A Labyrinth Ritual
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. It has been used for some 5000 years for self reflection and contemplation. It is not a maze where we must make many choices and can easily become lost. The labyrinth has a single circuitous path that winds its way to the center. Walking the labyrinth can lead us to our own center and is a symbolic pathway to the center of that larger circle of life that holds us all.
At For the Joy of It, the path of the labyrinth is marked by bricks in the grassy meadow. The meadow is surrounded by a mixed forest with many old redwood trees. You will be greeted with poetry as you stand at the archway in stillness, listening inside for a signal that you are ready to begin. The sounds of Mother Nature will surround you as you step through the archway into the sacred space of the labyrinth to begin your symbolic journey to the center.
This labyrinth is a Cretan labyrinth, one of the earliest designs. It spins you around the circle going this way and that. Step by step, placing one foot in front of the other, at a speed most comfortable for you, you will eventually find your way to the center. There I've left symbols of the four elements, earth, fire, water and air to support you as you linger in the center until you feel ready to depart. Then winding your way on the same path, you begin your return. What was the entrance now becomes the exit. Stepping back through the archway, we will end as we began with a reading, this one with blessings as you return to your everyday world .