Georgia Magazine - May 2022 - 26

Around GEORGIA By Amber Lanier Nagle
Journey to the center
Find your way through one of Georgia's labyrinths
E
ight years ago, as Carlisle Dent of Atlanta's Buckhead
neighborhood walked through the Cathedral of
St. Philip in Atlanta, he peeked into Child Hall and
witnessed a group of people silently walking the curved
pathways of a canvas labyrinth.
" In retrospect, I didn't find the labyrinth. I think it found
me that evening, " Dent says. " I was curious and went inside.
[Labyrinth facilitator] Margaret Bosbyshell helped me that
evening. "
A labyrinth is a meandering geometric path that leads to
a center. It has one way in and one way out. These ancient
patterns have been found on pottery, stone tablets and etchings
that date as far back as 5,000 years. They often are mistaken for
mazes, but there are no dead ends and no puzzles to solve as a
person traces their walkways.
Dent removed his shoes and entered the circuitous lanes.
With each step, his concentration grew.
" The labyrinth is a metaphor for life, " he says. " If you keep
the faith and stay on the path, it will take you to the center. "
Minutes later, Dent made it to the heart of the labyrinth.
" The stress of the day melted away, and I felt my soul, " he
says. " It was peaceful but exhilarating. "
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Intrigued by his experience, Dent decided to learn more.
He studied under Lauren Artress of Veriditas, veriditas.org, a
not-for-profit organization that trains and supports labyrinth
facilitators around the world. (Facilitators introduce newcomers
to labyrinths and help them accomplish meditative walking
experiences.)
Since then, he has helped hundreds of people walk the
cathedral's two labyrinths. In 2016, he organized a labyrinth
walk after 49 people were killed in a mass shooting at the Pulse
nightclub in Orlando. He lit candles around the perimeter of the
design and wrote the victims' names on cards. Fifty-five people
came to walk and process their grief; each carried the name of a
victim to the center. Participants found it deeply moving.
" Ninety percent of the people who walk the labyrinth find
[something meaningful] in the experience, " he says. " I think you
have to be open to it. "
Continued on page 28
Top: The indoor, canvas labyrinth at the Cathedral of St. Philip in
Atlanta off ers a peaceful, meditative experience by candlelight.
Above: Eagle Scout Morgan North spearheaded the labyrinth
behind Heritage Baptist Church in Cartersville.
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