Healing Steps Labyrinth
The Labyrinth is a unique kind of pilgrimage or sacred journey, made within the confines of a circle. It is available to everyone. No matter what faith background or lack thereof they may have, the physical walk is a form of ritual that can bring reconciliation and healing for spiritual pain and fractured relationships.
We are all on the path of life. The labyrinth is a model of that path. It is an ancient symbol that combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a purposeful path. At is most basic level, a labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are. It is neither linked to pagan ritual nor owned by Christian faiths.
Labyrinths and mazes have often been confused. A labyrinth is not a maze. A labyrinth is composed of a single path that spirals to the center of a circle and then back out again. There is no puzzle to solve. The only choice to make is whether or not to enter. Walking a labyrinth is a right-brain task that involves intuition, creativity, and imagery. A maze is a puzzle to be solved and requires choices to be made to reach its center. Walking a maze is a left-brain task that requires logical, sequential, analytical activity.
The labyrinth is an ancient symbol of life’s journey that has been used for centuries as a form of physical prayer. Over the past fifteen years, the labyrinth has enjoyed a dramatic revival as a meditation, relaxation, and spiritual tool that has also shown demonstrated health benefits in a variety of applications, including trauma, illness, grief, and addiction.
The Healing Steps Labyrinth is an interfaith gift to the Huntsville community designed to be handicapped accessible and always available. The St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and our partner, United Church of Huntsville, have come together to provide a sacred space for healing, renewal, respite, and reconciliation for all seekers. If you feel called to participate in this new ministry at St. Stephen’s, please call our Parish Office at 256.881.7223.