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The Labyrinth

The Labyrinth:  The world beneath the skin of reality

The Story of the Labyrinth

In Greek Mythology the Labyrinth was an elaborate, cunningly designed structure commissioned by the King of Crete, King Minos. He had the Labyrinth built to contain the Minotaur; a legendary beast that was said to devour men for its sustenance. The builder of the Labyrinth; Daedalus, did his job so well that he could barely escape from it himself after it was completed.

It took the Hero Theseus (born to a human mother but fathered by two of the gods) to penetrate the Labyrinth and slay the beast. Interestingly enough, while it took all of Theseus’ strength to slay the creature itself, it only took one thing to actually penetrate the Labyrinth; a skein of string given to Theseus by Ariadne, the King’s daughter who had fallen in love with Theseus. After slaying the creature, Theseus used
Ariadne’s string to find his way back out of the Labyrinth to freedom.

The Labyrinth of Illusion

While the story of Theseus and his escape from the Labyrinth has been incorporated into our mythology and is viewed by many to be nothing more than legend or fable, strangely enough it does have its foundations in truth, for isn’t the reality we immerse ourselves in nothing more than an elaborate illusion?

Layer after layer of illusions have been built up around us since birth. There are twists and turns of familial expectations; levels of religious traditions; strange turnings of belief and oubliettes of societal expectations. All together it creates a Labyrinth whose complexity puts Daedalus’ creation to shame and from which very few ever manage to escape.

The few that manage to traverse the Labyrinth and slay the Minotaur in its center still have to be able to find their way out again; a task that, for many, is only accomplished when death strips their eyes of the illusions that have so clouded their vision.

Escape From the Labyrinth

And yet there is hope! Just as the hero Theseus managed to not only penetrate the Labyrinth and slay the Minotaur, he also managed to escape with the help of the skein of thread given to him by Ariadne.

But before we can fallow the thread home, we must first find our way to the center; to the heart of the Labyrinth where the Minotaur makes his home, for only once we slay the beast can we see the Labyrinth around us for the illusion that it actually is. Taking the Journey to Center is an experience that not many choose to experience, for it forces one to take a long hard look at everything they have ever accepted as the truth about themselves and the world around them. But if the journey is taken, then the rewards can be beyond imagining!


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