At first you might think ‘maze’, which leads to confusion and dead ends, but in reality the labyrinth has one start point and a definite end point with no literal way to divert from the path. It is a meandering path rather than a game, a journey of the self to our own center and back out into the world. A labyrinth has been a sacred symbol throughout the ages, representing wholeness and often used as a tool for prayer and meditation. “On the journey in, towards the center, one cleanses the dirt from the road. On the journey out, one is born anew to consciously dwell in a human body.” (http://www.crystalinks.com/labyrinths.html)
This is a classical labyrinth:
It has a seven fold pattern with one way out and one way in. The path goes from clockwise (sunwise) to counterclockwise (moonwise), which also represents the right and left hemispheres of your brain. The seven folds have also been associated to the 7 chakras, representing the entire energy field of our bodies.
As you walk a labyrinth you can see it as being born and walking the path to ‘god’, or ‘oneness’ , or the divine centre, whatever you want to call it. Either way, it is your journey there and your journey back.
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From wikipedia: “Clive Wearing (born 1938) is a British musicologist, conductor, and keyboardist suffering from an acute and long-lasting case of anterograde amnesia and retrograde amnesia. Specifically, this means he lacks the ability to form new memories, dubbed the “memento” syndrome by laypeople and the media, after a film of the same name based on the subject.”
Very interesting man. His amnesia is so bad that you can’t go longer than one or two sentences of conversation with him. Every time he sees his wife he thinks it’s been 20 years. She is the only person he recognizes.