WALKING T H E S A C R E D PATH
THE GLENCOMERAGH LABYRINTH
A recent exciting addition to the grounds at Glencomeragh House is the labyrinth. The labyrinth is an archetype, a divine imprint found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. The most famous pattern can still be seen in Chartres Cathedral, sixty miles from Paris. The Glencomeragh Labyrinth, in all its measurements, is a replica of the Chartres Labyrinth. It is a pattern with a purpose showing us that no time or effort is ever wasted. On the leaflets provided in the church porch, and also at the entrance to the labyrinth you will find the symbolism of the stone formation explained.
Whether you use it to clear your mind, as a meditation exercise, or simply as a pleasant walk , it will most certainly slow you down and offer you a chance to take time out. At a deeper level, walking the labyrinth can help you to realise that we are not human beings on a spiritual path but spiritual beings on a human path.
W A L K I N G T H E S A C R E D P A T H
THE G L E N C O M E R A G H L A B Y R I N T H
The Road Ahead
by Thomas Merton.
Thoughts in Solitude
My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you. And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this
you will lead me by the right road
though I may know nothing about it. Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.
Coin from Knossos shows a labyrinth
with a single pathway.
Carved on a column in front of the Cathedral in Lucca in Italy. Designed for people to trace with their fingers as a way of quietening the mind before entering the sacred space of the Cathedral.
Chartres Cathedral, France. It has the same dimensions as the rose window. An imaginary hinge located where the doors and floor intersect would, if closed, place the rose window directly on top of the labyrinth.
Glencomeragh House. The labyrinth is central to the new Meditation Garden inviting one and all to find some peace and soothe the stress of modern life.