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How to Draw a Labyrinth
The labyrinth is an ancient and powerful symbol of wholeness and transformation. Learn more about this ancient symbol, how to walk a labyrinth and how to draw and use a finger labyrinth.
What is the Difference between a Labyrinth and a Maze?
The term labyrinth and maze are sometimes used interchangeably, however, there is a great difference between the two. Generally circular in shape with only one entrance and exit, the labyrinth engages the intuitive, symbolic mind, rather than the logical mind. Unlike a maze, which can have many paths and dead ends, confusing, and has to be logically figured out, a labyrinth has only one path, that can be seen all at once, and which leads from the entrance to the center and back out again.
Labyrinths vs Mazes
Paths lead towards the center or exit
Meanders into dead ends
Has only one entrance and that is also the exit
Has different entry and exit points
Mind relaxes, meditative
No dead ends
Labyrinth as a Prayer
What is a Labyrinth Used For
- Labyrinths dates back over 4,000 years ago
- It is found in various forms throughout culture and religion
- It inherits and mirrors nature's sacred spiral
- The labyrinth has one path in an out in a continuous journey
- The spiral motion of the labyrinth along with its right and left turns relaxes the mind allowing the people to become more balanced in their thoughts
- Labyrinths are used for meditation, prayer, and reflection
- Labyrinths are recognized as a healing tool and are found in hospitals
- Labyrinths are recognized as a walking prayer and are found in churches
Walking the Labyrinth
Labyrinth: Illuminating the Inner Path
This is a wonderful small book, with great photos of various labyrinths. It is a nice start for anyone interested in the history and present popularity of labyrinths
Walking the Labyrinth
Walking the labyrinth path will lead you on a journey of many twists and turns. You may seemingly walk closer to the center only to follow the path and find yourself further from the center. Labyrinths meander, twist and turn you in one direction and then another. But you will never be lost in a labyrinth, because the path you are on will definitely lead you to the center or exit depending on the direction you are going.
The labyrinth is divided into quardrants. When one walks the labyrinth they are using bilateral stimulation or using both sides of the brain. The left and right, back and forth, up and down, right and left, forth and back movements help center the person who is interacting with the labyrinth.
The slow rhythmic walking, back and forth movements eases the mind and can act as a full body prayer. As one turns left and right there is a balance in both hemispheres of the brain. Often people who have walked a labyrinth report there is a feeling of being more relaxed and peaceful.
After walking the labyrinth take time to journal and reflect on your experience.
Build a Garden Labyrinth
Spiritual Meaning of a Lybrinth
Labyrinth walks are sometimes referred to as body prayer or walking meditation. The labyrinth by design symbolizes wholeness. The path to the center and out again is purposeful as it reflects our own connection to our center, our oneness with God. This journey to the center reflects our deepest self broadening our understanding of who we are. It creates a sacred place to connect with our spirituality, God, that which is within.
Walking a Labyrinth
At the Center of a Labyrinth
Exiting the Labyrinth
Have you ever walked a labyrinth?
How to Walk a Labyrinth
- Quiet the mind
- Take off your shoes
- Become mindful
- Before crossing the threshold into the labyrinth, stop, reflect
- Say a prayer, decide on a mantra, ask a question or form an intention for the spiritual walk you are about to take
Walk Towards the Center
- Let go and walk
- Notice how your mind wanders
- Bring your mind back to your prayer or intention
- At the center pause
- Say a prayer, be with God
- Stay in the center as long as you like
- You have gone half the distance
- When you are ready turn around and walk back out
Walk Towards the Exit
- Walk out of the labyrinth the same way as walking towards the center
- Let go of what needs to be shed metophrocially and prayerfully behind
- When you get to the threshold to leave the labyrinth, mindfully step over
How to Use a Finger Labrinth
Chartres Hand Held Pewter Labyrinth
Beautiful hand held labyrinth you can take anywhere.
How to Make a Finger Labyrinth
Making a labyrinth is not difficult. Below are step by step directions and visual details on how to make a labyrinth. Here are some tips while making a finger labyrinth:
- Make sure the top of the beginning cross shape starts at the middle of the page.
- Most of the cross shape should be below the middle of the page.
- The reason being, the labyrinth will grow up and you do not want to cut it off at the top of the page.
- Make sure when you are drawing your lines they are equal distance apart.
Once you have completed your labyrinth you can use your finger and enter the labyrinth to the center and back out. Use the same steps as you would for a walking labyrinth outlined above.
Walking the Labyrinth
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Labyrinths can Be Used During Labor
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