Creative Labyrinth Explores Why Have A Labyrinth?

Labyrinths are ancient, archetypal symbols that have been found throughout the world in diverse shapes and sizes.

Even though there are bits of archaeological facts to substantiate certain dates, we really do not know the ultimate origins of the meandering path or how labyrinths were originally used.

 Chartres labyrinth design, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

Chartres labyrinth design, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA

A labyrinth is a work of art. 
A place of beauty.
A place of peace.
A place to relieve stress and improve mindfulness.
And a pathway that may lead to answers.

 Chartres design, Earthrise Retreat Center, IONS, Petaluma, CA

Chartres design, Earthrise Retreat Center, IONS, Petaluma, CA

Labyrinths are used to problem solve, improve focus while tuning out distractions, bring clarity and spark imagination. A labyrinth provides the space to let go and leave the complexities of life at the entrance, finding an opportunity in the twists and turns to connect with creative genius.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A LABYRINTH AND A MAZE?

 A maze

A maze

Currently, the labyrinth is defined as a unicursal path that leads to a center, both physically and metaphorically. A maze has false starts, dead ends and high walls. You lose yourself in a maze and have the opportunity to find yourself in a labyrinth. A maze activates your thinking mind, while a labyrinth evokes your creativity.

 a labyrinth

a labyrinth

Because the labyrinth is based on patterns found in nature, our bodies resonate with these geometrical mandalas. Studies have shown that when the mind relaxes, the body relaxes. When the body and mind relax, there is room to become aware of our individual and collective spirituality, completing the connection of mind, body, and spirit.

 Classical Labyrinth carving, Tintagel, England

Classical Labyrinth carving, Tintagel, England

The Santa Rosa Labyrinth was created and copyrighted by Lea Goode-Harris in 1997. This seven-circuit labyrinth has quarter and half turns, as the medieval labyrinths, with the addition of a "heart-space" on the fourth path that is approached from all four directions. For more information on the Santa Rosa Labyrinth, please CLICK HERE.

 Santa Rosa Labyrinth, private installation

Santa Rosa Labyrinth, private installation

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