The labyrinth has always been a metaphor for our journey through life. Whether it is used to trap what you feel is evil, use it to let go of what troubles you, or use it to guide you through your life, it is and will always be, the road we all take.
The center can be whatever we choose to call it, I choose to call it home and that is where I am going. I entered my labyrinth when I was born and I will walk it until I pass from this world into the next, when I go home. The mystics tell us we do not belong here, that we remember only vaguely where we came from, we have forgotten we will one day re-member with all that is home.
Early humans saw the winding one-way path more clearly than we who have forgotten where we came from and where we are going. They understood more clearly than us that we are simply travelers in this place. Like us they did not understand why we are here only that we had to journey home to where we belong. They recognized that every bend in the path represented each challenge we face in this long journey home, whether it be a challenge we have no control over, such as an illness, or something we created through our own ignorance, greed, or selfishness.
We travel this path whether we want to or not, how we travel, what we do, or do not do, on the road creates each, and every, bend. Every path is unique to each of us and we will walk it even if we do not want to. Every bend, every decision we make, every challenge we face and overcome will be recorded in the history of the universe. That history makes up the very fabric of the universe, the energy of life itself. How we respond to our challenges, whether of our own making or not, creates the universe of life that births us all.
Ruth Jewell, ©May 16, 2020
NEVER THE WRONG PATH
By, Jeff Foster
(Merri Creek Labyrinth (Sidney Labyrinth),
May 16, 2020)
You cannot walk the ‘wrong’ path.
You can only walk the path.
For a moment, be present.
Let the past recede into the evening.
Feel your feet held on the vastness of the Earth.
Hear sounds shimmering all around you.
You cannot know you are walking the wrong path.
You are simply walking the path you are walking,
walking the path you cannot not walk.
Your walking makes it the path.
The path of this moment.
The only path you can touch.
The path your senses are meeting.
Behold, your path reveals itself in front of you, always.
Only a thought calls it wrong or right.
With doubt as your trusted guide, walk with courage…
In every sacred moment.
In every Now of Now.
Through every breath.
Through every joy and sorrow.
This is your path.