Personal Garden Labyrinth in Garden Valley, California
What is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is a single path or unicursal tool arranged in a somewhate convulted pattern that is often used for personal, psychological and/or spiritual transformation. The symbol is often thought to represent the many paths we walk on and roles that we take on in our life's journey. Labyrinths are thought to enhance right brain activity (great for creativity) and have been in use for thousands of years. There are many types of labyrinths in the world and many new forms are being currently developed. The labyrinth design above is a modified seven circuit classic or Cretan style labyrinth and is one of the earliest know forms.
What's the difference between a Labyrinth and a Maze?
A maze offers many choices and false leads along the way... they are left-brain puzzles. A labyrinth has a single path that you follow to the goal and then return back again and it is commonly used as a contemplative tool. You cannot get lost.
Why Walk the labyrinth?
Many feel that by walking a labyrinth they gain a mental and/or spiritual centering to help calm and transform their state of being. It is not a maze so you cannot get lost and their is no right or wrong way to walk it, just do it in your own way for whatever purpose you desire. The labyrinth transcends all religions and represents your own personal path. You will find that walking to the center of a labyrinth is very therapeutic. Walkers find that it can lower stress and boost creativity. Others claim that it is a place to find answers to prayers and to gain insight into their lives. Be sure to spend some time in the center while meditating and listening to the voice within. When you are finished simply retrace your steps to walk out of the labyrinth to bring back what you have discovered on the journey and go in peace.
Where did it come from?
from the writings of Jeff Saward... http://www.labyrinthos.net/aboutus.htm
"The origins of the labyrinth symbol and the mythologies widely used around the world to explain it are complex and difficult to trace. This lengthy history has however left us a fascinating selection of examples of the labyrinth symbols to study. The earliest are over 3000 years old and employ the same design, a series of concentric lines carefully connected (to create a continuous pathway). This symbol and its family of derivatives occurs in different cultures and different points of time and in places as diverse as Brazil, Arizona, Iceland, Arctic Norway and Russia, Crete, Egypt, India and Sumatra. They have persisted to the late 20th century; indeed they are currently undergoing an important series of developments, on a truly global scale, which will ensure the popularity of the labyrinth well into the 21st Century". ..... (From the introduction of "Ancient Labyrinths of the World" by Jeff Saward)
"Some 3400 years ago, an unknown scribe employed at Knossos, site of the fabled labyrinth and prison for the unfortunate Minotaur, recorded on a clay tablet the offering of a pitcher of honey to "Potnia of the Labyrinth." The first evidence for the use of Labyrinthos - the original Greek word we now know as Labyrinth. .... .... .... Today, there is a renaissance of interest in the labyrinth as a spiritual tool amongst many diverse communities around the world. It is resurfacing as a powerful symbol in both fine art and the public consciousness. Archaeologists, historians, ethnologists and antiquarians are finding, analyzing and publishing more information about their origins, distribution, purpose and construction. Puzzle mazes, themselves direct decedents from these ancient labyrinth designs, are also experiencing a remarkable revival in popularity and their creators have made many advances and innovations in their design." .... ( from the opening page of www.labyrinthos.net )
To Learn More... visit Jeff and Kimberly Saward's Labyrinthos site at... http://www.labyrinthos.net
To Learn more about the world-wide Labyrinth Community visit... http://www.labyrinthsociety.com
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