Our Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth
“The labyrinth invites our intuitive, pattern-seeking, symbolic mind to come forth.”
from “Walking a Sacred Path” by Dr. Lauren Artess
The labyrinth is here to keep the spiritual dialogue open — to be a reminder that there are a number of paths to the sacred.
Rev Emeritus UUCE. Dan Brosier
Who is it for?
- Anyone seeking the wisdom of the earth, the sky and the human heart.
- People who draw energy from the elements of the earth — may it be an opening to life.
- Those who dance with the Goddess — may Her presence be felt.
- People who love to meditate in natural surroundings —may it provide quiet in this busy world.
- Those who seek to experience Christ more closely —walk in his footsteps.
- Children who anticipate the adventure of a path winding inward — may they rejoice as they explore.
- Those who are fascinated by the physics of an echo which has been heard at the center — may it increase a sense of wonder.
- People who follow Eastern traditions — may it lead to wisdom, compassion and peace.
- Those who would have nothing to do with a labyrinth — may it remind everyone that there are numerous spiritual paths.
Where Did the Labyrinth Tradition Begin?
Labyrinths go back further in time than anyone can trace. There have been various labyrinth patterns formed by people of many traditions throughout the world. This labyrinth was fashioned after the famous 11-circuit design laid into the floor of the medieval cathedral at Chartres, France.
The Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth is not a maze designed to confuse or frustrate. It has a well-defined path that leads into the center and back out again. The intent of the labyrinth is not to engage the thinking mind but rather the intuitive mind.
“Verditas- Inspiring Transformation Through the Labyrinth Experience” and “The Labyrinth Society” sponsor an informational labyrinth website with a locator for labyrinths around the world, including ours. Information on various forms of labyrinths can be found here.
Facts About Our Labyrinth
The Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth was donated by Neal and Mary Harris of Barrington in the spring of 1997. Members of our congregation moved the stones to our property and reconstructed it. The activation and dedication ceremony was held at the Summer Solstice of that year.
- Is made up of over 165 tons of stone and crushed limestone.
- Spans more than 94 feet in diameter.
- Is composed of crushed limestone between rows of local field stone.
- Winds in for 1/3 mile and out for 1/3 mile.
- Is the largest permanent outdoor labyrinth in Illinois .
Guidelines for the Walk
The labyrinth walk begins and ends on the east side at the opening in the perimeter. As you begin your walk, allow yourself to find your own pace. Try to let go of your thoughts and become aware of your breathing, as you follow the path.
You may pass people or let others step around you at the turns. The path is two-way; those going in will meet those coming out. Do what feels natural when this happens.
When your are ready, retrace your path out of the labyrinth. Upon leaving the labyrinth, pay attention to your thoughts and feelings. Carry your experience out into the world.
Maintain the integrity of the Earth-Wisdom Labyrinth. Please do not change the structure or remove any stones from it.
This Labyrinth is for you. If you choose to use it, may the experience enrich and deepen your life!