This is a picture of my personal labyrinth, I call "Ziggy" as it appears to be smiling...   A Labyrinth is an outward tool symbolic of the journey inward to our core, essence of our being, our connection to the Divine.  As your connection is remembered, you will experience inner Peace, no matter what the outward circumstances may be.

When you are unable to visit a full size labyrinth, you can still have the experience by drawing one on paper, in the dirt, in the sand; or by walking with your finger or eyes, one that's on paper or on a computer screen such as the one at the bottom of the page, which you can use to practice some of the tips below to having a successful experience. 

LABYRINTH ETIQUETTE
Using the labyrinth at the bottom of the page, Imagine standing at it's entrance (the yellow line at the bottom).  Offer a prayer of intention to allow the highest good to come forth.  Attempt to suspend all judgement and control of what that might be.  The Divine within us, our higher power, what ever name we call it, knows what is best for us at any moment.  It is up to us to have the willingness to hear.  Sometimes the prayer can simply be to increase your desire to Know or to be at Peace. 

Begin your journey using your eyes to guide you.  With each imagined step, allow your breath to slow.  Allow your mind to quieten.  If the mind chatter starts, without beating yourself up, simply recognize you've allowed mind chatter.  Then again attempt to pay attention to your imagined steps or your breath, allowing them to take you to "less thought".   (It takes much practice and persistence to reach a slowed thought state, so be patient with yourself.) 

Once you have reached the center, pause, be still.  If you feel comfortable in doing so, choose to close your eyes and feel the aliveness within your body or sense and feel the temperature or the air.   If you're sitting next to an open window, feel the wind or sun on your face allowing them to take you deeper.  Allow yourself to be fully in the moment. 

When you are ready, with appreciation and gratitude, open your eyes.  While remaining in a state of appreciation, begin your walk out.  Retrace your steps back to the beginning.  Broaden your focus, offer a prayer of gratitude for what has been given, knowing that all prayers are heard and answered, just sometimes not on "our" time table or in the way we expect.

 

 

PROCESSING YOUR EXPERIENCE
Perhaps you heard or felt an answer to your question or solution to a situation right away, so be grateful!  Offer a prayer of gratitude!  Try not to be too quick in brushing aside a random thought that came out of the blue, maybe it's a clue that needs to be investigated.  Don't be disapointed if nothing appears to have happened.  This is often the case and first time walkers fail to see the need to try it again.  However, I'd almost bet that if they stay alert to what is said or happens for a couple days, they may be surprised.  Sometimes our answers come in what may appear to be random and unusual circumstances.  So stay alert and aware, knowing that all prayers are heard, all prayers are answered.  Sometimes it takes some time to ready ourselves for hearing them.   

Thank you for sharing your journey with me.  I welcome your comments and would love to hear about your experience.   SpiritJ@bellsouth.net

Hugs and Blessings,
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For information on NC labyrinths, check out this site:
http://www.labyrinthsinnc.com/labyrinthsinnc.cfm

For more explanation, description and pictures of labyrinths:
http://www.labyrinthcompany.com/

Let me know if there is another useful or favorite site you'd like me to consider posting here.

 

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