Labyrinths From the Outside in

Labyrinths From the Outside in

Walking to Spiritual Insight : A Beginner's Guide

Book - 2000
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The user-friendly, interfaith guide to making and using labyrinths--for meditation, prayer and c elebration.

"People often confuse labyrinths with mazes. In some ways, labyrinths are like mazes; but a labyrinth has become more than a maze, because in a labyrinth you are never lost, you are always on the path leading into or back out of the center. You find the center if you walk the path. A labyrinth is like a maze with a certain answer. It is maze-plus--once you know the labyrinth, you know there is a way into the center. Mazes remain puzzles: they can perplex permanently. Labyrinths are designed with the eventual solution fully on display. If we but walk the path, we get home."
--from the Introduction

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 more than five hundred labyrinths in North America, made of stone, cement, sunflowers, grass, or canvas; indoors and outdoors; in Christian, Pagan, and even non-religious 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 * Faith rituals * Commemorating personal or family milestones * Meditation * Celebrations of all kinds

Labyrinths is 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.

Publisher: Woodstock, Vt. : SkyLight Paths Pub., c2000
ISBN: 9781893361188
1893361187
Branch Call Number: 291.37 S299L 2000
Characteristics: vi, 187 p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Camp, Carole Ann

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