Sunday, February 4, 2007

Labyrinth Reading List

Many people are interested in the Labyrinth as a spiritual and meditative tool. I recently became interested in the Labyrinth as a spiritual discipline, and have visited and walked several in my local area. The most beautiful and unique Labyrinths I have seen on the mainland are the ones at Harmony Hill, a retreat especially for those living with cancer. The picture above is of me walking my favorite Labyrinth of all, Dragon's Teeth Labyrinth on Maui.

For those of you interested in finding out more about Labyrinths, I can recommend the following Labyrinth books. If you'd like to go right to Amazon to read more reviews of the book, click on the title and you'll be taken directly there:

"The Magic of Labyrinths: Following Your Path, Finding Your Center"
---By Liz Simpson
My favorite all-around book about Labyrinths, if you’re not sure where to start. This book will appeal to everyone, is very visually appealing, and covers many general areas.

"Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth" ---By Melissa Gayle West
I enjoyed this book the most, and it got me the most excited about Labyrinths. It emphasized practical and useful applications of Labyrinths for healing and spiritual growth. It had the most applied, concrete, and in-depth psychological explorations, as well as beautiful examples. It is divided into three parts---a general introduction to Labyrinths, information on creating & using Labyrinths, and “playing” & healing with Labyrinths.

"The Way of the Labyrinth : A Powerful Meditation for Everyday Life"
---By Helen Curry
This book was beautiful describing ways of incorporating Labyrinth meditation into your life. It also included an interesting exploration of Labyrinth history…It is a very practical, creative, and applied book. It includes a wealth of rituals, ceremonies, and variations on the use of the Labyrinth.

"Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Tool"
---By Dr. Lauren Artress
Best classic Labyrinth book. Reader will benefit most if there is some familiarity with the Labyrinth.

"Way of the Winding Path: A Map for the Labyrinth of Life" ---by Eve Eschner Hogan
The Labyrinth as a metaphor for life. Excellent, moving. I met the author at her home and retreat the last time I was on Maui, and had an opportunity to walk her wonderful and unique Labyrinth there. It was an unforgettable experience.

"The Healing Labyrinth: Finding Your Path to Inner Peace" ---By Helen Raphael Sands
Excellent introductory book, with many beautiful pictures, author’s recounting of her personal journey.

~Picture by Husband Mark
[Some portions of this post were previously published in my old blog Tapping Luau]

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