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The Complete Guide to Labyrinths: Tapping the Sacred Spiral for Power, Protection, Transformation, and Healing Paperback – June 1, 2004
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* Walking or dancing in a labyrinth induces an altered state of consciousness akin to meditation.
* With ideas for creating indoor and outdoor labyrinths and a guide to locating labyrinths around the world.
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One of my problems with new age books like this when the author has written over 50 books. This leads me to believe here is yet another cultural interest that they can exploit for a quick buck. Rather I prefer to read or hear about such a subject from someone who is truly passionate about the subject they're writing of. Someone who has spent years studying and working with it so I know they DO know a lot about the subject matter as well as be able to provide some insights I may have not seen before. I didn't get that impression here with Ms. Eason's offering.
My favorite chapter hands down was four and that is about "Making A Labyrinth" as it outlines and gives you useful illustrations on creating your own backyard labyrinth. Having always wanted my very own Stonehenge but deciding that having several ton hunks of granite hauled in and put up made me give up that whole idea. Well now having a backyard labyrinth for my very own a viable substitute. In fact, I figure I could plant the medium sized stones deep enough so that they would not interfere with the mower blades but also remain visible.
Some of the other chapters that really turned me off was the integration of "Angels" and "Archangels" into the Labryrinth concept. Like this ancient Celtic device needs Angels to work? How silly is that? Then as in all new age publications, there has to be that token cahpter on "healing" somewhere. Oy!Read more ›
I regard labyrinths solely as beautiful landscape art. The walking of the spiral courses of a labyrinth can be as relaxing and potentially meditative experience as a stroll in a garden or a trek along a wilderness path, even without consideration of its purportedly spiritual aspects.
The history of the labyrinth is not traced chronologically in the book - perhaps one of its weaknesses - but it is there for the reader who perseveres and is able to gather and assemble the information as he or she reads. The chapters on design and construction are useful, and whether one desires to build a labyrinth or not, the information enhances one's understanding of how labyrinths are created in scales both large and small, simple or elaborate.
For those wanting to visit a significant labyrinth, the listings of locations in the USA and Europe are most helpful and interesting as they include not only their locations, but also descriptions of their designs and a bit of their histories.
The book does suffer somewhat from a complete lack of photographs. All of the illustrations are line drawings.
Still, I deem it a worthy book and have added a copy to my personal library.