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Mythic Adventure: The Labyrinths of Grace Cathedral

We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us — the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence. And where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world. ~ Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth

Join us for a journey to Grace Cathedral where we will walk the labyrinth laid out on the floor and based on the famous medieval labyrinth of Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres. We will meet at the cathedral between 12 and 12:30 for the tour at 12:30 p.m. as well as visit the labyrinth outdoors of the cathedral in its courtyards.

The ride share plans are now closed. Members are still welcome to RSVP and meet us at the cathedral however.

Suggested Reading: The Art of Pilgrimage by Phil Cousineau, the following excerpt is available on-line from the chapter "Labyrinth." Click here ->Pages[masked] and type "help us escape" into the 'search inside this book' box.

General Information & Instructions Walking the Labyrinths at Grace Cathedral

The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint, found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. By walking a replica of the Chartres labyrinth, laid in the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France around 1220, we are rediscovering a long-forgotten mystical tradition.

The labyrinth has only one path so there are no tricks to it and no dead ends. The path winds throughout and becomes a mirror for where we are in our lives. It touches our sorrows and releases our joys. Walk it with an open mind and an open heart.

Three stages of the walk

  • Purgation (Releasing) ~ A releasing, a letting go of the details of your life. This is the act of shedding thoughts and distractions. A time to open the heart and quiet the mind.
  • Illumination (Receiving) ~ When you reach the center, stay there as long as you like. It is a place of meditation and prayer. Receive what is there for you to receive.
  • Union (Returning) ~ As you leave, following the same path out of the center as you came in, you enter the third stage, which is joining God, your Higher Power, or the healing forces at work in the world. Each time you walk the labyrinth you become more empowered to find and do the work for which you feel your soul is reaching.

Guidelines for the walk

Quiet your mind and become aware of your breath. Allow yourself to find the pace your body wants to go. The path is two ways. Those going in will meet those coming out. You may "pass" people or let others step around you. Do what feels natural.

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  • Greta H.

    A wonderful event. A tour led by a docent of this incredible cathedral followed by walking the indoor and outdoor labyrinths followed by interesting, meaningful and stimulating conversation in a China Town restaurant.

    January 27, 2013

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