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The user-friendly, interfaith guide to making and using labyrinthsfor meditation, prayer and celebrationupdated, revised and expanded!
A labyrinth is a circuitous path that people have used as a form of prayer and meditation for thousands of yearsa path that is being rediscovered as a spiritual tool in our own day. There are now thousands of labyrinths in North America, made of stone, cement, sunflowers, grass or canvas; indoors and outdoors; in Christian, Pagan and even nonreligious settings; and adaptable for use by people of all spiritual backgrounds. This guide explains how the labyrinth is a symbol that transcends traditions, and how walking its path brings us together.
Here is your entry to the fascinating history and philosophy of the labyrinth walk, with directions for making a labyrinth of your own or ﬁnding one in your area, and guidance on ways to use labyrinths creatively for:
Prayer • Stress reduction • Meditation • Commemorating personal or family milestones • Faith rituals • Celebrations of all kinds
Labyrinthsa twenty-ﬁrst century method of approaching the sacredare a spiritual practice more ancient than Stonehenge or the ruins of Troy. This practical and inspiring guide will help you to explore them.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Edition description:||2nd Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper, widely recognized as one of the most outstanding communicators in her generation of Protestant clergy, is senior minister at Judson Memorial Church in New York City. She is author of several books, including Alone, but Not Lonely: A Spirituality of Solitude and Sacred Speech: A Practical Guide for Keeping Spirit in Your Speech , and is a contributor to Claiming Earth as Common Ground: The Ecological Crisis through the Lens of Faith.
Rev. Dr. Carole Ann Camp, has walked labyrinths on three continents. She is the founder of an ecumenical spiritual community called Seekers and Sojourners and a retired United Church of Christ pastor. She has written and published on a variety of topics, including Praying at Every Turn: Meditations for Walking the Labyrinth .
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition: Walking a Labyrinth: Another Kind of Power vii
Introduction: Labyrinths from the Outside In 1
Approaching the Labyrinth
1. The Labyrinth Revival 17
2. The Absolute Meets the Ancient:What Labyrinths Do 29
3. What Is Spiritual about the Labyrinth? 39
4. Spiritual Authority in the Labyrinth 49
Walking the Labyrinth
Carole Ann Camp
5. Hearing the Dark: Elements of the Labyrinth Walk 61
6. Walks for Rites of Passage 79
7. Walks for the four Seasons 97
8. Walking in Many Spiritual Traditions 109
9. Walks for the celtic year and the Zodiac 127
Epilogue: Labyrinths from the Inside Out 145
Appendix A: Making your Own Labyrinth 151
Appendix B: finding a Labyrinth in your Area 164
Photo credits 190