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How to Draw a Labyrinth

Updated on June 27, 2013

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.

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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

Labyrinth
Maze
Single path
Many paths
Unicursal
Multicursal
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
Creates confusion
No dead ends
Dead ends
Spiritual significance
Puzzle

Labyrinth as a Prayer

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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

Labyrinth: Illuminating the Inner Path
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.

Labyrinth

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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

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At the Center of a Labyrinth

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Exiting the Labyrinth

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How to Walk a Labyrinth

Prepare

  • Quiet the mind
  • Take off your shoes
  • Become mindful

Entrance

  • 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

The Center

  • 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

Exit

  • When you get to the threshold to leave the labyrinth, mindfully step over
  • Reflect

Labyrinth

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How to Use a Finger Labrinth

Chartres Hand Held Pewter Labyrinth

Chartres Hand Held Pewter Labyrinth
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.

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Labyrinth Drawing

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Walking the Labyrinth

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Labyrinth Locator

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Find a labyrinth near you:

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Labyrinths can Be Used During Labor

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Labor Labyrinth

Did you know, labyrinths can be used to help manage pain during labor?

Learn how more about how labyrinths can be a powerful symbol of wholeness and transformation for birthing mothers.

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      CarlySullens 2 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Thank you TolovajWordsmith, Enjoy!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 2 years ago from Ljubljana

      Fascinating! I had no idea there the maze and labyrinth are not the same thing. I also like the idea of making my own labyrinth. Thanks for all the instructions. Sounds like a cool project for winter days:)

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      CarlySullens 2 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Romanian, Thank you so much. I hope you do make one.

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      Nicu 2 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Your pictures with labyrinths are awesome, I like them, and will probably make one.

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      tgopfrich 4 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Definitely going to draw one! Thanks!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Seafarer Mama, thank you for your sweet comments. I am glad you have been able to interact with labyrinths. I hope you try to draw one. They are a lot of fun to make and interact with at home. Thank you for voting up and sharing.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 4 years ago from New England

      Carly ! You've done an awesome job with this hub...with so many useful details and gorgeous pictures....reflects the love and effort you put into it! I'm so glad you put this together. I've walked labyrinths and have let my fingers do the walking on smaller ones, but haven't ever drawn one yet, so that feature was a very lovely one to have included.

      Voted this hub up, up, up, up, & shared! :0)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Hi Elias, I am glad you enjoyed the hub. The history of labyrinths is very interesting. Watching the video added to this hub give more details to the history. Thank you for voting up and pinning.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      This is a great hub, Carly. I enjoyed reading about the history of labyrinths, in particular. Quite informative article and the how-to guide was also very interesting. Voted and pinned!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Kas, thank you so much. I hope you do get to walk a labyrinth and have that time in prayer with God. When I have the opportunity to walk labyrinths and prayer I feel deeply connected and more at peace.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Wow, I love this hub so much. The visuals that not only the pictures but your writing portrayed are still etched in my mind. Right after I read it, I asked my wife if we could go walk a labrynth and pray. Voting this up and sharing!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Hi Geena, indeed it is very much like life with all the twist and turns. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Genna East 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What an interesting hub. Walking a labyrinth is rather reminiscent of walking the path of life. I really enjoyed this! :-)

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Natasha, that is so cool that you have one near you. I would like to have one near me. Maybe one day that could happen.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Very cool instructions! I love walking labyrinths and am lucky enough to live very near one!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Gypsy, I hope you do get to walk a labyrinth some day, they are very powerful.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Randomcreative, you are welcome. Labyrinths are amazing. The first time I walked one I felt a powerful shift within me. I felt more calm, relax and better equipped to deal with the struggle I was having at that time. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      Very interesting hub on a subject I was not too familiar with. I have never walked a labyrinth but sure would like to give it a try. Voted up

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I learned so much from this article! What a comprehensive resource about labyrinths. Thanks so much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carly,

      What a cool hub! So much great info on Labyrinths I never knew about! Loved your photos of different labyrinths and your step by step drawing, really great! I have never walked one but really keen now so will keep my eyes peeled from now on! Voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, shared and pinned!

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      Eric, thank you for stopping by, reading and commenting. I always appreciate your support.

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      CarlySullens 4 years ago from St. Louis, Missouri

      That is so cool, Jane, that you had an opportunity to walk the labyrinth in Chartres, France. I hope to do that some day. Must put it on my bucket list. Definitely try the finger labyrinth.

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      Very interesting. I walked the labyrinth in Chartres, France, several years ago. It was meditating and spiritual. Great and clear instruction for drawing a labyrinth. I should try this. Thank you.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool indeed, well done, thank you.