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Creating Cretan Culture

Day 189  July 8
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

From simple designs to the larger cretan stone design, the Labyrinth Park is a cultivation of labyrinth and maze

The Cretan Labyrinth of Labyrinth Park in Crete. Photo Credits: Labyrinth Park

Where Greece might appear to be a natural labyrinth within its cities and islands and their narrow passages that twist and turn, the formation of the Greek Key in its interlocking purposeful meander and cultural appreciation for the ancient mythology, ritual and lore. It is the origination of the story of Theseus championing the Minotaur of the maze and bringing to light the labyrinth out of the maze. Where the labyrinth seems to show up everywhere throughout the mainland and its islands, a modern society is forming and the labyrinth might prove to be a more useful mechanism for a variety of the requirements of society.

South of the Islands that make up the space between Greece and Turkey lays the island of Crete. Discoveries and explorations are hoping to excavate an original Minoan Labyrinth in the cave complex of Gortyn, known as the Labyrinth Caves. There is also inquiry into the City of Skotino on the mainland as being a site with some reference that might bring into question the palace at Knossos. With time comes inquiry and investigation and in a culture that holds a distinct edge on Labyrinth lore, being open to exploration can only bring opportunity.

One such opportunity that is evolving young minds is the Labyrinth Park that opened in Hersonissos, on the Northwestern edge of Crete near the Agean Sea. It is a park of amusement and ecology, though its theme explains the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Where the largest attraction is the wooden maze, small walkable painted labyrinths dot the landscape, walkways and even the front entrance integrating the power of simple everyday importance over the larger draw of the maze. Opposite the area for Minoan Chess and the Cretan Village sits the large cretan stone bordered circular labyrinth design. When you can add natural simple activities to appreciate about the labyrinth among the normal entertainment children are bombarded with, a subtle education and an appreciation develops. For a culture that wants to retain values, finding ways to incorporate it into the mainstream with natural appreciation and/or application is a healthy direction for creating curiosity and education.

 

On this 189th day…
Explore the ways in which you share your wisdom and knowledge to pass on worthwhile appreciation and education today.

 

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!

 


World Wide Explorations in the Month of July 2018 for the TLS 365 Experience. Part II
Welcome July!

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.

  1. 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!
  2. 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?
  3. 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
  4. Share your Ideas, images, designs and become apart of the wisdom of the Labyrinth Society
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Moving Expansion

Day 80: March 21
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Awareness
In The Month of: Discover

Triskelion Labyrinth and Peace Symbol entwined @TheAmusedMuse.comOn this new day of spring, the rotational symmetry of the Triskelion design is found in the three spirals that form a triple spiraled labyrinth. It is considered Pre-Celtic as it’s symbol has been found in Malta between 4400-3600 BC. It was found carved in the stones at New Grange, Mycenaean vessels, Lycian coins, and throughout ancient Greece, Italy, Japan, Korea and Tibet. Today we can find its symbolism on areas of motion such as the air corps, the US Department of Transportation fitting it’s name in the origins of the Ancient Greek, Triskeles, which means three legged.  It has been a symbol of both forward motion for understanding and competition. It is also a symbol for greater insight from the present existence to the spiritual and the celestial.

From this perspective we may take this interesting trifecta of spirals and consider the movement of our walk to appreciate the forward understandings that have brought us to this day in time, yet also consider the triple significance of greater existence or like our year of greater realization of potential, a consideration for our present circumstances in our walk with spiritual considerations and the largeness of the celestial existence. It can help us to feel the expansiveness of any current predicament or wonder.

In creating this design of the Triskelion today the three double spirals laid over a peace symbol for its similar triple appeal were separated in color and as a result demonstrated four parts to this tri-named symbol. Three simple Euclidean spirals form the outer experience, yet it is the true center Triskelion symbol that centers it all and adds a greater depth to the spiral of this day and the movement it creates.

A suggestion to walk with:

On this 80th day…
Move in gradual stillness and expansion noticing how graceful both become in you.

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March’s Focus

As it is now the third month of the year and our last month of growing awareness before we delve into the ways of education, allow this month be one that creates both the light hearted discovery and profound realization. How can you create more awareness with the labyrinth personally or in the ways you share with others? Where do you notice a spiral effect that takes you to the point or away from it? Be on the lookout for the spiraling nature this month.

  1. Realize
    In the 31 Days this month offers, become aware of the daily realizations that you create and discover. Walking daily creates compound interest in what you look forward to and discover each day. Let March become your month of expanded capacity as you walk to make each day and adventure in exploration of what more you can explore. Seek to spiral into new and inspiring realization and whether it is rich and profound or light hearted and amusing… be open, walk with intention and you are bound to come away larger.

2. Surprise
One can realize and find much in the depth of understanding that awareness offers us, though when we look forward to realization of that depth and awareness, it can inspire new ways of appreciation and discovery in both our  process and capabilities as we are constantly growing, no matter what age. Invite the element of  surprise into what you realize as it can lift what you discover into seeing a bit more than before.  Notice the spiral effect of how you move from realize to surprise and make discovery more significant and true.

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