Threshold

trapese-liminal-space

Liminal space is the space between; between two things, between two stages in life, between loving and losing a love, between losing employment and gaining employment, between gaining an education and finding a calling, between working and retiring and finding your next calling.

Ben Lowenstein

 

keyhole-by-dave-beckwith

“…we have to allow ourselves to be drawn into sacred space, into liminality. All transformation takes place here. We have to allow ourselves to be drawn out of “business as usual” and remain patiently on the “threshold” (limen, in Latin) where we are betwixt and between the familiar and the completely unknown. There alone is our old world left behind, while we are not yet sure of the new existence. That’s a good space where genuine newness can begin. Get there often and stay as long as you can by whatever means possible. It’s the realm where God can best get at us because our false certitudes are finally out of the way. This is the sacred space where the old world is able to fall apart, and a bigger world is revealed. If we don’t encounter liminal space in our lives, we start idealizing normalcy. The threshold is God’s waiting room…

Some native peoples call liminal space “crazy time.” I believe that the unique and necessary function of religion is to lead us into this crazy, liminal time. Instead, religion has largely become a confirmation of the status quo and business as usual. Religion should lead us into sacred space where deconstruction of the old “normal” can occur.”

Fr. Richard Rohr

 

every-exit-is-an-entry-to-somewhere-else-tom-stoppard

 

(Sorry I don’t know the names of the artists of these three haunting pictures)

 

<a href=”https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/liminal/”>Liminal</a&gt;

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Threshold

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s