The labyrinth is an ancient form of reflective walk. Labyrinths have been known for several thousand years, having different shapes and styles according to the tradition from which they were birthed. It has long been used for purposes that are significant to the soul and well-being of the spirit. The labyrinth at Dayspring is a ‘medieval’ design, a modified Chartres pattern of seven-rings.
A labyrinth has a single, circuitous pathway that leads from the entrance to the centre, and takes the pilgrim on a journey into the centre of themselves where God awaits to greet them. To walk the labyrinth is to touch God and let God touch you. It is a matter of presence and response.
The following suggestions may help you:
- Take time before you enter the labyrinth to be still – take in the scene – use all your senses
- Look to the centre – create a sense of purpose in your walk – see your goal
- Enter the labyrinth – walk slowly, eyes down at first
- Be aware of the rhythm of your walk – the rhythm of the circle taking you one way then back the other
- As you walk toward the centre, meditate upon what you have to bring to God
- Pause at the centre – be still in the presence of God at your centre
- When ready, walk out of the labyrinth meditating upon what God has given you
- Take time to be still once you have left the labyrinth and offer thanksgiving
This is an ancient form of prayer. The labyrinth does nothing to make God more present . . . God is always present. The labyrinth can make us aware of the presence of God in our lives.
– Beth Roberton