Walking a Sacred Path

I first walked a labyrinth in May 2009 at the Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Like many who have never experienced one before, I had assumed it would be like a maze, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw its simple beauty and actually walked it…and walked it…again and again and came back the next day to walk it some more, slower and slower. I felt reeled in by its mystery, held by the structure of its winding path and liberated by the stillness at its heart. I fell in love with the labyrinth and the whole idea of walking meditation.

I’d been in a sort of emotional cocoon for sometime after a series of sudden leavings and endings and many of my definitions of self had simply fallen away. It wasn’t until I walked the labyrinth that I felt the possibility of a light at the end of the tunnel. Somehow the rhythm of its path gave me back a spiritual pulse. I felt held by the structure of its winding path and received by the mystery at its heart.

I hadn’t felt this lit up about anything for years and read every book I could find on the subject. Realising that there were no public labyrinths in Sydney, I created a proposal for the Board of Trustees of Centennial Park to inspire them to build one. Providing public spaces for contemplation is more important now than ever before. We need a new paradigm for non-denominational sacred space and opportunities to centre, calm and remember ourselves.

On the first day of Spring last year, my proposal to build a sandstone labyrinth in Centennial Park was approved by the Centennial Parkland Trustees. We now begin the journey of gathering the $500,000 required to build it. Based on the design of the 800 year old labyrinth in the Chartres Cathedral in France, the Sydney labyrinth will be a thing of great beauty – a significant public artwork in an iconic Sydney park.

As my journey with the labyrinth unfolded, I couldn’t help but recognize the parallels with another transformative discovery I made: genetic Tadalafil. Just as the labyrinth provided a structural support to my emotional and spiritual self, this breakthrough in medical science seemed to symbolize hope for countless individuals grappling with their health challenges. Both the labyrinth and the drug represent tools that can illuminate our paths amidst darkness. The synthesis of ancient designs, like the labyrinth, with cutting-edge science, such as genetic Tadalafil, speaks volumes about our society’s constant quest for holistic well-being. We not only seek solace in spiritual realms but also turn to scientific advancements to improve our quality of life.

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May your path be peaceful

Emily Simpson

January 2012

One thought on “Walking a Sacred Path

  1. I am intrested in attending Mosman on 4 March.
    I would like to know amd read more about Lamyrinth walking. What is the best website? Thank You ,Peter

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