© Focusing Insights 2019 by Francesca Castaldi, Ph.D. 

THINKING AT THE EDGE:

Thinking at the Edge (TAE) is the second practice – after Focusing – to develop from the Philosophy of the Implicit of Eugene Gendlin. 

TAE helps us spend time with the unclear and yet demanding sense of a knowing which needs our telling and our sharing with the world. 

Through a series of carefully designed steps, TAE helps us position our thinking at the center of those most powerful experiences for which language stalls and seems to abandon us – there where we have no words yet, but a definite sense of richness, well-seasoned by our living. 

Gendlin tells us those are the fertile grounds of thinking where we can contribute something new to our institutions, relations, or projects.

The urgency of this historical moment and the economic, environmental, human and political crisis that we face, call for radically new responses and need the full creativity and intelligence of each of us.

TAE will give us the courage and the tools to bring the intimacy of our thinking into the public domain, enabling us to share our wisdom. 

By grounding our thinking in our own personal experience and, from this rich intricacy, finding a way to speak into a context that we inhabit and care for (our family, our community of worship, our colleagues at work, our students etc.) we will be contributing to building a more humane and democratic world. The TAE process and the supportive partnerships that we form to develop our TAE project help us become more resilient in standing up against even subtle authoritarianism, in a world where externally produced models are often imposed on people without our consent or consultation.

TAE helps us recognize that it is precisely when we give full voice to the uniqueness of our own experience that we contribute the most to our collective understanding and humanity.

You can learn TAE through individual video conference sessions. 

DWELLING IN THINKING

 

We will make time
To gather our knowing
Dwelling
in the unspoken
or unspeakable
Allowing the subaltern to emerge

We will also allow the clarity of a knowing
that is well articulated
To reach down to the roots
of its yet to be discovered source
Inviting the explicit to dissolve
into the river of its implied
and letting new meanings
flow to the surface
Freshly formed
Freshly sensed