is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Use the labyrinth in
any way that meets what you need. Children enjoy the labyrinth too.
You will often see them laughing and running the path. Generally
there are three stages to the walk: releasing on the way in,
receiving in the centre and returning when you follow the return
path back out of the labyrinth.
and sometimes actually, you are taking back out into the world that
which you have received in the centre.
you move through a non-linear labyrinth you lose your sense of where
you are in the pattern and may enter into a pleasurable state of
timelessness. Some people find this type of surrender particularly
relaxing and refreshing.
prepare, you may want to sit quietly to reflect before walking the
people come with questions, others just to slow down and take time
out from a busy life. Some come to find strength to take the next
step. Many come during times of grief and loss.
some people, walking the labyrinth is life changing. For others it
is subtle. Some people don't experience anything the first time. And
for some people this is not their way of prayer, and that's
are many ways to describe the labyrinth. It is a path of prayer, a
walking meditation, a crucible of change, a watering hole for the
spirit and a mirror of the soul.
the person who has never walked the labyrinth before -- just relax
and enjoy yourself, their purpose isn't to confuse (it isn't a
maze), but to create a soothing experience and to let the journey
and not the centre be your ultimate goal.
labyrinth is a safe territory for many who feel they are unravelling
at the seams, it is a place to order chaos and calm the frightened
heart. Walking the path back out of the labyrinth is a time for deep
reflection, meditation, realignment and a deeper knowledge of the
Self and a chance to consider what it might mean for your daily
are not going to find an easy answer to a problem, but you may
discern the way to deal with it. Walking the labyrinth is not a
journey for a specific group. Walking the labyrinth is meant as a
way for people to lay out their lives.
one way in and one way out. It's showing you the way to centre
yourself ... how to be in solitude, turn off the media and go back
to the simplicity of walking the path.
from board at Grantville Uniting Church in Australia campsite