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The Wisdom of Not Knowing

Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

SKU# 9781611802993




Shambhala Publications | 02/14/2017
Pages: 256 | Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781611802993

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For most of us the unknown is both friend and foe. At times it can be a source of paralyzing fear and uncertainty, and at other times it can be a starting point for adventure, creativity, and transformation. How we relate to the unknown is a key element in all personal growth and healing; its mystery forms a deep current that runs throughout all religious and mystical traditions. In this deeply affirming exploration of the challenges and possibilities of the unknown, Estelle Frankel draws on insights from Kabbalah, depth psychology, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and ancient myth to show us how we can grow our souls by tapping into the wisdom of not knowing. Frankel offers clear, accessible psychological and spiritual insights and a set of practical tools, including mindfulness exercises, guided meditations, and journaling exercises—all aimed at increasing one’s comfort with the unknown.

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"This book inspires as it delights. Estelle Frankel’s graceful and authoritative voice—fluent and informed as it seamlessly weaves together religion, psychoanalytic theory, literature, philosophy, and modern science—recasts the ‘unknown’ from a situation of dread to an invitation to ever more liberating awareness." —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is an Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life

"Drawing on insights from the Jewish mystical tradition, as well as Buddhism and psychoanalysis, Estelle Frankel demonstrates the surprisingly positive value of ‘not knowing.’ This book is profound and clear. It will enable you to become more intimate with your own experience, to overcome fear, and to overcome the mental and emotional challenges of daily life." —Daniel Matt, author of The Essential Kabbalah, God and the Big Bang, and The Zohar: Pritzker Edition

"This book bristles with depth and insight, practical stories, and humor as Estelle Frankel takes us on a deep and necessary journey into the via negativa, the land of unknowing. She urges us in a time of darkness and uncertainty to learn from the dark and to grow our courage and our creativity in the process." —Rev. Dr. Matthew Fox, author of A Way to God

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