The Wisdom of Not Knowing

The Wisdom of Not Knowing

Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty
By Estelle Frankel
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    Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

  • Shambhala Publications
    ISBN: 9780834840775
    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

    "In The Wisdom of Not Knowing, Estelle Frankel—a therapist who also teaches Jewish mysticism—proposes that psychological, emotional, and spiritual health depend on accepting how much in life cannot be known, and that it is important to have the courage to face uncertainty and ambiguity." —Publisher’s Weekly

    "As she demonstrated in Sacred Therapy, Frankel is a masterful meaning-maker. She skillfully marshals ideas and values from mystical Judaism and psychotherapy and then launches into astonishing intimations of the spiritual maturity that comes with quests, creativity, darkness, questions, and open-mindedness. . ." —Spirituality & Health

    "Frankel’s path to embracing uncertainty has a certain resonance. . ." —Experience Life

    "Psychotherapist and spiritual advisor Estelle Frankel, in her book, The Wisdom of Not Knowing, explores the power of the unknown to be friend rather than foe. . ." —Beliefnet

    "Estelle Frankel has written an inspiring new book. . . . Frankel includes teachings from diverse wisdom paths in a very respectful manner without oversimplifying or cultural appropriation. . . . She invites readers from all perspectives to enjoy the rich teachings of Judaism. . . . A generous volume filled with abundant resources."" —Karen Ehrlichman, LCSW, Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction

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