Sunday Service Recap

Marie Alexander

Sacred Labyrinth:  Ancient Meditation Tool

The Labyrinth dates back thousands of years and can be found at many ancient sacred sites.  It has long been used as a tool that takes us directly to God and connects us to our own inner wisdom.  It continues to be a powerful walking meditation!  This service explored the ancient tradition of walking the labyrinth.

Labyrinth walking in an ancient practice used by many different faiths for spiritual centering, contemplation and prayer. There is a rich history of many religions creating labyrinths at their holy sites as a way to symbolize life’s journey and achieving enlightenment or a connection to their god. Entering the path of a labyrinth, a person typically walks slowly while quieting their mind and focusing on a spiritual question or prayer. Labyrinths can be thought of as symbolic forms of pilgrimage; people can walk the path, ascending toward salvation or enlightenment. Many people could not afford to travel to holy sites and lands, so labyrinths and prayer substituted for such travel.

The belief is that as you are waking this path you find alignment within your brain and your spiritual center to bring clarity and alignment to yourself. Think of it as a walking meditation. Many people find that traditional meditation can be tasking trying to sit still to focus but labyrinth walking allows your spiritual sense to focus while giving your body “something to do.”

Upon hearing about Marie’s experiences, and hearing about the experiences of others who have practiced labyrinth walking, you realize that this can be a very powerful tool. A labyrinth is a great symbol for life itself. Sometimes you get lost in the path of your life’s journey and cannot see the the destination or the goal of your work, but if you keep going on your path you will come to discover the meaning of your journey. The labyrinth is a reflection of this journey. You’re never completely lost. You may get turned around, you might not be able to see the whole path, or you may not be able to see your final destination, but if you have faith and just stay on your path you will be able to realize your goals. You have to trust that when you begin your journey the answers you are seeking will come to you.

There is no wrong way. You have to experience your own personal journey to come in touch with your own personal truth and discover the path and personal meaning that is right for you. That is what we are about here at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fargo-Moorhead and it is reflected in our Fourth guiding Principle of “A free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Your path is unique to you. There is no universal answer or a specific path you need to follow. Discover your own path to your ultimate truth with the trust that you will find your answers and you will have the loving support and guidance around you if you find that you feel lost or cannot see your destination.


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