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THE LABYRINTH - An Ancient Way of Prayer



A short history

The labyrinth goes back 5,000 years or more. Beginning in the Middle Ages, Christianity adopted the labyrinth as a symbol,changing the design to imbue it with specifically Christian meaning. For almost a thousand years there has been an identifiable Christian labyrinth tradition. This movement reached its peak at Chartres Cathedral, in France, with the installation of an elegant labyrinth into the nave floor in 1201 during the construction of the magnificent new Gothic structure.


                                                                            Chartres Cathedral, Chartres, France        




           The labyrinth incorporates many levels of symbolism within its sacred geometry,
with its circularity and concentric circles





In our modern world we have lost touch with our origins, our roots, even our true identity. The labyrinth is the bridge that connects us to these things, to a long-forgotten part of ourselves. That is why it touches people very deeply, often in a way they cannot verbalize, as the context itself is ancient.

The labyrinth provides the sacred space where the inner and outer worlds can commune, where the thinking mind and imaginative heart can flow together. It can provide a space to listen to our inner voice of wisdom.

The labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral is the floor plan brought to Seven Fountains.



The Labyrinth at Seven Fountains