A Magical Path to the Center of our Being
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that represents a journey to our own center and back again into the world. It is a metaphor for life’s journey, a symbol that creates a sacred space and takes us out of our ego to “That Which Is Within.” It has only one path. The way in is the way out. The path leads you on a circuitous journey to the center and out again, the only choice being to enter or not – to walk or not to walk a spiritual path.
There is no right way to walk a labyrinth. You only have to enter and follow the path. However, your walk can encompass a variety of attitudes. It may be joyous or somber. It might be thoughtful or prayerful. Choose your attitude and use the labyrinth as a walking meditation.
Focus. Pause and wait at the entrance. Become quiet and centered. Give acknowledgment through a bow, nod, or other gesture and then enter.
Experience. Walk purposefully and observe the process. When you reach the center, stay there and concentrate for several moments. Leave when it seems appropriate. Be attentive on the way out.
Exit. Turn and face the entrance. Give an acknowledgement of ending such as “Amen.”
Reflect. After walking the labyrinth reflect back on your experience.
Another way of approaching the labyrinth is seeing it as three stages. The first involves “releasing.” From the entrance to the goal is the path of shedding or letting go. There is a release and an emptying of worries and concerns. The second stage is that of “receiving.” At the center there is illumination, insight, clarity and focus. It is here that you are in a receptive, prayerful, meditative state. Stay and receive what is there for you. As you leave the center, following the same path out as you came in, you enter the third stage of “integrating.” The path out is that of becoming grounded and integrating the insight. It is being energized and making what was received manifest in the world. You are joining with Spirit, your Higher Self or the healing forces at work in the world.
These three states can be symbolized with a “palms down, palms up” approach to walking the labyrinth. “Palms down” symbolizes release or letting go while “palms up” indicates receiving.
Enter the labyrinth and walk to the center with palms down and center your thoughts on releasing conflicting issues and concerns in your life.
When you reach the center turn your palms up to be receptive to insight. As you walk out of the labyrinth, keep your palms up to receive strength and guidance to make your insight manifest. As you leave the labyrinth, turn to face the center and bring your palms together for a prayerful end to your walk.
“Thou mayst not wander in that labyrinth,
there minotaurs and ugly reasons lurk”
according to Shakespeare; but the borders of the labyrinth path can literally channel off negativity and prepare the way ahead with sacredness and magic, the flow guiding the seeker to the center of self, Spirit and the heart of the labyrinth.
Each time the labyrinth is walked, one is empowered to find and do the work one’s soul is reaching toward. The Bard’s warning aside, is this not truly magical and mystical?
About the Center for the New Age
Spirit guided us to this special place which centuries earlier was used by ancient people as a ceremonial site. We were guided by Spirit to open the Center at this place which is now the heart of spirituality in Sedona.
We’ve searched the globe and pulled the most accurate Psychics and Healers and amazing Massage-Therapists from all over the world who have come here to be part of this special community, whose energy makes them even more psychic. Their services are offered at the Center daily and by phone at (928) 282-2085.
Center for the New Age
341 State Route 179
across from Tlaquepaque
Sedona, AZ 86336-6111