Labyrinths

 

Labyrinths

Donald L. Engstrom-Reese

© 2013




        Walking a labyrinth is one of my deepest pleasures. It is also one of my surest paths to the realms of spirit which are fully integrated with and grounded in the beating pulse of life in Midgard. There is no part of working with a labyrinth that does not intrigue me; the designing, the physical layout, the walking and the synthesizing of my experiences while in the arms of its living mysteries. The first way that I learned to work labyrinth magic was simply to walk the labyrinth with an intention of opening to the Mysteries, being willing to experiencing whatever came my way. But as things do, my relationship with the labyrinth and its kin have grown and transformed. My fingers now follow Ariadne's thread throughout my day to day life. With my runes standing-with me, we follow the way of the labyrinth deep into the cosmos to explore and reflect on the ever changing patterns of the multiverse. Over the years, the three, the seven, and the eleven circuit labyrinths have become dear feres and friends.


        One of the mysteries of the labyrinth that is particularly dear to my heart, is that a group of folks can ritually walk a labyrinth at the same time and yet easily have a multitudinous layer of experience. In other words, a person can have both a deeply personal experience and at the same time a grand communal adventure into the spirit realms while engaging in a labyrinth ritual walk with other living human beings. The layers of power and potentiality that build up during such workings are palpable and are readily available to empower the working at hand.


        Another of the labyrinth mysteries that I hold dear, is that once a labyrinth has been marked on the ground and walked by living feet, it remains in that place for countless cycles of the sun. It does not seem to matter if the labyrinth dissolves, or is destroyed, or is forgotten for many years under layers of leaves and detritus. Once a labyrinth has been inked into the skin of Eartha, it appears that the living tattoo remains until that flesh of soil is no more.


        Walking the Rainbow Bridge Labyrinth, or as some say the Chakra Walk, is a very interesting and informative way to journey along a seven circuit labyrinth’s paths. As with most ritual and/or ceremonial work, it is good to craft a clear intention. The more explicit you can be with your intention, the more likely that coherent information will come your way. A clear and focused intention is a particularly smart thing to do when walking a Rainbow Bridge Labyrinth.


        Each of the seven circuits of the Rainbow Bridge Labyrinth is given a color. It has been common in my experience to start with red for the first circuit and then to work one’s way into the center (see illustration above). When you are ready, set your intention in your mind. Be prepared and willing to open your senses to all that comes to you as you walk through the colors. What do you see, feel, smell, taste, and hear? As you enter each color, ask its question:









































































        When you are ready, it is time to leave the labyrinth. On your way out review each of the questions in its own color. Take your time. Breath. Be patient. When you exit, it is good to remember to turn towards the center, to offer a little bow, and to thank the labyrinth for its graciousness and blessings. Do not forget to give yourself plenty of time to journal after you leave the labyrinth.


        Of course, another way to walk the Rainbow Bridge, is to simply walk through the labyrinth with no intention, sensing each color as fully as you dare. It is a very good thing to remember when walking the labyrinth in this manner in particular, to give yourself the sweet gift of an abundance of time. And ... it is always a good idea to journal after any labyrinth adventure.

A Left handed Seven Walled Labyrinth

Ariadne's Thread for a Seven circuit Labyrinth

A right handed seven circuit labyrinth

Red: What do I Feel about this intention?


Orange: What do I Think about this intention?


Yellow: How does this intention relate to the larger world?


Green: How doe this intention relate to my spouse, hearth-kin, and feres?


Blue: How does this intention relate to the Mysteries?


Indigo: How does this intention relate to my hopes and fears?


Purple: Am I open to all Possibilities?


Black: Am I ready?

Rainbow Bridge Labyrinth