I had an introduction to the Labyrinth by Laura Artress back in June 2009. The following link is her website: http://www.laurenartress.com/
Laura talked to the Labyrinth as a sacred pattern and a sacred path, and she focused on the Chartres Style Labyrinth, located at Chartres Cathedral. Laura Artress facilitates a pilgrimage to France on a frequent basis, to walk this Labyrinth. One day I would like to experience this for myself.
It’s about walking and praying, a tool to find your way, moving your body and quieting the mind, attracting all walks of life. To release, and to let go. To recieve, and let God enter your area of need.
More information can be found at the following sites which I have found very helpful.
My first exposure to the Labyrinth was at Cliff Bible College. I was on a mission team that went on tour with a Labyrinth to different churches in England.
As a team we created a Trinity style Labyrinth, I designed this with the help of my wife at college, now a number of years ago. I had not seen this design type anywhere else, until just recently.
These photos give a taste of the Labyrinth tour we as a team of student lead. Going to different locations in England. We created the touring Labyrinth with the trinity design on it, with creative use of Duck tape, on a large green tarp.
The Labyrinth has been a contemplative practice for thousands of years. We as a team added a modern spin to walking the Labyrinth, by adding stations with responses for the participants. One of the responses was carrying a rock in your hand to the center of the Labyrinth, and symbolically laying down the rock, (an act of laying down or into God’s care) that area that is hindering your walk with God. Then not walking out of the Labyrinth, as is the traditional practice, but walked across the Labyrinth to a tent like structure, where the participant reflected on the journey experienced, and when ready served themselves communion.
There are three stages of the walk:
Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.
Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul is reaching for.
Guidelines for the walk:
Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may “pass” people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.
The guidelines was taken from the site below
If you can’t walk the labyrinth in person, I hope you enjoy exploring the articles and multimedia features below. Or see if you can draw a finger Labyrinth and try this instead.
Information about different Labyrinth designs
The most famed Labyrinth Chartres