Poems, Prayers and a Path: Walking the Labyrinth

"The labyrinth holds the concept of sacred space, the realm where the visible flows into the invisible and the finite encounters the infinite. Sacred space can be anywhere, especially when we remain open to mystery. Labyrinths are paths to be trusted; you need not engage your intellect or analytical mind. Just walk, it is not a maze or a test, the labyrinth will take you safely to the centre and just as safely see you out again.

"In fact there are no rules for a labyrinth, you may pass the person ahead of you, and you may skip the trail all together and go straight to the centre if you wish. You can dance it or jig or hop if you like. It is a symbolic journey, a pilgrimage in miniature for your delight. Dr. Lauren Artress describes them as Kathopathic, a way to use the imaginative process as meditation, a lesser known form of meditation. The movement of walking quietens the mind so images can arise to heal a broken psyche. This is the convergence of silence and imagery and both invite other levels of consciousness.

"Labyrinths have a long history as sacred spaces where old burdens can be laid to rest and where you can come to renew your spirit. They are mysterious because we don’t know the history of the origin of their design or how their space evokes clarity. They are over four thousand years old and are based on the principles of sacred geometry, a lost art that created serene spaces to calm the human psyche and feed the soul. Where the mind can find rest and harmony.

"I thought that for the month of December the Yukon Arts Centre could host a sacred space where we could gather as the days shorten. The felted hangings are fleeting imprints of night skies, starry skies and stained glass. The moon has full moons her eyes.

"There are poems, meditations, thoughts and prayers for you to walk with or you can write an intention for yourself, or leave your thoughts for another to contemplate. Please do enjoy your journey. A tourist visits as an observer, the pilgrim approaches with a searching heart. Come, be a pilgrim."

- Louise Hardy