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“A labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . . but it is a map we can really walk on, blurring the difference between map and world.”― Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
The Labyrinth at Heartwood is listed in the International locator of the Labyrinth Society. We support this organization and participate in international walks for world peace.
A Labyrinth is a path designed to heighten spiritual awakening and deepen the connection between the spiritual self and our physical being. Often found at museums, churches, spiritual centers, or other community facilities, a Labyrinth provides opportunity to enhance creativity, open the heart and mind to self acceptance and understanding and to shed insight on our lives and how they continue to unfold.
Unlike a maze, which offers choices, decisions and challenges that engage the active mind, a labyrinth is designed in a pattern incorporating sacred geometry which curves and slowly leads a visitor into the quiet center. There is only one path out of the labyrinth as well, offering a visitor time to reflect on life, see parables with existence, and to forge inner stillness and peace. Walking the labyrinth invites a visitor to turn off the intellect to quiet the mind as they experience the path as a metaphor of the winding path of our lives and the twisting journey we take to find our spiritual center. It represents our journey from birth to death, and each person experiences the labyrinth differently, carrying away individual insight, awareness and inspiration. Whether you walk the labyrinth to quiet the active mind, to unleash your creativity, or to reflect and better understand your life, you need only step on the path with an open heart and mind. .
The Labyrinth at Heartwood is an 11 circuit classic design - a copy of the famed "Chartres Labyrinth,' built in the 13th century at Chartres Cathedral in France (Pictured below).Just a few feet shy of the original, the path has been painstakingly laid out to keep the integrity of the design intact in respect of the history and heritage of this renowned and beloved symbol of spiritual awakening. Visitors are invited to walk the labyrinth alone or with others when exploring and enjoying the nurturing grounds of Heartwood.
How does Walking the Labyrinth support your spiritual journey? Walkers say the labyrinth:
"Opens my heart"
"Centers and grounds me"
"Helps me know that there is a pattern of organization at work in the chaos of the current world"
"Receives my grief and pain and allows for its release"
"Connects me to that which is greater than me"
"Gives me creative insight to solve the problem I'm working on"
"Balances my energy"
"Revitalizes me to take on the rest of my life"
"Connects me with others walking"
"Is my path of prayer"
"Provides me with inner guidance"
"Gives me hope"