A Labyrinth

I’ve been talking about mazes with a twitter friend recently.

I was reminded of a time a few years agowhen  I went on a training course given by Margaret Underwood, an expert in learning styles and educational Kinesiology from New Zealand.

She had brought along a huge piece of silk which on which she had traced a copy of the maze from Chartres Cathedral in Northern France.

One lunch-time she invited anyone who was interested to walk along the maze in silence.  I’m not at a religious person and not even a spiritual one but I decided to give this opportunity a go.

My friend Ross Cooper and I started off side by side.  We walked together a little space and then turned a corner.  From that point on we each trod our own individual path.

I walked on in silence, musing on how my feet were being led by a path whose end I could not see.

I turned and was astonished to see Ross at the far end of the maze, out of reach, unreachable.  I felt alone, almost bereft as he silently paced away from me.

I bent my footsteps once again and continued.  A few minutes later I looked up and saw Ross only a few steps from me, walking towards me.  I felt relieved, only to see him take a sharp turn and disappear from view.

This is like life, I thought.

I had got it.  The idea of the labyrinth.

A few minutes later I turned a corner and found myself walking side by side with Ross once again.  We reached the end together, as we had started.

I have heard that the maze was designed as a symbol of a person’s life.

I was moved by the experience, intrigued and thoughtful.

I’d like to walk it again one day.


About Martin Lake

Martin Lake lives in the French Riviera with his wife. After studying at the University of East Anglia he worked as a teacher, trainer and company director. A serious accident shattered his arm and meant that he had to rein back his work. He decided to concentrate on writing and is now writing full-time. He writes a wide range of fiction. His main interests are historical fiction, short stories and fiction for young adults. Martin has a series of novels 'The Lost King' which are set in the years following the Norman Invasion of England. They concern Edgar Atheling, last representative of the ancient English royal dynasty and his fight to regain the throne from William the Conqueror. Martin has also published 'Artful' the further adventures of the Dodger and 'Outcasts' a novel about fall of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem. His latest novel, 'A Love Most Dangerous' is about a maid of honour who becomes the lover of Henry VIII. Martin’s work has been broadcast on radio. He won first prize in the Kenneth Grahame Society competition to write a story based on 'The Wind in the Willows.' You can get the collection, 'The Wind in the Willows Short Stories' from Amazon.
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