Walk the Christ Church Labyrinth
How Does It Work?
The proportions of the labyrinth are based on sacred geometry—ancient knowledge that is expressed through architectural forms. The proportions of the labyrinth are designed to bring rest, order, comfort, and harmony to the mind. In moving through the labyrinth, the chattering, worrying “monkey-mind” becomes occupied with the action of following the path, leaving the intuitive, deeper levels of awareness free to be explored and engaged. There are other symbolic approaches to walking the path: seeing it as a metaphor for life, experiencing it as a journey into darkness and back again; regarding it as a path to meet with God or a higher power.
The labyrinth is a continuous path, not a maze or a puzzle. The inherent hope built into the labyrinth is that there are no false turns as there are in a maze, but that by putting one foot in front of the other we will arrive at the goal of life.
A maze is designed to make you lose your way and a labyrinth is designed to help you find your way.
There is no “right” way to walk a labyrinth. The tradition is to walk the path to the center while meditating and praying, stay there a while and then walk out again. The walker cannot get “lost” in the labyrinth.
If, at any time, you need to leave the pattern, you simply walk across the pattern and out.
The challenge in walking a labyrinth is to let go of trying to see ahead and simply follow the path. It is a process of letting go—an element of most forms of meditation. When we relinquish control, we often feel open to new insights or new answers to questions.