The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty

by Estelle Frankel


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The Wisdom of Not Knowing: Discovering a Life of Wonder by Embracing Uncertainty by Estelle Frankel


A deeply affirming exploration of the challenges and possibilities of the unknown—with meditations and exercises that can help transform the fear and uncertainty of "not knowing" into a sense of openness, curiosity, and bravery.

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 transformation, creativity, and growth. The unknown is a deep current that runs throughout all religions and mystical traditions, and it is also the nexus of contemporary psychotherapeutic thought and practice and a key element in all personal growth and healing. In The Wisdom of Not Knowing, psychotherapist Estelle Frankel shows us that our psychological, emotional, and spiritual health is radically influenced by how comfortable we are at navigating the unknown and uncertain dimensions of our lives.

Drawing on insights from Kabbalah, depth psychology, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, and ancient myth, Frankel explores how we can grow our souls by tapping into the wisdom of not knowing. She also includes case studies of individuals who have grappled with their fears of the unknown and, as a result, have come out wiser, stronger, and more resilient. Each chapter includes experiential exercises and/or meditations for befriending the unknown. These exercises help convey how we must be willing to "not know" in order to gain knowledge and be able to bear uncertainty so we can be free to enjoy a healthy sense of adventure and curiosity.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611802993
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 02/14/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 296,530
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

ESTELLE FRANKEL is a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist, spiritual advisor, and teacher of Jewish mysticism. Frankel has taught Jewish studies in Israel and throughout the US for over forty years in both academic and religious settings and was ordained as a Rabbinic Pastor and Spiritual Guide by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi. She is a popular public speaker and storyteller who has taught workshops and given keynote speeches at numerous conferences and symposia. Frankel offers continuing education courses for therapists in sacred psychology and spirituality and is currently on the teaching faculty and spiritual leadership team of Chochmat Halev Center for Jewish Spirituality and Lehrhaus Judaica in Berkeley, CA. Frankel is the author of numerous essays on Judaism and psychology that have been published by a variety of professional and spiritual journals and literary anthologies including: Tikkun Magazine, Women & Therapy, The Responsive Community, and Parabola Magazine.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Part 1 Journeys into the Unknown 13

1 Entering the Unknown: Embarking on the Journey 15

2 Curiosity and Open-Mindedness: The Gateway to Growth and Freedom 32

3 Darkness: Encounters with the Divine 55

Part 2 Befriending the Unknown 75

4 Embracing Uncertainty: How Divine "Becoming" Illuminates Our Unfolding 77

5 Silence: The Role of White Space in Our Lives 98

6 Creativity and Spiritual Inquiry: Opening the Gates of Insight and Innovation 121

Part 3 Becoming Intimate with the Unknown 139

7 Love: The Unknown in Friendship and Intimate Relationships 141

8 Intuition and Illumination: The Unknown in Therapy and Spiritual Inquiry 161

9 Courage in Pace of the Unknown 183

Afterword 201

Appendix: The Labyrinth 203

Notes 205

Credits 219

Index 223

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