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13th Nov 2023

Wisdom at the edges


Inside all of us lie uncharted territories, lands where everything we know fades and we enter another kind of realm. In this place, we are no longer in charge, and what approaches us seems

mysterious and beyond our control. This may sound scary, and it can be, but in these twilight landscapes, something new can emerge. Messages from our larger self can be received and transformation can begin.

There’s wisdom in those forgotten landscapes. Martin Shaw, mythologist and storyteller, says that in the old stories, wisdom or transformation comes from outside of the village – the fringes and further edges of the forest.1 To find that wisdom, you have to enter the forest and cross a threshold into the other world: move from what is known and comfortable to what is edgy. You have to step into the wilds.

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This article first appeared in the October 2023 issue of Thresholds, published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. ©BACP 2023.’

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