Walk the Labyrinth: Awaken Your Sacred Pattern, Activate Your Sacred Path
“Life's work is nothing but the slow trek to rediscover, through the detours of art, those two or three great and simple images in whose presence one's heart first opened.” Albert Camus
On a recent trip to Serenbe, one of my favorite retreat spots in the Atlanta area, I walked the labyrinth. I remember feeling a paradoxical sense of peace and power, when I finally surrendered my need to ‘get' some earth shattering insights.
Labyrinths are truly sacred places. The design itself is ancient, some say more than 4,000 years old. It combines the sacred geometry of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path.
The ritual of walking the labyrinth silences the intellect and awakens your deep, intuitive nature. Walking a labyrinth is a metaphor for life's journey, you will often discover parallels between your ‘walk' and how you move about in the world. As you navigate this sacred space, it awakens and activates your own sacred blueprint.
The labyrinth invokes your intuition, creativity, and imagination. It is an invitation to adventure to the core of your Essence and come back to the world with an expanded experience of who you are.
Let's take a moment to experience a labyrinth walk. Imagine that you are at the Serenbe labyrinth (pictured above), and you are about to enter the sacred pathway to your innermost being. Pause at the opening and set your intention. Be guided by your own knowing, or follow this suggested journey:
1. Surrender. Allow the images of all that no longer serves you to surface as you begin your walk. Pace the imagery so that you can process the thoughts and feelings as they occur. Take your time, honor your flow. Feel yourself moving through the labyrinth, making the 180 degree turns, releasing and relinquishing what is no longer yours into the deep, rich compost of Mother Earth.
2. Consecrate. When you reach the center of the labyrinth take a seat in the center stone and feel yourself seated as if you were on a throne. Throw on a cloak and a crown, and claim your scepter. Relish your reign. Rule with your heart. Own your sacred contract with life. Take a moment to integrate and align with the new. See your vision unfurl before you, like a red carpet at an awards ceremony.
3. Celebrate. As you continue your journey out from the labyrinth acknowledge each gift, strength, talent and power that is your ally on the adventure. Feel each step as a proclamation. Delight in the deliriously delicious divine dance. Jump, weave, stomp and sing. Soar as you walk, feeling each solid step where the ground meets your feet as a, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Feel the joy in your spirit and the groove in your step.
The practice of walking a labyrinth helps you to easily surrender the illusion of separation and to honor the ‘truth' that lives within. Welcome home!
Want to walk an actual labyrinth? Lauren Artress, author of Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as Spiritual Practice, and creator and founder of Veriditas, the World Wide Labyrinth Project, provides an online labyrinth locator.
So, how was your virtual labyrinth walk? Make sure to post your aha's, insights, questions and comments below.