Introduction to labyrinths

The labyrinth is an ancient archetype, found in art forms all round the world from as long ago as 4000 years. The most famous remaining intact labyrinth is that found on the floor of Chartres Cathedral, France constructed around 1200. [The two pictures displayed on this page are of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth] Pilgrims used to walk it as a symbolic journey to Jerusalem, with a view to finding Christ at the centre. However, in the last 15-20 years the labyrinth has begun to be used more broadly for meditational and spiritual purposes. It can be used as a walking meditation, a way to finding your own spiritual centre, a body prayer. Useage is very individual. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. It is a powerful tool to illuminating one's path through life.

There are many reasons to walk the labyrinth:
  • to give thanks
  • to solve a problem
  • to take time out
  • to dream
  • to seek guidance
  • to resolve a conflict
  • to grieve a loss
  • to release a fear
  • to pray and be with God