Labyrinths were a feature of many medieval cathedrals, as a sort of pilgrimage for those who were unable to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Rome or Santiago. The path of the labyrinth represents the path of the soul through life – with many twists and turns, but one path that God leads us in.
We engage in prayer in the Labyrinth by walking the maze-like path. It creates space for us to unwind, to think and to reflect on our relationships with God, with ourselves, with one another and with the earth. Unlike a maze, there is only one path and no dead-ends. The path is walked slowly and contemplatively, entering into God’s presence.
The path has three common stages – the inward journey, the center, and the outward journey. The inner journey is a time of releasing that which keeps us from our inner relationship with God. The center is a space of peace and silent, contemplative prayer. The outward journey is a time of relationship – praying for ourselves, for others, and for the earth.
These stages are not the only way to walk the Labyrinth. You may have a question you’d like God to answer – ask it as you enter the Labyrinth, and listen for his response as you walk peacefully in his presence. Use the Labyrinth to enhance your time with the Lord, in whatever way works for you.
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