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Working in Liminal and Fertile Spaces

With Leslie Reed

Sponsored by the Contemplative Studies Project of New York

“The work of the eyes is done. Go now and do the heart-work on the images imprisoned within you.” Rainer Maria Rilke

Thomas Merton considers liminal spaces as those moments we find ourselves “in-between”, passing through a kind of doorway to touch the eternal. Virginia Wolff writes: “the individual in his daily life is cut off from ‘reality’ but at rare moments receives a shock. These shocks or ‘moments of being’ are flashes of intuition that may be considered as spiritual transcendent truths that connect us all. Experiencing these in-between spaces is where we might often find ourselves in the consulting room. It may be reflected in an “uncanny” clinical experience that both patient and practitioner experience but feel unable to name. Our ability to be attuned to and make full use of these real and subtle experiences of being occur frequently and often go overlooked in the treatment relationship.

Harnessing one’s “contemplative intelligence” is an authentic mode of knowing, a tapping into a deeper source that gives us entry into these liminal spaces. It is seeing the world from the position of a far-reaching inclusiveness. In this togetherness, the way to live resonant, evolving and compassionate lives is in understanding our relationship to the world through the experiences of “another. This “open and present” stance is the antidote to our current discourse that often creates a sense of separateness and estrangement from one another, the human condition and the deeper intelligence.

In a circle of one’s peers, we will cultivate our contemplative intelligence, re-engaging with a depth dimension of reality that has been lost in favor of an analytic mode of theory development. We will reflect in dyads and the larger group to listen contemplatively, using, archetypal stories, poetry, meditation to locate and reflect on these deeper spaces in our clinical work.

This group meets every other week for two hours in a series of 8 sessions @ $70.00 a session.

Mondays from 9 am to 11 am

September 11th, 25th, October 2nd, 16th, 30th,

November 6, 20th, December 4th

LOCATION:   80 East 11th St., Suite 510, NYC

This group is for practitioners interested in deepening their practice through a contemplative process.

To express an interest in the group, please contact Leslie Reed at or by phone at (516) 624-0512

Leslie Reed, LCSW is a graduate from Fordham University's School of Social Service and Smith College School of Social Work's Contemplative Clinical Practice. She was the Director of the Organization Program at the William Alanson White Institute.  Her practice is informed by formal training in a blend of contemplative and psychodynamic therapies.