The Eldering Path As A Labyrinth Walk

The labyrinth literally reintroduces the experience of walking a clearly defined path. This reminds us that there is a path, a process that brings us to unity, to the centre of our beings. In the simple act of walking, the soul finds solace and peace. – Lauren Artress, Labyrinth facilitator at Grace Cathedral and Chartres – 

An important symbol which I currently use for the spiritual eldering process is the image of a labyrinth.  Labyrinths are ancient symbols for our wholeness, and are used world wide for healing, self-reflection, meditation and creativity.  Famous labyrinths which I have personally visited  include the ones at Chartre in France  and Grace Cathedral in San Francisco.  These are magnificently set into the floor of  awe inspiring cathedrals, and symbolise the journey people take on a pilgrimage,  making the whole of life sacred.   But I have equally loved walking many outdoor labyrinths set in the peace and beauty of nature as well.  

The imagery of the  circle and spiral of a labyrinth is  sufficient on its own to hold space for inner work, loosen ego fixations and to raise our consciousness.  By meditating on and visualising the labyrinth, or  working with a finger labyrinth, we are brought into a deep alchemical process of transformation.  This can be applied to any phase of life in which we are  grappling with some core issues or questions that are alive in our hearts.

During our Spiritual Eldering retreats we may work with finger labyrinths if  it is not possible to create or walk a physical labyrinth. The general process with which we work  in our retreats and classes  is mirrored in three primary phases associated with walking a labyrinth:  purification/releasing; illumination/receiving; and union/returning.