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Labyrinth Walk for Beginning a New Creative Project

Seafarer Mama/Karen is a Life Coach who uses labyrinths as a tool for personal growth and transformation for both herself and her clients.

Snowy Path in the Woods at Dusk

Footprints on the snowy wooded labyrinth path lit with rainbow lights for the Winter Solstice in New England.  Dusk is a magical time to walk a labyrinth.  It is the time of transition between afternoon and evening.

Footprints on the snowy wooded labyrinth path lit with rainbow lights for the Winter Solstice in New England. Dusk is a magical time to walk a labyrinth. It is the time of transition between afternoon and evening.

Setting an Intention

When we set an intention, we are committing ourselves to take a particular course of action that aligns with a value that is very important to us. We are making this course of action our priority over other actions. For example, if I set an intention to practice playing my flute every day, I make that practice a priority over other activites, such as watching movies. I value becoming a good musician, so I am making that journey a priority over others. What course of action do you want to make a priority for spending your time, in alignment with what you value most?

The Best Times for Setting an Intention

The best times for setting an intention are the thresholds between seasons, such as the solstices (summer and winter) and the equinoxes (vernal and autumnal). They are transitional periods in the cycle of life on earth that hold great power for setting inentions, making significant changes in our lives, and/or beginning new creative projects. They hold potential energy that supports our efforts to move our life journies in new directions.

Path in the Woods in Early Spring

The soft light of late afternoon makes the labyrinth in the woods glow magically. The author loves walking the path at this time of day, barefoot when the weather is warm.

The soft light of late afternoon makes the labyrinth in the woods glow magically. The author loves walking the path at this time of day, barefoot when the weather is warm.

Walking a Labyrinth for Clarity

A labyrinth is a form of sacred geometry that has been around for thousands of years. A labyrinth has one path that leads to the center, and the same path or a shorter path leads back out to the entrance - the place where you began. There are turns on the path that bring you deeper into meditation and focus, deeper into your center where your intuition lies in wait for your attention. When you reach the center of the path, you may receive a clear message about what your first steps toward your intention or goal are meant to be. You spend some time with that message. Take some deep breaths and accept that new sense of clarity as a part of you. In reality, it's always been part of you, waiting for you to listen for your own voice of wisdom and then act from it.

Journaling...

There's nothing like journaling as a companion to labyrinth walk meditation and working on a creative project. Some people like to keep a writing journal, but others keep journals that include both artistic expression in various forms and the writing that flows from the artistic process. I keep both types of journals. I also keep a dream journal, which is also important when walking a labyrinth. We often receive more messages from our intution through dreams once we've opened ourselves to both our own source of wisdom and the source of universal wisdom.

Seafarer Mama's Creative Pilgrimage Journal

My most recent journal, begun last week.   It includes both my inspired art and journaling that flowed from the artistic expression.  I also have a journal for writing to which I also add doodles and other miscellaneous meaningful paper scraps, etc.

My most recent journal, begun last week. It includes both my inspired art and journaling that flowed from the artistic expression. I also have a journal for writing to which I also add doodles and other miscellaneous meaningful paper scraps, etc.

The World Wide Labyrinth Locator

  • World-Wide Labyrinth Locator - Welcome
    The World-Wide Labyrinth Locator has been designed to be an easy-to-use database of labyrinths around the world. Information about labyrinths you can visit, including their locations, pictures, and contact details, are accessible here,

Create Your Own Finger Labyrinth

Step 1: Draw a plus sign with four dots at the corners.  This process is pictured with separage squares cut from a paper bag, but is meant for you to coplete on the same piece of paper.

Step 1: Draw a plus sign with four dots at the corners. This process is pictured with separage squares cut from a paper bag, but is meant for you to coplete on the same piece of paper.

Step 2: Create the center of the path by drawing an arch from the top of the cross to the first corner dot.

Step 2: Create the center of the path by drawing an arch from the top of the cross to the first corner dot.

Step 3: Draw an arc from the top left corner dot to the right tip of the cross.

Step 3: Draw an arc from the top left corner dot to the right tip of the cross.

Step 4: Draw an arc from the left end of the horizontal beam of the cross to the bottom right dot.

Step 4: Draw an arc from the left end of the horizontal beam of the cross to the bottom right dot.

Step 5: Finish drawing the labyrinth with the final left-to-right arc from the bottom left dot, up all the way around to the bottom tip of the vertical beam of the cross.

Step 5: Finish drawing the labyrinth with the final left-to-right arc from the bottom left dot, up all the way around to the bottom tip of the vertical beam of the cross.

Make a bunch of finger labyrinths to walk and write on from journal prompts, then bind all of the ones you created for one project together as a record of your creative process for that project.  They can serve as companions to your writing journal.

Make a bunch of finger labyrinths to walk and write on from journal prompts, then bind all of the ones you created for one project together as a record of your creative process for that project. They can serve as companions to your writing journal.

One prompt for journal writing along the labyrinth path.  Consider what makes you feel most alive when you decide upon the next project that'll receive your time and energy.

One prompt for journal writing along the labyrinth path. Consider what makes you feel most alive when you decide upon the next project that'll receive your time and energy.

Beginning a New Creative Project

A creative project can take many different forms. It can be visual art, music, multi-media, carpentry, graphic design, game design, writing a novel, etc. Whatever you are called to do with a specific purpose in mind and a passion for engaging in will be the best project for you to begin. Don't be concerned about knowing every minute detail of what it will look like. An open mind about the final outcome will serve you best. It's possible, even likely, that the project will evolve as you are working on it. Creative projects often take on a life of their own that way.

Finger Labyrinth for You to Walk

Seafarer Mama made this rainow finger labyrinth as a piece of functional art.  You can walk as part of your meditation

Seafarer Mama made this rainow finger labyrinth as a piece of functional art. You can walk as part of your meditation

Ritual for Finding Clarity on the Labyirnth Path

Journal Prompt

Before beginning your walk, write your response to the prompt above in your journal.

When you are finished writing, approach the labyrinth at the entrance. If you are walking a finger labyrinth, try walking the path with the fingers of your non-dominant hand. See if that approach affects your meditation experience. Listen to meditative music while you walk if you think that would help deepen your meditation experience.

Stage 1: Release

When you stand at the entrance of the labyrinth, take three deep breaths. Release the past. The past does not equal the future, so if you feel any hesitancy that comes from fears related to past experiences or self-doubt, take a deep breath in, then release them with the out-breath. Let each step you take on the path bring you closer to beginning your new project with confidence. Take your time; step slowly. Make slow, steady progress toward the center. Imagine your project goals moving closer to you as your walk toward them. Do they have a definite shape? Color? Sound? Texture?

Stage 2: Receive

Stand at at the center and smile. Spread your arms out wide if you are comfortable with that. Welcome your project goals as already part of yourself. What is that like? Did you receive any fresh clarity or perspective around this new project, and the steps you'll take toward fulfilling your goals? It's good to form a plan, even though that plan may change shape once you begin working on the project. Do you know what your first step will be?

Stage 3: Return

When you are ready to walk out from the center, walk the path back to the beginning. How do you feel? This is a good time to write in your journal the insights received at the center, and your vision for your project as you have gained greater clarity around it. You may want to draw a simple labyrinth path as illustrated above and write in that.

Keep going...

Keep drawing and writing for clarity with each goal you accomplish toward completing your big creative project. I'm sure you'll be amazed by how it all evolves and see yourself developing greater trust and confidence in yourself.


Thank You!

Thank you for stopping by and reading, especially if you made it this far. Please let me know in the Comments section below how you like this idea, if you try it, if it served you. I'd love to know!

Special Notice about Distancing

In these times of physical distancing from one another to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 virus, it is still possible to walk full-size outside labyrinth. Here are two important aspects to remember for keeping everyone safe on the path:

1. Wear a mask when you walk, whether or not someone else is there when you arrive.

2. Remember to keep at least a 3 foot distance from others on path. If you arrive at a turn at the same time as someone else, step back and let that person make the turn first, wait for them to walk ahead 3 feet, then turn.

Thank you, and Namaste!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Karen A Szklany

Comments

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 26, 2020:

Thank you, Peggy!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 26, 2020:

You have given us an idea of how walking a labyrinth in the right frame of mind can be useful to our psyches. I have only walked one and did not know much about them at the time. If done correctly, it is a form of meditation from what I gather. Your finger ones are interesting.

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 25, 2020:

I hope you do find one. If not, there may be someplace you are inspired to create one, like a temporary path on a beach. ~:) This reminds me ~ maybe I should publish an article here about the different materials that can be used to create temporary labyrinths.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 25, 2020:

I will have to check that locator. I don’t know of any close to where I am, but you ever know.

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 25, 2020:

Thanks for stopping by and reading, John! My pleasure to share as much as I can about labyrinths during this time of great uncertainty. Glad you were able to have an encounter with a labyrinth. Hope it was a good one. Do you know of any near where you live in Australia? There are a bunch of people from Australia who join us for our Friday virtual finger labyrinth walks online through "Veriditas." Perhaps you'll find one through the World Wide Labyrinth Locator. Cheers, and stay well! ~:0)

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 25, 2020:

This is all very interesting, Karen. I have only been in a labyrinth once many years ago as a child. Thanks for sharing.

Karen A Szklany (author) from New England on May 25, 2020:

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts, Bill! Maybe you'll find a labyrinth near you through the World Wide Labyrinth Locator. You can also create one yourself, if you'd like. Glad you enjoyed the article and my thoughts on creativity within.~:0)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 25, 2020:

You know, I don't think I've ever walked through an actual labyrinth. I find that amazing now that I think about it. Surely there must be some in the vicinity. How is it I've never experienced that? Sigh!

Anyway, as always, I enjoyed your thoughts on creativity. Well-written article oozing with great suggestions.

Be safe and be happy, my friend.