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On the Border of the Unknown

November 23, 2010

“Send her down to the water’s edge tomorrow morning, early. A boat will be there to pick her up.” Estella had crept underneath the window and heard the whole thing. She was sad, but thought surely her parents knew best.

The stranger tells the parents to send Estella to the water’s edge. This is a boundary space, not land, not sea, something in between. It marks the beginning of something new; a boat will pick her up, so she is going on a voyage. As I noted in “Blissful Beginnings,” the water’s edge can also symbolize the borders of our knowledge. The sea represents the unknown, the unconscious, the mystery. Her loss of power takes her to the borders of what she knows, and sends her out into the unknown. Her future is uncertain.

The loss of power creates a fundamental break with what life has been previously. Things will never be the same again; once the loss of power and, in Estella’s case, innocence occurs, we can never go back. The only way is forward, into living without that power and, if we can eventually realize our loss, into reclaiming it.

Estella hears the exchange between her parents and the stranger; she has crept underneath the window even though she was sent outside to play. Her connection to her intuition tells her something is up, but she doesn’t fight what she hears. She is quiescent; she has not yet won enough consciousness to know for herself what is right or wrong. She blindly trusts. We, too, might overly trust our mind over our heart or gut, giving it authority without questioning the rightness of what it says.

Where in your life are you at the ocean’s edge, staring into the unknown?

Where have you allowed your mind to take over decisions? How might you find a way to balance the mind’s knowing with that of the heart and gut in that area of your life?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2010 2:48 pm

    Well right now! I most definitely feel I am at the border right now regarding my career. Trying to get clarity so I can move forward but also knowing that if I just trust and leap, clarity will come. Going back and forth in my head on what to do, but then feeling crazy and wanting to just let it all go and listen to my heart. So trying to find balance right now. Balance between moving with purpose and directiona and moving with faith and trust.

  2. November 27, 2010 7:29 pm

    I have been on the edge of the unknown for a long time. I join Kristi there regarding career, but have also been staring off into uncertainty around other areas of my life. In fact, a year ago I wrote an article about uncertainty since I was so aware of it. I tend to make decisions a lot around “shoulds” which I take to be a sign that my mind is too involved. If I’m thinking I should do something it’s an indication that some other part of me has a different idea. That part may also be my mind, but it’s just as likely that it’s heart or gut. Decisions made from there are not always “rational” and make it easy for my mind to step in with different ideas about what I should do. I, too, am trying to learn how to balance, listening to what needs the “should” voice has, as well as what needs other voices are expressing.

  3. maurawolf permalink
    November 29, 2010 11:41 am

    there is something very powerful about trying to make connections between this mythical story and my little ordinary life. this piece has me reflecting upon a jump I am trying to make with a new company — trying to trust my gut and intuition that it will be fine and go well, and my mind that says — where is the spreadsheet, how do you know this will work, etc.

    it’s a daily process of trying to work with these two – but the story is a good reminder that this is wisdom in both the intuition to go to the edge and jump in, and also the caution of the mind that says – stay alert, pack for the journey, stay awake.

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