What is a Labyrinth?

First of all, a labyrinth is not a maze. It has a single curving path that winds its way into the center.

There are many ways to describe a labyrinth. It is a path of prayer, a walking meditation, a test for change, a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror of the soul.

It is not complicated and you can't make a wrong turn. You walk it using the same path to return from the center, and you exit the same way you entered the path. The path is in full view. This allows you to focus internally.

In prehistoric times, labyrinths are believed to have served as traps for malevolent spirits or as defined paths for ritual dances.

In medieval times, the labyrinth represented a hard path to God with a clearly defined center (God) and one entrance (birth).

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. As the religious significance of labyrinths faded, they served primarily for entertainment.  In more recent history, the spiritual nature of the labyrinth has seen a resurgence.

Many newly made labyrinths exist today, in churches and parks. Labyrinths are used to help achieve a contemplative state. Walking among the turnings, you may lose track of direction and of the outside world, and quiet the mind by doing so. The Labyrinth Society provides a locator for modern labyrinths in North America and other places around the world.  Our labyrinth is listed in this locator.

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