Labyrinth Research Bibliography

Bibliography of Studies Related to Labyrinth Research (.pdf 517K)

This downloadable Bibliography has all entries sorted by author. The entries in the bibliography have been categorized below by topic and also by type (doctoral dissertation, journal article etc.).

Walking the labyrinth: An exercise in self-healing

Shindle, M. V.

A labyrinth has a single path winding toward the center, which is visible anywhere from the circuit’s perimeter. Each step takes you closer to its center.  Representing growth and transformation, a labyrinth can confer a sense of clarity, peace, and serenity. Psychotherapist Melissa West, author of Exploring the Labyrinth: A Guide for Healing and Spiritual Growth, describes the labyrinth experience as “walking toward one’s own core and the center of one’s soul.” Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress calls a labyrinth “a watering hole for the spirit and a mirror of the soul.”  West shows her clients how walking a labyrinth can reconnect them to their souls. She believes a labyrinth can teach them about their feet, breath, and heart and the rhythm of their souls. For many people, she says, a labyrinth walk leads to personal revelations. Some walkers identify the twists, turns, and center of the labyrinth with the twists, turns, and center of their own lives.  Labyrinth proponents claim walking a labyrinth can lead to deeper relationships, a stronger sense of community, a feeling of being on a spiritual journey, a sense of inner reflection and connection to sources of guidance, a sense of living in the present, greater creativity, and stress reduction.

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