Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Labirints

Labyrints are sacred forms that have been created on the ground; when their pathways  are walked these forms renew our connection  with the power and sanctity of the earth .
Labyrinths are also carved or hung high on walls or gateways  radiating  protection to all who pass beneath 
When drawn in miniature on paper stone fabric or clay labyrinths form a gateway  in the mind to meditative state.

Labyrinths  bring sanctity to cities and suburban parks and they attract people of many faiths to the churches and cathedrals.

 
A great revival of labyrinths due to revere the Dr. Lauren Artress  canon of Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, 

 

who has overseen the creation  of walkable indoor and outdoor labyrinths modeled on the eleven coil labyrinth  at Chartres Cathedral  located about one hour south  west of Paris.
 
Labyrinths  can be walked alone or with someone with whom you are spiritually  and emotionally  in tune.

Children instinctively  know how to connect with the labyrinths  energies . Even the most hyperactive  child will become focused or will dance with spontaneous  joy.

Native Americans created medicine wells circular areas dedicated to meditation  and healing from stone in the earth outside the tepees.

The druids had stones on which they created small labyrinths  for meditation  in sun or moonlight.

San Francisco Labyrinth

Hindu midwife still use labyrinths  forms to assist women with childbirth .

Tibetan  Buddhists create mandalas sacred circle patterns and then distroyed  them after their ceremonies.

The spiral she'll and the coiled snake symbolized the mother goddess and the earth mother in some ancient civilizations .

 
Toronto Public Labyrinth at Trinity Square Park
 
Goddesses  played  a strong part in the mystery religious  popular in ancient Egypt Grece and Rome until the Emperor Constantine  banned them along with other pagan cults in the early forth century.

In many cultures secret rites to bring fertility  to the land were frequently practiced underground .

The three stage journey of walking  the labyrinths 
Entering the labyrinths  walking inward through coils
Pausing at the center of the labyrinths 
Leaving the labyrinths  via coils to return to the outer coils.

Getty Museum Labyrint

There are  many interpretations of these stages.

1. The question  asked while entering
2. The decision  made in the center
3. Action and strategies  formulated on the way out.

1. The sorrow  named on the way inn
2. Healing received in the center
3. Shedding  the sorrow  on the way out.

1.Negativity on the way in
2. Rechanneling  of emotions in the center
3. Positivity on the way out.

 
1. Seeking
2.Discovering
3. Communicating 

1. Confusion on the inner journey
2. Illuminations in the center
3. Resolution on the outer journey 

1. Fighting the inevitable 
2. Surrendering
3. Gaining true strength through acceptance of what cannot be changed.

 
1. Ignorance
2. Learning
3. Understanding 

1. Pennitence  or regret
2. Absolution
3. Cleansing.




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