Day 194 July 13
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return
The Labyrinths of England and Great Britain are plentiful, historic and revolutionary. They come in all shapes and sizes though we know them for their turf construction, cultural acceptance and often mysterious histories. Whether its ritual, celebration or statement; England holds a bastion of wealth in labyrinth lore. Exploring is a wonderful adventure with the labyrinths of England.
If you are at all familiar with labyrinths, you know they are not a maze, though a maze can be a labyrinth. The two are often confused and it is quite interesting to see notable art and literary works that are unclear or incorrect. It is thus delightful to discover the Archbishop’s Maze at Grey’s Court near Henley-on-Thames, west of London. It is both a turf maze and a labyrinth, if you walk the path you discover the labyrinth and if you stay on the turf it becomes the magical message of the maze. It is located just beyond the Kitchen Gardens.
Commissioned in 1981, the labyrinth was designed with Archbishop Runcie’s enthronement speech in mind which urged the people to help each other unravel the maze of life. The labyrinth path is almost a quarter of a mile in length and at its center is a plaque that designates the four directions of nature as well as a junction of the crucifix. The seven rings of the labyrinth celebrate the seven days of creation and the entire design represents a crown of thorns. From the the religious intent to the spiritual opening all can come together in celebrating unraveling life’s mysteries together.
Our journey is all about the coming together of questions and answers, ideas and actions and exploration that brings harmony to the opposites. There we will find our truth and our capacities. As England is rich with labyrinth availability and wisdom, let this be a mere introduction of the variety that awaits. Explore and discover further adventures from those who have come together to provide the lessons of the labyrinth in cultural appreciation in England and beyond.
The Labyrinth Community of the UK
On this 194th day…
Explore the ways in which you bring two sides into one story.
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!
Our exploration this month is to Walk in reflection of our direction. We traveled from America’s west coast to Australia, Asia and the Swedish Lapland’s and found our centered point in Austria by the month’s end. July will complete our world walk and return us to American shores. It’s been a wild and wooly time of exploration in the world to expand our cultural and connective perspective of the labyrinths and their purposes worldwide. This is indeed the global course in Labyrinthing with world wondering discovered in our wandering.
This month, we return from our center in Austria and traverse the world.
- Go 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. From Austria to Portland… the second half begins!
- Grow 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. What will you have created by the end of our month?
- Join the online Mid Month Dialogues Call on Friday July 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
- Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society