Welcome to my Labyrinth Website!
Thanks to Weebly.com, I set this little website up ...all by myself! If you knew how tech-challenged I am, you would appreciate why I'm tooting my horn about this!
Labyrinth Life is where I will be sharing with you my love for the labyrinth and for the Labyrinth Life...which, of course, is the Journey we are ALL on. :--)
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With you on The Path....
NGH Certified Hypnosis Instructor
Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator
What's a Labyrinth anyway?
A labyrinth is a pattern with a purpose, an ancient tool that speaks to a long forgotten part of us. Its many turns reflect the journey of life, which involves change and transition, rites of passage, cycles of nature. Different from a maze, which has frustrating dead ends and false passages, the labyrinth is a single path that leads unfailingly to the center. It shows us that no time or effort is ever wasted if we simply stay the course. Every step takes us closer to our goal and to the peace at our center. Thinking is not required; we allow ourselves to relax and let go, to walk in faith and trust, to let Spirit guide our footsteps.
Labyrinths have appeared in a variety of patterns and in cultures all across the planet since the earliest of times. They can be found in many religions and spiritual traditions around the world. The Classical Labyrinth design (figured below) is one of the most familiar forms and is well known to us through its prominence in the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. It is not known when labyrinths first appeared. Some say they have been around since at least 4000 BC. The simple classical design is evident in the rock art found in Galicia (Northwest Spain), dating as far back as 2500 – 1800 BC.
Christian churches have used the labyrinth as a symbol for many centuries. The oldest church labyrinth is in the 4th century Basilica of Reparata in Algeria. In the 12th century, many labyrinths were laid into the floors of churches to serve as a poor man’s pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The most famous of these is the one in Chartres Cathedral in France. The Chartres labyrinth design (below) is very popular today.
The labyrinth has reemerged today as a cross-cultural metaphor for the spiritual journey and as a powerful tool for transformation. Walking the labyrinth is more about the journey than the destination, about being rather than doing, about integrating body and mind, psyche and spirit into one harmonious whole.