BEGIN: Stand under the archway in state of openness, trust
and calm. If you wish, turn to the east and bow to the Lady
(statue in the alcove), then to the West and honor the children
(fountain). Taking several deep breaths, set an intention for
your walk. Don't hurry. Project your intention into
the central rosette (fountain area), and imagine that when you
arrive there, some gift of awareness will await you.
Enter at the opening. (If you have a flair for drama like I do,
"part the wall" as if it were a curtain of energy, and close it
behind you.) As you follow along the path, you will be repeatedly
making 180o turns, meandering to and fro, left
and right, towards and away from the center, in a rock-a-bye action whereby
the conscious mind slowly becomes subdued. “Inner knowing”
becomes easier in this state. You can help this process
along by releasing any thought or idea you are processing. Empty
your conscious mind, just for a little while, so the sub-conscious
has a chance to reveal itself to you.
When you finally enter the central rosette, (within the cone in
the diagram), walk clockwise around it, visiting each petal of
the rosette until you find one that feels right for you.
Remain there as long as you wish--sitting, standing, kneeling,
journalling, meditating, humming. If you're alone, you can
sing at the top of your lungs, perform spontaneous ritual, release
energy, but if others are present, try not to interfere with their
experience. Be respectful.
When you are ready to leave the rosette, retrace your steps. On
the way out, notice how you feel.
Anywhere along your journey it is appropriate to stop, sit, step
aside so others may pass, retrace your steps, or even leave without
completing the circuit. If you lose your way, that's okay,
too. How you deal
events that occur
in the labyrinth help reveal you to yourself.
Whatever you experience in the labyrinth is a perfect reflection
of your current reality and a valuable lesson is contained therein.
SELF-AWARENESS is one of the GIFTS most often picked up in a
labyrinth. There are also SIGNS, POINTERS, and KEYS. Something
will surely be there for you.
When you exit the labyrinth, sit and rest a while. This
helps you to reflect on your experience, claim your gifts, offer
thanks, and reintegrate yourself back into ordinary life.
Don't hurry. Take as long as you need.
Before departing, please take time to fill out a COMMENTS
provided in the jar. Return
often. The effects are cumulative. Bring a picnic.
Bring a friend. Bring children (so long as you don't intend
to meditate) and be sure to supervise them well. Take
out your trash. AND, there are no bathroom facilities,
so, uh, er, "go before you come, or go behind a tree in the
or more of our cats may choose to walk the labyrinth with you.
There's Miss Muffet, Sebastian, Tippy Toes, Gray, Edsel, Rumpleteaser,
and 'Tite Fille. You'll be able to tell who they are by their
names. All are tame, friendly, experienced labyrinth walkers.
Miss Muffet has even been on TV.
The labyrinth is available 24 hours a day. No appointment is
necessary. However you take your chances with the conditions,
i.e., grass height, other people, lighting, etc., if you don't
call. John and I receive calls day and night so for best
results, call ahead. And be sure to make an appointment
if you expect a facilitated walk, fresh-mown grass,
night lighting, music, privacy, etc.
Full Moon walks and
rainy day walks are especially delightful and quite powerful!