What are Labyrinths?

The labyrinth is not a maze with mental challenges and blind alleys. You walk a single path from the entrance to the center and back again. There is no “right” way to walk the labyrinth; there are no “right” thoughts to have. Let your experience be your own.

The path of the labyrinth is like the path of life – with twists and turns, feelings of being lost, encounters with others in your path, a thrill of pleasure as you approach the center and sometimes a flash of insight before you leave.

Some enter the labyrinth with a problem to solve or an intention to change something in their lives. One person said “In this space I release my fears and remember who I truly am.”

Labyrinths Throughout the World

Labyrinths date from as early as 18,000 BCE. They have been found in many parts of the world:Egypt, India, Scandinavia, the British Isles and nearby in Galisteo and the Hopi Mesas. There are labyrinths in Roman mosaics, on the stone floors of medieval churches and cut in the turf of English village greens. Today there are thousands of new labyrinths from South Africa to Europe to the U.S. and Canada. People find that they need a time and place to reflect … a chance to step out of the busy-ness of ordinary life … so they can listen to the inner voice to help them deal with the joys and sorrows, the hopes and fears and disappointments of everyday life. Stepping into the labyrinth and following its twists and turns seems to provide that opportunity to reflect, to ask questions and to discover answers.

Learn More …

Visit our Resources page for a suggested reading list, additional online references, and discover how labyrinths are being used in schools.

Click Here to look up New Mexico labyrinths on the World Wide Labyrinth Locator on Veriditas’ web site.

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