The Labyrinth in the Maze

Day 172:  June 21
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Education
In The Month of: Exploration

In the Yanquan Province there is a labyrinth that extends throughout the Philosophers Garden at the foot of the Great Wall of China

The Philosophers Garden along the Great Wall of China. Photo Credits: Marguerite Carstairs

The Great Wall of China is a world wonder that is approximately 2300 years old and extends just over 13,000 miles through nine provinces. In the Northern section lays the Yangquan Shanxi Province that includes the Niangzi Pass also known as the Ladies Pass to honor the garrison that hosted an army of women led by the daughter of the first Emperor of Tang Dynasty. There is much that honors the feminine contribution in protection of its people in this area of the Great Wall. This might make it not so surprising to discover a labyrinth that is called a maze yet is a labyrinth at the ground level near the Ecological Gardens. It is called the Philosophers Maze and where it creates a labyrinth in one area, it extends to traverse through the entire garden structure. Golden statures of soldiers remind of defense, while a gallery of Calligraphy balances with the wisdom of expression that enhances the ambience of the environs. It is said that the philosophers walked the labyrinth with an idea and by the time they came to the end, they had manifested their calligraphic story.

The exploration and discovery of this labyrinth was a journey of search and research as its subtle existence was present, though where it could have led to dead ends and confusion, it turned into a labyrinth with an open mind to discover what else might be significant and related. Each clue led to another and soon the labyrinth revealed itself. The difference in all was the ability to look for possibility and be open to explore and discover with clear intent. Turning a maze mind into a labyrinth is to look past what appears to be a dead end by appreciating and turning into a new beginning.

On this 170th day…
Explore your relationship with labyrinth and maze today, do we turn one into the other for a useful outcome?


Interactive Map Progress
A great Interactive experience this month will include a google map to track where we have been and what labyrinths you submit. Lets see if we can make a labyrinth pathway out of the month of travels based on the locations offered.  We began in Portland, Oregon…. Click here to watch the progress grow this month!


June Banner 2018 TLS 365 Experience World Wide Wonder

Welcome June

Our exploration this month is to discover the World Wide Wow in the unique and innovative labyrinth designs world wide that inspire us to move beyond the everyday and give us a larger labyrinthic look at what our path can truly provide. From the idea of living outside your box to simply doing something different everyday, allow this journey of June to educate you and your relationship to life with the labyrinth. We’e taking a global course in Labyrinthing!

  1. Get Global….Explore the World
    Investigate the world wonders of labyrinth design that are unique and different. From the permanent structures that are built to the canvas portable unique designs or the finger labyrinths that inspire a different walk, share the images at the 365 Experience on the TLS website and provide some detail and share your thoughts. Note how these designs are  outside the box of traditional design and how they might take us outside the design we’ve been living in.  They can be quite diverse or small simple adjustments that make it different too.
  2. Act Local…. Bring the World to you
    Let your walks, programs, designs, creations and simple enthusiasm be inspired by what the world offers us with fresh ways to create new experiences in the 30 days of this month. If it is doing something different each day, walking a new labyrinth, designing, researching or some new way to share, do it then share it with us! By becoming acquainted with the unique labyrinths of the world, we can be inspired as to why they are different, how they serve and what they offer on the same path we walk on in our home or local community area.
  3. Join the online  Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday June 15th at 2pmPST
    Be curious, research and share what you know of unique world labyrinths in the first half of the month and apply something that you find unique to your own life walk. Join us on the Mid Month Dialogues to share what you discovered, ask questions and hear from others about what they explored and discovered. Be inspired with an insight to complete the month with and make June a true world Journey.  Call connection Information



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