I’ve walked a labyrinth several times. Mostly at the local Episcopal cathedral where they have an entire room with the large labyrinth in hardwood on the floor, small votive candles along the perimeter… and scarves available for picking up at any point to carry with you as you walk along, if you’d like to do that. And soft instrumental music. And the room half-darkened, but not too much.
Once, I walked on a large labyrinth cloth that had been put down in a large room at a Catholic retreat center.
Each time, I used it as a prayer method. Each time I chose a line from either the Hebrew Scriptures or the Gospel to repeat to myself as I walked the labyrinth and meditated on that line from Scripture.
Each time, I experienced God very deeply and in a positive way.
Very, very reassuring. And safe.
I think of it as a model of my life’s journey… having twists and turns and going one way at one point and at another point all of a sudden going the other way.
Very much the model of Good and Evil in my life. :rolleyes:
Once I went through it as fast as I could.
Once I went through it as slowly as I could. :o
Once I even crossed across the paths directly across the labyrinth instead of following the path in front of me.
Once or twice, I just had to stop and stand still where-ever I was to let it all sink in.
Which is a GOOD thing for me… I tend to run through life, anyway.
At NO point did I ever feel God further away from me than when I was standing outside the first step onto the labyrinth. In other words, the walking the labyrinth did NOT take me away from God.
Far from it!
Each time, once I took my first step I just relaxed into God’s presence to me.
Grace Cathedral (the Episcopal Cathedral) in San Francisco has a labyrinth in the Chartes Cathedral pattern.
There, you can click on a large navy blue rectangle under the wordds “Online Finger Meditation Tool” at the top of this Web page and use your mouse to “walk” the online, interactive labyrinth just to sense what the experience is like… what the rhythm is like. With or without music. With or without text to describe what you’re doing at each part.
A nun friend of mine has walked labyrinth many times, too. The labyrinth that she walked was wood on the floor at a Catholic retreat center. She advises that it’s a method of prayer that not everybody enjoys, but not to worry because God is with you at all times, anyway.
There’s a picture of an out-door labyrinth here: