As my interest in labyrinths increases, so does my involvement with them.
I am doing a research on labyrinths and of course the SF Public Library was the first stop. Recently, I was so immersed in a particular reference book that when it was time for me to step out of the library, my attention was totally focused on circular patterns. I encountered them everywhere. On my way out of the library, I noticed the circular shapes on monitor bases, mouse pads, lamps, signs, bottle lids, pen holders, clocks and many other objects. I thought I was losing my mind. I shook my head, smiled, and finally I was out on the street. I took a deep breath and started to walk home.
It seems that it was not enough finding circular patterns in the library. While on the street, I started to notice the circular lids of the sewer system, windows, bicycles, the tires on buses, clocks on people’s wrists, company logos, tree beds, the moon, flowers, and innumerous items. At this point, I did not have any other option but to enjoy circular patterns everywhere. I don’t know how long it took me to get home – the library is located on 8th Street and I live on 5th Street and some blocks south, in the heart of SoMa, but the thing is that I really enjoyed the stroll thru Market Street. (I know many might not enjoy Market Street on these specific blocks because of the homeless people, but the revitalization the city is doing here is really making a big difference.)
By the time I got home, I realized how blessed we are to be surrounded by perfection and wholeness. In many cultures and for centuries the circle has been, among many others, a symbol for wholeness, female power, infinity, perfection, unity, inclusion, and completion. I found it very interesting that even though we are immersed in a world that reminds us of perfection, unity, and wholeness, we choose to put our focus on worries, judgements, despair, hate, rage, attachments, or separation.
I am not invalidating those feelings of despair, judgements, or “dark moments” we all sometimes have, but I do wonder how we can transform them into the perfection or wholeness that is the true environment we are immerse in.
For me, the labyrinth does the work of transformation. Lauren Artress says: “Within the labyrinth, your interior world can become clear to you. You can see through the otherwise obscured thoughts and blocked feelings.”
I couldn’t agree more.