labyrinths are a form of tool which can be used for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. They are thought to enhance the right brain activity.
They assist you in finding your way!
Used as a means of meditation, prayer & relaxation.
Generally found and used in churches, schools, hospitals, retreat centres, prisons, city parks and private homes.
Used by all ages!
- Stepped in spiritual tradition and cultures.
- Appeared on Cretin coins 350BC.
- Imprinted on ancient pottery—Neolithic tombs.
- Designs found in Africa, Asia, Russia, tribal sites Southwest USA, Scandinavia.
- Predate Christianity—
- Christian use—324 AD—
- site of pilgrimage—
- Holy City—Jerusalem. (represents center of labyrinth)
- During Middle Ages—pilgrimage was unsafe
- Labyrinths were built into floors of naves of cathedrals to fulfill physical and spiritual pilgrimage vows.
- 21st Century people are rediscovering the labyrinth and using it’s use in their spiritual journey. Labyrinths appeal to all faiths as well as those not subscribing to formal doctrine.
Walking the Labyrinth:
Pause before entering— (ponder thought)
Journey in (release)—
Center Being (Recieve)—
Journey out (reflect)
Exit (return to present)
Types of Labyrinths:
Classical Family: Based on a pattern first documented on a day tablet from Pylos Greece (circa 1200cBC) and also found on Cretan Coins of 400-500 BCE, easily constructed using a seed pattern.
Mazes: A size can have more than one entrance and numerous choices along the way. The walls are usually high so as to block one from seeing way out. It is constructed to be a left-brain puzzle. Some people do not include this form under labyrinths.
Medieval Group: These labyrinths are usually divided into four quadrants. Sacred geometry is deemed essential in the construction. Older examples are usually found on the floors of European churches and cathedrals. They are also in England in the form of a turf labyrinth.
Other Labyrinths: These are not included under the above categories. Contemporary, Meander, Three Dimensional, and Miscellaneous designs (i.e. animal shapes)