EDGECOMB COMMUNITY CHURCH
Labyrinth in the Field
The winding but purposeful path of the labyrinth is a metaphor for life. Unlike a maze, there is only one path in and out. There are no shortcuts, no dead ends, and the entire path must be followed to complete the journey. The labyrinth visually reminds us that we are walking a common path. Often circular in design, they represent wholeness and unity.
Labyrinths have appeared on every continent for thousands of years. They reflect the spiral images found so frequently in nature: a snail shell, a whirlpool, the inner ear. Labyrinth designs have appeared on rock faces, walls, coins, figurines, baskets, pottery, and mosaic pavement. They have been sculpted into the earth, outlined in stone, and built into floors. It has a universal appeal because it is not attached to any one culture or tradition.
The Labyrinth in the Field provides opportunities for meditation and spiritual practice in a natural setting. The ancient practice of walking a labyrinth has been known to nearly all cultures and religions around the globe. Many find that following a path to the center stills the mind and opens the heart. Some walk labyrinths for relaxation. Some walk as a form of prayer. Still others walk as meditation to seek a deeper tranquility. The path is to be walked deliberately. From the entrance, a single route winds its way to the center. It is not a maze – there are no dead ends. One returns by the same path.
Facing the front of the Edgecomb Community Church build, the Labyrinth in the Field is located to the left in the field below. The Medieval 7- Circuit Chartres Style labyrinth is open to all, dawn to dusk, 7 days a week year-round but snow is not removed during winter months.