The labyrinth is seen as a sacred pattern that leads the seeker on a path to its center. A labyrinth is not a maze, there is only one way in and one way out, and there are no dead ends that would make the seeker choose a direction.
Each labyrinth contains a story card that identifies the type of labyrinth and reads: “The labyrinth is viewed as a metaphor for life’s journey and offers lessons as we walk the path. Walking the labyrinth can assist us to address challenges, mediate, pray, and find peace and serenity.”
This labyrinth became identified with the Christian Church in Europe around 350 A.D. The 11-circuit Chartres labyrinth is so named because it is modeled after the labyrinth set in the stone floor in the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France. It was dedicated in the Cathedral around 1260 A.D., and many other forms in this style can be found throughout Europe. The 11 circuits of this labyrinth can be traced on our pieces with the included stylus as one mediates and prays.