Walking the labyrinth has become a popular spiritual exercise across the country and around the world. Labyrinths are said to been used for over 3000-3500 years. Labyrinths are ancient and have been a part of the sacred landscape through human history.
Those who use the labyrinth describe them as a pattern with power and a purpose. They are called “divine imprints,” that symbolize an archetype of wholeness. The Labyrinth is said to encourage healing, clarity, and peacefulness. There are claims of profound experiences as they affect the people who use them by connecting them with the deepest part of themselves. Labyrinths can often have a particular “specialty” in healing, improving ones health or alleviating symptoms of certain diseases. As you change your direction your awareness changes from right brain to left brain. They are right brain activity enhancers. Many claim that the labyrinth can induce different states of consciousness. Others say It also helps balance the chakras, spiritual energy centers described in Hinduism.
Lauren Artress writes “The path that guides us deeply into the psychological and spiritual center is the same path that takes us back out again into the manifest physical world in this way it is interpreted as a tool for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation. Archetypes that help us group the experience of unity and wholeness. The labyrinth is an archetype of wholeness that helps us rediscover the depths of our souls.”