Virtual Tour Stop #4
Welcome to the Labyrinth Walk!
The Labyrinth is a single, spiraling path that leads to a central area. You walk the same path back out returning to the beginning. There are no tricks or dead ends, unlike mazes. The labyrinth is often referred to as an archetypal image, as it emerged in different cultures over 4000 years ago and is thought of as a mirror or metaphor for the spiritual journey and the evolutionary spiral of life. The Labyrinth you are walking through is a replica of the 12th Century Labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral, France.
There are three stages to the walk:
1. The Walk to the Centre – Releasing, Letting Go: We release or let go of whatever we need to and those things which are no longer serving us or others.
2. At the Centre – Receiving: A place of meditation and prayer. The center is a place to pause for a while and be open to receiving whatever you need. It is a place of listening and sensing what needs or wants to emerge within you or within a situation or issue you are reflecting on.
3. The Walk Back – Return, Integration: We crystallize the insight or idea and return to the world renewed and empowered. The return path is the start of embodying this new insight or way of being.
Guidelines for the Walk
There is no right or wrong way to walk or move in a labyrinth. Do what is right and natural for you. Allow yourself to go at the pace your body wants. There will be comings and goings on the labyrinth as we start the walk at different times and meet people on the path – do what feels natural to accommodate or pass others.
Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth
One approach is to simply quieten the left brain, thinking mind for a while. If thoughts arise, which they will, gently notice that you are thinking, label it ‘thinking’, and then gently return to your breath focusing on the out-breath. In this form of walking the labyrinth, the focus is to allow a gracious sense of attention to be present.
Asking a question
A second approach is to focus on a question that has emerged for you. Open questions are useful to take into the labyrinth rather than closed questions with yes/no answers. Part of the preparation for the labyrinth walk can be to bring these questions into your conscious mind. You may want to write these thoughts down before you walk. The labyrinth can be a place that allows our consciousness to open so that deeper and new parts of ourselves are revealed to us more directly.
Use of repetition
Some people like to repeat a mantra or simple prayer silently to themselves as they walk. This could be an affirmation that is important to you.
Next Steps: Walk out of the labyrinth and back towards the cement pathway. Turn left and spot your next tour stop in the Peace Garden!