HEART OF CHARTRES
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|For two years this design was sold through a national catalogue for $950. When you think of it, our 36-foot labyrinth is $3,300, our 24-foot labyrinth is $2,200, so our 12-foot labyrinth should be $1,100.|
|But we have priced it at $800, cutting our profit to a bare minimum, in order to offer a labyrinth that people can afford to buy for their personal use. If you paint it yourself, the cost is even lower ($680)||
Painted, the personal labyrinth weighs slightly over ten pounds and can be carried under one arm. We ship it in a five-gallo paint bucket. The canvas is the same durable #12, 100% natural, untreated, cotton duck canvas used for our larger labyrinths.
A few years ago, I had been thinking about doing a smaller labyrinth for personal use. But, as so often happens, I never seemed to get around to it. One night I went to bed at my usual time, only to awaken at 3 a.m. with the design of the Heart of Chartres in my head. I said to myself, "Self, this has some possibilities. I'll look into it in the morning." Then I rolled over to go back to sleep. Nothing doing. The inspiration wouldn't leave my mind or allow me to go back to sleep. So, I got up and went to my drawing table. In a few hours, the pattern was finished. For eight more hours I tried variations, but in the end, I came back to the original inspiration. It seemed the most simple and consistent.
There aren't that many variations that you can make with five circuits. What is unique about this one is the entrance path, going straight to the first circuit. This is what happens with the Chartres pattern. You quickly come very close to your goal (the center), and then seemingly get further and further away. In fact, that isn't the case. Although the path is going outward, every bit of path must be traversed in order to reach the center. There are no shortcuts. Thus, you are really getting closer with every step, regardless of the appearance. Buddhist teacher Sharon Salzberg uses that tantalizing feature of the labyrinth to make a point about life. "The only thing we can do is to follow the path, wherever it leads, and have the faith that we're going the right way."