• Labyrinths…

    ...can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel. Later, the religious significance of labyrinths faded, and they served primarily for entertainment, though recently their spiritual aspect has seen a resurgence. Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used by modern mystics to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, one loses track of direction and of the outside world, and thus quiets his mind. The result is a relaxed mental attitude, free of internal dialog. This is a form of meditation. Many people believe that meditation has health benefits as well as spiritual benefits.
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Easter Labyrinths in Amsterdam

Over the weekend I was invited to create a few labyrinths in Amsterdam. The first was Saturday in the chapel of the Oudezijds 100, a Christian community in the heart of the red light district

LabyrinthOudezijds100

Then on Sunday night we christened the new blue LED lights at the Museumplein between the Rijksmuseum and the Concertgebouw
labyrint

And again on Monday night we went to Westerpark and created a different design.
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