Although the styles and patterns have changed over time, labyrinths such as the one in Rollins Chapel have been in use for more than 3500 years. The tradition of walking the labyrinth cannot be traced solely to one religious tradition and, in fact, it's not clear whether it originated around any spiritual beliefs in the first place. It is apparent, however, that labyrinths have been used for meditative purposes by several religious traditions.
Like prayers or meditation, the experience of walking the labyrinth varies with the individual. For some, it is a relaxing and soothing experience and for others it is an aid to prayer.
This labyrinth is not a maze and there are no dead ends – simply follow the path with confidence that you will reach the end. As is true of our life journey, as humans we all take a similar journey full of twists, turns, and unknowns.