The pattern you will walk is a replica of the 13th century design found on the floor of the Chapter House in the Cathedral of Bayeux, France. These sacred patterns have also been found in other cultures and religious traditions throughout history, and for centuries Christians, unable to travel to Jerusalem, have walked their own local labyrinths as symbolic pilgrimages to the Holy City.
A labyrinth is a universal symbol of the pilgrim journey to the center of our being, it has no tricks or dead ends like a maze. One does not get lost, rather, this quiet walk leads inward. By walking this labyrinth, we are discovering long-forgotten mystical traditions, which acknowledge our joys and sorrows and may lead us into transforming experiences.
Before entering the labyrinth, you may like to know that there are three stages to the walk. The first is where you clear and quiet the mind; the second is when you enter the center of the labyrinth, a place of meditation and reflection – spend a moment or more. On leaving you enter the third stage, returning by the same path, along which you may join with God, your Higher Power, or healing forces at work. Some people walk a labyrinth with one particular quest in mind, others find renewal of mind, body and spirit within this fast-paced world.
(You may “pass” people or let others step around you. The path is two ways; those going in will meet those coming out.)