We too are part of Nature, sometimes we go through difficult times and need a helping hand. Walking a labyrinth path can come to our aid. i
The labyrinth is a drawing found around the world as petroglyphs more than 3,000 years old from Scandinavia to India, from Ireland to Spain.It has been found in Petra, India and in Syria painted on a piece of ceramic. The Hopi, a native tribes the Americas, use it to decorate their Basketry.
In the Middle Ages labyrinths were incorporated in the paving of churches and cathedrals. The most well known one is probably that of Chartres Cathedral in France. Evidence suggests these were used for rituals, probably for specific ceremonies throughout the year or as a pilgrimage for those not able to travel to the Holy Land.
There are many different designs, but the classic labyrinth is a single path forming seven circuits, the entrance is also the exit. One cannot get lost, but sometimes losing oneself is a way to find oneself.
As one follows the Labyrinth path with its changes in direction subtle changes take place balancing the two hemispheres of the brain. We live in a predominantly left hand brain world, linear, mechanical, geometrical and patriarchal. Walking the labyrinth assists in awakening the right hand hemisphere of the brain, opening us up to creativity, imagination, the feminine, artistic and musical worlds. The more balanced and united the two hemispheres of the brain are, the more one functions from the heart.
So frequent walking of the labyrinth may bring benefits. It can improve mental agility, magnify a sense of wellbeing, help self-confidence grow, one can become more centred, functioning from the heart.
People who walk the labyrinth frequently may become more balanced mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually, hence becoming citizens living more in harmony with themselves.
Labyrinths are used as a tool for healing in psychotherapy, rehabilitation, meditation and reconnection with the earth. They can be used for theatre, music, and song and dance, as a symbol of pilgrimage and much more. In churches they are used for contemplation, meditation and prayer.
Labyrinths are for everyone, regardless of age, colour, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation and the richer or poorer.
Due to the benefits of walking the labyrinth they are found around the world in school, university, hospital, library, prison, private and public patios, parks and gardens.
The materials used for their construction range from paving stones of different textures and/or colours, shrubs, plants, lawn . . . . Labyrinths may be simply drawn with chalk on concrete or tarmac, or with stones on gravel or grass, or scratched in the sand on the beach marking the path. The choice of materials depends on the location,thespace available, the budget ad the maintenance needed.
Inauguration of Sta. Caterina Hospital, Salt
Sta. Caterina Hospital, Salt
This is a labyrinth, made using stones to mark the wall, which I created in collaboration with the psychiatric hospital.
I advise on the creation of Healing Labyrinths on private or public property and conduct labyrinth workshops. If you would like to create a labyrinth in your home or local community, please don't hesitate to get in touch.