The labyrinth dates back thousands of years before Christ and may types of labyrinths have been used as spiritual tools since ancient times. Though some cultures have used labyrinths as mazes, the Christian labyrinth is not a maze. It is one long path that twists and turns on a journey to the center and back out again, with no dead ends. It is a spiritual walk taken by people to mediate, pray and at times to fill us with emotion.
The members and friends of Hyde Park Christian Church built our labyrinth in 2000 and dedicated it to the glory of God. We welcome you to walk this path on your own spiritual journey.
The Labyrinth at Hyde Park Christian Church is an 11-circuit Christian labyrinth based on the one in the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Chartres, France.
The Chartres Labyrinth was built into the stone floor of the Chartres Cathedral in the Middle Ages. It was offered to Christians as a form of symbolic pilgrimage when travel to Jerusalem was too difficult. They saw reaching the center as journeying to the spiritual Jerusalem.
The labyrinth is intended to help with prayer and meditation. It can be a part of a spiritual journey or simply a calming walk that helps with meditation. Itís twists and turns leading indirectly to the center may suggest insights and analogies to a place or time in a personís life, or on a spiritual path. It is a tool to help direct thoughts away from lifeís distractions and toward the desired focus or center.
The labyrinth helps us focus on God by walking a path that requires our attention. By focusing on the physical task of following the path, distractions often fall away. We walk without the need to direct ourselves to a destination.
The labyrinth has no wrong turns. One path leads from the entrance to the center and back again. If you get confused just keep walking and you will come to the center or the entrance.
You may want to enter with a question or problem to take to God in prayer or you may just want to peacefully listen to God as you walk. You can walk at any pace, being careful of the rocks. If you are used to your life moving at a hectic pace, you may find it helpful to focus on slowing your pace at first. If you meet someone on the path, simply step into an adjacent path and allow them to pass. Afterwards, take time to reflect on your experience.
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