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Santa Fe 400th Commemoration - Weekend of Special Labyrinth Events, October 3-4.

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  • George M. Henke
    We hope you are able to attend this special labyrinth weekend. Please forward to anyone you believe would be interested.
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 11, 2009
      We hope you are able to attend this special labyrinth weekend. Please forward to anyone you believe would be interested.

      A Labyrinth Is Not a Maze (But Amazing It Is)


                  To correct a common misconception, a labyrinth is not a maze.  A labyrinth is marked by an unbroken path of concentric circles that leads to a center while a maze is a confusing network of pathways. Walking a labyrinth is a form of meditation. For those wishing to know more about this ancient symbol and to experience the benefits of a "walking meditation," a weekend of presentations and community walks, "Walking Together In Time,"  is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3rd and Sunday, Oct. 4th in Santa Fe.


                 Free of charge and open to the public,  the schedule of events begins with a visual presentation by English scholar Jeff Saward, who will speak on "The Origins and Symbol of the Labyrinth in the Southwest" on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Museum of International Folk Art at Milner Plaza on Museum Hill.  His presentation will explore the use of the labyrinth symbol amongst the native peoples of the Southwest and will further probe the mystery of how a symbol in common use in Europe (and already 3500 years old) may have been adapted and adopted by the native peoples of the region, most notably as the "Man in the Maze" design.


                A communal walk with music by "Mystic Measures" will follow the presentation.


      Though there is no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth, the general principle is simple:


                ENTER:  Release...Take a deep breath at the beginning and then walk.


                CENTER:  Receive...The center is often a place to see clearly and to gain insights.  Stay as long as you wish.


                RETURN:  Re-enter your world bringing insights that bear on your life.


               On Sunday, Oct. 4, a community labyrinth walk is scheduled from 1p.m. - 3 p.m. on the grounds of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  This public event in the heart of downtown Santa Fe will include refreshments and Spanish guitar.


              This communal celebration is sponsored by the Labyrinth Resource Group (LRG) as part of the 16-month, Santa Fe 400th Commemoration.  Founded in 1998 under the leadership of Marge and Bob McCarthy, the LRG has been involved in the construction of at least 27 labyrinths in Santa Fe and led the effort to establish labyrinths in ten area schools.  


               As stated in their brochure, "Some see the labyrinth as emblematic of the path of life with twists and turns, encounters with others in your path, a thrill of pleasure as you approach the center and sometimes a flash of insight as you leave.  Some enter the labyrinth with a problem to solve or an intention to change."  Mr. McCarthy describes this walking meditation "as stepping out of this life and allowing real thoughts to come through."


               In keeping with the mission of the Santa Fe 400th Commemoration, LRG Vice President George Henke hopes that this labyrinth weekend "will bring people together in understanding the essential unity of walking, pilgrimage and journey as practiced throughout time." As Mr. Saward writes, "The story of mazes and labyrinths is as long and tortuous as their plans might suggest...The current revival of interest is just another turn in this long and winding story."


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