History of Labyrinths
Perhaps the oldest survivng labyrinth is found in a rock carving at Luzzanas in Sardinia, dating from 2500-2000 BCE. The earliest surviving labyrinth designs on a ceramic vessel (c. 1300 BCE) were found at Tell Rifa'at, Syria. Another dated c. 1200 BCE was found at Pylos, Greece. According to Dr. Lauren Atress (Walking a Sacred Path) the first labyrinth which could actually be walked through was probably constructed by King Amenemhet III around 1800 BCE at Fayum in Egypt.
Today, labyrinths are making an incredible comeback. There are to be found just about anywhere. Those who walk the 'sacred' path find an inner peace which is often reflected in the outside world. The labyrinth can be seen as a metaphor for life. For example, one woman found that she could not walk the labyrinth without stopping to pick out weeds. On reflection, she realized that in her life she was so focused on the 'weeds' of everyday life, she was missing the joy of just 'being'.
To get the most of walking The Labyrinth Peace Garden, we suggest you clear your mind as much as possible of the humdrum of daily life. Contemplate the steps you are taking as you move through the labyrinth. Be guided by whatever may come to mind. In the silence of meditation often the most profund wisdom will present itself. Often a wonderful sense of peace envlopes the walker. Whatever comes to you is right. There is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth. Each trip is as individual as you are.
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... It is solved by walking.