to the international Labyrinth
Society it is "a single path or unicursal tool
for personal, psychological and spiritual transformation.
Labyrinths are thought to enhance right
The labyrinth is just another way to perform contemplative
or centering prayer in which all
lead to God.
the world of the New Age and the occult, initiation is the
principle key used in advancing the student of mysticism
along the path of occult learning."
A Walk to Life or
A Walk to Death Steve Muse - Eastern Regional Watch
Walking the Path to Fulfillment?
By Carl Teichrib - September 2005
while the evangelical Christian community talks
about "spiritual warfare" and "putting on the full
amour of God," many of these same churches can be
found embracing that which they claim to counter.
In seeking relevancy, we have become dangerously
"experiential" in nature, and old forms of mysticism
are becoming center-pieces in "experiences of faith."
The labyrinth prayer-walk, which follows a single
winding path to a central location, is a case in
point. Primarily jump-started by a UK-based Christian
movement in alternative spiritual expressions and
by an influential San Francisco cathedral, denominations
around the world are embracing labyrinths as a viable
part of the "spiritual journey." But are labyrinths
part of the Christian encounter, as suggested by
the third introductory quote above? Read
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out where labyrinths are in your state - perhaps
in your home town. The numbers are growing daily.
and practices rife with occult methodologies and techniques
have been in the works at churches and youth ministries
around the country: Taize, Lectio
Divina, The Labyrinth (prayer walk), Renovare,
guided imagery, Walk to Emmaus, Cursillo, Centering Prayer, Ignatian Awareness Examen, The Jesus
Prayer, and The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, to
name but a handful." Tom McMahon - The Berean Call
the labyrinth has become a popular spiritual exercise across
the country and around the world. I first read of it in Leadership
Magazine, a Christian publication and became a bit concerned;
since looking into it further I'm definitely concerned."
Mike Oppenheimer of Let
Us Reason Ministries
a Labyrinth is a personal meditative activity and can be understood
as a path of contemplation or prayer for people in seeking
the Divine or seeking peace without regard to any particular
Hingham Journal, 9/04
the labyrinth inherently New Age or can orthodox Christians
embrace it as an acceptable tool for prayer and meditation?
The labyrinth has its origins in ancient pagan rituals, most
famously at Knossos in ancient Crete, where one was located
in the basement of the famous palace where the man-eating Minotaur
was said to roam. The mythic hero Theseus journeyed through
the labyrinth to slay the creature, which had a human body and
the head of a bull. Theseus’s double-headed ax was called a
"labrys," hence the name. Other labyrinths in ancient
cultures were tied to fertility rites and goddess worship." Maze
Craze Labyrinths Latest Fad for Spiritual Seekers by Mark Tooley