A shift has been underway for years away from sound doctrine and approaching God through the ONE avenue available – prayer in and through the name of Jesus Christ to all who are reborn and stand before God clothed in the righteousness of Christ due to the blood atonement. Creating methodology, maps and mumbling-mantras does nothing to negate this very narrow path unto God, His Son, but does confirm a soul is blissfully lost in practicing hollow pagan rituals!
Labyrinths designed to encourage reflection
Tuesday – 2/21/2012, 8:40am ET
By MELISSA KOSSLER DUTTON
For The Associated Press
(AP) – When Carol Maurer has a lot on her plate, she finds it useful to visit the labyrinth made of river rocks at the Delaware Art Museum, in Wilmington.
“It quiets my mind,” said Maurer, who lives in Hockessin, Del. “It sets the path for me so I can spiral inward.”
Labyrinths, which have been constructed for thousands of years, have become a popular addition to hospitals, gardens and public institutions.
With a single path in and out, labyrinths are designed to encourage reflection. They differ from mazes, which are designed as puzzles. Labyrinths have been associated with religions and cultures throughout the world.
The number of labyrinths in the United States has been steadily increasing for about 15 years, said Robert Ferre, a labyrinth builder who founded Labyrinth Enterprises.
“Nowadays they’re so widespread, it’s more about how to best utilize them than what they are,” he said from San Antonio, Texas.
When he started the business in 1995, churches were his primary customers. Labyrinths were an important feature of European Roman Catholic churches in the Middle Ages; walking one was a devotional activity and represented a spiritual journey.
The most famous remaining labyrinth from that period is at Chartres Cathedral, near Paris. Many newer labyrinths are based on the Chartres pattern.
They can be constructed of turf or stone or painted on pavement.
Today, labyrinths are widely used in secular spaces too, said Maurer, who serves on the board of The Labyrinth Society, an organization dedicated to using and promoting the paths. She helped get the labyrinth built near the sculpture garden at the Delaware Art Museum.
“People are looking for ways to travel inward,” she said. “They’re trying to find a deeper connection with themselves that may be spiritual but not necessarily religious.”
It’s even possible for homeowners to build labyrinths themselves in their yard, with rock, gravel or mulch, Ferre said. Plans are available online or through his company.
Patricia Cadle, the oncology chaplain at N.C. Cancer Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., encourages patients, family members and hospital employees to walk a labyrinth.
The medical facility dedicated an outdoor labyrinth in 2009, and just completed an indoor one this month (February).
“It’s a great tool for meditation and relaxation,” Cadle said.
“Labyrinths can help connect the mind, the body and the spirit. I think we can use that when we’re dealing with disease.”
This garbage is in many churches and not many discern the error. Once this is connected to “healing” and enters the mainstream, like the once alternative acupuncture, more people will defend it as authentic. Lost people can be excused for errant beliefs regarding prayer, but what of those charged with protecting the flock who have opened the gate to this Eastern influence? Not good. Let us be on guard and warning others about the many faces of eastern mysticism. Mystic spiritual abhorrent practices of Rome are becoming widely accepted and promoted in Protestantism.