For thousands of years individuals have been walking labyrinths as a spiritual practice seeking healing, peace, meditation, reflection, guidance, and transformation. The labyrinth is a sacred path representing the twists and turns encountered along life’s journey. It is the simplicity of the path that enables one to merely focus on the walk thus quieting the mind. Walking the Labyrinth is a way of praying with the body that invites the divine presence into an active conversation with the heart and soul.
The earliest known Christian labyrinth is located on the wall of a church in Algeria, with the words “Sancta Eclesia” (holy church) inscribed in its center. As early as A.D. 350 worshipers entering the church would trace the labyrinth with their finger in order to focus their thoughts and open themselves up to the presence of God.
In the Middle Ages many cathedrals in Europe began to construct larger labyrinths. Christians who could not make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem would instead travel to these cathedrals to walk the labyrinth as a spiritual pilgrimage, symbolizing the journey to the Holy Land. The labyrinth in the floor of the nave at Chartres Cathedral in France is the most well known of the medieval designs.
Weatherly’s labyrinth is located under a canopy of trees in a quiet corner of the campus. We invite the community to use the labyrinth during daylight hours.
“And when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left, your ears shall hear a word behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it” (Isaiah 30:21)