Building  our first Labyrinth
3-28-2013
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Walking the Labyrinth

The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. By walking a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition.
The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.

Three stages of the walk

  • Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.
  • Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
  • Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel your soul is reaching.

Guidelines for the walk

<td align="right">Photo courtesy of Niall BattsonQuiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may "pass" people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.

Photo courtesy of Niall Battson
The Labyrinth at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco inspired us to build one in the garden at the Chatttooga Club in Cashiers North Carolina  Chattoogaclub.com



The Chattooga Labyrinth is in the center of the community garden. It is 42' in diameter, required 5,400 sq feet of sod,  1500 yellow and purple violas, 1 large mill stone, and a rabbit to make.

Below is the Chattooga Club's Community Garden as seen in Summer.
We will post more pictures of the garden as it fills in this summer.





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JOHN McCarley
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PO Box 524
Cashiers, North Carolina 28717
United States

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