Labyrinth

: a place that has many confusing path or passages
: something that is extremely complicated or difficult to understand

Source: www.merriam-webster.com

Etymology

Labyrinth (n.): c. 1400, laberynthelabyrinth, maze, great building with many corridors and turns,” figuratively “bewildering arguments,” from Latin labyrinthus, from Greek labyrinthosmaze, large building with intricate passages,” especially the structure built by Daedelus to hold the Minotaur, near Knossos in Crete, a word of unknown origin.

Apparently from a pre-Greek language; traditionally connected to Lydian labrysdouble-edged axe,” symbol of royal power, which fits with the theory that the original labyrinth was the royal Minoan palace on Crete. It thus would mean “palace of the double-axe.” But Beekes finds this “speculative” and compares lauranarrow street, narrow passage, alley, quarter,” also identified as a pre-Greek word. Used in English for “maze” early 15th century, and in figurative sense of “confusing state of affairs” (1540s). As the name of a structure of the inner ear, the essential organ of hearing, from 1690s.

Source: www.etymonline.com

Wisdom

“A labyrinth is a symbolic journey . . . but it is a map we can really walk on, blurring the difference between map and world.”

Rebecca Solnit (b. 1961 writer, historian, activist, author of fifteen books about the environment, landscape, community, art, politics, the power of stories, and hope)

Bio Source:

rebeccasolnit.net

“With a labyrinth, you make a choice to go in – and once you’ve chosen, around and around you go. But you always find your way to the center.”

Jeff Bridges (b. 1949, actor, singer, producer, and a member of a prominent acting family)

Bio Source:

www.jeffbridges.com

“I'll paint you moments of gold, I'll spin you Valentine evenings...”

David Bowie (1946-2016, David Robert Jones, English singer, songwriter, and actor, regarded as an innovator of reinvention and visual presentation)

Bio Source:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Bowie

“He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.”

Victor Hugo (1802-1885, Victor Marie Hugo, poet, novelist, and dramatist, who was the most important of the French Romantic writers; best known for “Notre-Dame de Paris” and “Les Misérables”)

Bio Source:

www.britannica.com/biography/Victor-Hugo

Meditation

“With a labyrinth, you make a choice to go in – and once you’ve chosen, around and around you go. But you always find your way to the center.”

— Jeff Bridges

 

One of the most memorable part of my spiritual initiation was on a very sacred shamanic retreat in the highlands of Oregon.  Walking the labyrinth alone brought me to the center of questions and  profound answers.  My journey into the unknown was mysterious and ominous all at once.  Miraculously, I was not afraid.  I was in awe of the journey, because I knew I was on the precipice of a life change.

Full transformation, however, did not come immediately.  I had to step out of that cocoon and back into my life.  My old buttons would be pushed, and I was still reactive, emotional, and sometimes stuck in my old ways.   But, I could feel the dawning of the new in as much as I was aware of my ability to observe myself as I made different choices.

Maybe my journey can be an analogy of our collective transformation and spiritual ascension into higher consciousness. Perhaps our life explorations are more like tours through a labyrinth rather than “a staircase to heaven.”

If we are to treat our journeys like we are cycling gently through a labyrinth, maybe we will allow ourselves to be more present as Life reveals itself.

Let’s take the plunge, sojourners!

Much Love, Tonya

 

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