“Labyrinths are contemplative, meditative, and healing in their nature. The beauty of walking the labyrinth is that it will help facilitate whatever intention you take into it. You can walk it with the intention of feeling more energised, and you will feel more energised at the end of the walk. You can walk it with the intention of feeling calm and peaceful, and you will feel that. Whatever your intention, you create it with your labyrinth walk.”
In downtown Port of Spain, there is a little known feature on the grounds of the Trinity Cathedral: a labyrinth.
This labyrinth is a copy of the 13th Century labyrinth laid in stone on the floor of the nave of Chartres Cathedral in France. Labyrinths were common in Europe in the Middle Ages, and walking them was a part of popular and religious culture. Labyrinths in sacred spaces, (such as ours), represent the intersection of the human and the divine.
I walked the Trinity labyrinth a few days ago. After about six hours of writing and left-over office work I just had to get out of the house for a bit. Thinking about the Healing Circle session I participated in a few nights earlier, I suddenly felt like walking the labyrinth. I arrived at the Trinity Cathedral just before six p.m., under grey evening skies, and persuaded the kind security guard to let me walk, assuring him that I would only be a few minutes.
I opened the little gate and stepped inside the little enclosure around the labyrinth. I took a deep breath and thought about what my walk’s purpose was. I closed my eyes and brought to mind all I experienced at the Healing Circle: the connectivity, the harmony, the energy, the hope and positivity. I started walking purposefully, drawing all the healing energy to me. A lady walked around the gate on the outside, following my feet with her eyes as I walked along the path. I smiled as I neared her but never stopped my slow and steady walk.
When I got to the centre I stood there, feeling a little emotionally full, studying the six petals of the rosette. I dedicated each one to someone close to me who I felt would benefit. I imagined my aunt’s pain lessening as she recovered from surgery and my cousin’s body healing as he fought cancer. I envisioned my uncle’s spirit becoming stronger as he stood at his son’s bedside. I pictured two dear friends finding a way back to each other and renewing their commitment to one another. I saw my sister’s love for and faith in herself growing, making her more confident and sure of herself and her purpose. My cousin rediscovered her focus and direction. I saw the heart of my country, healing as our faith in goodness was restored, and our family, community and spiritual relationships morphed into productive and supportive ones.
As I turned from petal to petal of the rosette, I felt like I was being emptied and when I finished all six, I stood still at the centre… for a little while… then had the urge to walk back out along the path. I followed it and it seemed as though a light or energy was walking behind me and I was guiding it out toward the loved ones I thought of. It was beautiful.
When I finally stepped out of the gate, the same lady walked up to me saying she wanted to know what the labyrinth was about. I explained that it was a space for meditation and prayer and for centring oneself. Then she asked what sort of prayer I said at the centre that made all the birds suddenly start twittering and chirping and singing. I hadn’t even noticed it at the time. It is certainly wonderful to imagine that there was a surge of positive energy in and around the labyrinth at that moment at its centre.