Last week, in my class on the mystics with the Creation Spirituality Communities program, I met a woman doing a very useful thing, I believe.
Her name is Mary Ann Wamhoff and she is a serious practitioner of the Labyrinth, having studied with Lauren Artress and taught courses herself over the years—in addition to being a regular practitioner of that ancient practice.
But she is also a student of Creation Spirituality and has taken it upon herself to tweak the practice slightly so that the Four Paths of CS become the basis of the practice. With her permission, I reproduce a summary of her “Creation Spirituality Walk of the Labyrinth” here.
1. Via Positiva: First, Circle the labyrinth, preferably three times in a clockwise direction—the Celtic way, focusing on your blessings, especially the awesome goodness of Creation! Embrace the Via Positiva and thank the minerals, flora, fauna, ancestors, stars, supernovas, original fireball, angels, and Unknowable. Connecting to the whole.
2. Via Negativa: Release. As you enter and proceed to the center, focus on letting go of your grief, sadness, anger, rage, confusion. Enter the silence of your soul. Perhaps listen to the sounds of nature if you are outdoors. Feel the Via Negativa. Scream the psalm of lament silently or out loud if you are so moved.
3. Via Creativa. Receive. Stay in the center as long as you desire, ready to take in Spirit, inspiration, insight, creativity! Invite the Via Creativa so that you can better co-create with Spirit and the Evolutionary Consciousness. Embrace your role as Mystic and Artist. Celebrate! As Merton says, it’s “the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.” Envision future possibilities.
4. Via Transformativa: Return. As you leave the center and proceed to the exit (which is the same as the entrance), await information regarding your Sacred Action. Do you need to speak truth to power? Do you need to get into good trouble? This is the Via Transformativa and speaks to you of your role as Prophet. This is where we participate in evolution to create a vibrant, just, compassionate world.
Mary Ann is an Advanced Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of Veriditas Council and Veriditas International Association of Professionally Trained Labyrinth Facilitators, a member of The Labyrinth Society, and a board Member of the Labyrinth Resource Group of Santa Fe. Her web page is: www.virginialabyrinths.com
The Four Paths are laid out in Matthew Fox, Original Blessing and in Fox, Meditations with Meister Eckhart, and in many other of his works.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Labyrinth of Chartres Cathedral. Photo by Erez Attias on Unsplash
Queries for Contemplation
Do you practice walking the Labyrinth? Does this essay assist you to practice it and the Four Paths in a fuller fashion?