While Chapter 6 is offered as a prolegomenon on the teaching of wisdom through the arts, Chapter 7 concludes with reflections upon the centrality of the inward turn as key to the spirit of contemplative inquiry. Though the chapter explores how such ethos resides within a paradoxical domain, the journey onto the contemplative territory is aided by creative tools for making meaning of such complexity. Amongst these are ones used in this study such as encounters with art, narrative writing and dialogical discourse. Forming part of the toolbox for contemplative inquiry, they also expand it beyond the more restrictive research strategies of scientific inquiry.
An arc of inquiry which began with the imperative of the personal in A Necessary Letter ends in Chapter 7 with the observation that while the turn onto the self presents a paradox, it is from within aesthetical and narrative encounters with its complexity that the promise of wisdom emerges.