‘The Labyrinth: Its History, Mystery & Meaning’ Public Lecture and Labyrinth Walk with Rev Dr. Lauren Artress
Lauren Artress presents the fascinating history of the labyrinth and the story of how she came to work with it. The labyrinth, a spiral pathway, can be symbolic of our path in life. It is a way to nourish our inner world. It is not a maze, designed to confuse us, but a flowing path inviting a mystical experience.
The labyrinth is a walking meditation, a path of prayer and an archetypal blueprint where psyche meets Spirit. It has only one path that leads from the outer edge in a circuitous way to the center.There are no tricks to it and no dead ends. Unlike a maze where you lose your way, the labyrinth is a spiritual tool that can help you find your way. Walking the labyrinth reduces stress, quiets the mind, grounds the body and opens the heart.
What is the story of the rediscovery of the labyrinth?
The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs were found on pottery, tablets and tiles that date as far back as 5000 years. Many patterns are based on spirals and circles mirrored in nature. In Native American tradition, the labyrinth is identical to the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze. The Celts described the labyrinth as the Never Ending Circle. It is also known as the Ka bala in mystical Judaism. One feature labyrinths have in common is that they have one path that winds in a circuitous way to the center.
The labyrinth design used by Lauren Artress is a replica of the Eleven-circuit Medieval Labyrinth from Chartres Cathedral in France. This pattern, made of Beauce quarry stone and an unnamed black stone to delineate the path, was inlaid into the stone floor in 1201. For the last 250 years, however, it has been forgotten and covered with chairs until Artress led a small group of people into Chartres cathedral to remove the chairs to experience the meditative walk first hand. The Rev. Dr Lauren Artress, a spiritual pioneer and a leading force in popularising the labyrinth in the United States and around the world, will give an evening lecture, a one-day workshop and a two-day facilitator training in Sydney in January 2015.
The lecture will be held at the Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington, and the workshop and Facilitator Training will be held at Moore Park Golf Club. Dr Artress also will hold a special dedication of the new Centennial Park labyrinth on the evening of Sunday, February 1.
Lecture Details: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM (UTC+10:00) 29 Jan 2015 at Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street, Paddington, NSW 2021 Australia. Cost $20 at the door. For more information, please contact Emily Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org