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A Sacred Journey

I’m here in Sedona, Arizona. (Yes, again.)

There’s so much energy around me that it leaves me swirling in joy and jubilation. I connect to the red rocks, the spiraling Juniper trees, the intense and massive Boynton Canyon and my new favorite spot, breathtaking, Rachel’s Knoll.

Today, it’s not about the vortexes or the red rocks for me. I’m all about the labyrinth. I’ve always been drawn to the serenity of walking the labyrinth. I found one today, behind the store, Natural Grocers. Who knew!? Right next to an amazing medicine wheel, here, a labyrinth.

There are many ways to clear and cleanse here in Sedona. I hadn't been expecting a labyrinth, yet, I know that if I follow the call, I am led to exactly the people, places and events that are meant for my life. So, here it is-- the labyrinth.

A labyrinth is not meant to be a puzzle and confuse, like a maze. The intention of a labyrinth is to support you on your way and to assist you toward ease and clarity, to provide peace, solace and harmony.

One path.

The way in is the way out. The shape is unicursal, often symbolizing growth, transformation, movement and discovery. I like to look at the labyrinth as a metaphor for the journey inward to our center, to the deepest part of who we are. Once we touch and connect to that sacred space, the divinity within us, we head back out into the world activated with a new perspective, softened heart, more expansive ideas and a deeper understanding of who we are.

Technically, labyrinths do not belong to any religion. Yet, many world religions use labyrinths as a tool to connect the self and spirit, to guide to the light, and to bring back the light.

Labyrinths can be used in various ways for healing, self-knowledge and expanding creativity. It’s a perfect way of meditation; a way to soothe our nervous system, relieve stress, set intentions, pray, grieve, dream...

I walked toward the center, honoring my path thus far; going with the flow, allowing anything that no longer serves my highest and best life to fall away. I touched the depth at the center, left a stone. The journey out was equally as pleasant, I intentionally welcomed whatever is next, saying yes to growth, discovery and bringing light to the world.

If you have a labyrinth near you, I encourage you to check it out! If you live near me in the San Francisco Bay Area, the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral is a beauty. I hope to one day visit the labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France.

If you’d like to take the sacred journey to know thyself, even if you don't have a labyrinth, I’m here for you. xo -a

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