Walking a Sacred Path: Rediscovering the Labyrinth as a Spiritual Practice
Paperback – March 7, 2006
The author explores the history and significance of the image of the labyrinth and explains how readers can use the ancient imprint in the art of meditation, leading them to new sources of wisdom, change, and renewal. Reprint.
Lauren Artress reintroduces the ancient labyrinth, a walking meditation that trancends the limits of still meditation, and shows us the possibilities it brings for renewal and change.
'Walking the Labyrinth' has reemerged today as a metaphor for the spiritual journey and a powerful tool for transformation. This walking meditation is an archetype, a mystical ritual found in all religious traditions. It quiets the mind and opens the soul. Walking a Sacred Path explores the historical origins of this divine imprint and shares the discoveries of modern day seekers. It shows us the potential of the Labyrinth to inspire change and renewal, and serves as a guide to help us develop the higher level of human awareness we need to survive in the twenty-first century.
"The Labyrinth inspires in the people who have come to walk along its sinuous, painted path a palpable mix of solemnity and joy." —The New York Times
"The Labyrinth turns the simple act of walking into a sacred experience." —Gnosis
"As you follow a winding path for twenty minutes or so, you might cry tears of grief or joy, solve the riddle of a messed-up family or work life, feel better about an illness, or gain spiritual insight." —Los Angeles Times
"Part of the fun of reading Walking a Sacred Path is to feel 'the great dignity of the symbol,' regardless of one's own religious background." —San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"Lauren Artress is one of the pioneers of the renaissance of Western spirituality." —China Galland, author of Women in the Wilderness
About the Author
The Reverend Dr. Laura Artress is Canon for Special Ministeries at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral. She is also the founder of Quest: Grace Cathedral Center for Spiritual Wholeness and the creator of the Labyrinth Project. In keeping with Quest's vision of addressing the spiritual hunger of our times, she lectures and leads the Labyrinth workshops nationwide. Dr. Artress earned her master's degree in religious education fro Princeton Theological Seminary and her doctor of ministry degree from Andover Newton Thoelogical School, and received her analytic training at the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute. A licensed psychotherapist in the state of California, she lives in San Francisco.