Ancient Labyrinth

'Grounded' mixed media 51 x 51 cm $375

 PILGRIMS JOURNEY







"I have always looked for ways of  engaging a deep connection to my experience of the divine. It is not surprising that I have been drawn to the labyrinth which has long been used for spiritual purposes." 
 Janet Pfeiffer






The labyrinth is an ancient and universal symbol having different shapes and styles according to the tradition from which they were birthed. It has a single, circuitous pathway that leads from the entrance to the centre, and takes the pilgrim on a journey into the centre of themselves where God awaits to greet them. To walk the labyrinth is to touch God and let God touch us. It is an ancient form of reflective walk for purposes that are significant to the soul and well-being of the spirit.Over the centuries most labyrinths that have been discovered are in connection with churches and monastic locations.

'Ancient' mixed media 60 x 60 cm $375


The first example of labyrinths in a Christian setting is to be found in Algeria, North Africa, and provides an illuminating insight into how the labyrinth may have been visualized by the early Christian mind. It is a mosaic pavement labyrinth of typical Roman style, but laid in the floor of the Basilica of St. Reparatus, founded in 324 AD in Al-Asnam (Orléansville) 100 miles west of Algiers. 

'Intuitive' Encaustic 28 x 28 cm $300 (SOLD)





From the 9th century onwards, labyrinths begin to appear frequently in manuscripts, produced at monasteries and scriptoriums throughout Europe, attesting to the obvious acceptance of the labyrinth into early Christian symbolism. 

'Mystery' mixed media 61 x 61cm $500












 





 

 LABYRINTH MEDITATION

 Take time before you enter the labyrinth to be still 

 Look to the centre – create a sense of purpose  – see your goal

 Enter the labyrinth 

 Be aware of the rhythm of your movement– be aware of the rhythm of the circle taking you one  way then back the other

 As you move toward the centre, meditate upon what you have to bring to God

 At the centre, be still in the presence of God at your centre

 When ready, move back out of the labyrinth, meditating upon what God has given you

 Take time to be still once you have left the labyrinth and offer thanksgiving.


'Mandala' Acrylic 76 x 76 cm $500 (SOLD)

 

Created by Janet Pfeiffer