301 East Thirteenth Street, Antioch, CA 94509
We invite you to use our labyrinth at St. George’s anytime. The style of our labyrinth is a modified Chartres pattern with nine circuits or rings. It is based on the 11 circuit pattern developed in 1206 AD at the cathedral in Chartres, France. The labyrinth is located in our parking lot and is available for walking anytime.
What is a labyrinth?
It is a universal tool that can be used by anyone. It appeals to children as well as adults. It is a winding circular path that is walked into a center and out again.
What are they used for?
The process of walking the labyrinth can quiet the mind and lead to inner peace and deep relaxation. It focuses the attention to promote personal and spiritual growth, or to expand creativity and intuition. The labyrinth can be used for prayer, meditation, rituals and even play. Waking the labyrinth is a journey that can be a mirror for the soul or a metaphor for our lives. It is a tool that can put us in direct contact with the Divine.
Where did labyrinths come from?
No one knows exactly where the labyrinth originated. However, there is evidence that they have been used in many cultures from all over the world for over 5,000 years. They have been used for prayer, personal growth, rituals, as decorations, and even on coins.
Are labyrinths and mazes the same thing?
No. A maze challenges you with many paths, tricks and dead ends. It is designed so you can get lost and disoriented. A labyrinth has only one path so you can relax and enjoy the journey, and perhaps find yourself along the way
How do I walk the labyrinth?
There are many ways to use the labyrinth. In fact, there is no right or wrong way to use this tool. Many people approach it with no instruction and have very meaningful experiences walking the labyrinth.
One of the most common ways to use the labyrinth is to think of it as having three stages, the walk inward, being in the center, and the walk back out. With each of these phases you can:
Comments from some of our labyrinth users:
● This was my first time to walk a labyrinth and I have to say I’ve never known such peace and calm in my life.
● I drive for a living and couldn’t figure out which way to go when I stopped once. I felt lost and I’m not supposed to get lost! I guess this tells me something about myself.
● When I was in there I thought about how much my family loves me and how much God loves me.
● Four words describe what I felt as I walked: Joy, love, transformation, and peace.