The power of the Labyrinth

I’ve just been reading about Labyrinths and it turns out they are quite amazing (aMAZEing – geddit!). I’m not talking about the awesome David Bowie film (although I do love that film).

Nor am I actually talking about the kind of mazes made of hedge with numerous paths designed to make you lose your way. I’m referring to the  labyrinths that are a spiral leading to and from a central point along one single path:

“In colloquial English labyrinth is generally synonymous with maze, but many contemporary scholars observe a distinction between the two: maze refers to a complex branching puzzle with choices of path and direction; while a single-path (unicursal) labyrinth has only a single, non-branching path, which leads to the center. A labyrinth in this sense has an unambiguous route to the center and back and is not designed to be difficult to navigate.[2]

A labyrinth

Anyways these kinds of labyrinths have been found to have therapeutic powers. Apparently just watching someone walk the spiral path into the centre and back again can release emotions and clear worries from our mind.

Research has shown that this is because the action of following the path forces us to use the right side of our brain rather than the left side (The right side is the creative intuitive side and the left is the analytical side – the one we use to worry with).

I’m thinking of constructing a crude labyrinth on my bedroom floor using socks (shouldn’t be that difficult). I’m hoping that a few turns round my sock labyrinth will clear my mind of worries and help inspire some writing magic. We’ll see.