One thing I’ve noticed about myself is that I like ideas that can be incorporated into my practice….with minimal effort. I don’t have great success when I’m given a 350 page textbook and need a degree in advanced science to decipher its contents. Instead I like books that are accessible and practical. Gray’s book has been a joy to read and I encourage all of my readers to try to locate a copy.
My past few posts have explored the first part of the book outlining the six principles of Liminal Thinking. The second part of the book explores the nine practices of a liminal thinker. Below are three I found most compelling.
Create safe space. Have you ever been confronted by a behavior you couldn’t even begin to understand? Gray would say it’s because the person has an unmet emotional need they don’t feel they can share because it isn’t safe. To get others to reveal their needs and beliefs (true motivations for their actions), we need to create a safe space in which people are able to break from their self-sealing logic and belief bubble.
Triangulate and validate. Have you ever been so sure of something that later turned out to be wrong? Practicing Liminal Thinking means investigating as many differing perspectives as possible regardless of how obviously wrong they may seem. “If you think something is obvious, that’s an idea that bears closer examination.” (P.95, Liminal Thinking)
Make sense with stories. I’ve always believed in the power of the narrative but just never had the words to explain it until now. Asking someone to share their story is a way of telling them that their experiences are worth learning from. “When someone tells you a story, they are sharing an experience and expressing their beliefs about that experience at the same time” (p.125, Liminal Thinking).
This brings my series on Liminal Thinking to a close.