From the Labyrinth Builders web site they explain the difference between a labyrinth and a maze:
In the sense of structures created for walking on or through, a labyrinth is unicursal that is it has one path which will lead the walker without offering choices to the goal. … A maze is multicursal and presents choices to the walker who must solve its puzzle to find the goal and will usually have high ‘walls’ to hide the pattern and create a greater challenge.
In summary it could be said ‘You enter a maze to lose yourself and a labyrinth to find yourself’.
The mandala design for this week represents a maze. At least three pathways enter and exit this maze, the rest end within it. Some paths end almost immediately, others take a while to reach their doom conclusion. And some paths lack any entry or exit at all as if to give us a peak at something interesting and yet all we can do is be observers rather than participants.
This mandala presents to us a variety of metaphors that we can apply to it. We can think of each pathway as representing our past lives and potential future lives. Some are short, some are longer. Some are interesting, some are so-so. And some just exist for us to observe what happens.
We can also see this maze as representing our current life’s journey. Some of our experiences are short lived, others are longer and/or ongoing. Some are interesting, some are so-so. Some we actively participate in, others we just passively observe.
This maze, this mandala helps us to gain some perspective in seeing how all of our experiences (or past lives or whatever metaphor we apply) fit together to form a rather interesting collection of ups and downs, and ins and outs; showing us how all the puzzle pieces unite as one grand adventure.
The Mandala Lady