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The Wisdom of Not Knowing

Since the debacle of American politics has invaded and disturbed our world, I have noticed three responses: 1. Completely ignore it; 2. Fight it, become obsessed with the news, and move disturbingly close to their rhetoric but from the other side; 3. Use this opportunity to bring more light into the world, not by fighting, but by curiously opening to what is emerging in terms of transformation: in other words, how are we all in a transformative moment?

I have been caught in one or another since all this began, and it has propelled me towards the third option. Cynthia Bourgeault's teaching's on the "Law of Three" have been extremely helpful, though might be a little esoteric in a certain sense. But this new book by Estelle Frankel (see photo), just published: The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty is very accessible and inviting. Estelle is firmly rooted in her Jewish tradition and her writing a refreshing re-introduction to the roots of our Christian as well as Jewish roots. She also offers practices that help to ground her writing.

In these uncertain and escalatingly tumultuous times, spiritual practice is the ground that saves us. And for "we who have always known", unknowing is a most grounding and freeing way to open up the larger questions that are at the root of the present transformative processes at work in the world...for that is what's happening: transformation. It has always happened and it will continue to do so. Our unfortunate predicament is that we live in those times...but then...is there anyone who hasn't? My grandmother's saying "this too shall pass" plunges me into the deeper, larger Mystery that sustains us through these times.

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10.09 | 21:59

Hearing you! MB

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30.07 | 19:22

As someone journeying with people receiving palliative care, I read the article on liminal spaces with much appreciation and resonance. Thank you!

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01.04 | 20:45

Thanks, Mary Beth...that is how it felt in that moment. And still says with me. Thanks for commenting...

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01.04 | 16:45

Have only peeked into your poeming on Easter Sunday...and lo....feel the paschal mystery, soul'd mystery proclaims Exultet...in a very interior manner! Thanks s

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