Labyrinth - The Sacred Walk

The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets, and tiles dating as far back as 4000 years. The labyrinth symbol relates to wholeness, and combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. As such, the labyrinth represents a journey to our own centre and back again out into the world. Labyrinths have long been used as meditation and prayer tools.

“Your life is a sacred journey. And it is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation: continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step of the way. You are on the path…exactly where you are meant to be right now…And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” Caroline Adams

We are all on the path…exactly where we need to be. The labyrinth is a model of that path. It is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your being and back out into the world with a richer understanding of who you are, and a renewed commitment to living from your higher self.

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As we walk the pathway towards the center of the labyrinth, so we purposefully connect with our being. We attune to ourselves, separating our ego’s and personalities from our divine self. We begin to release ourselves from our limiting emotions, understanding that they do not serve us well, and at the center of the labyrinth we meditate on connecting with our Higher Selves or God.

The 6 petals of the lotus in the center of the labyrinth represent:

  • Mineral kingdom: Here we acknowledge Mother Earth/Gaia and her nurturing and life-giving properties. This kingdom symbolizes our personal foundations, a sense of groundedness and being consciously in the present.
  • Plant kingdom: This kingdom represents nurturing and blossoming, and respect for plants and vegetation.
  • Animal kingdom: Here we connect to our animal spirits, and learn respect for all living creatures.
  • Human kingdom: This represents our quest to love unconditionally and without judgement, and to develop compassion and tolerance.
  • Angelic kingdom: This kingdom represents our connecting energies to the Divine, the mystical and etheric realms.
  • Unknown kingdom: Here is the meeting place between Divine energy and the human mind, leading to wisdom. (Renssen)

As we begin our walk out of the labyrinth, so we commit to manifesting our higher selves/God in our everyday lives. We commit to living a spiritual path of love, compassion, deep respect for the earth and its elements, and gratitude for all that we have.