Labyrinth History and Uses
Labyrinth or a maze, is there a difference? YES, absolutely!
A maze has many paths that are meant to confuse you as you attempt to find your way out. Problem solving is needed, using the analytical, left side of the brain.
A labyrinth is ONE path that twists and turns leading to a center point, with no worries that this same path will lead you back out as you move at your own pace. The intuitive right side of the brain is engaged, allowing for introspection, relaxation and becoming centered.
The labyrinth origin is unknown, but we do know they have been around for at least 4000 years! The labyrinth is created, not naturally occurring in nature. Amazingly they have been found all across the world, from India, France, Egypt, Scandinavia, Crete, United States, British Isles, Italy, Greece, Scotland and more. Design of the labyrinth may vary in shape and size, you may walk a path or choose to use a finger labyrinth as seen on ancient church walls or outside of tombs. (Watch video below)
Labyrinths have been used historically and today for ceremonies, healing, fertility, childbirth, and to facilitate meditation and relaxation.
A great quote by Dr. Lauren Artress from her book " Walking a Sacred Path":
"You enter a maze to lose yourself and a labyrinth to find yourself."
For more information about labyrinths go to www.labyrinthsociety.org