Labyrinth: Abilene, Texas

Meditation and
Community Garden

Labyrinth; what is it? What is its purpose? A labyrinth is a complicated irregular network of passages in which it is difficult to find one’s way; a maze.

Is there a difference between maze and labyrinth? In a way, there is not much of a difference. Both refer to a series of networks of passages or channels which can be complicated and confusing in nature. The two words do have different origins though.

Maze is thought to have come from an Old English word ( not recorded) masian which means “ to confuse.” Whereas, labyrinth has its origins back to Ancient Greek legends. The legends indicate that King Minos instructed an inventor named Daedalus to create a labyrinth beneath his palace which housed a fearsome monster, the Minotaur.

Don’t worry, has been said that the monster Minotaur was slain by a Greek hero named Theseus. Afterwards, Theseus managed to find his way out of the labyrinth by using the assistance of a ball of thread which was given to him by Ariadne, the daughter of Minos.

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Labyrinths can be in many ancient cultures, however, it is most commonly associated with Ancient Greece. The symbol, and its many variations, date back over 4,000 years. Labyrinths symbolizes many different things some of which are as follows:

  • Wholeness – achieved by the meandering walk to the center, completing the pattern.
  • A journey of discovery – seeing different perspectives and directions as you walk.
  • Clarity and understanding – walking the labyrinth to achieve a thoughtful, ponderous state leading to clarity and discovery. Finding a solution to a problem and achieving understanding.
  • Confusion – It illustrates confusion and complexity. The symbol represents an enigma, a puzzle and confusion.
  • Spiritual journey – Seen as a metaphor for a spiritual journey. The entrance is viewed as representing the birth and the center as symbolizing God, knowing and enlightenment. A journey of growth.
  • A Pilgrimage – Likened to going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jerusalem.
  • Sacred geometry – The designs incorporate sacred geometry.

This particular Labyrinth is located on the property of First Central Presbyterian Church PC (USA) in Abilene, Texas. It is partially funded by Synod of the Sun PC (USA). It was designed as a place to:

  • Nourish both body and soul
  • Nurture healthy relationships with nature and neighbors
  • Sow seeds of gratitude for God’s creation

Suggested uses for Walking Labyrinth are listed below:

  • FOCUS: Quiet yourself before entering
  • RELEASE: Following the path, let go of concerns and free your mind to receive
  • RECEIVE: Linger in the center — open to God’s guidance
  • REFLECT: Ponder the experience as you return by the same path

Visited: March 2020. Duration: 30 minutes

God Bless. Peace be with you. Thanks for visiting. Remember I appreciate y’all.

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