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6.14.13 … walking instructions …

Grace Cathedral SF CA, labyrinths. “Solvitur Ambulando”, fyi, bucket list:  OK, this one is on my list.

<td align="right">Photo courtesy of Niall Battson

General Information and Instructions

Walking the Labyrinths at Grace Cathedral

The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. By walking a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition.

The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.

Three stages of the walk

Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.

Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.

Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel your soul is reaching.

Guidelines for the walk

Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may “pass” people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.

via Grace Cathedral – The Labyrinths of Grace Cathedral.

 

Monthly Candlelight Labyrinth Walks with Music

One Friday evening each month (usually the second Friday), we invite you to walk the labyrinth by candlelight and music and pray for peace in our hearts and peace in the world.

The walk is hosted by our Labyrinth Guild. Each month we feature a different musician and offer an introduction to the labyrinth.  This event is open to all who have an interest in the labyrinth or just wish to experience the cathedral in a way that is seldom possible.

Our next candlelight labyrinth walk is on Friday, June 14, from 6 – 8 p.m. Music will be provided by Musica Divina. Sign up here to be notified about future candlelight labyrinth walks.

via Grace Cathedral – The Labyrinths of Grace Cathedral.


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