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Two Become One

Day 194  July 13
In The Year of Living Honestly
In The Quarter of: Application
In The Month of: Exploration & Return

a partial view of both turf maze and labyrinth brick path.

The Archbishop’s Maze at Chelsea Fringe in England. Photo Credits: Chelsea Fringe

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!

 


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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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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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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