Walking a labyrinth, it is clear that it involves a walking away from the center or the goal. At least apparently.
This happens in smaller ways, for instance when I go into beliefs to examine them, or allow uncomfortable experiences as they are and with kindness. Before these smaller shifts, it may seem that going into beliefs and allowing experience is a backward step.
It also happens any time islands of insanity surfaces to be seen, felt, loved and examined. This can happen throughout the day, and also in different phases of the process – maybe even after (and in response to) other phases of a more clear awakening. There is more clarity, so these islands of insanity take the opportunity to surface and make good use of the clarity. (The resistance falls away, allowing these islands to surface and be seen.)
During dark nights, we may also appear to go away from the center. The clarity, energy and ease of an awakening may be covered up, and is replaced by a sobering friction with life that invites identifications to soften and release.
And just in living a regular life, there are times where we may appear to walk away from the goal, often due to circumstances outside of our control, but if there is some receptivity there it is (also) a process of maturation.