Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Jesus and the Love Labyrinth

The second labyrinth at the Sacred Garden of Maui is located inside the plant nursery building and is constructed in the traditionally pagan Cretan/Minoan style. The labyrinth consists of white lava stones laid out on a bed of crushed grey gravel.


A labyrinth is a tool used for "walking meditation" because, unlike a maze, there is only a single (unicursal) path to follow. You can never get lost in a labyrinth -- you simply spiral in to its heart-centre and then spiral out again. It is a metaphor for the spiritual journey, as well as for the journey of Life itself.

The inner-focused, contemplative nature of this labyrinth is reinforced by a large, central art print of Jesus portrayed in meditation by Bruce Harman, a visionary artist from California.


To further reinforce this labyrinth's connection to the Prince of Peace, there is found at the centre of this labyrinth six special, naturally-formed lava rocks which spell out:

♡-L-O-V-E-♡


Here's a better view in close-up:


Friday's post will explore the Divine Feminine's presence at the Sacred Garden.

[All photos © Debra She Who Seeks, November 2016]

30 comments:

Bob Slatten said...

Love the 'Love.'
I also love how so many hospitals these days have some sort of labyrinth on the grounds so if you're waiting on someone you can take that journey and still be close at hand.

mistress maddie said...

That s beautiful. I haven't been to the lovely ladyarinth here in Doylestown in awhile. I'm sure all the flowers are buy gone now. Had not been for you, I may have never went to check it out.

Jeanne said...

Nice. A beautiful and serene retreat. And those stones are amazing!

Harry Hamid said...

I don't think I ever knew that about how a labyrinth differs from a maze. So this post was educational AND beautiful.

Leeanna Henderson said...

The rocks spelling out love is so amazing.

Susan said...

I think I need a trip or five in and out of that labyrinth. Meditation is such a challenge for me.

LL Cool Joe said...

Seeing Jesus with bare knees seemed a bit weird, and I'm sure he was a lot less handsome than that in reality, but that would spoil the serenity a bit wouldn't it? What happens if you kick the stones out of place by accident?

lady M said...

Yogi Jesus! He looks nicer than the NRA gun toting Jaysus!

Rain said...

That's a beautiful message definitely. I do walking meditations daily, that's my walks in the woods I label nature therapy. It's very powerful. Nice photos!

Marie Smith said...

Love the center!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ LL Cool Joe -- Yeah, those knees, I know. No guy has nice knees from what I've ever seen. If you kick the stones out of place by accident, the heavens will open, choirs of angels will descend, and they'll look at you disapprovingly.

Adam said...

Are you sure that's Jesus and not a homeless man in a toga, you wouldn't realize how many times I got that wrong.

DEZMOND said...

Jesus is showing quite a lot of leg there channelling Yoda

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Oh, very beautiful! Jesus meditating. I love it.

Janie Junebug said...

Ah. Now I understand the point of a labyrinth. I would enjoy such a journey.

Love,
Janie

baili said...


Divine message dear Debra!
i find this sacred garden very spiritual place

Mitchell is Moving said...

Nope. Wouldn't want to walk THAT particular labyrinth. Maybe one that involves the Divine Feminine.

Elsie Amata said...

I love this! There is a labyrinth near me that I keep saying I'm going to visit and never seem to get to. I really need to there! It's supposed to be huge and beautiful.

Have a beachy week!
Elsie

Mark said...

I actually didn't know the difference between a labyrinth and a maze. It's good to know I wouldn't get lost. The little rocks of love at the centre are very interesting. It must have taken a while to find them but the effect is easily worth it.

JACKIESUE said...

since I think this is the last year for the garden as my garden partner george died..maybe I can convince city to let me build a maze..sigh*

Kirk said...

I'm not much into spirituality, but it looks like a rather pleasant place to be alone with one's thoughts.

Jono said...

Jesus "Krishna" of Nazareth. I like it!

Jill said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Have a great night.

Blessings,
Jill

Birdie said...

The word LOVE spelled out at the end. Perfect.

bj said...

How I would love to walk this stoned path...I have never seen one before.

Magic Love Crow said...

This is so beautiful Debra! Love!!! The rocks are amazing! I have never walked a labyrinth! I will some day! Big Hugs!

Fundy Blue said...

I'm too ADHD to walk calmly in a labyrinth. I'm seem to be lacking that meditative gene. The geologist in me is whispering that the stone may be coral. Although I won't rule out the possibility of it being pumice ~ since I'm having cataract surgery Monday ~ LOL!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

@ Fundy Blue -- Yes, Louise, I'm sure you're probably right and it's coral, not lava rock! I know bupkis about stones, rocks and geology, LOL.

AntiquityTravelers said...

how cool is that?! natural stones to form the word 'love' ... that is awesome

Lynn said...

I LOVE a labyrinth. What a wonderful place.