Years ago in San Francisco, I came across a labyrinth outside Grace Cathedral. It is the only one I have ever seen, and I love the idea of them.
I don't know much about them, other than that they are meant to be used in meditation. I have been looking around on the internet, and found a terrific site that helps you find labyrinth locations all over the world.
They are maintained by enthusiasts of the practice ranging from spiritual new age retreat centers, to Catholic churches, to private citizens who just want to share the love and the enjoyment of them.
A labyrinth can very large, made with ornate tiles, or simple dirt paths defined by rocks or wood, and everything in between. Many of them are replicas of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220. I'm wondering, does each design have a specific purpose or intent to create a certain type of experience for the walker?
The thought of walking a labrinth really appeals to me for some reason. They seem very comforting somehow, and look like such beautiful, peaceful places, they would be good to visit, if only to enjoy some sweet vibes, especially the outdoor locations.
Do you have any experience walking labyrinths? Can you give me any advice on how to enjoy the practice? Have you pictures of an especially lovely one you've walked? I would appreciate you sharing whatever you know about them with me. Thank you.
The shapes of architectural labyrinths are based on sacred geometry and as such act as giant subtle energy emitters producing pure polarized energy that us humans can perceive as spiritually uplifting feelings. This energy can be measured using radiesthesia and on the bovis scale gives readings of up to 18000 unities which is exceptionally high compared with the environment, numbers above 10000 unities are considered to be in the "ethereal range". The normal vital vibration is 6500 unities.
Here are two examples;
The "chartres" labyrinth is polarized yang and thus emits powerful positive energies;
Traditionally the pathway is followed walking on your knees which takes about 1 hour to reach the center of the labyrinth, about the time it takes to walk a league (3 miles or 4.8 km). On arriving at the center you benefit from an increased opening of the heart and spirit thanks to the ambient spiritual vibrations.
The "amiens" labyrinth is polarized yin and thus emits a powerful receptive energy;
As with all such labyrinths each individual design transmits a very precise wave form. They all possess 11 curved or octagonal parallel bands, most have their entrance on the same side to the principle doorway of the building and their first turning or branch is to the left on the 5th band. Notice that the amiens pathway is black (yin), whilst the pathway of the chartres labyrinth is white (yang).
If you would like to know a bit more of how this fits into a wider picture including quantum physics, crop circles, the cube of metatron, platonic solids ... here is an article
The two pictures and most of the information were gleaned from the book "Les Tracés d'Or des Emetteurs Radioniques" by Dominique Coquelle.
have fun :)
Yes Grace I know about labyrinths. First a labyrinthine is not a maze. You will not get lost. There is nothing to figure out.
I walked a hay bale labyrinthine. It was a single path that wound around and around pointlessly until you arrived at the center. Once you and all the other people made it to the center you could turn around or simply step over the bales to get out. Most just stepped over the bales to get out. We all felt kind of silly and stupid for walking it.
That was my experience walking a labyrinthine.
There was no sense of accomplishment because there was no challenge.
Thanks to Grace and Ele, I have come to the conclusion that this labyrinth was made for fun for the children by day and fun for the drunk adults at night. The purpose being it keeps both out of trouble.
Since I'm not a kid and I don't drink I didn't see the point! lol!!!
Oh well, if I made you laugh and lifted you up in happiness then this was good for something... :-)
I love labyrinths. I find that walking consciously and concentrating on what I'm feeling is a freeing and wonderful experience. We have had one on our property in the past. Thanks for the question - I may revive it this summer.
answered 10 Apr '13, 07:25
There is an image of a labyrinth inside a church that is nearby
Grinstads kyrka dates from the middle of the 12th century. The labyrinth was uncovered 1913. It is painted in the center of the church,eye level If you were looking at the altar it would be on the left side ,the north facing wall.
answered 10 Apr '13, 10:14
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