The user-friendly, interfaith guide to making and using labyrinths—for meditation, prayer and celebration—updated, revised and expanded!
A labyrinth is a circuitous path that people have used as a form of prayer and meditation for thousands of years—a 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
Labyrinths—a twenty-ﬁrst century method of approaching the sacred—are a spiritual practice more ancient than Stonehenge or the ruins of Troy. This practical and inspiring guide will help you to explore them.
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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
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"Both elegant and open-hearted, both practical and mystical, this slender, lovely book walks us home to the heart."
"Labyrinths, labyrinths, labyrinths! They are popping up all over. If you are not sure what they are, or want to learn more after one intriguing labyrinth walk, this is a great place to start!"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The first few chapters of this book actually have some interesting stuff about the history of labyrinths and how labryrinths are used, both in the modern day and in the past, as to the layouts of historic labyrinths and some of the appendices. Then it descends into new-age self-help woo-woo stuff about 'finding your own spiritual meaning' and some suggested labyrinth rituals which are described with no discussion of how they fit into any context or have any meaning beyond "I thought of this with my head."So if you like self-actualization with a thin veneer of traditional spirituality, you might like this book.