Walking the Labyrinth Path to Honor Your Innate Wisdom
Labyrinth Paths Lead Us to Our Own Center
Who Are We in this World?
Our present era of the twenty-first century is at the height of the information age, and perhaps still climbing. We are constantly bombarded with so much data that it's a miracle more people haven't just shut down completely. Though, instead of shutting down, many keep themselves going in a state that isn't entirely awake or engaged. To cope, we walk through life with a persona that may or may not reflect who we really are, which leads to rampant loneliness despite being surrounded by so many other humans who are also trying to get by. Unfortunately, sustaining such a state of existence holds heart-breaking consequences. The results are exhaustion, trauma, addiction, cancer, suicide or chronic illnesses, and perhaps a combination of those.
Our Power is in Our Awareness
Amidst all of the modern world's confusion, we still have the power to redefine our lives, to reinvent ourselves when we feel we've lost our way. As long as we're breathing and can move around on our own, it's not too late!
One of the beautiful aspects of having so much information accessible to us is that we have the ability to learn about new ways for living the lives we dream of. We can choose what to take in and what not to. But how do we determine who we are, and who we want to be? We start with spending more time with ourselves,doing things we love to do. We engage in a spiritual practice. We write in a journal, then read what we've written. We give ourselves lots of room to breathe through our days.
Find a Fountain of Renewal at the Center
Walking a Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
Walking the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
Walking a labyrinth path is an amazing spiritual practice that will leave you with a deep sense of renewal. A labyrinth has one path in toward a center which also leads back out again to the place you started. The path turns around the center a certain number of times before you reach that innermost space. As you turn, you release worldly cares and listen to your own heart and mind, your own center. When you return to where you started, your mind is relaxed and you walk away with greater insight about a question or concern.
Let The Right Side of Your Brain Have a Voice
A labyrinth path relaxes the mind because there is only one path in toward the center. There's no way to get lost. Follow the path and it'll lead you where you need to go. The left side of your brain is given a little nap or an afternoon at the spa while your right brain is given room to show you what it sees. It's the side of the brain that sees patterns and looks at things in a non-verbal, non-linear fashion. It's the seat of creativity and inventiveness. When you walk the labyrinth path, all of the information you store in your subconscious mind, your Shadow side, begins to come to the surface of the conscious mind. You begin to access your own inner wisdom. Your intuition becomes stronger because you've listened to that voice from deep within, the voice that comes from all of the stored knowledge you've accumulated throughout your life. You may find solutions to problems you thought were tough to resolve because you have given yourself the chance to think about them differently. As Einstein once observed, "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." We need to look at something that puzzles us from different angles in order to resolve it.
When you walk a labyrinth regularly, you learn to trust your Intuition, especially if you write down the ideas that come to you and process their meaning in a journal. It's important to process what comes to the surface of your mind when you walk the path. Writing in a journal will help you remember and take your discoveries on the path to heart. It will also facilitate your seeing patterns in your life, perhaps an overall message with clues to the life you are meant to live, or a right decision you are meant to make.
In this article you will learn how to find a labyrinth to walk with your whole body. You are also provided with a labyrinth path to walk with your finger and a ritual to use while you walk the path.
"No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it." ~ Albert Einstein
Finding a Labyrinth to Walk
If you don't know where labyrinth is located near where you live, there is a tool you can use to find out. This is called the World Wide Labyrinth Locator. On this site, you will find more information about labyrinths and the organization formed to spread the population of labyrinths around the world.
You can also visit your local library and find books about labyrinths. There are many resources online, including "seed patterns" for drawing a labyrinth of your own to walk.
Materials for Building a Labyrinth
Labyrinths have been built from a wide variety of materials, and still are. My friend James draws labyrinths with a rainbow of chalk colors on Boston Common. There are people who draw labyrinths in the sand on seashores all over the world. I once created a labyrinth on grass with string and stones. Other materials that can be used include but are not limited to: shells, herbs, flowers, pinwheels, bricks and mosaics.
Finding Labyrinths All Over the World
- World-Wide Labyrinth Locator - Welcome
The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator has been designed to be an easy-to-use database of labyrinths around the world. Features information about labyrinths you can visit, including their locations, pictures, and contact details.
- The Labyrinth Society: The Labyrinth Society
The Labyrinth Society, known affectionately as "TLS," is made up of labyrinth enthusiasts from all over the world. TLS supports all those who create, maintain and use labyrinths, and serves the global community by providing education, networking, etc
- Discover Labyrinths
Building a labyrinth? Lars Howlett is an expert labyrinth designer and master builder offering site visits, workshops, tours, and events.
A Tabletop Finger Labyrinth to Walk at Home
Ritual for Engaging Your Innate Intuition
There are so many reasons and ways to walk a labyrinth. There really is no wrong way. You can be silly or serious. You can be reflective, solemn or joyful. You can bring meditative music to listen to while you walk or listen to the sounds that surround the labyrinth path you've chosen to walk.
Stages for Walking a Labyrinth
There are three main stages to walking a labyrinth that can be adapted to any spiritual tradition:
1. Release - You release distractions, anger, habits that don't serve you, anything that isn't working for you any more.
2. Receive - Receive the wisdom from your Intuition while you spend reflective time at the center of the labyrinth path.
3. Return - You return to the outside world with a fresh perspective and ways to use your newfound wisdom in your life and work.
Ritual for Walking a Labyrinth Path
Here I offer a short meditation to use while walking a labyrinth path:
Step 1: Stand at the entrance of the path; take a deep breath and release it slowly.
Step 2: Set your intention for walking the labyrinth path. Ask your Intuition for a message about a particular aspect of your life you seek Wisdom for.
Step 3: Take another deep breath and release it slowly.
Step 4. Walk the path and allow your mind to relax. Take in the features of the path and let the turns deepen your meditation as you move toward the center.
Step 5. At the center, take a deep breath and release it slowly. Walk around the inside perimeter of the space, then choose a place to stand or sit. Spend time quietly listening to the life around you. Is there an idea that comes to you? If so, write it down. How do you feel? Write that down, too.
Step 6. When the thoughts and feelings you've received at the center have slowed and quieted down, take a deep breath and thank your Intuition, for the Wisdom you were given. Bow to the center, then step back onto the path.
Step 7. Return to the world refreshed and renewed. Write more in your journal when you've reached the end of the path (which was also the beginning). When you return home, pay attention to your dreams for the next few nights. They may reveal more to you related to the Wisdom you received at the center. Farewell and Namaste.
The Benefits of Walking Labyrinths
Types of Labyrinths
Ways to Walk a Labyrinth
Benefits of Walking a Labyrinth
Classical Greek 7-circuit
Same benefits as sitting meditation
Classical Greek 3-circuit
With a Friend
With a Family Member
In a Group you belong to
Handheld Finger Labyrinth
With strangers in a public space
Inspiration for the direction of a project
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© 2019 Karen A Szklany