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Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool Paperback – June 1, 1996
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In this broken and aching world,the labyrinth offers us all a chance to explore the path to healing and wholeness. Artress is an Episcopal priest and a Jungian Psychologist. She offers many reasons for walking the labyrinth, as well as possible approaches to the walk. She happens to work in a church but this meditational tool can be used by people of all cultures abd religions. It is a way to go on a personal pilgrimage to become better acquainted with oneself.
Lauren Artress is very involved with the technique of the labyrinth and she inspires others to experience it for themselves.
Dr. Artress is both a psychotherapist and a pastor at Grace Cathedral, and offers many personal stories from participants. Some of these seem fanciful and she leans toward Jung's psychology (and dismissed Freud in a single sentence "The scientific myth, helped along by Freud, has taught us to trust the outer world"). Her perspectives on the labyrinth as archetype are important. She also offers exposure to some mystics such as Julian of Norwich, Teresa of Avila and Hildegard of Bingen. Perhaps the discussion on the "Feminine" becomes decisive when she talks about Christ as part of the patriarchy.
The chapter on basic approaches to walking the labyrinth provides useful methods and will broaden my experience. Reading the book is fine, but what is most important is the walking (check out the Grace Cathedral's labyrinth locator web site if you don't know where one is). For those who like a metaphoric view of Labyrinths, Jorge Borges's book Labyrinth offers some fascinating stories. Dr Artress should be thanks for initiating the Labyrinth Movement.
She wrote in the Introduction to this 1995 book, "This book is about the sacred pattern of the labyrinth, an ancient mystical tool that can help us prepare ourselves for the 'transformation of human personality in progress' and accomplish a 'shift in consciousness' as we seek spiritual maturity as a species. We are called to do nothing less."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"Labyrinths are usually in the form of a circle with a meandering but purposeful path, from the edge to the center and back out again, large enough to be walked into. Each has only one path, and once we make the choice to enter it, the path becomes a metaphor for our journey through life, sending us to the center of the labyrinth and then back out to the edge on the same path. The labyrinth is a spiritual tool meant to awaken us to the deep rhythm that unites us to ourselves and to the Light that calls from within. In surrendering to the winding path, the soul finds healing and wholeness." (Pg. xi-xii)
"I have noticed when I mention the word labyrinth to people without showing them an image, most people think of a maze... This is understandable since the labyrinth has not been in use for approximately three hundred fifty years." (Pg.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A perfect book to add to my exploration of the labyrinth as a spiritual practice.Published 3 months ago by Mary R. Williamson
It's ok, pretty boring, not an easy read, small book so harder to hold and read. I wanted something a little more simplifiedPublished 5 months ago by Dawn
The quintessential book on labyrinths...arrived quickly...great giftPublished 6 months ago by The Revv
Found the author to be intolerant and narrow-minded. Was exceedingly critical of people who held beliefs different from her own. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elizabeth Hill
Find a Labyrinth and start your journey. You will be so happy. This book and the companion workbook can be your guide to this amazing meditation. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sally Mahrt
The labyrinth has been an integral part of my life for many years. The book relates the magic, the possibility, the sacredness of any journey within it. Each experience is unique. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Alice H Brown
found this book beautifully written and an integration and articulation of much of my spiritual experience. an importance contribution to spiritual literature.Published 15 months ago by Kate65
Good book. My first introduction to the use of the labyrinth, which spurred me on to learn more and to experiment with it.Published 22 months ago by medolark2004
I was very pleased with the content and I will share this with my labyrinth group at church.Published 22 months ago by Spirit Walker