What is a Labyrinth?
labyrinth is a sacred pathway, walked as a
pilgrimage. It is found in religious traditions in
various forms around the world. By walking a replica
of a labyrinth, we are rediscovering a long
forgotten mystical tradition.
When it became dangerous to travel to Jerusalem in
the middle ages, seven European cathedrals were
designated as destinations for pilgrims. One was
Canterbury Cathedral, and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
tells the story of a pilgrimage of the time. Another
was Chartres Cathedral in France where a labyrinth
was laid for pilgrims to walk. At that time entering
the cathedral's labyrinth marked the end of a
difficult journey and the promise of entry into the
The Labyrinth is an ancient tool for meditation, reflection,
and quietening the mind. It provides a way
to connect to the deep unspoken parts of ourselves,
to the mystery of who we are within the profound
mystery of life itself.
Some have called
the process 'listening to one's soul'. Each person's
walk in the labyrinth is different and each person
brings different potentials and reasons for their
journey. It may be to find a solution to a problem,
to deepen one's sense of meaning in the moment, or
to just stop thinking. Whatever the reason it is a
journey to the centre and about being utterly in the
present - body, mind, and soul.
The labyrinth also has another side known as
rebirth. Entering the labyrinth is seen as a
courageous act of stepping into the unknown to face
one's fears. Meeting at the centre is a
confrontation of those demons. To slay the dragon or
beast is a representation of transforming the self.
To follow the winding path out of the labyrinth will
bring enlightenment and a renewed life.
with the maze, a labyrinth has only a single path to
the centre and back, and is not designed to be
difficult or the person within it to be unseen. The path winds
throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in
our lives. It touches our sorrows and reaches our
Many believe labyrinths to be energy centres
containing sacred geometrical patterns. Throughout
time, temples, churches, and sacred areas have been
built using the principles of sacred geometry.
When you are walking a labyrinth you will experience
meditative qualities through that art of sacred
geometry. Some research suggests that the geometric
shapes produce an energy field that can heal
ailments of the body and calm the mind. It balances
thoughts with the presence of the body to the point
where one stops thinking and the intuition of
knowingness takes over. Many have reported expanded
aura fields and a sense of peace, and even bliss,
when walking labyrinths.