Onto the Path

Now that I have crossed the threshold, I find a path.  Paths are usually outside, but this one is within.  I think I need to wander the hallways of my own heart until I find the center room, the chapel, the altar, the hearth fire.   Whatever I name it, I know that it will be the place where my authentic self dwells.
 
In keeping with this, it is not strange then that I chose to do a labyrinth walk yesterday.  I walk occasionally because there is not a labyrinth that is close and accessible.  But that’s fine with me.  Doing it infrequently makes it all the more special.    Here is the labyrinth where I walk:

And here is how I journaled about it afterwards:

The text above:

Walking the Labyrinth

July 24, 2009.  I went to the labyrinth near Lunada Bay.  I’m not able to go very often so this may be the last time I go this summer.  I went so I could offer thanks for being spared from illness.  I went, too, so I could consecrate a safe place to meditate and to make a place to re-energize my spirit.  This labyrinth is on a cliff that overlooks a rocky cove.  My senses were evoked, rather odd for a meditation practice [where one usually tries to shut out the senses]:  the sound of the surf, the smell of the sea, the taste of  sweat on my lips, the caress of the wind and the heat of the sun, and the sight of a bright sky that sweeps me into the blue.  My heart was calmed, my praise released, my soul revived.

My Usual Practice:

  • Wait and focus at the gate
  • Walk the lunations, clockwise, asking for protection and “privacy” [from negative energy].
  • Bow at the entrance, then enter.
  • [on the inward walk] Make confession of shortcomings, present petitions
  • At the center, do breathing meditation
  • Return walk, praising and thanking
  • At exit, turn and bow
  • Walk the lunations, counterclockwise to release the energy and give back the space [to ordinary time and place].

The Chartres Labyrinth

Labyrinths are ancient, like the seven-circuit Cretan labyrinth.  The most famous one is on the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France,…

The labyrs = women’s power and creativity.  Together, the labyrs form a cruciform.

The lunations = 28 1/2 circles per quadrant = 114 total.  The lunations at one time were used to calculate feast days and holidays.  They encircle the labyrinth to contain and amplify energy.

The beginning of the path (11 circuits).  It represents a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

The Center.  The center is a rose shape which is the symbol of enlightenment.  The six petals = six days of creation.  The Rose also represents Mary and the Holy Spirit.

L. Gloyd  (c) 2009

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10 responses

  1. What a wonderful place, your description of your walking meditation so evocative – i could feel myself going with you . Your journal is really something very special.

  2. This is a magnificent post Lori. I have always been fascinated by Labyrinths and my son bought me back the Complete Guide to Labyrinths, by Eason, from the States. He spent a month in New York and I really appreciated him thinking to buy me this. You can always create a small labyrinth on a plate and meditate, walking it with your fingers.

    1. Heather, I used to World-Wide Labyrinth Locator, http://labyrinthlocator.com/ to find a list of Australian labyrinth. There appears to be one at Merri Creek Path at Clifton Hill, about an hour and a half from Wheatsheaf.

      Some other good books on labyrinth are Walking the Sacred Path by Lauren Artress and The Way of the Labyrinth by Helen Curry.

  3. What a wonderful place. How lucky you are to be able to visit it. I love the way your journal is developing and your description of walking the labyrinth is very evocative.

  4. such a beautiful labyrinth. Years ago a hospice volunteer introduced me to labyrinths, and she did an inservice for us on it. Afterwards, we were able to influence our hospital, then in the planning new landscaping stage, to incorporate one on the grounds near a fountain and pool, near the trees. It is a lovely haven tucked down between the hospital on the hill and the traffic on the opposite hill.

  5. This is wonderful Lori! Your photo, your journal pages and your reflection combine to create a very powerful meditation. Thank you for sharing it !

  6. What a beautiful labyrinth, Lori, and such a lovely location. There isn’t a labyrinth anywhere near her, at least not one that I have heard about. Good idea, Heather, about the plate.

    Vi

    1. Vi, check out the labyrinth finder:

      http://labyrinthlocator.com/

      There are a couple in Apache Junction and several in Phoenix.

  7. This is fantastic Lori

  8. what a gorgeous location and how lucky you are to be able to walk a labyrinth from time to time

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