The labyrinth is an ancient universal symbol that goes back thousands of years. In the Middle Ages, the labyrinth became a part of the Christian experience. It is believed that it was used to emulate a believer's journey to a pilgrimage site to which they were unable to travel - Jerusalem, in particular. Today the Christian community has embraced the labyrinth as a symbol of the inward and outward spiritual journey as experienced in walking the winding path.
There are labyrinths large enough to walk and ones small enough to hold in one's lap and "walk" with your finger.
How to Walk the Labyrinth
- On the threshold: At the entrance, take a deep breath and focus on God, quieting your mind; perhaps repeating a short prayer, such as, "My soul longs for you, O God," "Be still," or "Peace."
- Journeying in: As you enter the labyrinth and walk toward the center, release whatever clutters your mind or any burdens you carry. Walk the path conscious of God's presence.
- The resting place: In the center of the labyrinth, receive - calm, strength, perspective, new hope, peace, an answer - as you stand, sit or kneel with God. Rest here until you are ready to return.
- Journeying out: Move out from the center to return to your daily life - perhaps now feeling more peaceful, transformed, satisfied - on the same path on which you entered.
Walking the Labyrinth
The labyrinth is a meandering but purposeful path that leads to a center and out again. It is not a maze; one cannot get lost.
It is a metaphor for life and one's spiritual journey and is a wonderful prayer tool that enables one to center on God.