Learning in the Labyrinth of Life

Welcome to my labyrinth!

I have been fascinated by labyrinths for a long time.  I see many metaphors in the labyrinth – that’s often how I think, analyze and clarify for myself.

I see my life as a journey through a labyrinth.  I will be writing about the twistings and turnings I have experienced, as I journey toward the light at the center of my labyrinth.

Walking a labyrinth is always a journey toward a goal, a purpose-filled walk.  Walking a labyrinth is also a solitary journey, a prayerful walk.

So you cannot walk it with me, or beside me, but you may, if you so choose, listen in on some of my thoughts as I go.

Say your prayers with the
Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings
on the LCH Daily Prayer pages

Morning Prayer Evening Prayer
Noon Prayer Compline
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9 Responses to Learning in the Labyrinth of Life

  1. Cathedral Labyrinths

    The Romans adapted the ancient labyrinth symbol as a decorative floor pattern, and the Christian artists and thinkers of early medieval times developed the Roman pattern into a new and beautiful form which was used as a feature in many medieval cathedrals. It was marked out on the floor in coloured stone or tiles and usually between 10 and 40 feet in diameter. A range of designs were explored, but the pattern used at Chartres Cathedral in northern France is the archetype and perfection of all medieval labyrinths. Fortunately it has been well-preserved, and in recent times pilgrims have taken to travelling to Chartres specifically to walk it.

    Whilst we cannot be exactly sure what the labyrinths were used for, they were clearly a symbol of the Christian way, representing the path of the soul through life. Medieval pilgrims re-enacted this, following the path of the labyrinth in the cathedral on their knees as a means of prayer, or to symbolize the journey to Jerusalem, or as a ritual to mark the end of a pilgrimage. People walked it on the eve of their baptism or confirmation, as an aid to contemplative prayer in Holy Week, and as an illustration both of the life of the Christian and of the life of Christ. But after medieval times the spiritual uses of labyrinths were forgotten, and they fell into disuse. Many were destroyed between the 17th and 19th centuries.

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