What is the Labyrinth and What Does it Do?
The labyrinth opens us up to higher intuition, clears the fog and sets us on a path of clarity. A labyrinth is not a maze and you won’t get lost in it. There’s only one way to go in towards the centre, and then one (same) way out. The labyrinth can help us on so many levels. It can:
- Calm us when we’re feeling stressed.
- Help us to return to ‘centre’ literally and figuratively.
- Facilitate letting go and starting afresh.
- Inspire us and increase creativity.
- Comfort and soothe us when we are suffering emotionally.
- Help us gain insights and guidance.
- Support us in releasing addictions and unhealthy patterns or habits.
The labyrinth is said to have a consciousness of its own. It’s own field. Think of all the knowledge and wisdom obtained over the many centuries as light that is instilled into each labyrinth that is created. Perhaps you walked the labyrinth in previous lifetimes even. It is quite amazing when you think of it like this. You might notice when you tune into this presence that the labyrinth has that your intuition is heightened – you feel more alive.
My Message from the Angels about the Labyrinth
One summer I was away on holiday, sitting on a beach in the sun. I was feeling a bit low in energy and I needed something to raise my vibration. It came to me like a bolt of lightening. Totally out of the blue, I received the message from my angels as a powerful thought in my mind:
‘look up how to draw a labyrinth, draw one in the sand, and walk it.’
So I did. There was an abundance of step by step information on how to draw a labyrinth, so I drew one in the sand on that Spanish beach and I walked it. I felt immeasurably better, and was quite pleased with myself! When I got home from Spain I saw on social media that a friend, Dennis Daly, had just made a large labyrinth on his land in Limerick and he was hosting a labyrinth walk evening. I could hardly believe it. I told him I would like to come, and there I learned more about the labyrinth, and connected with it even more deeply. Dennis’ labyrinth had space at the centre for people to gather in meditation, it was beautiful.
Later, Dennis had Labyrinth Ireland’s Tony Christie delivering a workshop at his place, and of course I came back for this too. It was a fantastic day.
As you enter the labyrinth, walk slowly and mindfully. Breathe. On the outbreath allow yourself to release whatever it is that you want to let go of now. Let the labyrinth take it from you – it won’t burden or hurt anyone. It is instantly transmuted into light. As Snake sheds her skin, you can shed yours.
The Centre of the Labyrinth
When you enter the labyrinth, set the intention for fully releasing something. It could be a habit or pattern, something you’re saying goodbye to, a phase you want to complete. If you are creating something or working on a project, perhaps you’d like to release any confusion or self doubt.
Spend a few moments here to reflect on what you’ve just let go of, and what you are attracting and creating in your life now. You are the author of your life. There are lots of influences around you, and yet your thoughts, your actions, are constantly co-creating your experience. What will you do differently now?
The Journey Outwards
On your gentle walk back out of the labyrinth, feel the beautiful new energies building and expanding. Grow your intentions. Cast your net wide for what it is you want to create in your life.
The 7 Circuit Labyrinth
There are various types of labyrinth, including the classical 3, 7, 11, 15 circuit labyrinths, the Chartres, Triple Spiral labyrinth and many more. In the video below I demonstrate how to draw a 7 circuit labyrinth relatively easily without measuring. Yours might be neater than mine, but however it turns out, once it works it’s a powerful tool you can use. To learn more about labyrinths, I highly recommend getting in touch with Tony Christie of Labyrinth Ireland.
If you draw a labyrinth this way, you can ‘walk it’ with your finger. Trace the path with your fingertip, using it in the same way you would if you were walking it: meditatively, releasing on the way in, building the new on the way out.
The labyrinth pictured below is outside the White Springs at the bottom of Glastonbury Tor, Somerset, UK. There are more labyrinths in Glastonbury – some in the Chalice Well Gardens and in the town, see further down.
Labyrinth June 2022, drawn using a garden rake on Ballybunion Beach, Ireland.
Glastonbury Town Millenium Labyrinth beside St John’s Church where there also exists a holy Thorn tree.
The History of the Labyrinth
The classical labyrinth across southern Europe and North Africa from around 2000 BC, although the first recorded labyrinth comes from Egypt in the 5th century B.C. It has been seen in rock carvings, paintings, inscriptions on tiles, ceramics and coins. Labyrinths were often made beside holy places and churches, and tend to face east. The Cretan labyrinth (really a maze since you can get lost in it), housed the flesh eating Minotaur.
The labyrinth pictured below, made of tins, is on the road to Glendalough, Wicklow, Ireland.
Labyrinth IrelandSolstice Labyrinth Walk 21st December 2022