Labyrinths can be found in almost every country and faith tradition around the world. The Cretan Labyrinth or Classical seven-circuit Labyrinth is the oldest European one recorded with an estimated date of 2,000 BC. The remains of a seven-circuit Labyrinth are located on Mount Knossos on the Isle of Crete.The most famous Christian Labyrinth created in 1200 AD, is called the eleven-circuit Labyrinth about 42 feet in diameter and is laid into the floor at the Chartres Cathedral in France. This Labyrinth design can be found in many Gothic churches throughout Europe.
What is it? The Labyrinth is a personal tool that can be used to quiet the busy, noisy, chatty left side of the brain and open and access the creative, insightful and spontaneous right side of the brain. A Labyrinth is not a maze with many dead-end paths that challenge the mind to find and solve the correct way. The Labyrinth has only one well-defined set path or circuit that is followed to the centre and retraced back out.
Why Use it? People use a Labyrinth to: quiet themselves, to reflect, to focus on concerns and issues, to petition for help, to re-center or balance, to honour someone or some event in their life, to gain insight, to heal themselves, to be inspired, to get answers, to grieve a loss, to celebrate, to feel a part of a community, to pray or commune with spirit, as a part of their spiritual or self growth journey, to get clarity ... the list is endless.
Hand-Held Labyrinths - History: Hand Held Labyrinths are replicas of the walking Labyrinths – the Cretan, Chartres or portions thereof. They were originally called ‘Troy Stones’, used in Cornwall England about 500 years ago.Troy Stones were passed on from one generation to the next or destroyed at the owner’s death, as they were thought to be sacred.
Current Examples of Daily Use: Hand Held Labyrinths can be used daily as meditation warm-ups, before business meetings, to treat insomnia, health care settings for hope, in schools or at home for quiet moments and focus, for reflection and grieving, soul searching, or as inspiration for creative endeavours. In short, finger Labyrinths are the perfect tool to bring you back to the present moment anytime, anyplace!
How to Use Your Labyrinth:
- Take one deep breath before you start "finger-walking" your labyrinth.
- Consider a positive word, an intention or question prior to start.
- Place the first finger from your non-dominant hand at the entrance of the labyrinth and follow the path into the centre.
- Optionally, close your eyes and use your fingers to feel the path
There are 3 stages; Releasing, Pausing and Receiving. While 'walking' toward the centre, think about letting go or releasing your stress. Take a breath at the centre, pausing for insight. Retrace your path back to the start, thinking about receiving needed energy, calm and focus.