April 23, 2008
Final 414 thoughts
I've learned that the center does not always need to mean the middle. Therefore getting somewhere via a maze and a seemingly hazardous route may also be the appropriate way. Its about sticking to a road less traveled. If I were walking through a labyrinth, I may have the assurance of arriving somewhere safely in all circumstances. Walking a maze is taking a risk. It means submitting oneself to all opportunities, both good and bad. So although both paths may lead you to the same destination, the process of traveling is understandably different. I may experience the calmness of a circular path, void of confusion and danger on a labyrinth. And on a maze, I may understand what is meant by failure and perhaps perseverance. Maybe these lessons converge on both types of paths. Each journey differs from the next no matter what the mode of travel. It depends on how we choose to steer ourselves. The ideas of these systems of navigation stretch the boundaries of what is possible.
Just for fun
If you like mazes....
Convergence of the Maze and Labyrinth
My exploration of mazes and labyrinths has only begun. I'd like to share some pieces that illustrate the early development of this exploration.
The first is an an investigation of the maze and labyrinth, and how one begins her journey on each of these paths. It was my goal to show how mazes have the ability to become labyrinths if the traveler faces the challenge of the maze by working through the difficult corners and dead ends. This is no easy task, but once it is taken on, the body of one's navigational difficulty transforms. Paths clear for one to arrive at his destination.
April 01, 2008
Tracing the Journey
Imagination lends a new aspect to the concept of labyrinths and mazes. It allows the journeys to shift in their meaning, to transform, and to most of all, stretch the boundaries of what is possible.
In a labyrinth, appearance and feeling are circular. A maze seems somewhat different, but using imagination we can envision a center that might not exist in the physical. The center does not always need to be in the middle. The center is where someone needs to be, it is a destination in many cases, and sometimes the center can be located in a corner, or within a dead end, for instance.
Lets take a look at various forms of labyrinths:
Spiritual-finding oneself amid chaos, maintaining balance
Physical-taking a walk
Intellectual- finding a solution to a difficult problem
All of these can be converted into a maze. That is, the mapping of these journeys can take on new forms with different folds. With a maze, we may get lost, but getting found is always a possibility. If we approach a dead end, we either stay there upon realizing it is our center, or, we retrace our steps in order to continue our journey.
With labyrinths, there is almost always one way of reaching a destination. Sometimes there is more than one way of arriving at an answer, and sometimes there is even more than one answer. Perhaps the form of a maze allows for this realization.