A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path.
Using the Finger Labyrinth
A finger labyrinth is a labyrinth design that you trace with your finger. It functions in much the same way as a full-size walking labyrinth, (to further relaxation, meditation and prayer) except that the user traces the path to the centre using their finger rather than their feet.
Thinking is not required to follow the labyrinth but, at the same time, one must remain alert to stay on the path. For many, this combination of movement (tracing the path) with introspection (eyes closed), is a more relaxing way to meditate or pray.
The turns of the labyrinth are thought to balance the two hemispheres of the brain, resulting in physical and emotional healing. As reaching the centre is assured, ‘walking the labyrinth’ is more about the journey than the destination, about being rather than doing, integrating body and mind, psyche and spirit into one harmonious whole.
The fingerwalk takes an individual from the outside of the labyrinth design to its centre. Getting to the centre is not the object or goal of the experience rather it is the communication that "bubbles up" from the depths of each person’s awareness along the fingerwalk journey to and from the centre.
The inward journey - letting go or shedding
The middle of the labyrinth - centring and stillness
The outward journey – return and reintegration