C O N G R E G A T I O N
The Labyrinth: Walking a Sacred Path
Each of us, at some point in life, embarks on a journey. A quest for solace,
for truth, for inner peace, for the real meaning of it all. A pilgrimage to
find one's soul. Landmarks are hard to come by, and we can easily become
disoriented. The labyrinth, a metaphor for one's life journey, can help
show the way. The very act of walking the labyrinth encourages focus, assists
in opening up the self, in creating a place deep inside where new insights
and awareness can germinate, take root and grow. Each journey is unique. People
who like labyrinth tend to cross denominational and religious lines to explore
The Great Goddess Inanna of Mesopotamia (5,000 B.C.E.) surrendered her seven symbols of identity as she entered the Underworld were, she encountered her Shadow Side, her Dark Sister Ereskigal. Inanna dies, is reborn, and returns empowered reclaiming her seven symbols. (Later, Ereskigal became the model for Lillith, the first wife of Adam.)
With Greek legend when Theseus killed the Minotaur, he defeated the beast at the heart of darkness - and created a myth that is still vibrant and evolving. Roman mosaics often depicted labyrinths as fortified cities. Romans placed symbols of the square labyrinth above doorways for protection.
We now have a permanent outdoor Celtic labyrinth at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Lauderdale. Our church is located at 3970 Northwest 21st Ave., Oakland Park, Florida 33309. Our 7-Circuit Labyrinth is at the north side of our building. It is open to the public for walking and meditation. We plan to enhance this area for meditation in the near future. Contact us at (954) 484-6734 or by e-mail to . For directions, we provide an online MAP. Donations for the upkeep of the Labyrinth Project are gratefully accepted in the church office.
"The labyrinth is like an invisible thread that connects us to the sacred."
Today, mazes and labyrinths are more popular than ever before. Their imagery is used in games, films and advertising, while hundreds of new and innovative puzzle mazes have been built to entertain us. There is also a resurgence in their spiritual use by Christians, neo-pagans and the New Age culture. And of course the Web is often seen as a tangled labyrinth of links that ensnare the unwary!
Our Local Guide:
Sophia is a solitary practitioner who connected with the UU Church and CUUPS in 1997. She has been drawn to this inward journey and completed our permanent seven-circuit labyrinth. Sophia constructs temporary labyrinths from wood stakes and ribbon tape, and occasionally includes Christmas, otherwise known as Yule, lights. In summer, we take our temporary Labyrinth to Virginia and set it up for SUUSI.
Exercises that we lead:
Optional closes for differing times of the day and month:
Waxing Moon in the sky bright,A variation upon this Blessing:
With open heart and quiet mind.
Other Local Labyrinths (moving from North to South):
And there is a new 7-circuit medieval labyrinth near Fort Myers, FL, in the Leigh Acres area. See http://sacred-space-labyrinth.webs.com/
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