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:
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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