What is a Labyrinth?
A Labyrinth is an ancient meditation tool used for contemplation and transformation. It can be used for prayer, ritual, initiation, and for personal and spiritual growth. The Labyrinth at Canyon Mountain Center is modeled after the one built in the 13th century at Chartres Cathedral in France. It has seven circuits (or revolutions around the center) and is 36 feet wide, with a rosette in the middle (a 6-petaled design which represents a rose).
There is one path on the Labyrinth that leads to the center and back out again. That journey speaks to our soul in a way that transcends all creeds and beliefs. The Labyrinth takes us to the “center,” the center of creation and the center of our hearts and souls, where we can walk directly with spirit. Below is a quote from Lauren Artress, author of Walking The Sacred Path Companion .
"Suggestions for Walking the Labyrinth: As you encounter other people walking the same path, simply allow them to pass. The labyrinth can be walked in four stages.
Remember: Before walking the Labyrinth
Take time in gratitude to be thankful for your life. Bless the people in your life. If there’s a specific event or situation troubling you, bring it to mind and form a healing question if possible.
Release: Walking into the Labyrinth
This is the time to quiet the mind, let go of the mind chatter and release your troubles. Open your heart to feel whatever it might feel. Become aware of your breathing. Take slow breaths. Relax and move at your own pace.
Receive: Standing or Sitting in the Center
This is a place of reflection. Pause and stay as long as you like. Open yourself to your higher power. Listen to that small inner voice. In the safety of the labyrinth have a heart-to-heart talk with yourself.
Return: Walking out of the Labyrinth
When you are ready, begin walking out the same path you followed in. Walking out, integration of your experience happens. Experience the sense of well-being, healing, excitement, calm or peace.
Each labyrinth experience is different. You may feel nothing or have a powerful reaction. Whatever happens, listen to your heart and take all the time you need. The above description is only a thumbnail sketch. You provide the bigger picture."
Walking the labyrinth fulfills six important contemporary needs: deepening spirituality; inwardness and connection to soul; access to intuition and creativity; simplicity; integration of body and spirit; and intimacy and community -- transforming the lives of those who walk it.
Labyrinth Walks at CMC:
The labyrinth at CMC is available for group or private walks. We will occasionally have scheduled walks on the spring and fall equinox or on the summer and winter solstice. Call Sandy for more information at 415-515-6316.