On Labyrinths, Grace and the Via Creativa

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIn an essay rich in the heart wisdom of nondual awareness, lifetime artisan Miriam Louisa Simons shares her perspective on the Via Creativa and how it relates to Grace and the Labyrinth of Life.  She writes: "As an impersonal energetic continuum, one enters the Labyrinth called Life, again and again, time without end.  The journey is always to the Heart, always into remembrance of what one actually is.  The process is Life’s exploration of the infinity of ways it can experience itself as form and emptiness, and return to home base . . ."


Do you think I know what I’m doing?

That for one breath or half-breath I belong to myself?

As much as a pen knows what it’s writing,

or the ball can guess where it’s going next.    — Rumi


ChartresLabyrinthThe Labyrinth is a familiar symbol.  Its enigmatic presence has left footprints that fade back into the beginning of the human story.  Its origins and its purpose have been rich fodder for research and speculation.

I don’t pretend to know the truth of its tale, but see the archetypal labyrinth as apt visual shorthand for the map of a life, and that’s how its symbolism is used in this little essay.

The many lanes of the Labyrinth are in fact only one long path that winds and twists and turns back on itself, as it explores all the territory of a life before arriving at its Heart.

By ‘Heart’ I mean the natural essence of the ‘walker’ of the Labyrinth – beyond both conception and perception – the unknowable and ineffable awareness we nevertheless recognize as our changeless Being.

As an artisan, I call this path the Via Creativa, but please don’t think I refer to any kind of laid-down, mapped-out path.

The path is a process, and the process creates the path.  It is the Via Creativa itself that teaches me how to make art and live Life.

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6 Responses to On Labyrinths, Grace and the Via Creativa

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  2. Alberto Martin says:

    “our absence is the presence of the freedom and creativity we seek!”

    By ‘I’ not being present, Being is present; by ‘me’ not acting, life acts unimpeded. The egos are like pebbles that ruffle the water’s surface as it flows, but the deep current of life goes on undisturbed.

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  4. Kristine Baker says:

    The visual of the labyrinth as life…the more I know, the more ‘I’ don’t know….ah!

  5. Michael Byers says:

    . . . . . like eating hot oatmeal on a cold morning. Your words reflect the comfort of my life. How wonderful and exciting eh!

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