“Your life is a sacred journey about change, growth, discovery, movement and transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible. You are on the path – exactly where you are meant to be right now… and from here, you can only go forward.”
Caroline Adams, author and public speaker
The labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness, combining the imagery of the circle and spiral to represent a journey deep into our own center and back out into the world again. The symbol of the labyrinth has been present for more than 4,000 years, where it continues to represent a place of meditation and prayer.
One of the most famous labyrinths is at Chartres Cathedral in Chartres, France. The Chartres labyrinth is inlaid in the stone floor of the cathedral and was built in 1201.
While labyrinths and mazes often have been confused, there are significant differences. A maze is like a puzzle to be solved with its various twists and turns and blind alleys. It is a left brain activity that requires logical, sequential, analytical thinking to discover the correct path into and out of the maze.
A labyrinth, however, has only one path. It is unicursal – the way in is the way out. The path leads you on a circuitous route into the center and back out again. A labyrinth is a right brain activity that involves intuition, creativity and imagery.
With a maze many choices must be made and an active mind is needed to solve the puzzle. With a labyrinth, the only choice you need to make is whether to begin the journey or not.
The Dimond Hill Farm Labyrinth is an 8-ciruit labyrinth set out in the grass on the open hilltop at the north end of the ridge, near the stone wall. This is a significant location as it is both the highest point on the farm and the place where an energy dowser pinpointed the strongest energy vortex on the property. (It also happens to be the very spot where Ezekiel Dimond – for whom the hill and farm are named – built his 18th century log cabin.)
Walking the labyrinth
- There is no right or wrong way to walk the labyrinth
- Walk at your own rhythm and pace
- As you enter the labyrinth, trust the path that unfolds before you
- At the center of the labyrinth, pause and be open to receiving
- As you walk the return path, reflect on any insights, inspirations, feelings that come to you
You might walk the labyrinth:
- As meditation
- Repeating a mantra, focusing on your breathing, or walking mindfully
- Holding an intention or question
- In prayer
- To celebrate an event
- To remember or honor someone
- To seek guidance, inspiration, or clarity
- For healing
- To express gratitude