Welcome to Badger’s Labyrinth, a re-creation of my previous blog Badger’s Musings. Badger’s Musing was a blog for my poetry which I have bought across to this blog.
In the time since I commenced Badger’s Musings, life as life does, changes. In these changes, it often feels I am walking a labyrinth. Walking in the shadows and sometimes the darkness and often uncertain. Yet, in many ways one of the advantages of the shadows and dark places is it allows your trust in the ultimate grace of life to grow and strengthen.
It is this labyrinth quality of life I highlight in the new name.
While in English, the term labyrinth and maze are often used interchangeably, in fact labyrinths existed prior to the creation of mazes which only became popular in 17th & 18th century England. Labyrinths were initially often associated with spiritual and religious practices.
In mythology the most well-known labyrinth was on the Island of Crete built by Daedalus to house the Minotaur a creation half man, half bull. Theseus was the youth who entered the labyrinth and killed the Minotaur, a myth that continues to have much wisdom for us in the 21st century as we deal with men whose masculinities are often displaying animalistic, bullish, brutal and devouring characteristics. However, more of that in the next post.
While labyrinths are not used much, if at all today they still retain a place in our collective subconscious, as for example in the 2006 film Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Torro.
Psychologically and spiritually, walking the labyrinth is a symbol of self-discovery. There is a path that takes us to the centre and then leads us back out again into the world. A journey to the centre of ourselves and a returning to the world with greater insight and awareness.
Often, rather than walking the labyrinth we end up falling down rabbit holes. We get caught in the holes of our fear, or our expectations of what should be and how life should treat us. We demand life should treat us a certain way because of who we are or what we have done. We expect life will treat us fairly, according to our standards of fairness and problems should be resolved quickly and easily without us having to journey into darkness or uncertainty.
Yet, as Carl Jung writing of journey in his “Stages of Life” says
“When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about when we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness.”
Psychologically and spiritually walking the labyrinth is an on-going process. As life changes, we must continually enter the darkness and uncertainty, not because we are masochists with a fetish for darkness but because we have learnt to trust the graciousness of life. To trust that if we are willing life will lead us in and bring us out of the labyrinth again, that we will emerge from the darkness we currently experience.
While my first love remains poetry this new blog will include some of my reflections on the labyrinths I have walked in this journey of life.