15/5/2020 1 Comment
This week I feel called/moved/inspired to share what I understand about “Liminal Space” and transitioning liminal space. This is something that until about a year or two ago I didn’t actually know anything about. It was at a Bath Positive Living group which Niki Minter led where she introduced the concept of liminal space. And like all truths when you hear them it's like you've always known it.
I feel like this “Great Pause” as people are calling it during coronavirus is a liminal space. The word “liminal” comes from the latin word “limen” which means - threshold. The threshold from one state into another state. It can be a physical thing like a parking lot where you go because you're traveling from somewhere to somewhere or an airport lounge or a stairwell or something that links one physical space to another. I think that it also has a much deeper more significant spiritual aspect as well and that's really what I want to explore today.
For me a liminal space is a space of transition, a transition from one way of being into another. It’s not always an easy space because you bring all of your past uncertainties, insecurities, fears and hurts with you and then you sit with them. This can be incredibly uncomfortable. On top of this there's huge uncertainty because you don't know where the next path is leading you. You don't know where you're going on to, but… I'd like to put it to you that this space this liminal space this holding space is transformational in itself.
I'd like to share some tools with you to help you use this great pause this liminal space for your own transformation and transitioning. I've just read a blog post by Alan Seale - The Liminal Space - Embracing the Mystery and Power of Transition from What Has Been to What Will Be, and in it he has some beautiful quotes. One quote which I'd love to share with you is not from him actually it’s by;
Blaise Pascal - “Somewhere something incredible is waiting to be known”
If you tap into your core into your truth into your soul you know the truth is - that somewhere, something incredible something amazing is waiting to be known. And we're part of that we're part of that something incredible and wonderful and what we're going through right now is a shedding, a shedding of our fears, a shedding of our insecurities, and our hurts. We can either embrace it or we can fight it and the more we fight it the more uncomfortable, the more scared and fearful we will most likely feel.
If we embrace it and with a couple of tools we step into that unknowing we step into that fear into our insecurities and we look at them see them clearly and own them. And in owning them they will lose their power. Then we ourselves transform and in us transforming we then create the something incredible because we are the something Incredible. Allen Seale also shared in his blog about the liminal space of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly and I think that, that is so incredibly true. The caterpillar creates the cocoon but it most likely has no conscious knowledge that it is about to turn into a butterfly. It most likely doesn't really know why it is drawn to create this cocoon, but it follows it’s instincts and it creates it’s cocoon and it spends time cocooned in its little chrysalis before it transforms into a butterfly.
I feel that that's where we are. We are all in our homes we were all with our selves, with our thoughts and our feelings, some of us really struggling with them and others not so much. And what I've been doing and by no means am I saying this is the only way that you can support yourself through this process, but I'm going to share a couple of tools that I've been using that have helped me and might help you at this time. Because I know a lot of people have been struggling.
My commitment through this process, through the ups and downs and the fear and the anxiety is to try and remain open.
I know this is easier said than done but by using the practices I've spoken about above to help you to remain open. And in being open and allowing love and source energy to flow through you and clear and to heal and to support your transition. You might be ready to step into whatever incredible experience is awaiting on the other side of this liminal space.
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