Although generally used interchangeably, did you know that a labyrinth and a maze are NOT the same thing? Generally speaking, a maze offers choices and dead-ends whereas a labyrinth offers only one (albeit LONG) way to the center.
Here’s a better explanation: “The labyrinth is an ancient spiritual tool that has been used throughout the world for over four thousand years. A labyrinth is a circuitous path with one entrance point that leads through a series of switch-backs to its center. A labyrinth is not a maze. A maze, by contrast, has dead-ends and blind alley ways. Its intention is confusion and mystery. The labyrinth, when followed, leads eventually and without making choices to the center. It is designed for one to find his/her way. The labyrinth may be thought of as a map, but as such it should not be confused with the territory that it represents, that is the inner Being and its relationship with Spirit.”
Of course, the only kind of Labyrinth I really know anything about is the one pictured above—a game that used to drive me NUTS as a kid! Now, don’t you feel smarter?