The Stranger in You – David Whyte

Click on the above link to visit David’s Facebook page for another haunting image and some beautiful words…

The theme of coming home to ourselves – including more of who we are – is so central to therapy. It is that process we seek to support in the people who come to this service (which means we also seek to choose therapists who are committed to that process in themselves – we cannot accompany others where we are unwilling to go ourselves).

Here are the words, for those who have trouble following FB links.


Be taught now…
how the discarded is woven into shelter,
learn the way things hidden and unspoken
slowly proclaim their voice in the world.
Find that far inward symmetry
to all outward appearances, apprentice
yourself to yourself, begin to welcome back
all you sent away, be a new annunciation,
make yourself a door through which
to be hospitable, even to the stranger in you.

From ‘Coleman’s Bed’ in ‘River Flow:
New and Selected Poems’
© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

Counselling in Exeter since 1994

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