There is one path into the labyrinth, leading you to the centre. Once you arrive at the centre and have spent whatever time you need, retrace your steps out. You may choose to walk around the whole outside of the labyrinth as a way of ending their walk.
You are welcome to walk this labyrinth in any way that feels right to you – it is a safe path for prayer, reflection, discovery, and even play (we have seen children rejoice in running the labyrinth!) If you would like further guidance, read on:
- Set an intention for your walk – Ask a question; Seek guidance; Open to connection.
- Allow whatever comes up in your walk to be experienced without feelings of self-consciousness.
- Walk at your own pace which may change as you move through the labyrinth.
- Allow your breath to flow and help quiet the mind.
- Take whatever time you need in the centre; leave when you feel ready.
- Retrace your steps to the entrance, passing others as feels respectful.
- Pause at the exit, give thanks.
- Maintain a non-verbal state for awhile after your walk by resting, journaling or drawing.
Prayers for labyrinth walking
As I walk this sacred path, may I open my heart.
May I open to …
truth, love, acceptance, forgiveness, healing, wisdom, new life, the presence of the Divine One.
May I hear the voice of love.
May I hear words of peace.
May I trust what I hear.
May I know my next step on the way….
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying: ‘This is the way, walk in it.’” Isaiah 30:21
God of compassion and love
I seek to walk a path of forgiveness
that leads to healing and new life.
Guide me on the path of truth and righteousness.
May I know your presence and peace.
(Forgiveness is most often a journey or process of understanding and healing. It often takes more time and effort than we may want or expect, and may require the help of others. God is with you. Reach out to someone trustworthy if you need help.)
More information: History and Practice of Labyrinth Walking – Church of the Ascension