“When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.” ~ Tuli Kupferberg
In coaching, there is a particular kind of process called Edgework. Often symbolized as a simplified mountain peak (see triangle in the diagram), an edge is any threshold between where and who you are now and where and who you want to be. It is the boundary between the known and the unknown, the now and the not yet.
While some thresholds come to us as serendipities or forced changes that happen to us and carry us unbidden into uncharted realms of challenge and forced adaptation, others wait for us to come to them. They do not force themselves on us, but linger just ahead or on the periphery of our awareness, quietly calling us forth to engage life differently in some profound way. Some spring from the soul ~ such as the call to step into the difficult self work of healing deep wounds from the past that hold you back from the vulnerability of authentic intimacy with those you love. Some are spiritual ~ such as the Divine beckoning we all experience at some point to recraft our lives to serve a Power and a Purpose greater than ourselves. But all such thresholds spring from desire. That is, they come to us as something we want, either for ourselves or for the world.