This Chartres-Man in the Maze mini combo set, are labyrinth patterns that are inlaid into highly durable, food grade plastic and recycled wood respectively.
A miniPath® functions in much the same way as a finger labyrinth, (to further relaxation, meditation & prayer) except you use a stylus rather than a finger to move through the design (the paths are too narrow for a finger to use). They are designed to fit in a pocket, purse, briefcase or sit on a desktop. Whether at home, work, school, in a car, train or airplane, the Chartres-Man in the Maze mini combo is ready to use anytime for greater relaxation, personal focus and guidance. Included with each design in the Chartres-Man in the Maze mini combo is a stylus, velour carrying pouch (which doubles as a non-sliding surface on which to rest the miniPath®), information card about the design and directions for use.
During the 13th century, this design was inlaid into the floor of Chartres Cathedral in France. It was adopted by the church during the Middle Ages as a substitute for the physical pilgrimage early Christians made to Jerusalem. The 11 circuits & center may represent the 12 apostles. There are 113 teeth known as “lunations” which adorn the outside of the pattern and many believe the ancients used these lunations as a sundial in order to determine the lunar feast of Easter. The center area (rosette) is a six-petaled rose that some believe represents the Virgin Mary or cosmologically, the six kingdoms of existence; mineral, plant, animal, human, angelic, divine. It is thought that by spending time in a petal representing a kingdom that embodies a quality that you are trying to emulate (i.e. the mineral and plant kingdoms teach us patience), you will come to better understand that quality. This labyrinth frequently takes you close to the center and then back towards the outside of the design. This pattern can represent coming close to and moving away from your personal, transformative center, a place of intense knowing and change.
Man in the Maze:
This design comes out of the spiritual tradition of the Tohono/O’odham tribe in Southwest Arizona and New Mexico. The figure waiting at the top/entrance to the design, may represent the concept of a child (all of Creation) being birthed by its’ mother (Mother Earth). It may also represent the process of moving inside yourself to get in touch with the creative process and thereby give birth to new ideas. Several non-uniform path widths (wide to narrow from the outermost to the innermost areas) may indicate movement from a heavier, denser, constrictive energetic pattern (our everyday lives), to a lighter, finer, more expansive energetic pattern (the spiritual realm). The design looks somewhat like a dreamcatcher and therefore, may help trap unwanted or negative thoughts and feelings you walked in with. You are then able to leave those thoughts and feelings behind and follow the path back out, feeling more uplifted, lighter and freer in both mind and body.