On the desk in my clinic there’s a board with a labyrinth constructed from tiny white pebbles. Beside it is a small sign saying “Finger Labyrinth, use your fingers to walk me”. Children often do this walk. Walking the labyrinth pathway brings enormous health benefits and also creates a calming peaceful break in busy lives. Unfortunately many are not sure how it is done, or even where to find a labyrinth.

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Labyrinths are making a welcome return to our lives with many new full-size walking labyrinths being constructed. Many people across the world use them as a means to find inner balance and peace. As they walk the pathway their minds quiet and they receive intuitive insight through this gentle meditation. Simply walking the labyrinth is a wonderful way to develop mindfulness and find inner knowing.


Difference Between A Labyrinth And Maze

Labyrinths are ancient symbols used for thousands of years by many different cultures right across the globe. Their sacred spiral design is a very powerful self-alignment tool which brings perspective into our lives. The geometric form speaks to the right brain, unlike mazes which require the analytical left brain.

Mazes are puzzles which have dead ends and lots of twists and turns in many directions. Labyrinths have only one path that leads right into the centre with no tricky turns or blind alleys. The maze needs logical planned thinking to solve whereas the labyrinth requires a more passive approach. The only decision is whether to start or not.

Although the labyrinth runs to the centre without blind alleys, it does turn regularly. At some point on the walk you face every direction to further shift you out of the thinking brain. As a result of shifting from left to right brain your consciousness moves into a highly receptive state that allows you to receive insights.


How To Walk The Labyrinth

The labyrinth walk can be broken into three stages.  Continue reading…

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