For centuries humans have built and walked labyrinths. Their history is shrouded in mystery, but examples exist all over the world from periods dating back as much as 3,000 years. Many will immediately think of the labyrinth of Crete where the Minotaur was said to live. But that was a maze, not a labyrinth. One could get lost in it’s twisting and confusing corridors. In fact, the Minotaur counted on that.
You cannot get lost for there is one and only one path from the entrance to the center and back out again. For this reason, the labyrinth proves a wonderful and fertile place for the mind. It is not necessary to make decisions on which way to go. The mind can focus on deeper spiritual matters as one is drawn inexorably to the center. The journey in is a transition from the mundane world of the outside to the higher spiritual plane existing at the center. The walk takes you close to the center more than once only to pull you back before again drawing you in. The person experienced in meditation will find the “monkey brain” silenced by the time of arrival at the center.
Most people do not have access to a labyrinth large enough to walk. Still others have mobility and vision issues. These can hamper their ability to walk a the circuit even when a labyrinth is available to them. For this reason, Lowell Hill Pottery presents this version. This tile is 6.5″ in diameter and is based on a scaled-down version of the labyrinth at the Chartres Cathedral in France. Sit comfortably and use a finger or stylet to trace the circuits of this labyrinth. Close your eyes and feel its pathways at they wind in and out bringing you into the center. Breathe deeply and meditate. Then trace the pathway out again.
This item is available only in Lowell Hill Pottery’s exclusive glaze colors.