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Oregon Coast Labyrinth Maze Gets to Spiritual
|Get inner peace in Lincoln City in more places than its beaches
on Feb. 29 and March 1.
(Lincoln City) – The labyrinth is an ancient symbol,
known in many cultures for thousands of years. In its simplest form, it
is a metaphor for life: walking a single path into the center and then
following the same path back out to the beginning.
One church in Lincoln City is bringing the age-old tradition
back with a special Labyrinth walk on February 29 and March 1. The Congregational
Church-United Church of Christ will host the lofty event from 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. The church is located on NW 25th St. behind Kenny’s IGA North,
in Lincoln City.
There are no rules to follow, other than to walk in silence
and be respectful of your fellow walkers. You cannot get lost, because
there is only a single path. Labyrinth walking is used for meditation,
for honoring the memory of friends and loved ones, for entering the Mystery,
for prayer, for asking for solutions to problems and questions, and for
as many other reasons as there are walkers. Labyrinth walkers are from
all beliefs and cultures. All are welcome, and there is no cost.
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The labyrinth used at the Congregational Church is a replica
of the design on the floor of the Chartres Cathedral, built in the early
13th century. It is believed that Christians, who were unable to make
a pilgrimage to Jerusalem during the Crusades, designed this so-called
11-circuit labyrinth to give walkers the feeling of being on a pilgrimage.
This canvas labyrinth is rolled onto the floor of the church's activity
room and surrounded by candles and meditative music. Members of the Labyrinth
Committee will be available at all times to answer your questions and
help in any way they can.
On May 2 and 3, the committee will be hosting a labyrinth
workshop led by Eunice Schroeder, D. Min., Veriditas-trained labyrinth
facilitator and Director of Sacred Journey Ministries at The Interfaith
Spiritual Center in Portland. More information will be available soon.
For further information, call the church office at 541-994-2378,
Tuesdays through Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and noon.
Background on the Labyrinth
According to Lincoln City resident/Oregon Coast Today editor
Nikki Price, a labyrinth is a single path tool, a teacher, a guide often
used for emotional, meditative, physical and spiritual queries or practice.
Distinct from a maze, the labyrinth offers one point of entry, a clear
path to the center and the same path back out. There are many types of
design and variation in pattern. Labyrinths have an odd number of circuits
or pathways, often seven or eleven. Labyrinths can be created indoors
or out, painted on cement, grown as hedges, shaped with candles, drawn
in the sand, mowed into lawns – the possibilities are endless.
Labyrinths have been used for more the 4,000 years by a
variety cultures in many parts of the world. It is believed that ancient
people used the labyrinth to explore and celebrate their relationship
to life, nature and the world. Labyrinths appeared at similar points in
time on many different continents and in many different cultures, completely
separated by geography.
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How does one enjoy the Labyrinth?
There are many ways to enjoy walking a labyrinth. It is
important to know that there is no ‘right’ way. Here are some
- Pose a question to themselves before entering, then travel
through the circuits open to an answer arising
- Clear their minds, exhaling deeply at the start and then
noticing what comes up as they walk
- View the walk into the center as a letting go, the time
in the center as an opportunity for insight, and the walk back out as
a time of healing or renewal
- Some people meditate the whole time
Remember, the joy is in finding what works for you,
for changing your pace, for allowing bliss and giddiness to show up, for
observing how you react when you encounter others on the path, for letting
tears flow if they will - you will build your own relationship with the
Labyrinth and discover how it serves you best.
February 29 and March 1 at The Congregational Church-United
Church of Christ. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.
NW 25th St. behind Kenny’s IGA North,
in Lincoln City. 541-994-2378.
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