Labyrinths as Sacred Temples

I recently invited a few friends and students to join me in a labyrinth walk.  I walk at least 4 times per year around the time of the Equinoxes and Solstices.  I love the walking meditation and wanted to share with others the benefits of this wonderful process.  One friend commented a day or so later “Walking the Labyrinth has had a profound effect on my energy fields”

Beautiful location for our labyrinth walk – Rustenburg wine farm Stellenbosch

The 11 circuit traditional Chartres style Labyrinth
– unlike a Maze you can never lose your way

Firstly lets be clear that a labyrinth in not a maze (more of that difference later).

“Labyrinths symbolize our life’s journey”, says highly respected South African Naturopath Annaliese Cowley. “As each person walks the labyrinth, it is clear that we are on our own journey having total responsibility for the outcome. No one can walk the path for us or with us. Self-responsibility and empowerment have been popular ideas for many years. The labyrinth assists in bringing those ideas home. Labyrinths also provide time for reflection”.

Since there is nothing to do but put one foot in front of the other and follow the path, the brain starts to quieten so we can hear our inner voice or truth which is so frequently drowned out with the constant chatter or clutter in our heads.

Right brain activity enhancers

Therefore, labyrinths are called “right brain activity enhancers” as creativity and intuition are increased. Following the circuitous path in clockwise and counter-clockwise directions provides opportunities to view and relate to problems, situations and/or people from different perspectives.


The left and right hemispheres perform very different functions

Question: Why are we told by spiritual teachers to work at balancing the left and right hemispheres of the brain if we want a more fulfilling life?


Left: I am the left brain.
I am a scientist. A mathematician. 
I am the familiar. I categorise.
I am accurate. Linear.
Analytical. Strategic. I am practical.
Always in control.
A master of words and language.
I calculate equations and play with numbers.
I am order. I am logic.
I know exactly who I am.

I am the right brain.
I am creativity,
A free spirit.
I am passion.
Yearning. Sensuality.
I am the sound of roaring laughter.
I am taste.
I am movement and dance.
Vivid colour.
I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas.
I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry.
I sense. I feel.
I am everything I want to be.

If the left and right hemispheres are used and activated equally then we initiate neurological access to the frontal lobe of the brain. This frontal aspect of the brain is extremely important because it receives and transmits information from the collective consciousness to enable us to be more connected, intuitive and to expand our consciousness.

Sacred Temples

The labyrinth is an archetype of transformation. Its transcendant nature knows no boundaries, crossing time and cultures with ease. The labyrinth serves as a bridge from the mundane to the divine.

The labyrinth is an archetypal spiritual tool, found across many times and cultures. While a maze is a left-brain, rational puzzle, the labyrinth involves the right side of the brain, and helps us access our intuition, providing a portal to the Divine.

Another style of Labyrinth located in Paarl on Seldelberg wine farm in South Africa

Within the labyrinth, differences disappear and similarities are magnified; structure is seen as freeing rather than restricting. Each time we walk, we get closer to our truth. As each person changes, humanity and hence the world will change. Walking the pathways grants us an increase in confidence, focus, clarity, creativity, intuition, productivity, self-responsibility, balance and peace.

After balancing the activity in both hemispheres the frontal lobe activates quite naturally. Important because the frontal lobe is instrumental in interpreting divine guidance which flows into the Hara Line via the Crown chakra and into the centre of the head where the Pineal gland chakra is located.

The Pineal Gland – the Power Source and ‘gateway to our real self’

Is the Pineal the Seat of the Soul as Descartes termed it in 1662?

The cone shaped Pineal’s location in the brain

The Pineal Gland or Third Eye, called by some the God organ, is shaped like a pine cone and is located in the centre of the head. Imagine cross hairs intersecting from the eyes and the crown, that’s the position. In children the gland is the size of a freshly picked pea, in adults the size of a small dried up pea.

The Pineal Gland – so called because of its similarity to a pine cone

There is evidence to suggest that the Egyptians used the chambers in the Pyramid of Cheops to develop their pineal glands to the size of tennis balls in order to enhance their psychic abilities and Soul connection.

The Pine Cone Vatican Square (Court of the Pine Cone)– now that is curious!! 

In the majority of people the Pineal gland’s ‘eye’ has closed down cutting them off from their higher senses and consequently effort must be made in order to open it again. It does seem to have an eye like structure that is light and ELF (extremely low frequency) sensitive. The Pineal creates DMT which is the body’s own psychedelic, a neurochemical specifically created to allow the focus of our thinking to be directed inward. Although the exact chemical reaction is yet to be understood, DMT allows synaptic paths to escape from the routinely travelled pathways, allowing for novel thoughts and sensations to happen. DMT is used by Shamans in the form of Ayahuasca or magic mushrooms in order to induce altered states of consciousness. The Pineal is associated with psi activity and paranormal abilities. It is extremely vulnerable to the environmental stressors and can be implicated in feelings of depression [linked to SAD (seasonal affective disorder)] due to lack of light exposure in winter – it produces melatonin to cause sleepiness during hours of darkness.

It has been proven through the meticulous work of Dr Jennifer Luke of the University of Surrey in the UK, that the Pineal is the primary target of fluoride accumulation in the body. 

Therefore fluoride actually speeds up the calcification of the pineal so I recommend that you cease using fluoride toothpaste immediately. Also drink filtered fluoride free water.

Some very conflicting health guidelines designed to confuse?

Meditation and asking questions help open the pineal. As does conscious rhythmic breathing and plenty of rest during the natural hours of darkness.

The pineal is the first gland to be formed in the foetus and is distinguishable at 3 weeks old. It is highly nourished with the best blood, oxygen and nutrient mix available in the human anatomy(second only to the kidneys whose function is the clear the blood of impurities).

Because of this fact Herophilus, who lived 300 years before Jesus, concluded that the Pineal must play a major role in consciousness. He finally asserted that it was in fact “the gateway to our real self”. It is in effect a satellite dish receiving information from Source in the form of ELF messages.

Who is our real self?

Guru Satyananda said in 1972: 

The Third Eye (ajna or brow) chakra energises the Pineal which is the centre of spiritual and psychic energy in the body carrying thoughts and psychic phenomena throughout the cosmos”.

Electromagnetic radiation and fluoride then are the two biggest antagonists of the pineal.

TV – be selective what you watch

I gave my television away years ago as I promised myself I would spend my leisure hours in a ‘curious pursuit of enlightenment’ rather than just being entertained by programmes directed at those who now have come to be termed ‘sheeple’. When my Partner moved in and he brought his TV we consigned it to a special isolated room and I watch only rarely and selectively. I never watch, listen or read the News as I see it for what it truly is – propaganda designed in the most part to generate fear to keep humanity pre-occupied distracted so that we do not allow love to expand our hearts. Following a path of love, acceptance and forgiveness is the only way to reach enlightenment. 

The Labyrinth as a natural aid to consciousness shifts

The 11 circuit traditional Chartres style Labyrinth
The 11 circuit Chartres labyrinth is copied from the original built in the middle ages in the Gothic cathedral in France. The Templars built the cathedrals (the Freemasons discovered how to create the flying buttresses and tall gothic shaped structures using sacred geometry because they understood how geometry is the means by which everything is created).

Templars were Johnannine (St John the Baptist sect) Christians. The Johannine teachings were more akin to the original teachings of Jesus promulgated before the Catholic Church established Christianity based on the teachings of Peter. Johannines taught that we could all connect directly to God and indeed had a Core Star personalised godlike divinity (for more detail go to my

“Symbolical rites are the external expressions of man’s inward desire to unite with Divinity.”– Roberta H. Lamerson

Walking a labyrinth can be termed a symbolic rite.

Ancient Knowledge of Magical Function

“In the Kabbalistic tradition [Author’s note: the Kabbala is a series of texts that make up the school of Jewish mysticism] taken up by the Alchemists, labyrinths filled a magical function which was one of the secrets attributed to Solomon (of Soloman’s Temple in Jerusalem). Alchemists saw them as images ‘of the whole task involved in ‘the Work’, as they called personal evolution, with its major difficulties; an image of the path they needed to follow to reach the centre, the arena for the two ‘warring’ natures of ego and spirit…’. To enter and to emerge from the labyrinth might be the symbol of death and resurrection in the authentic spiritual self.

The labyrinth takes one to the centre of one’s self, ‘to some hidden, inner shrine, occupied by the most mysterious portion’ of the human personality. The concept of the temple of the Holy Spirit in the Soul at an attained state of grace; or maybe in the depths of the ‘unconscious mind’. Both can only be reached by consciousness after making many detours or by intense concentration, when that ultimate intuitive state is attained and everything becomes plain through some kind of enlightenment. In ‘Soloman’s Crypt’ the lost oneness of being, scattered in a multiplicity of desires, is rediscovered.

Kathy Doore, an author on sacred spaces, freely describes the spiritual implications of the labyrinth,

“Labyrinths are temples that enhance and balance and bring a sense of the sacred – a place where we can confirm our unity with the cosmos, awaken our vital force and elevate our consciousness. These structures are space/time temples where we can behold realities that oddly enough transcend space and time. The orientation, form and geometry of a labyrinth has symbolic as well as spacial importance. It is a mirror for the divine… 

…Moving through a Labyrinth changes ordinary ways of perception connecting the inner and the outer, the right brain and the left brain, the involutional and the evolutional through a series of paths that represent the realms of the Gods and Goddesses. These realms are associated with planetary movement as a process that induces Union with the One.”

 Open mindedness as an asset

Open minded people with both hemispheres of the brain in balance perceive life differently. They think outside the box. They perceive choices. They are independent thinkers and not ‘sheeple’. They respect themselves and their differences and they respect and honour differences in others.

From birth we learn quickly and we learn to use our brains differently at certain stages of development. At age 3 for example one day we wake up and we see ourselves for the first time as separate. As individuals. I am a separate entity from everything else. However ‘disconnected’ would be a better description.

Of course that is not true, its just a change of perception. We are not separate.  We all live in a bio magnetic soup. I’m a pea and you’re a carrot. He’s a bit of onion and she’s is a bit of garlic. If one ingredient is past its sell by date the whole soup is tainted. And so it is with groups of people.

Jesus always started his teachings with “let he who has ears to hear, hear’ which means that only those at the right level of consciousness can grasp the lesson.

So the big question is ‘are you willing to open your mind to the new’?

Are you willing to train yourself to ‘hear’, to listen to your inner voice, to spend time studying metaphysics, esoterics, spirituality and coming to understand the ancient mystery school teachings. To really understand life, the Universe and Everything? If so well done and I hope you will find your nearest labyrinth and start walking. If not watch TV!

Namaste Rita


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