In the spirit of the Texas Health Resources' mission — to improve the health of the people in the communities we serve — Texas Health Alliance built a labyrinth for our community’s mental well-being. It is located on the first floor, in the outdoor courtyard between the hospital and the Professional Building.
Labyrinths have been known for more than 3,500 years. They have been used by many different religions and various nationalities, and appear in many shapes, sizes and materials.
A labyrinth is not a maze. It has an entry or “mouth,” a specific path with many turns and curves, and a center. The exit is the same path, only in reverse.
When walking or tracing a labyrinth, there are three spiritual paths you may take:
- Purgation. This begins before you begin your journey through the labyrinth and continues all the way to the center. It is the process of releasing and letting go. It calls us to quiet the outside noise in our lives and the inner noise of our minds and lays aside distractions.
- Illumination. This happens as you continue to walk or trace the labyrinth with an open heart and open mind and prepare to receive whatever God has for you to receive. It may happen anywhere along the path, especially in the center. For some, illumination is a dramatic, intense breakthrough. For most, it is simply a quiet, peaceful sense of divine presence and love.
- Union. This is a sense of communion with divine reality. This sense of union is not the fleeting moment we walk or track the labyrinth, but a desired ongoing way of life. Union with God means we are part of the divine healing force at work in the world and in our lives. It is a lifelong journey. Walking out of the labyrinth is symbolic of the act of taking back out into the world what we have received.
We invite you, as you are able, to experience our labyrinth and enjoy its meditative benefits in your well-being.