Our Labyrinth at Mapleton’s
The Labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions around the world. The Labryinth at Mapleton’s is a replica of the Chartres labyrinth laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220. The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.
There are three stages of the walk:
Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.
Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work you feel your soul reaching for.
Guidelines for the walk: Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may pass people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.