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What's the big deal with Labyrinths? » Empowered Women's Channel
Dorit Brauer is the author of Girls Don’t Ride Motorbikes – A Spiritual Adventure Into Life’s Labyrinth chronicling her modern day pilgrimage in which she embarks onto a 7,430 mile solo motorcycle adventure across the US to walk labyrinths.

A history lesson…

Labyrinths are sacred circles found in every culture around the globe, dating back thousands of years. The circle has no beginning and no end. It is a doorway to another dimension and it allows us to become whole and experience oneness, fulfilling the deepest yearning of the human soul. The sacred circle represents our origin and final destination, our divine essence that exists beyond time and space.

The labyrinth is not to be confused with a maze, where you can take choices and reach dead ends. Mazes became popular during the period of rationalism in the 15th century, emphasizing reasoning and thinking. This was also a time when the holistic understanding of the universe lessened. The body mind connection and the knowledge of how the mind rules matter vanished. It is interesting to notice that now we have come full circle. In the last 20 years the labyrinth movement in the Unites States flourishes with dozens of new labyrinths created every year.

How can a labyrinth help me?

The labyrinth is a spiritual transformation power tool that answers our call to wholeness. It allows you to reach states of clarity during troubled times and turmoil. Its single winding path invites you to relax, give up control and trust. As you walk the labyrinth consider the three R’s. Release, Receive and Reflect.

Following the journey into the labyrinth, contemplate releasing everything that does not serve your highest good. With every step visualize breathing in bright shining healing light. You exhale all concerns, worries, painful memories, aches from your body, as well as beliefs and perceptions that do not resonate with the light. Enjoy this cleansing and purification process.

The center of the labyrinth represents your connection to the divine, your higher self and it is a place of unity and oneness. Here you may ask for guidance to life’s challenges. Be assured that the answers to your questions will emerge in the days following your labyrinth walk. Now as you have exhaled everything that does not serve you any longer, you may visualize breathing in the light and breathing it out, the light within you and all around you grows and expands. You become a vessel for the divine light; let your light shine bright and radiant.

Then trace your steps back out of the labyrinth. Reflect on your journey and count your blessings and all the good you have received throughout your life. Focus on gratitude, happy memories, moments of joy and love. Every thought that enters your mind creates reality. Reflect, choose your thoughts carefully and say thank you.

Inner Peace and Serenity can be yours. Take the first step today. To find a labyrinth in your area please check the World Wide Labyrinth Locator.