Today I walked the Chartres Labyrinth twice with my “Chartres Friend”. She is a woman with whom I have become good friends. We have sustained the friendship because of a common interest in an ancient place and the use of very modern technology. We have met in Chartres and Paris only, but have nurtured our friendship via Skype conversations. When we met at the Montparnasse Station on Wednesday, we hugged then she stepped back and said “Let me look at you! It really is you, and not just your picture on Skype!!” The wonder and joy was a sentiment I shared.
We walked the Labyrinth in Notre Dame de Chartres twice. It is open every Friday from about 10 am until around 6 pm, when mass usually occurs. I was over at the Cathedral before my friend. I slowly walked around the sacred space just being in the light, noticing how the energy felt, sensing the changes since the last time I was here.
Our Lady of the Pilar, a Black Madonna who usually resides in her own special alcove has been moved into the nave, and now she can see us walk the labyrinth, as we can see her. She is very special to the people of Chartres, and to many visitors, so they did not hide her away but placed her where she could still be seen. The bright spot showing on the wall behind the labyrinth in the photo is her location.
This photo shows a quiet labyrinth. The first time we walked today it was much busier. Often the mornings are more crowded. As I made my initial circuit I saw a man standing in the center of the busy labyrinth, he was walking when my friend and I walked, both times, and then again after we walked. I was amazed that he could walk so many times in succession. There is an energy shift that happens, if you allow it, when you walk the labyrinth .
I find that walking a labyrinth any more than two times in a day does not give me enough time for reflection, or contemplation of what has occurred. If we do not process the experience I feel it does not become integrated into our being.
What is your opinion on this matter? Can you walk a labyrinth several times in one day and still get the full understanding and benefit of each walk?