Labyrinths

One of my favorite spiritual activities is to walk a labyrinth, a form of meditation.  I have walked labyrinths in France, England and the East and West coasts of the U. S. A.  There is much written about labyrinths to which you may turn elsewhere (www.veriditas.org is a good place to begin, including a labyrinth locator).   Two favorite books are Walking A Sacred Path by Lauren Artress (Riverhead Books, 1995) and Labyrinths and Mazes by Jeff Saward (Gaia Books, 2003).  In my experience the labyrinth is a beautiful healing archetype and very helpful in the life of prayer.  It so confuses the left side of the brain (rational functions) that the right side is set free to do the intuitive and creative work of prayer.

I prepared a brief paper, The Adoption of the Labyrinth by the Church, based on a book by Craig Wright, as an attempt to recover the image of the hero in the struggle of good against evil, which was central to the original labyrinths placed in the cathedrals of Europe.  This recovered image of the hero may be particularly helpful to men in their spiritual struggles.

THE ADOPTION OF THE LABYRINTH BY THE CHURCH (.docx)

THE ADOPTION OF THE LABYRINTH BY THE CHURCH (.pdf)

Here’s a photo I took of a wonderful classical labyrinth with a central stone gate at the Passionist Retreat Center in West Hartford, Connecticut.  It’s well worth a visit.

Labyrinth at Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford

Labyrinth at Passionist Retreat Center, West Hartford

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