Walking the Labyrinth

Candle in labyrinthVisitors are welcome every Wednesday during the academic year, from 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. in room 122 of Parkes Hall.

The labyrinth is a replica of the pattern that is inlaid in the paving stones of the nave in the medieval cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres.  Labyrinths predating Christian tradition have also been discovered.  Each time you walk the labyrinth can be a unique experience.

For many people, walking the labyrinth offers an opportunity for spiritual reflection and growth.  For others, the walk is a time of focus and intentional thought.  For still others, walking the labyrinth may be a relaxation tool.

To schedule the labyrinth for a campus activity contact the Chaplain's Office at 847-491-7256

For a more detailed and personal introduction to the labyrinth contact:  chaplain@northwestern.edu

You must learn how to play yourself,  just like a sitarist know exactly how to play his or her instrument.  There are times when you need to focus, to fast, to retreat, and others when you need to play.  The seeker has to know, like a doctor, what remedy is most effective for every nuance of illness.  Imagine that in the pharmacy there are five hundred vials, one is marked 'Aretha Franklin', another marked 'meditation', another 'talking long distance with one's best friend'..  At any moment the practiced seeker will know exactly which vial to mix with which.  You become the inner inventor of your own joy.

Andrew Harvey, Dialogue with a Modern Mystic

The labyrinth is  truly a tool for transformation.  It is a crucible for change, a blueprint for the sacred meeting of psyche and soul, a field of light, a cosmic dance.

Dr. Lauren Artress, Walking a Sacred Path