I’m embarking on a large project for our church. We will be creating a 26′ labyrinth on octagonal canvas in two weeks! Besides providing an ancient path of prayer for our church members and guests, the labyrinth will also be fulfilling a greater need for prayer at a large Presbyterian gathering in St. Louis this June. I have walked quite a few labyrinths over the years, indoors and out, and each time has been a completely different, transformative experience.
During the last week I’ve spent much time researching how to make canvas labyrinths. I contacted labyrinth makers in California, Connecticut, Indiana and Minnesota, and they all seemed excited to help me with this project. The part that began to overwhelm me was the mathematical section. I kept skipping over that chapter since it made no sense to me. That’s when I called in one of my engineer friends to help. I reached out to another for her skills in detail and painting. And another for her creativity. My husband, bless his heart(!), for whatever else is needed. Yes, this is happening, but not by my hands alone. It’s happening because we as individuals make up the body of the church, and we, gifted in many different ways, will come together to work on this project as one. We will participate in creating this ancient, sacred path so it can be walked in prayer by pilgrims from across the world.
I will be sharing more about this experience in the weeks ahead, but for now if you feel called to ask me about labyrinths or how you might help, please do. Through journey we discover most about ourselves and our faith.
As soon as you enter upon the world of sacred, symbolic, or philosophical geometry – from your first thoughtful construction of a circle with the circumference divided into its six natural parts – your mind is opened to new influences that stimulate and refine it. You begin to see, as never before, the wonderfully patterned beauty of Creation. You see true artistry, far above any human contrivance. This indeed is the very source of art. By contact with it your aesthetic senses are heightened and set upon the firm basis of truth. Beyond the obvious pleasure of contemplating works of nature – the Many – is the delight that comes through the philosophical study of geometry, of moving toward the presence of One. ~John Michel