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Transitions: Making Sense of Life's Changes, Revised 25th Anniversary Edition by William Bridges

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6
The Neutral Zone
I do my utmost to attain emptiness; I hold firmly to stillness. (XVI) Do that which consists in taking no action; pursue that which is not meddlesome; savour that which has no flavor. (LXIII)
—LAU TZU Tao Te Ching 1
 
 
IN OTHER TIMES AND PLACES, THE PERSON IN TRANSITION left the village and went into an unfamiliar stretch of forest or desert. There the person would remain for a time, removed from the old connections, bereft of the old identities, and stripped of the old reality. This was a time “between dreams” in which fundamental chaos of the world’s beginnings welled up and obliterated all forms. It was a place without a name—an empty space in the world and the lifetime where a new sense of self could gestate.
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