• 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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Beach Labyrinths 101

When and IF you go to the beach this summer, think about creating a beach labyrinth….it’s not that hard. All you need is a stick and a wifi connection for your smartphone. Search for images on “labyrinth design” and you will see all sorts of labyrinth possibilities. Choose one to your liking and start creating it from the center out with your handy stick that you probably just found in the seagrass. The one pictured below is nice but just a bit too small to walk comfortably. Below it is a photo of a much larger one I created in Portugal a few years ago.

Have you already made a beach labyrinth? How did it go? Did anyone other than yourself and friends walk it?

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New Labyrinth near Nashville

My friend Steve Young recently created this labyrinth near Nashville, TN. Nice job, Steve!

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Labyrinth at Mercer University

While in the USA recently we walked the new Chartres designed labyrinth at Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Really well done. Congrats Mercer! @merceryou

Backyard Labyrinth

A good friend of mine, after buying a new house in North Georgia, invited me to help him build a labyrinth in his backyard. Voilá le résultat!

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Labyrinth at Palm Beach Atlantic University

I was asked to create a labyrinth at Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL) for Exam Week….as a kind of stress-reliever. Not sure if many took advantage of it, but it looked pretty cool. (May 4, 2015)
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Greenpoints Lighthouse Labyrinth, South Africa

My dear friend, Willemijn de Groot is on an extended journey through a number of countries. She plans to walk several labyrinths along the way. This labyrinth is in the park near Greenpoints Lighthouse in Cape Town.

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Inside Josep Pujiula’s incredible labyrinth

spaceoutJosep Pujiula LabyrinthInside Josep Pujiula’s incredible labyrinth and tower structure near Argelaguer in the Garrotxa area of Catalunya. It is built from wood and trash from the surrounding area. Originally it was built over 20 years on land that didn’t belong to Josep. But in 2002 the nearby road was re-routed straight through it and he was required to knock the whole structure down. Since then he has been building a new version.

A Sacred Journey

http://www.lessons4living.com/labyrinth.htm

“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.”
Caroline Adams

We are all on the path… exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path.

A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

A labyrinth is an archetype with which we can have a direct experience. We can walk it. It is a metaphor for life’s journey. It is a symbol that creates a sacred space and place and takes us out of our ego to “That Which Is Within.”

Labyrinths and mazes have often been confused. When most people hear of a labyrinth they think of a maze. A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved. It has twists, turns, and blind alleys. It is a left brain task that requires logical, sequential, analytical activity to find the correct path into the maze and out.

A labyrinth has only one path. It is unicursal. The way in is the way out. There are no blind alleys. The path leads you on a circuitous path to the center and out again.

A labyrinth is a right brain task. It involves intuition, creativity, and imagery. With a maze many choices must be made and an active mind is needed to solve the problem of finding the center. With a labyrinth there is only one choice to be made. The choice is to enter or not. A more passive, receptive mindset is needed. The choice is whether or not to walk a spiritual path.

At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.

3 Step Labyrinth Design

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TINTAGEL Labyrinth near Cornwall, England

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