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.” (

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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