Labyrinth

photo of labyrinthThe outdoor labyrinth at USC

At 90 feet in diameter, Unity Spiritual Center's outdoor labyrinth is the largest in Ohio.

Unity's labyrinth is based on the design of the world-famous labyrinth at Chartres Cathedral in France.

The outdoor labyrinth is located behind Unity Hall on the campus of Unity Spiritual Center. Unity welcomes people of all faiths to perform this walking meditation at their convenience.

The labyrinth is not a maze. There are no tricks or dead ends. It has a single circuitous path that winds into the center. When you walk it, you use the same path to return; the entrance becomes the exit. The path is in full view, which allows you to be quiet and focus internally.

Generally, there are three stages to the walk:  releasing on the way in, receiving in the center, and returning or taking back out to the world that which you received.

The labyrinth is an ancient pattern found in many cultures around the world. Labyrinth designs have been found on pottery, tablets and tiles dating back as far as 4,000 years. Many patterns are based on spirals from nature.

In Native American culture, the labyrinth is called the Medicine Wheel and Man in the Maze. The Celts described it as the Never-Ending Circle. Mystical Judaism refers to it as Kabala. One feature shared by these traditions is that they have one path that winds in a circuitous way to the center.

Unity Spiritual Center's outdoor labyrinth is free and open to the public.