Labyrinth

 

The Cathedral's Labyrinth is located in the Great Hall and is open to the public on the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm - 8pm.  Facilitators are present to help introduce you to this ancient meditation form.  For information about our monthly facilitated labyrinth, contact Melanie Ekberg (melanie.ekberg@gmail.com) for more information. In addition, our labyrinth is available for any individual or group meditation without regard to your religious affiliation (as the calendar permits). Contact the Cathedral Church office 619-298-7261 for an available time.

 

What is a labyrinth?
The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in many religious traditions in various forms around the world. By walking the labyrinth, a design laid in or on the floor, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition that is insisting on being reborn. The labyrinth you see here applied to the floor of the Great Hall at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, is like the one at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, which in turn is modeled on the one laid in the floor of
Chartres Cathedral in France about 1220.

 

Why Do We Walk It?
We live in a time of extreme spiritual hunger. People are seeking ways to enhance and deepen their awareness of God. The Labyrinth can be a tool for doing this, as a form of walking mediation.

 

How Do We Walk It?
In general, there are three stages to a typical walk: the first stage, lasting until you reach the center of the labyrinth, can be called shedding, a releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This tends to quiet the mind. The second stage can be called the illumination, when you reach the center and linger there. The center is a place of mediation and prayer. The third, as you leave the center and retrace your steps back to the outside, can be called union with God and the healing forces at work in the world.

 

Text from a St. Paul brochure "The Labyrinth," which was based partially on the book by the Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, Walking A Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth As A Spiritual Tool, Riverhead Books, N.Y. 1995.