Labyrinth

labyrinth

A Trinity Labyrinth, I designed a number of years ago, with my wife’s help. I have not seen this type anywhere else.  The creation of this Labyrinth was for a tour, a team of us traveled to different churches, exposing people to a Labyrinth experience.

This was 2001 when I was at Cliff Bible College as a student, this was my first exposure to the Labyrinth, and I have loved the Labyrinth ever since. This Labyrinth used on the tour was very different from the original Labyrinths as it had interactive stations, a little like stations of the cross and the Labyrinth married together.

The traditional use of the Labyrinth was a tool for prayer and as a pilgrimage experience for those who were not able to go to the Holy Land, they would walk the Labyrinth.

Labyrinth mission1

How does the labyrinth relate to Pilgrimage?

Some historians believe that labyrinth walking in the Christian tradition became an accepted substitute for the Jerusalem Pilgrimage in the Middle Ages, when the costs and dangers became prohibitive for most people. Many people find that walking the labyrinth is a natural metaphor for Pilgrimage. From website: http://www.veriditas.org/faq

There are three stages of the walk:
  • Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.
  • Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
  • Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching for.

Labyrinth mission 2

We as a team worked together and with duct tape and on a tarp created what you see having different stations allowing for interaction for the person walking the Labyrinth.

The tent or booth looking area was a place to pray and commune with the Lord, take communion and contemplate all you had experienced as you walked the Labyrinth. Here is inside the tent like structure.

Labyrinth prayer area

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The most famous  labyrinths is at Chartres Cathedral near Paris, France.

A labyrinth looks like a maze but is not. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved. It has twists and turns and dead ends. You have to think and think and be alert for any clues you may find. A maze can be frustrating, frightening, or challenging. You can get lost in a maze.

A labyrinth, unlike a maze, has no dead ends. There is only one path, and while it does have twists and turns, you can’t get lost. The same path takes you into the labyrinth and out again. With a labyrinth you don’t have to think, or analyze, or solve a problem. With a labyrinth you just trust that the path will lead you to where you need to be. Taken from following website http://www.lessons4living.com/labyrinth_map.htm

A good site for things all Labyrinth is http://www.veriditas.org/

I would love to go on one of the Pilgrimages they offer: The Art of Pilgrimage: Threading the Labyrinth of Lifelong Creativity with Phil Cousineau hosted by the Reverend Dr. Lauren Artress. http://www.veriditas.org/event-917322

Want to experience a Labyrinth, see if there is one in your location http://labyrinthlocator.com/

A wonderful video by veriditas from their website:

A basic Labyrinth that I find very therapeutic to draw

LABDRAW

The following picture done by myself, having a theme and message of the Labyrinth motive and intention.

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