The Labyrinth

Labyrinth 1

 

Our Spiritual Reality Group walks our labyrinth every Sunday morning at 9:15 a.m., then meets afterward for talk and a gathering at 9:30 a.m.  We invite you to join us on our labyrinth walk and share your experience with us.

 

 

 

What Is a Labyrinth?

Labyrinths are a metaphor for life's journey and a symbol that creates a sacred space and place. Long used as meditation and prayer tools, this ancient symbol relates to wholeness and combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but meaning-filled path. As you walk, experience your steps as a journey to your own center then back again into the world.

A labyrinth is a right-brain experience that inspires intuition, creativity, and imagery. You can access its archetypal qualities as a direct experience by simply walking it. If you are already on your journey the labyrinth can give you insight. If you are a beginner, experience the unexpected gifts and revelations!

Our labyrinth is modeled on the Cretan labyrinth, named after the island of Crete. It is the oldest and most universal form of the labyrinth, dating at least 3,500 years.

Petroglyphs and drawings of labyrinths from the second millennium B.C. have been found in India, Greece, Syria, and Italy. Nearly sixty Roman labyrinths have been uncovered through the ancient Roman Empire, from Britain to Spain and from Slovenia to North Africa.

Many labyrinths appeared in the thousand years from A.D. 500 to 1500. Great stone labyrinths were built along the Scandinavian coastline from Iceland to Russia. Labyrinths were drawn and carved into cliffs, dwellings, and mesas in the American Southwest. Turf labyrinths were cut into the earth in Germany, Poland, and England. Stone and tile labyrinths were set into church floors in Africa, Italy, and France.

Labyrinths are found around the globe from China to Arizona and from Peru to Sweden. The O'odham People of southern Arizona made the Man in the Maze pattern. Turned upside down, it is a right handed, classical 7-circuit labyrinth with added turns towards the center. The Chartes Cathedral in France has a complicated labyrinth laid in the floor of the nave that divides the four quadrants with 7 sharp turns that is analogous to four classic 7-circuit labyrinths woven together.
The labyrinth remains a universal tool used by humans to journey to the center to find answers and comfort, learn lessons, and identify personal needs. We worked hard to create this spiral journey to share with you and ask that you respect our sacred space. Enjoy your walk!

Donations for the upkeep of the Labyrinth Project are gratefully accepted in the office.