Walking the Way of the Labyrinth
Unexpected was my experience of walking the labyrinth for the first time. Use to the practice of waiting in the Silence during Quaker meeting for worship, I expected to be drawn into that waiting stillness, and I was.
Standing at the entrance, shoeless, I could see the path heading straight for the Center, but it veered off. I set my intention on being open to whatever would unfold – to just be.
The path turned, sometimes sharply, sometimes close to the Center, and just as abruptly turned far away. Moving with my whole body, being aware how the bottoms of my feet felt as they stepped, all so different than sitting motionless during the silent meeting for worship practiced by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Random insights came into my awareness, ‘This is how life is, and I don’t know the twists and turns. At moments I am resting in the Holy One’s presence, and then seemingly, I’m far away, out of touch.’
When I reached the Center, I sat down cross-legged. I cried. I felt profoundly held by Love. I didn’t want to leave the Center where I was comforted and where I felt safe. Yet I was being called to re-enter the world – to what, I did not know.
Quakers say, “I was being led.” Episcopals and others might say, “I was being called to a life of ministry.” I had a vague sense of this call.
Fortunately, our Beloved Creator accepts us where we are; we don’t need to know what will be next week, months or years from now. This is good because “shy” folks like me tend to think, ‘You want me to do what?!’
Every time I walk the labyrinth I have a profound experience. There are many ways to approach entering the labyrinth path. Some of the ways meaningful for me:
1. Use a sacred text, focusing on a word or phrase before moving to the next word or phrase. Be aware of new meanings, associations, memories.
2. Invite Love and Light to flow through you.
4. Walk with Jesus.
5. Joyful movement.
Maintain the mystery of the labyrinth and perhaps process your experience through journaling and by being within the stillness of the moment.
The Labyrinth experience is a Sabbath. Be renewed, rested, and refreshed. Be alive with Spirit of God.
What is your experience in walking the labyrinth? Please share. If you share your story, I will hold you in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Judy.